"Naim continues to write brilliantly. I am an eyewitness to his leadership, teaching skills and culture building. This book is a needed refresher for seasoned teachers like myself and an inspiration for those entering the profession. He serves his readers with personal experiences linked with wise advice and a touch of humor. Get your copy now, or spread kindness by purchasing one for a colleague or a teacher/leader you know."
-Luanne Beebe (Kindergarten Teacher)
"Naim Q. Sanders has done it again with an insightful glimpse into teaching and leading with A Sacred Place for Learning. If you have not had the pleasure of knowing ‘Mr.Sanders’ professionally, this book embodies the thoughtful, meaningful conversations with nuggets of wisdom that are always right on time. His words of reflection on his experiences make the reader think more critically about his/her own experiences in the classroom and in life. I envision myself using this book in future teaching endeavors to guide my self-reflection in the classroom. The chapters are very easily digestible making this the perfect choice for a reading selection when you have only a few minutes at a time to sneak away and read. This book has something valuable for all teachers and I would recommend it to teachers in all stages of teaching.”
-Carleigh Evans (Intervention Specialist)
“The book gave me lots of things to think about, for students and my own kids. I really liked chapter 8, Being Nice and my favorite section was on school culture. School culture is such a vital part of how schools’ functions as the author points out. When Naim wrote about evaluating schools based on if I would send my kids there, I had to stop and think. I often do that when looking at teachers but had not really thought about it in the larger picture of the school. The climate of the school is so important to the learning process. As Naim stated, “it’s when you first walk into the building”. I think so much of what was written in A Sacred Place For Learning: Teaching, Leading & Culture is good for educators to stop and think about.”
-Kristi Klise (Reading Recovery Teacher)
"A true reflection of teaching and leading shine throughout this whole book. Naim’s honest observations, knowledge, and passion are helpful and relatable to every teaching life."
-Missy McCoy (Instructional Coach)
"Just finished this book! Been in education for 22 years and I have sticky notes all over, highlighting, new ideas/thoughts, and reflecting on and celebrating what I am doing as an educator. This is the season! If you want to grow, purchase this book!"
-Benita Gordon (Educator, Consultant & Coach)
"A Sacred Place For Learning: Teaching, Leading & Culture is a well crafted masterpiece that brings two worlds together that have been separated far too long. Naim has reunited the church and the school in a manner that few educators have dared to do. For educators who have been called to education, your calling will be affirmed through each page of this dynamic book.”
-Gary Tate Jr. (Administrator for Cincinnati Public Schools)
"In the book, The Beautiful Struggle of Teaching, Naim Sanders does a beautiful job relating to the ups and downs of the life of an educator. Through his experiences, he so eloquently conveys the beauty that arises from the day to day struggles and inspires educators to question and further understand the depth in which educators touch and inspire the lives of others. His words give educators the confirmation they need to accept their flaws yet work hard to improve themselves with each passing day. This short book is full of powerful quotes that teachers can connect with and words of wisdom that will guarantee to move, motivate and inspire. All educators can benefit and learn from the rich experiences and the stories that Naim shares. For me, this book helped me readjust the way I look at teaching and serving others and it was a wonderful reflection tool that reminded me of why I do what I do every day. I can't wait to share this book with my team of educators! If you are an educator who is looking for a little bit of inspiration and motivation in your life! This is the book for you!"
-Mona Widdi Salti (Principal)
"I loved that the book is so simple to read because it is real and authentic. Each short chapter is so relational to teachers or leaders that are in the school rat race. In particular, the chapters Body Language Says a Lot, Stay Inspired, and Peak and Valleys highlight so many truths as an educator.... Keep growing and leading daily sir!"
-Max Lallathin, (Principal)
"The Beautiful Struggles of Teaching is not only poignant, but spot-on. Not only reflective and motivating... but inspirational. You did good Naim. You deserve kudos on this one!"
-Ranay Nunamaker (Regional Technical Assistance Representative)
"It's a wonderful read. A combination of facing reality and motivation."
