But Did You Die? A Conversation with Stephen Sroka
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Grades: K - 12

Do you want to know what it’s like to live your mantra, die and then come back to life with a new mantra?  Then you will want to tune in to this episode of Classroom Matters with host Kristy Houle.  Dr. Stephen Sroka was a happy, healthy guy who spent his time traveling the country giving hope and inspiration with his slogan “The Power of One.”  While on stage he went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to an emergency center while clinging to life.  As he lay in the chopper awaiting his fate, the thought came to him that it isn’t the power of one that can save you, but the power of many.  Listen in as Dr. Sroka talks about his experience and the journey he has taken to do the work he does today.


photo via Stephen Sroka

Dr. Sroka with the clinical transport care team that flew him to the hospital


“I had to learn how to learn.”

“I was never the power of one… the more I thought about it, I was always on somebody else’s shoulders.”

— Dr. Stephen Sroka, The Classroom Matters podcast



photo via my.clevelandclinic.org

Dr. Sroka with Dr. Hanna, who provided treatment for Sroka’s rare medical condition

In this episode you’ll hear…

  • Why the power of many is better than the power of one
  • Why school environments are reflective of the communities they’re born from
  • The 3 necessary F’s in child development

photo via my.clevelandclinic.org


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