~Endorsements for Keith~

For Keith’s Professional Development Seminars

John Zito <jzito1357@gmail.com>

To:  keith manos

Hi!  Thank you for your thoughtful and encouraging feedback throughout this course.  I take your suggestions seriously and will work to implement as much as I can.  As I think I said in an earlier email, I learned a lot in this course.  Thank you for helping me.

John Zito, Lake Erie International High School

Jennifer Michalski <jennifermichalski2724@gmail.com>

To:  keith manos

Thank you so much for your invaluable feedback! It was such a pleasure to take your course! Hope to work with you in the future!  Thanks again for taking your valuable time to give me specific, actionable feedback, I have learned so much from you!


David Lee, Walsh Jesuit HS, English Teacher

Thank you for a great course and for your feedback over the last month or more.  I greatly enjoyed the chance to rethink my teaching with the idea of trying to insure I am teaching students where they are now and where they will be in the future.


Newcome, Corinne <newcomec@walshjesuit.org>

To:  keith manos

Thank you for all of the ideas in class, your feedback, and overall help. You went above and beyond.


Tawnya Snyder <tawnya.snyder@gmail.com>

To: keith manos

Thank you for all of the information from the lessons and the booklet.  This has been a really informative course.  This course really made me think about my role in teaching digital literacy to my students and I really appreciate all of the examples of great lessons and sites.

Tawnya Snyder, Intervention Specialist, Firelands Elementary Schoo

For My Last Year of Life (in School)

“An entertaining book which gives the reader a view of the educational system through the eyes of a seasoned teacher. Had a hard time putting the book down, as I wanted to see what was going to happen next. A book worth having on your shelf.” [Jim M.]

“It isn isn’t often that an author captures experiences so familiar that you’d swear you lived the story yourself. After reading My Last Year of Life (in School), I was carried back to the classroom where I spent more than 20 years of my career. Keith Manos’s wonderful epistolary narrative gently illustrates both the internal and external frustrations plaguing public education: political wrangling, students damaged by poverty and dysfunctional homes, misguided education policies, teacher burnout, a chronic lack of funding, and high staff turnover. While teachers attempt to do the work of educating children, they are leapfrogging over one frustrating obstacle after another. Readers who have never experienced trying to engage 30 adolescents in a stuffy classroom may not be able to imagine how challenging, and often dispiriting, it is. And though Manos shares the absurdity of some of the day-to-day experiences, his absolute dedication to his students is clear. I would love to meet him sometime and hear how he feels now that three years have gone by since he retired. I’d also love to know what happened to some of the characters. His book does an exceptional job of capturing the struggles of teachers swimming against the tide. This is a wonderfully engaging read.” [Ginnie Jeschelnig, retired teacher]

I could really relate to the characters and events in Keith’s novel.  It was almost like he was describing my own school day.  As I read, I found myself at times nodding my head, laughing out loud, or sighing with concern.   I’m starting to wonder what my last year of teaching will be like. (Sarah Kelly (Special Education teacher, Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy, Chicago, Illinois)

For 101 Wrestling Drills and Games

“I bought this book to use with kids ages 6-13 and found it useful and informative. I especially liked the coaching tips found with each drill.” [Daniel Reynolds]

For Writing Smarter

“I am so happy and thrilled that I decided to purchase this book. It was an impulse purchase but it has become one of my favorite tools to use in my classroom. I teach middle school Language Arts and I have found this book to be so effective. The lessons are organized and outlined and there are more than enough activities to enhance learning and ensure mastery.I highly recommend it! It makes lesson planning and teaching so much easier!” [S. Martinez]

For The Elite Wrestler

Keith Manos’s book The Elite Wrestler is one that all coaches and athletes should read.  It captures the real difference there is among being an elite wrestler and one that is just doing it for recreation. If you want to be the best and to know what it takes to get there, then you need to read this book.  (Scot Davis, 2x National Coach of the Year (1998, 2007), 2009 USA Dream Team Coach, the Winningest Coach in Amateur Wrestling History – W/L 1129-197-4)

Having observed and ranked wrestlers for 33 years for Wrestling USA Magazine, I can confidently state that Keith’s book does a great job in identifying the characteristics and skills of these amazing athletes.  This is a must read for both coaches and wrestlers.  (Dan Fickel, National Editor, Wrestling USA Magazine)

For The Complete Handbook of Forms and Letters for Coaches and Athletic Directors

Everything and more of what I was searching for to assist in my leadership role in education-based athletics. I honestly can go on and on, but I just stopped reading all that’s offered in this tremendous resource just to submit a review.  (Quante Speight)

“It has been very helpful and has everything covered for anything you might need a form or letter for in athletics! Great investment!” [Mandy Vance]

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