-Elizabeth Bridges (Ohio Department of Education)
"It’s an easy read and in fact I could just set a small goal for each chapter every night since they weren’t too long. I love the notes pages. It is inspiring, refreshing and motivating. You are correct, it’s a beautiful struggle."
-Future Cane (Assistant Principal)
"The Beautiful Struggles of Teaching is rich with knowledge from an experienced educator who is steeped in the work of education. There is a common theme threaded throughout each chapter that screams, 'hang in there'. Naim touches on areas that only teachers can articulate."
-Emmanuel Anthony (Principal)
"In a climate where teachers often feel discouraged, disillusioned, deserted, drained, defeated and misunderstood, Naim Q. Sanders masterfully reaches into the very core of a teacher's heart and offers dignity, courage and hope. The Beautiful Struggles of Teaching empowers teachers to rediscover who they are both personally and professionally as it invites them to bring the wonder of their authenticity to the workplace. Sanders instinctively inspires teachers to give their all--withholding nothing--by reminding them that they are valued, they are necessary and they are enough. This book is a teacher's treasure and should be used as a book study in all schools throughout the United States and abroad.”
-Lisa Hayes (TESOL Teacher)
"The Beautiful Struggles of Teaching by Naim Sanders offered a myriad of validations for the thoughts and feelings I have experienced as a professional in the teaching field. The author provided a lens into the teaching profession that allows for teachers to take a step back, inhale, exhale, and come to the realization that we are not alone in our teaching endeavors, both in our admirable successes and miserable failures. He offers advice, encouragement, wisdom, and moments of amusement through his anecdotal experiences in the field of education. This book comes highly recommended if you are lucky enough to be part of the exhilarating profession of teaching."
-Carleigh Evans (Special Education Teacher)
"Experiencing the book, The Beautiful Struggles of Teaching by Naim Sanders is truly a fresh breeze on a spring day, after a long, hard winter. No matter where you are in your teaching career, do yourself a huge favor and read this book! It speaks to the hearts of all teachers, giving our souls much needed honest encouragement and hope. Mr. Sanders offers encouragement and insight into how to find your personal and teaching gifts; how to grow them, and then how to share them with students and teachers alike. I appreciated hearing from the heart of an experienced educator encouraging me to be the best teacher I can possibly be each and every day; holding nothing back. Reading this book helped reinvigorate my passion for making a positive, purposeful impact on all my students. Thank you for giving educators an attainable vision for how we can give our best to our students every day!”
-Nancy Florence (Social Studies Teacher)
"Two thumbs up for The Beautiful Struggles of Teaching! The book is ideal for any educator who just cannot bear to read another long, drawn-out, data-driven book on education! This makes the book an all-in-one for reading and reflection. The author has a unique gift of acknowledging teacher’s struggles, while offering encouragement, support, and practical strategies along the way. I have shared this book with colleagues, who like myself, are teaching in a high-stress environment (don’t we all). This book is right on time for the staff that is doing all they can to stay afloat. The Beautiful Struggles of Teaching is a must-read for any educator, novice or veteran!
-Sybil Stokes (Special Education Teacher)
"Every educator will be able to identify with the stories and profit from the advice author Naim Sanders provides throughout the book. Chapters such as "Peaks & Valleys," "Don't Take It Personally", and "Find the Humor" draw upon experiences that all educators have encountered and offer tips on how to reignite your passion for education." Each chapter opens with a thought provoking quote which is followed by relevant advice and real-life anecdotes that could be pulled from any educator's classroom."
-Beth Hench (Elementary School Principal, written for Principal Navigator Magazine)
"The Beautiful Struggles of Teaching is a must read. As a teacher with 20 years of experience, this book resonated with me deeply. I was able to find myself in many of the chapters. I especially appreciated how Naim reminded us that we are not just teachers but generational influencers. Our interactions in the classroom can have a lifetime impact. Naim clearly conveyed that teaching is an investment and those who choose this path will encounter some hurdles, but we certainly can enjoy the journey. Thank you Naim for being a caring and a positive voice in the education field."
-Deborah Franklin, ReachONE Consulting Services