Scenes from My Playbook

Snapshots of the Literature That Captures My Soul


  • Alexis Bean L.M. Smith Middle School, Birmingham, AL



I always hated the heat from my breath as I hid under the covers. The way the humidity held the air made me feel like I was suffocating. But it was the only way I could hide the beam of the flashlight. I had to keep going. I had to read every word. Every page. Every chapter. I was involved. I was so enraptured by the text that I didn't want to put it down. Sometimes she caught me.

Author Biography

  • Alexis Bean, L.M. Smith Middle School, Birmingham, AL

    Born in Valley Center, Kansas, Alexis Bean graduated from Wichita State University in spring 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Secondary English Language Arts 6-12. She completed her teaching internship in spring 2020 at Wichita Heights High School in USD 259. Alexis is a proud Air Force wife and a mother to a beautiful two-year-old boy. She has two rescue dogs and lives in Birmingham, AL, with her husband. She presented at the 2019 Kansas Association of Teachers of English (KATE) Conference on young adult literature and lesson implementation in the classroom. In fall 2020, Alexis will assume the head teaching position for eighth grade English language arts at L.M. Smith Middle School in Birmingham, AL. She can be reached at






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