A special gathering took place at Emporia State's Visser Hall on Thursday night. The subject: classroom heroes.
"American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom" author Katrina Fried appeared via webinar, while one of two Emporia State graduates featured in the book, Olathe Northwest English, debate and forensics teacher Josh Anderson, was at the event in person.
Fried said one of the reasons she wrote "American Teacher" was she wanted to find what teaching approaches work. Anderson, an Emporia State graduate in 1997, tells KVOE News it's hard to verbalize what works because teaching is best when it's both private and instinctual.
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The book also features Ron Poplau, a teacher at Shawnee Mission Northwest who has now been in the classroom 52 years.
"American Teacher" shines a spotlight on 50 exemplary teachers nationwide. Emporia State was the only university to have two representatives in the book.
Fried said she wrote the book as a love letter to teachers and was amazed to hear the personal stories of why teachers went into the education field. It was suggested her next book focus on the people who inspired teachers in her current book, and she said it was an idea worth pursuing.