Erik Booker (left) is a seventh grade social studies teacher at Bates Middle School in Sumter, South Carolina. He served more than 20 years in the United States Army, including two deployments to Iraq.
Last year Jenna Power (right) was a student in Mr. Booker’s class. Like Mr. Booker, her father also served in Iraq as a member of the Army. Without it ever having been spoken, Jenna immediately recognized traits in Mr. Booker that connected him to her father and their shared service.
The two of them sat down at StoryCorps so Jenna could interview her teacher about his time at war.
Originally aired October 16, 2015, on NPR’s Morning Edition.