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[Perspectives] In search of a teacher

“Written and Illustrated by…” These words were written on a blackboard in September, 1971, in crisp, authoritative chalk. We first graders at Colton Elementary School sat in awe as a young, energetic teacher took the stage in our lives. Ms Zive (and she was the first person we knew who ever used the term Ms) beguiled us with a dazzling smile, a secret store of Bugle corn snacks, plus the tantalising promise to let us in on the magic that adults possessed: reading.