Jacklegs and Hickory Whips is a humorous motivational speech demonstrating the power of perseverance, learning from failure, and never giving up. Never! Based on Dr. Lauk's early experiences as a teacher, Ray shares the lessons of two seasoned, old-school teachers whose lessons are just as valuable today as they were in the 1980s! Ray student taught under Monte Whiteley, a legendary sixth grade teacher in Boulder, CO, who would critique Ray's teaching in early morning Saturday phone calls lasting for hours...and peppered with the phrase, “You jackass!” Monte taught Ray that every interaction with a child--no matter how seemingly insignificant or irrelevant--is an opportunity to deepen and further the relationship between the child and the teacher. As a first year teacher, Ray worked under a seasoned Reading Director, Maxine G. Martin, from Bear Creek, Alabama. If Ray ever felt that he had exhausted every technique to reach a child, Maxine would warn him that she would “hickory whip” him. Maxine's legacy was simple—You never give up on a child. NEVER! Learn from Monte and Maxine. Be energized! Have fun! And never give up on a child!