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Katie Roberta Stevens has worked as a professional grant writer for public school districts for the last 14 years. Prior to that, she taught high school English and enjoyed coaching and serving as the advisor to various high school clubs. Stevens considers herself a true "Jersey girl," but now resides in Florida with her husband. She recently published her first book, a memoir, entitle My Mother Killed Christ: But God Loves Me Anyway.
Katie Roberta Stevens combines her struggles as a 1960s Catholic schoolgirl trying to keep faith in a home ruled by a mentally ill mother who believed she killed Jesus. While searching for love in toxic relationships, she strives to create a stable family life in her memoir, "My Mother Killed Christ: But God Loves Me Anyway" (ISBN 0615438091).
Due to her mother's frequent admissions to mental hospitals, Stevens and her four brothers and sisters were forced to raise themselves near Newark, New Jersey, where they resorted to shoplifting for basic necessities, like food, toiletries and clothing. Her troubled childhood bled into young adulthood as she searched for parental love within her romantic relationships -- she even had an affair with a priest throughout high school, married a man twice her age in college and had an affair with a married man for 12 years.
"Despite all of the changes since my story began in the 1960s, one truth will never change," Stevens says. "Regardless of where you were born, education is the golden ticket to a better life."
Stevens wants to show through her memoir that teachers have the opportunity to make a dramatic change in the lives of at-risk students. Rather than simply throwing money at the system, she encourages the country to create an educational environment that allows competent teachers to make a personal connection with every student, which in turn will create more proficient learners. For Stevens, one teacher scribbling five or six words of praise across her high school journal saved her life.
"My Mother Killed Christ: But God Loves Me Anyway" is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels. "My Mother Killed Christ: But God Loves Me Anyway" is also available in Kindle e-book format.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 24, 2011 The True Tests
Testing is not the key to improving education in America. Creating an environment where competent teachers can make a meaningful connections with ALL students will facilitate increased achievement. This doesn't cost money and cannot be measured by a standardized test.
SHARE Friday, May 27, 2011 The Golden Years
When my husband retired from his job as Superintendent of Schools, we knew things would change financially, but not this much!
SHARE Thursday, May 26, 2011 You Never Know
Parents face overwhelming obstacles during this challenging time in history. They should keep their composure and humor, and not dispair. Despite the daily difficulties they face,their role as their children's first and most influential teachers is paramount. Regardless of where their children stand today on the continuum of success and failure, parents can never really know the full impact of the miracle they're growing.