HMH Learning Moments Podcast

Welcome to Learning Moments, HMH's podcast focused on the ever-changing learning landscape. From educators in the classroom to leaders outside the field of education, every moment on our podcast is a chance to create connections, share stories, and explore the ideas and innovations that will improve student outcomes and influence the future of K-12 education.

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What You'll Hear This Year On Learning Moments . . .

Season 2: Teachers in America Hosted by Noelle Morris

We're delighted to bring back Teachers in America, hosted by HMH's Director of Content and Programming, Noelle Morris. Learn more about Noelle in this Q&A. Subscribe now to be the first to hear each teacher's unique story.

Episode schedule (subject to change):

  • January 21, 2020: LaQuisha Hall in Baltimore, MD
    More information available here, including photos and a transcript.
    This is part one of a three-part arc featuring teachers who have found their home across the state of Maryland. We start in the state's capital, Baltimore. Our guest is LaQuisha Hall, a 17-year teaching veteran who currently teaches English language arts (ELA) at Carver Vocational-Technical High School in Baltimore City Public Schools. In 2018, she was the Teacher of the Year for Baltimore. She is also the founder of the girls’ mentoring program Queendom T.E.A., the Baltimore branch of Project LIT, and the SheRose Awards which honors the unsung “sheroses” of sexual assault and domestic violence. LaQuisha is an outspoken survivor of childhood sexual abuse and is now passionate about supporting young women who are survivors and preventing further abuse from happening.
  • February 11, 2020: Julia Allan in Ellicott City, MD
    More information available here, including photos and a transcript.
    This episode is part two in our three-part arc across Maryland. After first visiting Baltimore, we now travel to a suburb of the capital, Ellicott City. But while LaQuisha grew up in North Carolina and found a home in Baltimore through teaching, Julia Allan always knew that Howard County was her home. After changing careers at age 30, now Julia teaches Kindergarten (in the same classroom where she was a kindergartener) at Northfield Elementary School, part of the Howard County Public School System.
  • March 10, 2020: Debra Reynolds in Salisbury, MD
    More information available here, including photos and a transcript.
    This is the third and final episode in our arc covering Maryland teachers. After visiting LaQuisha in Baltimore and Julia in the surrounding suburbs, what is life like for a teacher out on Maryland's Eastern Shore? Ms. Debra Reynolds is in her 3rd year teaching Social Studies at Wicomico Middle School, part of Wicomico County Public Schools—but much like Julia, Salisbury, Maryland, has always been the place Debra knew was her home.
  • March 24, 2020: Noelle Morris: Host of Teachers in America!
    More information available here.
    Meet your host, Noelle Morris, a former teacher and HMH's Director of Content and Programming, in this Q&A.
  • May 4, 2020: Chris Dier in Chalmette, LA
    More information available here, including photos and transcript.
    On this episode we picked up a King Cake and headed over to Chalmette High School in St. Bernard's Parish, just outside of New Orleans, LA. There we met up with World History and AP Human Geography teacher, Chris Dier. After being uprooted by Hurricane Katrina in his senior year of high school, Chris returned to teach in the same classroom where his mother taught. He is author of the book The 1868 St. Bernard Parish Massacre, and is the 2020 Louisiana Teacher of the Year.
  • May 26, 2020: Homeschooling During COVID-19 Feat. Debra Liese
    More information available here, including photos and transcript.
    On our very first Teachers in America minisode, we sat down with mother and former educator Debra Liese to discuss how COVID-19 has changed the way our children learn, and how parents are coping in the midst of school closures.
  • June 16, 2020: Teaching Through Historic Moments Feat. Bianca Cole
    More information available here, including photos and transcript.
    In this minisode, we connected with middle school teacher Bianca Cole to find out what it's like to teach not only her class, but her son, during these times of major change in America—from the effects of COVID-19 on Seattle to the Black Lives Matter protests that have taken place across the country.

And more featured teachers will be announced soon!

Plus, stay tuned for season 2 of Shaping the Future later this year (and if you have a topic you'd like to see Dock cover in 2020, email us at!

Previously On Learning Moments . . .

Season 1: Shaping the Future Hosted by Dr. David Dockterman

Shaping the Future is hosted by Dr. David Dockterman (Dock), an education lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as he talks to both education experts and thought leaders from other industries. Together, they examine leading K-12 industry issues and offer insights for educators to best shape the future of education. Listen here to learn about the future of the workforce, civics education in a changing world, and media literacy in the digital era.

Season 1: Teachers in America Hosted by Rose Else-Mitchell

We debuted Learning Moments in May 2019 with season one of our cornerstone series, Teachers in America, featuring the incredible stories of real teachers—and we are so honored to share their stories with you. Listen to their stories. Hear more from the teachers we talked to in 2019.


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This page was originally published on May 6, 2019, and has been updated multiple times since publication.