New Book Chronicles An Educator’s Work With At Risk Youth For Over Fourteen Years
Author and educator, Dr. John Kellmayer is pleased to announce the release of his new book, The Mouse in the Microwave: A Memoir of Fourteen Years with at-Risk Youth. This new work tells the story of a county-wide alternative high school for chronically disruptive and disaffected students that in 1986.
John Kellmayer was hired to establish on the campus of Atlantic-CapeCommunity College, about fifteen miles east of Atlantic City. The Mouse is the story of young people who had been written off by society. For many of these students, happiness was a mirage, unapproachable, like a pool of water that you see at the end of a long stretch of highway on a hot and humid summer afternoon. The alternative school students were racing to devour the greatest volume of gratification before it killed them. The state grant that provided the initial funding for the school describes the student population:
"a history of violent and aggressive behavior; academic underachievement; substance abuse; learning disabilities; low self-esteem; depression; dysfunctional home situation; emotional and psychological problems; suicidal ideation."
The alternative school would serve every known social and learning pathology and group except adolescent serial killers and vampires. There was even a student who drank human blood and another student, a White supremacist, who wore a Whizzinator to try and beat a drug test.
The Mouse in the Microwave isn’t a scholarly book but rather a book about struggles, dreams, and rising to meet challenges in the face of adversity. Told with a sense of humor, The Mouse is a poignant story about the underdog, about redemption, and about perseverance. It’s a story of treating troubled at-risk youth with kindness and decency — treating them as people rather than prisoners.
The Mouse in the Microwave: A Memoir of Fourteen Years with at-Risk Youth
Author: John Kellmayer Ed.D.
Publisher: At Risk Youth America Publications
Published: January 2012
About The Author
Dr. John Kellmayer is a school superintendent in New Jersey and a member of the faculty in the NovaSoutheasternUniversity doctoral program. A former high school principal, he has extensive experience with at-risk populations. Dr. Kellmayer, who also holds an M.B.A., has served as a consultant to business and industry and is knowledgeable about organizational development and leadership in both the public and private sectors. A former writing instructor on the faculties of PennState and TempleUniversities, he has published about 200 articles in newspapers, magazines, textbooks, and journals. He is the author of How To Establish an Alternative School, published by Corwin Press in 1995. Dr. Kellmayer has established a website--atriskyouthamerica.com dedicated to discussing the problems of at-risk youth.
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Dr. John Kellmayer
The Mouse in the Microwave is available for purchase online through the author’s website, Amazon.com, BN.com and other online retailers.