PEEKSKILL, NY -- The Field Library will host a book signing and reception for area resident Margaret Dunajski Harde on Saturday. She will be signing copies of her first book, "Schooltime Reflections - "Feelings 202," from 1 to 4 p.m. in the library gallery.
Harde was born and raised in Peekskill, attended Peekskill schools, and has resided here for most of her life. After college she taught seventh and eighth grade social studies primarily in Peekskill, where she also served as a mentor, tutor, story-hour specialist, and college supervisor for student-teachers.
In the book, Harde describes her feelings and emotions growing up as a student and later as a teacher in the public schools of Peekskill. The book draws upon real life stories taken from her actual experiences in the classroom and in life, which served as the emotional guide upon which she built her approach to teaching and interacting with students and others.
Harde hopes her universal experiences will serve as a guide to help inspire and encourage present and future teachers and others to recognize the importance of being perceptive to another persons emotional needs, and being proactive in understanding and treating students and others appropriately.
During her career Harde received many awards and accolades from groups such as the Peekskill High School Interact Club and Westchester Community College, as well as the Outstanding Teacher of American History in the Millennium Award presented by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Employee of the Year designation conferred by the Peekskill City School District. She was also given a monetary grant from the local chapter of the Rotary Club, which she used to create the Peekskill Middle School Learning Center.