Many aspects stood out for me in DEAR EDUCATOR. Ms. Nancy's encouragement to the reader for professional and self-development made something pop in the head. I had enrolled for a Master's degree program in Educational Administration and after two semesters, I felt the academic workload, office work, and running the home were taking a toll on me and had to put the program on hold. After reading..."The fact is, there is a price for professional development; it doesn't necessarily come cheap"(Page 21). I made up my mind to complete my last semester and also to enroll in another program as soon as possible.
I have always believed there should be a collaboration between staff who work in an establishment. DEAR EDUCATOR enlightened me to the fact that *Networking should be a part of your regular work and career endeavors*,. I encourage staff to always reach out to their colleagues and also to friends in other establishments of learning for fresh ideas and perspectives now.
DEAR EDUCATOR is must HAVE and a must READ for the 21st-Century Educator. Nancy, in this book, has been able to reach out to Educators to change their mindset not just in being great teachers, accepting yourself as an Educator but also in their personal/professional development, encouraging Educators to have multiple streams of income apart from the monthly "teacher" salary, their personal grooming and appearance and the need for the 21st-century Educator to always be ahead of the game. I honestly recommend that every learning establishment in Nigeria (both public or private) get DEAR EDUCATOR for every one of their staff as a guide/ handbook because it is an honest, down to earth and selfless composition of a true 21st-century Educator.
Evelyn Ogar, Plam Court Creche, and Shools, Calabar