Beginner’s Mind—From Shipyard to Harvard Yard: Embracing Endless Possibilities

In a New England shipyard town in 1968, a 10-year-0ld child goes to school and is inspired by Miss D, a fourth-grade teacher who aims to educate the whole child, not just adhere to the standard curriculum. The beginning learner understands that art and music are for everyone and learns to carve her own path in life. Miss D’s efforts pay off when, years later, the child is accepted to Harvard University. Educators of all kinds—parents, teachers, homeschoolers and administrators—will benefit from the life lessons that prove what can happen when the student’s potential is unlimited in the classroom.

Winner of the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award