Want to get to know some of the creative writing masters behind “Take My Word For It!”? Meet this month’s teacher spotlight, Apollo Papafrangou!

Name: Apollo Papafrangou

Currently working at: Thornhill Elementary

Hometown: Oakland, CA

What’s your favorite bookstore? Diesel Books. Good selection of titles, friendly staff, and it's walking distance from my house!

What’s your favorite VERB? Persevere.

If your life was a book, what would be the title? "The Chronicles of a Gentleman."

Did a teacher or another writer inspire you to write? How? A local author named Jess Mowry inspired me to begin writing seriously at the age of twelve. I had written stories prior to reading his work, but his lyrical fiction -- about Bay Area youth -- resonated with me to such a degree that I wanted to write a book of my own.