Students in the College of Education often are treated to living history lessons, illustrating for them best practices for their future classrooms.

Debbie Restivo’s Elementary Social Studies classes, for example, hosted a visit from Dagmar Snodgrass, who grew up in Berlin, Germany, during and after World War II. She shared her experiences with the “Candy Bomber,” U.S. pilot Gail Halvorsen, about whom countless books, articles, and videos have been produced.

And Kaye Lynne Webb, long-time administrative assistant to the president at PSU, came to campus to share her Italian heritage through food, music, and colorful stories of Southeast Kansas.

Ravyn Burdette, an elementary education major from Kansas City, said having access to speakers who lived history makes it more real to those who plan to teach it someday, and inspires her to find speakers for her future students.

“Having opportunities like this is so much more engaging than just a textbook,” she said.