From personal childhood stories of poverty and violence to the immense struggles that ESL students face today – these teachers share their personal and powerful accounts of the moment that crystallized the importance being a teacher.
The 45-part series launched on TeacherPodcasts.org. The first 12 episodes include the following:
- Minnesota’s TOY relates the story of his life, which started with poverty and violence, and how he learned that he’s much more than a teacher of standards; he’s a teacher of the human heart.
- Indiana’s TOY tells of the immense struggles of her ESL students: “They are here – they are children and young adults, and they need our help.”
- Colorado’s TOY explains how STEM education is an equity issue and how he shares stories about his students with policymakers.
- Massachusetts’s TOY – the National Teacher of the Year – shares her most profound moment: contemplating the “purpose of learning.”
- Tennessee’s TOY tells the story of one of his students, and how that relationship forever changed him.
- Department of Defense’s TOY tells of how, inspired by her hero Rep. John Lewis, she caused “good trouble” in the Oval Office.
- Alabama’s TOY shares how one remarkable student inspired her to advocate for the hopes and dreams of underprivileged students.
- California’s TOY shares what it’s like to feel like you’re on the outside as a Special Education teacher.
- Connecticut’s TOY talks to us about how she learned to quell self-doubt and step outside her comfort zone.
- Alaska’s TOY tells us about experiencing the power of collective voice.
- Arkansas’ TOY shares how the final days with her father helped her see the profound impact teachers can have on students’ lives.
- Delaware’s TOY shares why sometimes, teachers need to push their students in order to inspire them.
For the series, see http://teacherpodcasts.org/