Mary Ann’s Mountain has stories to tell, lessons to teach, and secrets to keep. Life on a farm in the mountainous coalfields of Virginia has its ups and downs for this fifth grader. Sixth grade brings challenges of a different kind. When Mary Ann leaves the two room school on the mountain to attend sixth grade in the big two story school in town, the class bully becomes a problem. In addition, the beautiful new farm cat refuses to acknowledge Mary Ann.
Mary Ann Rose Hart, a retired teacher, began her career of 36 years teaching French in grades 3-6 in East Tennessee transitioning to grades 3-5 in North Carolina. The author received a master’s degree in education from Appalachian State University with emphasis on the emerging adolescent and reading skills instruction. Mary Ann enjoyed teaching reading, creative writing, and math in a multi-cultural school.
Some outsiders call us folks who live in the mountainous coalfields of Virginia hillbillies or rednecks. Mother says we are neither. Mother says that we are just hardworking mountain people with the same hopes and dreams as everyone else.
Our farm sits on a high ridge overlooking the Cumberland Mountains to the west and the Clinch Mountains to the east. Our mountain is so high that at night, I can almost touch the moon and the stars.