Kay McSpadden, Winthrop alumna, teacher, and well-known author, will discuss her recent book Notes from a Classroom - praised by Publisher's Weekly for its "hard-earned wisdom, gentle humor and memorable student portraits." Notes chronicles Kay's experiences teaching English at York Comprehensive High School. Please come join us for Kay's real-world description of a teacher's life and insightful look at current issues in education.
Kay McSpadden has taught high school English in rural South Carolina since 1977. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Winthrop University and earned national certification in English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2001.
Since 1999 she has written op-ed columns for the Viewpoint page of the Charlotte Observer and currently writes on alternating Saturdays. Kay has written and recorded radio commentaries for WFAE, the Charlotte affiliate of National Public Radio. . Her first novel, Feeding the Ghosts, was a finalist in the 2004 Novello Contest. Her first novel Feeding the Ghosts, was a finalist in the 2004 Novello Contest. She has also written several award-winning short stories and poems.
Kay and her husband Randy, a Presbyterian minister, have two sons: Jamie, a senior at Yale, and Will, who is a sophomore at Emory.
There will be a book signing immediately following the program.
This is an Approved Cultural Event.