FIRST YEAR, A NOVEL BY J.O. SALLS
Like his parents, J.O. Salls pursued a career in education. He taught high school English in Amery, Wisconsin, for 3 years and Silver Bay, Minnesota for 16 years. For another 19 years he taught in Hawaii in classrooms ranging from middle school through community college. His wife, Lila, taught in public elementary schools for 34 years. They continue to strongly support public education, its teachers, and its students.
His life-long association with schools brings genuine warmth, affection and a passion for public education to his writing, along with insights into how schools and their inhabitants cope and sometimes prosper between moments of despair and pure exhilaration.
A native of Minnesota, father of two, grandfather of 13, teacher of thousands, John lives with his wife Lila overlooking Big Stone Lake near Ortonville, MN.