Teacher Announces Memoir, WILDFLOWERS

According to CBSNews.com, 17 of the nation's 50 largest cities had high school graduation rates lower than 50 percent, with the lowest graduation rates reported in Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland. Author Judy Fitch has written her first book about being an inner city high school teacher and how she overcame the challenges that emerged.

Fitch's memoir "Wildflowers" is designed to illustrate what can and does happen on a daily basis in inner cities across the U.S., how she personally overcame these challenges and concludes how she fell in love every year with rooms full of other people's children.

"The comparison of my students to wildflowers came to me years ago when I noticed those flowers that were growing wild with no special attention given to them were strong, healthy and thrived on their own," Fitch said. "My thoughts were always about what could become of these wildflowers with just a little bit of attention in the form of guidance, support, nutrition and unconditional love."

Teen pregnancy, drugs, alcohol, domestic violence and the rising use of illegal weapons are just a few of the issues Fitch handled during her 30-year career. She attended students' funerals and even had two girls go into labor in her classroom. Fitch became a positive and loving influence for her students while providing them with a safe environment.

"This is a book about love," Fitch said. "My hope is that I provide people with a softer way of looking at our troubled youth, everyone needs to realize that these at-risk wildflowers will grow up to become very dangerous adults living amongst us all."

"Wildflowers"
By: Judy Fitch
ISBN: 978-1491-8137-51
Retail price: $23.99
Available in paperback and e-book.

About the author
Judy Fitch is a loving mother who was born and raised in Ohio. She is currently a part-time receptionist for five attorneys. Fitch was an inner city high school teacher in Cleveland, Ohio for more than 30 years. She received her Bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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