Teachers in America

Teachers in America

A podcast for K-12 educators covering the ever-changing learning landscape. Featuring educators from around the country, every moment is a chance to create connections, share stories, and explore classroom ideas that will influence the future. Teachers in America is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, inspiring the thinkers and doers of tomorrow.

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May 17, 2022 41 min

Today we are joined by the Hawai’i State Teacher of the Year and one of the four finalists for the 2022 National Teacher of the Year, Whitney Aragaki.

She utilizes her state's natural resources  for her place-based biology and environmental science high school lessons. She is passionate about teacher mentoring programs and supports learning that honors place, people, and cultures.

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week everyone! Join us today as we welcome our special guest, Dr. Miguel Cardona, the 12th Secretary of Education for the U.S. We learn  how educators have inspired him on his journey across 32 states, and why now is perhaps the most impactful time to become a teacher in America in recent history.

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Autumn Dvorak's third graders never know what to expect when they enter her classroom. From a bakery to a museum to a carnival, her classroom transformations use hands-on projects and games to get her students excited about learning.

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Pennsylvania educator Samuel Gonzalez spent his first year as a teacher attempting to build student relationships through a screen. Now that his virtual teaching journey is over and his students are back in the classroom, Sammy strives to provide diverse books to his second graders, all while studying for his doctorate and serving in the National Guard.

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We're kicking off season 4 of the podcast with Chicago Public Schools teacher Misty Richmond. By introducing her students to a range of careers paths and opportunities like the Chicago Invention Convention, she encourages a lifelong passion in STEM for her students. She shows students they matter.

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December 10, 2021 22 min

For the season 3 finale of Teachers in America, we've compiled highlights from each episode this year on the theme of teacher love. Featuring every guest from the last 10 episodes, this is our thank you to teachers everywhere for the work that you do for students every day.

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Meet Kitty Donohoe, an elementary teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, part of the Santa-Monica Malibu Unified School District in Santa Monica, California. Kitty joins us for a discussion on reading, looping with her class, and her debut children’s novel, How to Ride a Dragonfly, coming to shelves near you summer 2023.

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Meet Hannah French, fourth grade teacher at Rowe Elementary School in Western Massachusetts. Hannah utilizes the woodland area around her school for place-based learning, and has moved many of her classes outdoors.  There, students engage in location-specific challenges, journaling, and free play, all while becoming more familiar with the natural area around them.

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Meet Qorsho Hassan, a second grade teacher at the Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district in Burnsville, Minnesota. She is also the 2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year! On this episode we discuss the importance of independent reading, identity, and representation for our students.

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September 14, 2021 42 min

Meet Perry Hollins, a fourth grade teacher at Oakton Elementary School in the Evanston/Skokie School District in Evanston, Illinois. Before becoming a teacher, Perry worked in radio and television. As an educator, he has spent the past 11 years infusing an African-centered pedagogy into the curriculum. Perry utilizes his education to create a culturally responsive, project-based learning environment for independent, flexible thinke...

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July 19, 2021 2 min

The Teachers in America crew is off for the summer, but Noelle's got some episode recommendations to keep you entertained in the meantime. For more K-12 podcast content, head over to the Shaping the Future  podcast to hear from industry leaders on what the future holds for students, teachers, and classrooms.

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Meet Owen Bondono, a high school ELA teacher at Oak Park High School, located in the Oak Park School district in Oak Park, Michigan. In 2021, Owen was named the first known transgender  Michigan Teacher of the Year. He uses his platform to advocate for LGBTQ+ student spaces and anti-racist teaching practices.

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Meet Angelica Moreno, a Spanish kindergarten teacher at the Dual Language Academy at Dr. Sue Shook Elementary in El Paso, Texas. This week's discussion includes the struggles of students (and their parents) as they learn a new language, the effect of the El Paso Walmart shooting on the community, and the school's reaction to losing one of their own to  COVID-19.

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Meet Juliana Urtubey, co-teacher and instructional strategist at Kermit R. Booker Senior Innovative Elementary School in Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Juliana is the 2021 Nevada Teacher of the Year and the 2021 National Teacher of the Year. Join us as we learn more about educational policy, and how our guest came to be known as "Ms. Earth."

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Meet Anthony Swann, a fifth grade teacher in Rocky Mount, Virginia. From ages 9 to 21, Anthony lived in the foster care system. Today, he is an advocate for hope and empathy when it comes to students contending with trauma, and has been named the 2021 Virginia Teacher of the Year.

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Meet CJ Reynolds, a high school teacher at an all-boys school in inner city Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By creating the teacher YouTube channel Real Rap with Reynolds, he has discovered that what might be ordinary for his classroom, could be someone else's extraordinary.

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Meet LaNesha Tabb, a kindergarten teacher at the Metropolitan School District in Lawrence Township in Indianapolis, Indiana. After starting a blog called Education with an Apron, LaNesha set her sights on writing a book about the importance of teaching social studies.

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February 10, 2021 1 min

Find out what's up next on Season 3 of Teachers in America. Host and former teacher Noelle Morris gives you the scoop!

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Meet Danielle Riha, a middle school teacher at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage. She is passionate about equity, indigenous languages, and culturally relevant lessons. She was the Alaska Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year Award in 2019.

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Meet Karen Johnston, an elementary school teacher at Harriet Tubman Montessori in New Orleans, Louisiana. Karen studied at The University of Southern Mississippi before she began her 14-year career in education. Montessori schools utilize student-directed activities with mixed grade level classes and Karen currently teaches grades K through 2. She serves as the Chief of Staff for the Blue Campus at her school, where she helps build...

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