Hello neighbors,

Nellie E. Bird Elementary. West Junior High. Plymouth Salem High School. Albion College. University of Oregon. Each of my alma maters have left an indelible impression on me. My fifth-grade teacher was a tough boot camp sergeant in the classroom but a puppy dog at the swim club where he taught swim lessons or when we met in the aisles of the dime store. I learned teachers ARE people with families and interests outside taking attendance and handing out tests (remember the aroma of those dittos?).

As our kids return to the classrooms this month (August 1 for Atlanta Public Schools), let’s remind our students that their teachers are just as anxious about the new school year as they are. Teaching empathy is important at any age and perhaps more important now than ever. Be nice!

Colleen and I are thrilled to bring you this third issue of Midtown Lifestyle and hope you will continue to share your ideas for inspiring stories (we’d love to profile your family’s favorite teacher). Have a thoughtful August.




On the cover:

These little readers are enjoying the Peachtree Library above MODA. The present Atlanta-Fulton County Library System began in 1902 as the Carnegie Library of Atlanta, one of the first public libraries in the United States. The Peachtree Street branch in Midtown is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon – 6 p.m. The Peachtree Library Meeting Room seats 50 persons and is available for community meetings. 1315 Peachtree Street NE, 404.885.7830. Photography by Fredrik Brauer