by Penny Petrone
Penny Petrone’s first memoir, Breaking the Mould (1995) told the story of growing up in Port Arthur as the daughter of working-class immigrant parents. The second volume, Embracing Serafina (2000), recounted her continuing search for identity. With Schoolmarm, her life’s narrative is now complete.
In Schoolmarm, Penny recalls a teaching career that began at North Bay Normal School and culminated at the Lakehead University Faculty of Education where she, in turn, trained teachers. Along the way she taught in Europe and Africa, in big cities and rural communities across Ontario, and at virtually every level from one-room schoolhouses to university classrooms.
Penny Petrone published many works during her lifetime including three volumes of memoirs, "Breaking the Mould," "Embracing Serafina," and now "Schoolmarm." Penny won the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations' Teaching Award in 1988, Lakehead University's first Distinguished Teacher Award in 1989, and the Elizabeth Kouhi Award in 2004.
She died in 2005.
4.5" x 7", 224 p. and 31 images