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Former teacher trades classroom for printed page

Former teacher trades classroom for printed page

During a 32-year-career as a high school English teacher, Robert Pacilio figures he performed roughly 28,000 one-hour "shows" before his students. He thought of his classroom as a sort of cafe, where he had the opportunity to both educate and entertain his charges, teaching them about music and literature.

"When you finish a class, there's never any applause. You don't know the impact you've had until, sometimes, many years later," said Pacilio, 63, an Encinitas resident.

Since his retirement from teaching in 2010 - he spent his entire career at Mt. Carmel High School in the Poway school district - Pacilio has taken up a different kind of storytelling: he...

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