For any of the students out there who attended Strathmore during the years between 1997 and 2006, there is a really good chance you had Mr. Jim Karjala as an English Teacher. I personally remember spending an hour or so every afternoon after lunch reading books which I remember vividly even 12 years later, such as Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, and doing creative writing exercises that went above and beyond basic grammar and structure lessons and taught the students how to express their thoughts.
Mr. Karjala has since retired from teaching, and during his retirement has authored his debut
book, a set of short stories called Goodfellow, which has been published and is now available for purchase. Jim Karjala writes about Goodfellow:
“It's about my strange life growing up, fictionalized of course, but each story is based on a "true" experience starring my alter-ego, Preston Goodfellow and his nemesis, Billy. The stories are humorous, poignant, and a good reminder of the way it used to be when the world made some sense. . . “
Goodfellow has already obtained stunning reviews by readers and is a great point of pride for the Strathmore High School Community.
Below features the book synopsis and a link to where you can purchase the book:
Once upon a time in America, there was a set of standards with which I grew up. We actually had to deal with shame, disappointment, not making the team because we simply weren’t good enough, showering with the other seventh-grade boys which clearly illustrated that life wasn’t fair, and sadly, we were not all created equally, and, yes, we kept score. There were winners and there were losers. Adults were respected and even feared as they demonstrated right from wrong. It was pretty clear and unambiguous.
The idiosyncrasies and foibles of childhood, often painful at the time, but, just as often hysterically funny in retrospect, are the source of the following stories. My life back then would not have been considered “normal” for the times; nevertheless, I thank God for those standards which held the line for all of us, and, just as important, that I didn’t receive special treatment despite some challenges. Let me just add, Preston Goodfellow turned out okay, and he and I both know why.