California Educator

December/January 2021

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Raquel Ramsey at the 2018 screening of Never Surrender at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, which presented her with the sculpture she holds. Family Stories of Courage CTA/NEA-Retired member Raquel Ramsey has co-written Taking Flight: The Nadine Ramsey Story, about a courageous woman who helped clear the flight path for today 's female combat and commercial aviators. In October 1944, Nadine Ramsey (the author 's future sister-in-law) was 33 and flying the cutting-edge P-51 Mustang to the war in Europe. Taking Flight is the inspiring story of a girl from Depression-era Kansas who overcame tremendous challenges and defied convention to become an elite pilot — one of the few American women to fly fighter aircraft during World War II. Raquel Ramsey taught for 24 years in Beverly Hills Unified School District. In 2016, she was co-executive producer of Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story, a documen- tary about her late husband, who in 1942 led the final horse-mounted cavalry charge in U.S. Army history. After the fall of Bataan, Ed Ramsey became a member of the Filipino resistance, commanding over 40,000 Filipino guerrilla troops against Japan. Life-Changing Dreams As a 30-year English teacher, Paul Forster, Santa Barbara Teachers Association, has found his high school students have a fascination with dreams and with beliefs and philosophies of different religions. They also have "a fascination with the future," he says, "which is usually presented as dystopian." In his new young adult novel Night- book, a high schooler and his diverse group of friends develop a new technology that creates lucid and life-changing dreams. Written from various characters' viewpoints that challenge religious stereotypes, Nightbook is set in a tolerant future that is not bleak. On Amazon and Amazon Kindle. 64 CTA & You Often educators' creativity spills over into a book, blog, app or other work. We're happy to showcase members' talents. From Within Continued on page 63

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