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NaNoWriMo & Wheaton Norths Teachers

By: Angelina Grimm

In honor of November being National Novel Writing Month, the teachers at Wheaton North were asked about their favorite books of all time. In addition, these teachers were asked what they would write about if they were to participate in the NaNoWriMo challenge where they are supposed to write a 50,000-word novel in just a month. Teachers of all different subjects were questioned.

Starting with a favored English teacher, Mr. Bellini, whose favorite book of all time is The Great Gatsby. Mr. Bellini loves this book because he has read the book multiple times, at different stages of his life. Each time he finds new ways to connect with the book. He believes this book applies to everyone and recommends that everyone should read it. If Mr. Bellini were to write his very own book he would write about the human experience in everyday life.

Next up from the physical education department is Mrs. Lemp. Her favorite book is Fearless by Eric Blehm, which focuses on true stories in the military. She recommends this book to anyone who can relate to struggling in school but still making the most out of their life and career. This book would also be enjoyed by anyone interested in the military in general. Mrs. Lemp would write her own book about parenting. She would highlight how parenting older kids are much more difficult than parenting younger kids. Based on her personal experiences as a parent she would inform others to never judge another parent on how they raise their children.

Mr. Reicher shares his favorite book, Legacy by James Kurr. The story is about the success of a New Zealand all-black rugby team. Mr. Reicher recommends anyone who is interested in being a leader in any type of organization to read Legacy. He would personally choose to write 50,000 words about the significance of building relationships in a classroom.

Next is Mrs. Switalski who would prefer to write a novel on a mystery thriller that is impossible to figure out the ending. Her favorite book that she has read is The Storied Life of A.J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. The story involves a bookstore owner and a love of books/stories. Mrs. Switalski recommends anyone who likes books about relationships to read The Storied Life of A.J Fikry.

Next from the social studies department is Mr. Walsh, who loves the book Toughness by Jay Bilas. He recommends this book to everyone as it talks about toughness and resilience. If Mr. Walsh had to write a book he would use his own personal life lessons and skills to help others become successful.

Our last teacher to be interviewed was Mr. Wolferd who says his favorite book is Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. He recommends this book to anyone who has lost their way and is seeking comfort. If Mr. Wolferd was to write a book he would explain navigating life through his personal experiences. He believes the story would bring out many emotions in the readers including sadness, joy, and indifference.

Many teachers would choose to write about life lessons and experiences they have gone through. It would be interesting to read a book written by one of our Wheaton North teachers. Be sure to check out some of your favorite teachers' books that they recommended!

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