Eastern Connecticut University Magazine, Winter 2009

     Like most Eastern Connecticut State University alumni, Paul Karrer ’77 is grateful that Eastern has helped him achieve his dreams—in his case, as a sixth-grade elementary school teacher in Monterey, CA.
     Karrer helped put Eastern’s exchange program on the map. “I was in the first bunch of eastern exchange students to go to England,” he recalled. “That experience was amazing. Since that time, I’ve set off to the many far corners of our planet. Eastern was my starting point.”
     After graduating from Eastern with his teaching certificate, Karrer toured the world for eight years with the Peace Corps, visiting countries such as Samoa, England and Korea.
     In addition to being a teacher, Karrer is a prolific writer. He writes mostly nonfiction short stories about his teaching experiences and the places in which he has taught. He is a frequent contributor to radio, where he offers political editorials. Karrer has given public readings of his works in the San Francisco area; has been published in numerous magazines and periodicals; and his work has appeared in “Chicken Soup for the Mother & Daughter Soul,” “Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul,” “Chicken Soup for the College Soul,” “A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul,” and “Open My Eyes, Open My Soul: Celebrating Our Common Humanity.”
     Karrer is currently at work on a memoir about the communication he has had with one of his former fifth-grade students, now serving a 13-year prison sentence. He has compiled more than two years of letters and correspondence for the memoir, tentatively titled “I Sleep With One Eye Open—An Inmate’s Letters to His Fifth-Grade Teacher.”

   -Jeffrey Warzecha ‘07




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