Angel Park

Angel Park

by Patricia Kokinos


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Bureaucracy, corruption,

self-serving agendas, power politics . . .

Is that enough to cause a school administrator to commit suicide? Constance Demetrios is determined to find out exactly what happened as she plunges into the mystery of her boss's death, struggling with a convoluted school system that just isn't about kids anymore. As bizarre events threaten to engulf her, too, Connie comes upon a startling discovery that transforms her own life and shows her how deep the changes need to go to rescue ourselves, our schools, and our kids.

Can we wake up in time to save the future?


Patricia Kokinos is a teacher, school leader, change agent, curriculum expert, writer, and speaker who spent twenty-five years making change in the public schools. She was a Regent's Scholar at UCLA and holds two master's degrees in English and educational administration. She and her husband live in Southern California. Visit her website at

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ISBN-13: 9781935278559
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/16/2009
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Angel Park 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BillYWY More than 1 year ago
Kokinos has put forth a novel idea, in the form of a novel which looks at the good, bad, and ugly of what passes for current education in America's public schools. Investigation of a suicide of one of the "good gals" in the educational hierarchy is the plot of the book. Deeper, however, is a look at an array of characters who populate our school system, ranging from a morally defective, and ineffective, school board, superintendent, and school site administration. Student self-esteem boosting, supposedly at the heart of the transformation of a local high school, is merely the Emperor's New Clothes masking, for leading the community down the garden path. Kokinos manages, through witty dialogue and use of pertinent metaphors, to entertain throughout. The impact of the book, however, must be: So what are you going to do about public education in this country once you put the book down?
FancypantsVB More than 1 year ago
Isn't education supposed to be door to the future? Shouldn't everyone involved in the educational process care about students? Angel Park by Patricia Kokinos is an eye opening look at the dark underworld of politics in education. Connie Demetrios has just returned to her hometown after many years away and hopes for a new start in a familiar environment. She has been hired by the local school district to serve as a Curriculum Specialist. As an educator, Connie wants to help students develop higher order thinking skills and so students can think outside of the box. Instead, she becomes embroiled in school politics witnessing, first hand, the consequences of system no longer concerned with students. This story covers the spectrum regarding malicious and immoral actions by school board members, administrators/educators and how the negative actions of the few can affect the masses. While this fictional novel is about one small town in upstate New York, it could be anywhere America. Schools, nationwide, have become businesses where student worth is based on test scores and not on student potential. Brown vs. The Board of Education of Topeka guarantees equal public education for all students, yet the struggle for equality continues despite the 1954 decision. Ms. Kokinos has spent more than 30 years as an educator and has seen the pendulum swing in education. The companion website to Angel Park, is an insightful look at what needs to be done to repair the damage and make the United States education system, once again, best in the world
Elfreda More than 1 year ago
If correct impetus is the pillar of education, then ¿Angel Park¿ brilliantly exposes the ailments of the American public school system. Inspiring and highly entertaining, it speaks to everything from contradictory personal agendas and grandstanding, to massive ego trips and cover-ups in school politics. To her credit, the fearlessness with which the author unmasks the ¿untouchables¿ of the establishment is quite remarkable.

If you believe that the future belongs to our children, you should read this book. Not only for its candid approach, but more so, for the glimmer of hope it offers. A skilled an accomplished wordsmith, Patricia Kokinos uses her broad educational background for convincing animation of her characters to tell an intriguing and unusual story. Yet, despite the frankness of her observations, it is abundantly clear that the author¿s heart throbs in education. ¿Angel Park¿ is a plea to remember the goal of the mission¿that it is about the children, and elevating teaching to rightful levels of higher instruction.

The novel is a poignant reminder that all change comes from within and that internal dynamics are reflected in external circumstances¿always. Saturated with wisdom born from experience and keen observation, this book about education, is like none other. Patricia Kokinos has taken the complexities and burning questions of the subject and brilliantly distilled it to the simplicity of Awareness and Self Responsibility. A must read for all.

Elfreda Pretorius
Best selling Author: Stop Struggling and Start Living.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Revealing the emotional climax in advance is literary genius. I was stomping my feet, pacing back and forth, and shouting NO, NO, NO, as I read the inevitable last few pages of chapter 21.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Angel Park is a truly fascinating novel about the challenges of the public school system. The characters stand out and each represent a different aspect of the dysfunction and political grandstanding that plagues the school system. This is a book that cries for change and the support of the students who are caught right in the middle of the choas. Patricia Kokinos has written a book for the ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having been in a around the educational field for years, I found Angel Park one of the most honest and compelling books on education I've ever read. After beginning the book, I couldn't put it down and read it until I finished it at dawn. It should be used as a primer for the non-initiated on how politics occurs in education, maybe opening some eyes for the betterment of students, teachers and administrators.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rarely do those who make their living outside the world of public education get to glimpse what goes on behind the scenes in today's school districts. Mrs. Kokinos so accurately captures the political gamesmanship that infects the policy making process of any locally elected school board. The competing personal agendas, the racial and gender politics, the 'good old boy' network, the public relations grandstanding -- its all on display in Angel Park. The author gives us a fascinating insider's view of how many of our school districts are actually run. Haunting, but entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Angel Park' is one of the most refreshing works that I have read in a long time. Kokinos's well crafted discourse sends the reader deep into the battles of education. The struggles, bureaucracy, disappointments, complications, misunderstandings, tragedies, unexpected circumstances and the assortment of personalities encountered, provide a perspective to which everyone can relate to, no matter what their work place is. Kokinos's flowing prose propels readers through this fast paced novel. Her rich descriptions of Cornwall and the people who live there furnish layers of texture surrounding the life of educator Constance Demetrios. While a work of fiction, Kokinos draws upon her vast educational experience to bring this novel and it's characters to life. The humor, wit and insight that Kokinos instills within her characters draw us deeper into each chapter as we are reminded of similar characters within our own life experiences. 'Angel Park' is a book for everyone. It speaks to each of us personally and at the same time provides a deeper understanding into the world of the educational system and the future of our children. Congratulations to an outstanding and upcoming new author, Patricia Kokinos!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Patricia Kokinos¿ fictional account of the Cornwall City School District to be more truth than fiction. She gives a true picture of what is happening to education across America. She addressed many of the same issues that I have experienced as a 34-year veteran teacher of a large urban school district in California. Education has become politically centered rather than student centered. The controlling powers make decisions that have little to do with what is best for students. Teachers are placed on the back burner and are rarely consulted or included in the decision making process. Instead, they sit on the side and take their guidelines from clueless people about what works best in the classroom. Those in control are interested mainly in what sounds and looks good on the surface and pleases the general population. I applaud Ms. Kokinos for giving us an entertaining, yet factual account of what is happening in education.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Angel Park is a fascinating story with so much truth and reality interspersed thruought the story. It is well-written, exciting, suspenseful, and difficult to put down. The book truly captures the essence of our American educational system in ways many choose to ignore. It is obvious the author speaks from a world of deep insight and desire for change. So well done, I look forward to many more books by this author to learn from and to enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A brilliantly executed book with deep insight into the public education system. The author gives an insider's view of our troubled system and a woman struggling to change it. A personal journey of an idealist that smacks into 'reality' a few too many times. A page turner that grabs your interest and makes you think about what we all tend to ignore!!