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Five teachers have been inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kan.:

Jaime Escalante

Jaime Escalante, the renowned mathematics and physics teacher, now retired, whose story was the basis for the 1988 film "Stand and Deliver," which depicted his struggle to teach advanced math to low-income students in Los Angeles;

Dorothy Kometani Kittaka

Dorothy Kometani Kittaka, an elementary music specialist from Fort Wayne, Ind., whose education began in a nursery school at a World War II internment camp for Japanese-Americans, and who went on to become a founding member of the Foundation for Art and Music in Elementary Education, a statewide arts education organization based in Fort Wayne;

Debra D. Peppers

Debra D. Peppers, a high school English/language arts teacher from St. Louis, whose play, "Choices," about teenage issues was made into a nationally televised documentary that won an Emmy award;

Ronald W. Poplau

Ronald W. Poplau, a sociology teacher from Shawnee Mission, Kan., who created a local community-service program that encourages students to assist the poor and the elderly; and

Vicki Swartz Roscoe

Vicki Swartz Roscoe, a curriculum-resource teacher from Orlando, Fla., who has developed parent-teacher conferences that are led by students, and curricula that take students into the community.

The inductees are scheduled to be honored in Washington this week. The honorees join the 35 educators inducted into the Hall of Fame since it was established 1989.

--Michelle Galley

Vol. 18, Issue 40, Page 2

Published in Print: June 16, 1999, as People in the News

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