The brilliant insights of educator and author Stephen Davenport truly shine in this series based around a tight-knit private school community.
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Saving Miss Olivers: The fate of the beloved school is hanging in the balance...
The prestigious boarding school Miss Oliver's School for Girls is on the cusp of going under. The trustees just fired the headmistress of the last thirty-five years, and the alumnae and students are angry and determined to hate her successor, the new--and male--head Fred Kindler. If only he can gain the support of the legendary senior teacher Francis Plummer, then Fred might have a fighting chance to save the school; but no one except Francis's wife and the school librarian, Peggy, is willing to give Fred a chance.
With Fred's career on the line and the Plummers' marriage at stake, will Miss Oliver's survive to be the school it once was?
No Ivory Tower: After a tumultuous transitional year at the prestigious boarding school, Rachel Bickham now leads as the new head of Miss Oliver's School for Girls, ready to rush in an era of renewal and success. With beloved teacher Francis Plummer by her side, surely she can conquer anything thrown at her, perhaps even finally start a family of her own. But lately Rachel hears nothing about Francis's classes, once legend among the students... In fact, the praises have been suspiciously absent. In the meantime, financial crisis still looms over the school, and now there are rumors spreading of a big scandal concerning one of the students, Claire Nelson, who is like a daughter to Rachel. To save Claire from expulsion and preserve the school's reputation, Rachel must come up with a daring plan that may risk everything--her career, marriage, even the special bond with Claire--but it may just save them all.
More about Stephen Davenport
Stephen Davenport has taught in both day and boarding schools and served as the head of The Country School in Madison, CT, and The Athenian School in Danville, CA, and the director of the boarding camp Cragged Mountain Farm. Early in his career, he earned The Capital Area Distinguished Teacher Award from Trinity College. He has consulted with independent schools, including Headwaters Academy in Bozeman, doing executive searches, leading professional development workshops for faculties, and coaching school heads. Davenport's been published in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Sunday travel section, and the Saturday Review and is now a full-time writer and volunteer, serving on the board of The Athenian School and of Aim High in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives in Oakland, California.
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