Meet retired teacher Pete Springer author of They Call Me Mom – #readilearn

I recently had the extreme pleasure of being interviewed by the Australian educator and blogger, Norah Colvin, about my book, They Call Me Mom. It was great to discuss my book, teaching career, and future goals.

Norah is one of those people who goes the extra mile for children. She combines her love of teaching and writing by creating original educational materials for students in the most crucial first years of school. While I’d appreciate you reading her interview, I also encourage you to check out her educational site as well as her blog. She has so many excellent educational materials for students in kindergarten-second grade.

Norah Colvin

Today it is my great pleasure to introduce you to Pete Springer. Pete was a classroom teacher for over thirty years. When he retired, he decided to share his experiences and wisdom with others who may be at different stages of their teaching journey. His book is a pleasure to read. He writes from the heart and every teacher will find something within the pages of his book with which they can identify or/and learn from. It will have you nodding your head in agreement, inspire an ‘aha’ moment, make you laugh and make you cry. From when you open the book until you close it, you will know that this is the honest voice of an authentic teacher who made, and continues to make, a positive difference to the lives of others.

About Pete Springer

Hi Pete, welcome to readilearn. Before we begin the interview, please tell us a…

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16 thoughts on “Meet retired teacher Pete Springer author of They Call Me Mom – #readilearn

  1. This is an in-depth, excellent interview. Thank you for the many interesting questions, Norah. And, thank you for your positive outlook and words of wisdom, Pete. Bravo!


    1. petespringerauthor July 12, 2020 — 2:09 pm

      I appreciated Norah’s excellent questions as it gave me a license to share some of my educational views. We, educators, need to look out for one another. I enjoy talking to Norah and learning how the Australian educational system varies from ours. It’s beautiful to see that there are passionate educators across the world.

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      1. Yes, she opened the door in a great way for you to share your views. We educators definitely need to stick together. Norah is terrific.

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  2. What a lovely intro, Pete. I’m heading over to read. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor July 12, 2020 — 6:29 pm

      Thanks, Diana. I’m more comfortable with putting the spotlight on others, but it was kind of Norah to approach me with the interview.

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      1. You’re welcome, Pete. I followed all the links and left a comment, but I think it needs to be approved. A lovely post and as always I’m impressed with your generosity of spirit and compassion for other teachers and for students. Take care.

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  3. This is an excellent interview, Pete! I read her post yesterday. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor July 12, 2020 — 7:34 pm

      Thanks for dropping by, Miriam. I appreciate all your support, and I enjoy discussing all of the writing issues we run into.


  4. Congratulations on such a great interview, Pete. Toni x

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    1. petespringerauthor July 13, 2020 — 8:26 am

      Thanks for taking the time to read it, Toni. I organize a monthly luncheon (pre-COVID) for my retired teacher colleagues and friends each month. I worked with some amazing educators.

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  5. wow- thirty years of teaching – i can only imagine the rippling effect Pete Springer’s teaching has had on the world. Too often teachers do not see the way their impact trickles – but of course we all know that – anyhow, — cheers to him and his new books sounds awesome- will check it out in 2021

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    1. petespringerauthor January 3, 2021 — 4:47 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. Having had some fabulous teachers in my life and an older brother who went into teaching, I’ve had some wonderful role models.

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      1. I have taught on and off since the 1990s and really was all over the place with grade level and subject (partly because we moved and then I stayed home with kids and worked part time) but I have a teacher’s heart too.
        And the recent comment chatting with you reminded me I never got to tell my 6th grade teacher how much he changed me for the better forever – he passed away a few years ago and I might dedicate a book to him someday – but he never knew what he did for me – and I bet you have many students like that too

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      2. petespringerauthor January 3, 2021 — 7:26 pm

        I just wrote to you on your contact form before I saw this. Thank you for your years of service. Yesterday, I read a startling statistic that said one-third of new teachers leave the profession in the first five years. That is incredibly sad and speaks to the frustration and lack of support so many teachers feel.

        I just got off the phone with one of my former principals, who is out there still changing lives at eighty-three years young. I wrote this piece about her a few months back.

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      3. Oh I will check out the piece you wrote later this week and look forward to it
        And thanks for your wonderful comment via the form – it made my day for a few reasons – first – it really is special to connect with another educator and also – I value what you said about not looking to follow more folks – that says a lot because you are nice and content with your following and not just going for numbers out here – (yawn to those who get in that trap – I was there a while back – only briefly -ha)
        Anyhow – looking forward to connecting and I will also be reading your book – and will let you know what I think

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      4. petespringerauthor January 4, 2021 — 10:57 pm

        I appreciate it. Let’s stay in touch.

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