Amarillo Public Library – Spring Read

Education Treatise chosen for Spring Community Read


Think Like Socrates: Using Questions to Invite Wonder and Empathy Into the Classroom by Texas Panhandle native and 2015 National Teacher of the Year, Shanna Peeples, is the spring selection for Amarillo Public Library’s AMARILLO READS. Library PR Coordinator Stacy Clopton Yates says the book is an exciting and unconventional choice for the award-winning community reading program. “Think Like Socrates is written specifically for teachers, but we think it’s beautifully written and has relevance for scout troop leaders, Sunday school teachers, and anyone who works with kids or has an interest in Education.”

The Spring AMARILLO READS will kick off with An Evening with Shanna Peeples, a free to the public conversation followed by a reception and book signing at the Amarillo Globe-News Center on Monday, March 18 at 6 PM. Additional programs will follow in March and April:

Downtown Lunchtime Book Club —Book discussion group Thursday, March 28 at 12:15 at the Downtown Library

Who was Socrates? — Lecture by Dr. Daniel Bloom of West Texas A&M University Saturday, April 6 at 10 AM at the Northwest Branch Library

Film Series: Stories of Great Real Life Educators

Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 16 – 24 at 6 PM at the Southwest Branch Library

Teacher Appreciation Craft Night — Family Program Monday, April 15 at 4 PM at the East Branch Library

Twenty Questions – A Trivia Game

Saturday, April 27 at 2 PM at the North Branch Library


Shanna Peeples likes to say she took the road less travelled to becoming a teacher. She worked as a disc jockey, medical assistant, and journalist before teaching, as she says, chose her.

Shanna taught middle and high school English in low-income schools in Amarillo, Texas for 14 years.

Because Amarillo is a resettlement area for refugees, students as diverse as the Karen people of Myanmar to the Bantu people of Somalia make up classes at Palo Duro High School where she taught.

Currently, Shanna is a doctoral candidate in Education Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she is a Teaching Fellow and part of a team working on an education startup. She is the Educator in Residence for TED Conferences in New York, where she is collaborating as part of team creating a mobile app for corporate learning and professional development.

A former reporter for the Amarillo Globe-News, Shanna won awards for reporting on health issues, schools, and music criticism. Her writing has appeared in Education Leadership, Education Week, Huffington Post, and the New York Observer.

Think Like Socrates was recently chosen by the National Education Association Foundation and Phi Delta Kappa International as a book choice for their membership.

All AMARILLO READS events are free and open to the public.


For more information, contact: Stacy Clopton Yates, PR Coordinator 378-3051 (office) ● 570-7244 (cell) ●

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