Front Of The Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had

Wins Independent Publisher Award


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     Congratulations to Brad Cohen, author of Front Of The Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had, who just won an Independent Publisher Award for Best  Education Book of 2005.

     The "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, over 1500 "IPPYs" have been awarded to authors and publishers from throughout North America and around the world. This year's awards attracted entries from all 50 U.S. States, 7 Canadian Provinces, and 16 foreign countries.

     From Brad Cohen's website:

     Front of the Class is an inspiring true story of incredible challenges and unwavering determination. As a child with Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder of the brain that causes the body to make strange sounds and uncontrollable violent twitches, Brad was beaten, mocked and shunned. Some thought he was possessed by the devil. Others, including members of his own family, refused to be seen with him in public. As an adult, Brad overcame all odds to become an award-winning teacher of the year for the state of Georgia. The road in between was a roller coaster ride in perseverance.

     Brad is an inspiration in overcoming life’s challenges. Nothing, not even Tourette Syndrome, stops him from pursuing—and achieving—his goals. From the depths of abuse that his teachers piled on him, Brad became determined to become the teacher he never had. After several dozen rejection letters, Brad finally found a teaching home where he taught second-graders not only reading, writing and math, but also about love and acceptance of all people. Today, Brad still gets ejected from movie theaters and restaurants, but he is one of the most outgoing and positive people you will ever meet. He is cherished by his students, and he chairs a Relay for Life fundraising program for Georgia’s Cobb County. On a mission to encourage and inspire today’s youth, Brad Cohen is an inspiration to us all.  

     Brad Cohen earned Georgia’s First Class Teacher of the Year award, is a motivational speaker, former “Homer” mascot for the Atlanta Braves, county chair for the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life,” founder of an overnight camp for children with Tourette’s, and much more. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Coauthor Lisa Wysocky is an author, motivational speaker, horse trainer for Saddle Up! therapeutic horseback riding program, and owner of a public-relations firm in Nashville, Tennessee. Foreword writer Jim Eisenreich is a former Major League baseball player with Tourette’s, and he founded the Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children with Tourette Syndrome.

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