Identity quest leads to teaching gig


Local News

September 4, 2019 - 10:44 AM

Holly Karhoff incorporates pop culture into her English classes at Iola High School, as shown by Harry Potter and Marvel Comics posters in her classroom.

A college professor gave Holly Karhoff an impossible assignment: Describe yourself using only one word. Karhoff narrowed it to three: “I don’t know.”

That assignment sparked a lifelong curiosity about identity and the ways in which young adults discover their unique personalities.

She wrote her college thesis on identity, using the Salem Witch Trials as an historical example. Today she writes young adult fiction that explores issues of identity and has published a novel, “Spiralling.”

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