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Maryville teacher publishes new book to say thanks

Posted April 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Maryville Middle School seventh grade teacher Ashley Anderson has published a new book, “8 Crayons: Colorful Lessons from Unforgettable Educators.”

A native of Chase County, Kansas, Anderson said the book is a thank you to her favorite teachers and coaches.

“Within the last few years, I have lost two influential educators of mine to cancer,” Anderson said. “I was able to write to each of them before they passed away and communicate my heartfelt thanks for their presence and influence in my life. I decided at the last funeral I attended that life is too short to not thank the people who deserve my gratitude.”

In the foreword of her book, she writes:

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