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10/4/2005 Experiences of grade school teacher focus of Linfield lecture

McMINNVILLE – Phillip Done, an author and award-winning grade school teacher, will share inspirational and heartwarming stories from the classroom during a lecture on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Done will focus on themes of his book including the life-long learning experience of being a teacher, why imagination is more important than knowledge and the value of making a difference in a child’s life.

Done, who recently returned to the United States after teaching fourth grade at the American International School of Budapest in Hungary for the past five years, will also speak in Linfield multicultural education classes taught by Jioanna Carjuzaa, associate professor of education.

"Ninety-five percent of his students are non-native English speakers, so he has a lot of experience working with this segment," Carjuzaa said. "I thought it would be a wonderful chance for students to ask him about the American schools abroad."

Done authored the book "32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching," based on his 20 years of experience in the California school system. He is a graduate of San Jose State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in arts in education. He received the Charles and Helen Schwab Distinguished Teacher Award in 1998 and was named Teacher of the Year for the Sunnyvale School District in 1990.

The evening lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2476.