Lori Kitrel, language arts teacher at LaSalle Springs Middle, and Bob Deneau, Rockwood K-12 STEM coordinator, are now officially published authors. Both educators penned a chapter in the book Programs in Change: Volume 2. The chapters highlight their story of innovation, creativity, change and personal growth in education.
Kitrel and Deneau gave a presentation as they shared their works with other local educators and community members at the Barnes & Noble in West County, April 6.
"I talked about flexible seating in my classroom," said Kitrel. "It'd be nice to have somebody read my chapter and contact me and say 'Hey, can you come speak at my school or can I come see your classroom?'"
Deneau said, "In my chapter, I walk through the process of how we started Geometry in Construction classes in Rockwood. I describe the very first meetings and trainings all the way through some of the trials and tribulations we went through in the middle. At the end, I painted a picture of where we are going next."
Both Kitrel and Deneau said they enjoyed the writing process.
"When I was presented with this opportunity as a contributing author, I thought that was perfect," said Deneau. "This is the first time I've ever written something that's been in a published book."
"Being a published author is pretty cool," said Kitrel.
At the end of the book release event, each contributing author signed a copy for patrons.