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Donna Chiera
NJAFT President

Anyone who has taught will say, 'I know that student. I know that administrator.' Gerard shows how the documentation of teaching has become more important than the actual teaching of our next generation. This book touches the reader's emotions.

Jeremiah Kleckner
Teacher, Coach and Author of Major Decision

As an educator for what feels like time immemorial, I am eager to learn from anyone who has mastered a classroom. Who’s Tougher Than Us? exposes Donna Gerard as the kind of teacher you had back when you weren’t old enough to value her genuine integrity and respect for the job. While so many books on education attempt to reinvent teaching and sell you a small fortune of useless merchandise, the deeper meanings in Donna Gerard’s experiences cut to the core of the most egregiously ignored skills that help new and veteran teachers establish a thriving classroom environment and manage professional responsibilities. Any community of educators should add this title to their shelves immediately.

David Aretha
Award-Winning Author

Not sure what’s going on in today’s public schools? Gerard, a longtime teacher, gives us an insider’s perspective on students, fellow teachers, and the dreaded rules and regulations. Some stories are shocking and heartbreaking; others hilarious and inspiring. Who’s Tougher Than Us? engaged, informed, and often entertained me. It’s a highly valuable book, particularly for those who aspire to be teachers.

Diane D.
Retired Special Educator, Reading Specialist, and Administrator

Rarely do you find a book written by a veteran of an industry who so candidly lays out the rewards and challenges of the profession. Gerard has done exactly that for teaching. Current teachers will groan in solidarity about daily battles over students, copiers, testing, paperwork, parents, and administrators, and will smile at Teacher Validation Days, the camaraderie between colleagues, and the universal dread of trying to teach the period after lunch.


For newer teachers, forewarned is forearmed. Perhaps this glance into authentic classroom life will prepare them for some of the rough spots they will undoubtedly face, and stem the tide of bright young minds leaving the profession. The kids need you more than ever!

Carolyn Moran
Retired Teacher

If I could give you a golden award or a million roses, I would. You were a very dedicated and loving teacher. Your memoir is great!

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