Here is the story of Summerfield Grade School and Charles Kamm, a principal and teacher who devoted his entire professional career to this rural Illinois school. He created a school family, where each person was valued, and encouraged the development of a community family, where parents, grandparents, and citizens participated in the programs and activities of the school.
Marcia S. Popp was an elementary teacher, college professor, and director of teacher education at McKendree College in Illinois. She is also the author of two college level textbooks.
Chapter 1 PRINCIPLES OF THE PRINCIPAL Chapter 2 PREFACE Chapter 3 1 ON LOOKING GLASS STREET Chapter 4 2 A CALM, KAMM PRESENCE Chapter 5 3 READ THE LAST PAGE FIRST Chapter 6 4 BEES MADE THIS? Chapter 7 5 MISS ELSIE AND THE FLAT TIRE Chapter 8 6 NOTICING AND THE LOOK Chapter 9 7 QUOTH THE CHILDREN: "READ SOME MORE!" Chapter 10 8 PHONE HOME, THEN WIPE THE SLATE CLEAN Chapter 11 9 THE DAY CHARLIE GOT HIS NEW TEETH Chapter 12 10 IF THE COOK DOESN'T SHOW UP, BOIL SPAGHETTI Chapter 13 11 MAKE AN EXPERIENCE AN EVENT! Chapter 14 12 YOU CAN'T DIRECT THE WIND, BUT YOU CAN ADJUST THE SAILS Chapter 15 13 IT'S NOT GOODBYE Chapter 16 APPENDIX A: Sit in a Big Chair All Day and Boss People Around Chapter 17 APPENDIX B: Biography of Charles Kamm Chapter 18 REFERENCES Chapter 19 ABOUT THE AUTHOR