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An Inspiring New Book About Teachers

Katrina Fried is the author of a new book called American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom (Welcome Books, 2013), a celebration of educators who go far above and beyond the call of duty.

Fried spent two years interviewing fifty K-12 teachers from public and charter schools around the country — teachers who are making a difference every day in the lives of students in their classrooms.

In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Fried described her hopes for the book:

“The aim and the purpose of the book was to invite readers into the classrooms of teachers who are doing incredible work; that are achieving in spite of systemic issues and problems; and that are really finding innovative and unique solutions to pretty ubiquitous and common problems.” (source)

Fried tells the stories of classroom teachers from Los Angeles to Kansas City to New York. She tells the stories of teachers who write mathematics rap and hip hop to teach math fundamentals and of teachers who use sustainable agriculture to engage at risk students.

The book isn’t just a retelling of those teacher’s stories though. Fried incorporates letters from students, and a number of well-known photographers contributed portraits of teachers and their classrooms to the book.

American Teacher has received great reviews from teachers and education advocates. One teacher from Redwood Washington said:

“I am so inspired and encouraged by the amazing teachers in this book! Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and present what we do to the public!” (source)

If you’re interested in reading American Teacher — or in giving it as a gift to your child’s favorite educator — you can purchase it online from or from Barnes & Noble.

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