39 Weeks; Life behind the School Gates

An educator who survived heart surgery and cancer honours National Thank You Teacher day by gifting her book to every teacher in Britain. The 23rd June is ‘National Thank You Teacher Day’ and a former award winning Senior Deputy Head Teacher, Juliet Coley, has decided to give every teacher in the UK access to the Audio or eBook of her memoir: ‘39 Weeks; Life behind the School Gates.’

Juliet, who is a committed Christian and attends NTA Tooting, also goes under the author alias of Julz Bremmer said: “I have decided to gift my book ‘39 Weeks; Life behind the School Gates’ as a thank you to workers in a profession who are just amazing, selfless and who have been unsung heroes during the pandemic.”

It was in 2018 that Juliet decided to chronicle her 20+ years in education following a heart attack and quadruple heart bypass surgery by writing her book. She later updated the memoir after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy for bowel cancer.

She said, “I wrote 39 Weeks: Life Behind the School Gates just in case I did not make it from heart surgery. I had spent over two decades working with children and like many I had made a lot of sacrifices, but as a child of the Windrush generation I felt it important to tell my story which was influenced by my stoic grandparents and Caribbean ‘aunties and uncles’ who had a massive influence on me and my work in education.”

She continued, “I feel blessed that God has enabled me to overcome my two serious illnesses and I recognise that is important to give back and donating copies of my book to members of the teaching profession is my way of doing so.”

Following her recovery from heart surgery Juliet went back to teach and led a team that raised the level of achievement of over 1200 key stage 3 and 4 students at the inner city school where she taught.

Every school day is different and 39 Weeks: Life Behind the School Gates captures this and takes readers on a journey of a school year. Readers get to experience the highs, the lows, the fun, the stress and the reality of what happens in an inner city school from the perspective of a senior leader.

Juliet retired from teaching in 2019 following surgery for bowel cancer and is now using her talents in the world of publishing. She is now an award winning Publisher of children’s books written by black children. She has published 14 books, featuring contributions from 37 young writers. The most recent being: ‘Why Are They Crying’, a book on racism inspired by the murder of George Floyd and written by two girls aged 12 and 15.

“My hope is that 39 Weeks will remind teachers of the great work that they do and by gifting them free access to my book is just a small way of saying thank you to colleagues who I believe, are doing one of the greatest jobs in the world.”

Teachers can access a free Audio or eBook copy of ’39 Weeks: Life Behind the School Gates’ from Wednesday 23rd June 2021 by logging onto www.iamjulietcoley.com

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