Tom Rademacher is an 8th grade English teacher in the Minneapolis area. His book, It Won’t Be Easy, An Exceedingly Honest (and slightly unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching was released in April of 2017 and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. He has spoken and trained at numerous TedX events, universities, and at conferences around the country. His writing has also appeared in Education Post, City Pages, MinnPost, and Huffington Post. In 2014 he was honored as Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year.
'It Won't Be Easy, An Exceedingly Honest (and slightly unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching
"Tom's work stands in for what so many teachers need: the teacher-friend whose room you can stomp into when you need empathy over your lack of coolness; the friend who will make you feel better about the mistakes you made, who will celebrate your crazy schemes, who will help you find your reasons why you need to come back when you want to quit."
- Shanna Peeples, 2015 National Teacher of the Year, Author of 'Thinking Like Socrates'
My Two Books (so far):
It Won't Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest, and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching)
Rademacher does not hold back... his honest, inspiring, and often humorous book will appeal to teachers, future teachers, and those interested in education.
Raising Ollie: How My Nonbinary Art-Nerd Kid Changed (Nearly) Everything I Know
As vulnerable and honest a piece I’ve ever read from an educator, Tom Rademacher’s beautiful and conversational story ought to encourage more of us to dig deeper and reflect harder.
— José Luis Vilson, educator, father, executive director of EduColor, and author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education