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Peace Train Artwork - DenmarkEver since my first experience in the classroom, I have loved teaching.

I have taught students of all ages, from elementary school age to adults returning to college, in several areas of the United States. I was teaching in rural Florida the year Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was killed. One of my students from the yet-unintegrated schools, witnessed the killing of a black man at a local gas station that year too. A coroner's jury was called; and the white station owner was acquitted on the spot. In Michigan, as an innocent, first-year English teacher, I ended up coaching both the junior and senior class plays as well as teaching an evening school course to adults in the community, who put on three one act plays--all in an auditorium so new we had to create sets, lighting and backdrops from scratch.

Most often I have taught writing classes. In all of them, I have found the use of dreams and dream work eagerly requested by students as an enhancement of creativity. For an excerpt from my 1981 book, Dreams Beyond Dreaming, about the value of dreams as a teaching tool, go here.

In addition to public school teaching, as the director of a nonprofit organization researching aspects of creativity, I have presented lectures and taught classes, seminars and workshops for organizations as diverse as the Norfolk, Virginia Public Schools' Gifted and Talented Programs; the Medical College of Virginia; and The College of William and Mary.

There is no doubt in my mind that a good teacher is following one of the most important careers available. One of the proudest moments of my life was the day I graduated from the Masters in Humanities Program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Standing next to me in line was a young, tall guy, looking serious in his cap and gown. He looked at me and asked, "Are you Jean Campbell?" Noting my blank stare, he went on. "You probably don't remember me." (He was right.) "I was in your World Literature class at Princess Anne High School. You're the reason I'm here today."

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