Every essay a student writes, whether they have spent weeks perfecting it or just a few hours stringing random words together, is critiqued and graded by hard-working English teachers. And after a few weeks, every student understands what it is like to review each blood-red correction, reminding them of each failure they should fix in order to make the next assignment perfect.
What Central students may not be aware of, is that some of their teachers are published authors, who have decided to present their own work to the scrutiny of the entire world.
Mr. Trott (256) has written a zombie-apocalyptic novel entitled Nobody Says Hi Anymore, which takes place in our very own Philadelphia. On the origins of his reworked fantasy, Trott explained, “In college, some friends of mine enjoyed some of the stuff that I was writing, so I started to think that I could write something that would be of value to the world.” He continued to express that: “When it comes to what I write, I want the plot to jump and the characters to engage.”
V.L. Parrington: Through the Avenue of Art, written by Dr. Hall, is an intellectual biography of Vernon Louis Parrington, an American literary critic and historian. “It was based on primary sources that were still unarchived,” states Hall, “I had to travel around in order to get the materials. It was a lot of footwork. No one else had seen all those papers, so I felt a great deal of responsibility.” Hall is also working on publishing a collection of essays about teaching. “Writing is a lot of hard work. I’m always happy when I’m writing.”
Another English teacher who recently published a novel is Ms. Yakov. Her novel, Hair Tea, is about a young college student finding meaning and answers in the oddest of places, while going with the punches of life in 1994. “I became inspired to write a novel in 1996 when I was a student-teacher,” says Yakov. “After teaching The Catcher and the Rye, towards the end of the semester, I started writing. It is essential that a writer take the time to research information about writing and publishing.”
It might be useful for some Centralites to read these books, so that they might better understand their teachers and why they do the seemingly inexplicable things they do. As more English teachers come to work at Central in the future, perhaps they too will reveal novels or stories of their own.
Natan Yakov (275)