St. Francis prof. authors new book for new teachers
Peter Leibman, a St. Francis educator with more than 40 years of experience as a teacher and school administrator, breaks down the process of creating solid classroom leaders in his first book, “Launch a Teaching Career: Secrets For Aspiring Teachers” (Rowman & Littlefield).
“This is the perfect time to become a full-time teacher, and yet too many college graduates cannot secure a teaching position,” said Dr. Leibman, who began his career as a teacher in Bedford-Stuyvesant before becoming an assistant principal at Bishop Loughlin and later a principal at schools on Long Island and in Westchester. “We’ve proven through the successes of our own students that there is a right way to get yourself to the head of the class.”
Leibman’s book takes aspiring teachers from the beginning of their journey as an undergraduate student and offers advice for every step of the way. Topics include building a powerful network of supporters, avoiding resume pitfalls and taking control of a job interview. Leibman, who graduated from St. Francis College in 1971, also explains the best ways to transition to teaching from the corporate world.
Leibman has experienced the educational system from all sides — from teaching to administration. He even opened a new school, P.S. 5, in Upper Manhattan. Now, as a professor at St. Francis College, he helps current students embark on their own educational journeys.
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