A Teacher's Tale
Joe Gilliland, author
It was never in author Joe Gilliland?s plan to become a teacher, certainly not a college teacher and most certainly not an English teacher. But that?s what happened, and he?s never looked back. In A Teacher?s Tale, he explains, how by neither planning for nor seeking a life of learning and teaching, lacking a syllabus or lesson plan, he discovered that a life in academe lay in his path?a path he?s followed for more than fifty years. A Teacher?s Tale begins in 1932 with Gilliland?s first experiences in schooling and concludes in the summer of 1955 just as he completes his apprenticeship and stands on the brink of becoming a qualified instructor in a small college in east Texas. This memoir presents a collection of stories about his experiences as a teacher and a college student. A story of schooling deeply immersed in the arts and humanities, A Teacher?s Tale shares Gilliland?s love of the university and how it compelled him to seek a life devoted to teaching, primarily in the community college arena. Through this narrative, he brings together a philosophy of higher education based on the importance of arts and humanities in today?s high- tech world.