I was born in Kansas City and went to elementary school and junior high school in Independence, Missouri. My junior high school was across the street from Harry Truman's house. As a 7th grader, I often hung out the window to tell President Truman hello as he went on his daily walks with his entourage of secret service agents. He was frequently kind enough to speak back. He would often stop and listen to our junior high band play.
I have been in the Air Force and worked as a Chinese linguist; I was a medical technician; I have worked as a route salesman for Coca-Cola, a beer distributorship, for Frito-Lay, and then I became a teacher.
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I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!