Angels in My Classroom: How Second Graders Saved My Life is a memoir that gives readers a detailed glimpse into the human factor of teaching by using humor, healing and joy to tell the story of how one teacher coped with her husband’s untimely death from cancer. The book (set in a picturesque neighborhood school in Chicago) details how Lee-Ann’s passion for her class of second graders allowed her to not only cope with her husband’s sickness and death, but also it helped her heal students who were also dealing with loss. As the story progresses and her husband’s death becomes inevitable, Lee-Ann realizes that her journey through grief is the catalyst she needed to leave her comfort zone of the classroom and embark on the journey of a thousand steps into a world without her husband. The book Angels in My Classroom is a solid example of the love that teachers not only have for their students, but the love that students show for their teachers in times of need.

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