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June 8, 2015

SFC Professor Writes Book for Aspiring Teachers

St. Francis Professor Peter Leibman '71 Authors New Book for New Teachers

St. Francis College Education Majors have had remarkable success in securing teaching positions after graduation. The professors at St. Francis all have years of educational experience and a commitment to developing the next wave of solid classroom leaders.

Launch a teaching career

Now, one of those professors, Peter Leibman '71, an educator with more than 40 years of experience as a teacher and school administrator, breaks down the process in his first book, Launch a Teaching Career: Secrets For Aspiring Teachers (Rowman & Littlefield).

Peter Leibman

"This is the perfect time to become a full-time teacher and yet too many college graduates cannot secure a teaching position," said Dr. Leibman who began as a teacher in Bedford-Stuyvesant before becoming an Assistant Principal at Bishop Loughlin and later a Principal at schools on Long Island and in Westchester. "We've proven through the successes of our own students that there is a right way to get yourself to the head of the class."

Professor Leibman's book takes aspiring teachers from the beginning of their journey as an undergraduate student and offers advice for every step of the way. Topics include; building a powerful network of supporters, avoiding resume pitfalls, and how to take control of a job interview. Dr. Leibman, who graduated from St. Francis College in 1971, also explains the best ways to transition to teaching from the corporate world.

Dr. Leibman has experienced the educational system from all sides, from teaching to administration. He even opened a brand new school, PS 5 in Upper Manhattan. Now, as a professor at St. Francis College, he helps current students embark on their own educational journeys.

Peter P. Leibman, EdD, is associate professor and Supervisor of Student Teachers at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, New York where St. Francis College graduates are securing full-time teaching positions in record numbers. Dr. Leibman has served as school principal (K–12), Director of Planning in central office, and President of the Principals' Association on Long Island in an extensive career.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.

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