Harper Lee's Love Letter to Teaching

Harper Lee's Love Letter to Teaching
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Before 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' Lee wrote about why people become educators, author Casey Cep discovered. One of the very first articles Lee ever published was titled “Why I Entered Teaching,” which I discovered while working on my book, “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee.” Lee's piece was not a memoir. She never taught, but her first job when she moved to New York City from a small town in Alabama involved editing an education trade magazine called The School Executive. Not long after she started working there, when she was only 23 years old, she snagged her first byline by summarizing a survey in which administrators, classroom teachers, and teaching students explained why they entered the profession.

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