Teachers as heroes focus of town hall meeting

May 5, 2014

Book cover for American Teacher: Heroes in the ClassroomA book that profiles two Emporia State University alumni as “Heroes in the Classroom” is the focus of a town hall meeting on Thursday.

“American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom,” written by Katrina Fried, includes Josh Anderson and Ron Poplau in the 50 profiles. Anderson will be on campus for the town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Skillet Atrium of Visser Hall. Author Fried will appear live via a web connection.

Anderson, Class of 1997, teaches language arts and coaches speech, debate and forensics at Olathe Northwest High School. He was named 2007 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Poplau, Class of 1968, is a social studies teacher at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. He was named Kansas Teacher of the Year in 2006 and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 1999.

The Emporia State alumni were among hundreds and hundreds of teachers across the country considered for the book by Fried, who is based in New York, according to Dr. Ken Weaver, dean of The Teachers College.

“Here were these two Hornets that emerged,” Weaver said. “Out of all the schools in the nation who have alumni out there, we have two in the book.”

The town hall meeting is open to the public, and invitations have been sent to all elementary, middle and high schools in Lyon, Coffey, Chase, Greenwood, Morris, Wabaunsee and Osage counties. Each of those schools will receive a copy of Fried’s book.

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