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Fran Lewis

My Name Is Bertha

My Name Is Bertha
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Published by Xlibris
My Name is Bertha is soon to be followed by this new book called rnBertha Speaks Out. I spent my whole life living in the Bronx. I grew rnup on Southern Boulevard and Tremont Avenue. I went to P.S. 67 rnon Mohegan Avenue and to JHS 44 on Prospect Avenue. I really rnloved both of these schools and for the most part the teachers were rngreat. In this book you will learn how one teacher in my JHS really rnhelped me to find my inner voice and let it out in order to speak rnfreely. Throughout my years in elementary school and the start of rnJHS I was always taught to remain silent and not speak out for fear rnof being disrespectful. I soon learned that adults can be mean and rndisrespectful to children for some reason often got away with it. As rnan educator I learned that in order to teach children respect and rnproper behavior you had to give them the respect and love they rndeserved. I learned to listen to them when they wanted to express rnthemselves even if we disagreed. I learned to discipline without rnhumiliating them. I gave them the right to speak in order to help them rngrow into the young adults and adults they are today. I am so proud rnof all of them and what I know many of them have accomplished.rnrnrnrnAbout the book Ö rnrnGrowing up was difficult for me being overweight, too quiet and rnreally afraid to speak out in order to defend myself. In this book rnBertha learns that she needs to let her voice be heard and no longer rnallows herself to be the scapegoat. Not everyone is beautiful, looks rnlike a model or even dances like the pros, but everyone in the world rnevery child and adult is good at something. Find out what your rnstrengths are and build on them and success will be yours. rnrnBertha also learns in this book how to deal with a family memberís rndisease and how she and her sister Tillie work together to help the rnother members of her family when grandma gets Alzheimerís. rnrnI hope that you enjoy reading about Bertha and Tillie and learn that rnthere is a little bit of her in everyone.rnrnLovernBertha, Tillie and Fran Lewisrn
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