Dan Zehr of Coffee With Kenobi is the focus of this Illinois State University article looking at his love of Shakespeare and Star Wars and how he brought the two together.
Taking night classes, Zehr earned his bachelor’s degree in English teacher education in 2006. Seven years later, he completed a graduate degree in curriculum and instruction from the College of Education. At Illinois State, he discovered how to infuse another of his lifelong passions, Star Wars, into the classroom.
For him, the Star Wars films are an effective way to get young adults interested in canonical literature and literary themes and devices. The first practice lesson plan he ever taught was in front of his fellow teacher candidates in 2005; he helped them draw parallels between Shakespeare and Revenge of the Sith, still in theaters at the time.
“They were receptive, and I was hooked,” he said.