Picture: Noelle Morris (right), podcast host, with Kindergarten teacher Ms. Julia Allan.
On the HMH Learning Moments podcast today, we have the second episode of our second season of the Teachers in America series, featuring Kindergarten teacher Julia Allan! Julia teaches at Northfield Elementary School, part of the Howard County Public School System. When she was 30, Julia decided to leave her job in the hospitality industry and follow her heart—to become a teacher in the same county where she grew up. She talks to Noelle about her path to education, the stress of bus time, the tooth fairy's inflation rates, the magic of seeing her students grow together, and much more.
A full transcript of the episode is below.
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Meet Julia Allan!
Onalee Smith: Welcome to HMH Learning Moments, a production of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I'm Onalee Smith and I work at HMH. Today's episode is a new installment of our Teachers in America series hosted by HMH’s director of content and programming, Noelle Morris. Noelle talks about social-emotional learning, changing careers, and more in today's conversation with Julia Allan in Maryland. Now here's Noelle.
Noelle Morris: Hey everyone. This is Noelle Morris coming to you again for Learning Moments: Teachers in America podcast where I get the pleasure of continuing conversations with my favorite profession and part of education, my fellow teachers. Last episode, we talked with LaQuisha Hall who teaches in Baltimore City Public Schools and learned that she was originally from North Carolina but had found her home in Baltimore 17 years ago when she was offered a teaching position in the district. Today, we’ve traveled 45 minutes outside of Baltimore to the suburbs of Ellicott City, Maryland, in Howard County Public Schools to talk with Julia Allan. While LaQuisha had found her home through teaching, Julia had always known she wanted to live in Howard County where she had grown up. So after turning 30, she realized, “Hey, I want to be a teacher.” And so she just quit her job in the hospitality industry and decided in her heart she was going to make that decision and become a teacher. But not just become a teacher anywhere, she was going to become a teacher in the same county where she grew up. And now, you’re not going to believe this, but she is a Kindergarten teacher in the same classroom where she was a kindergartener at Northfield Elementary. How often does that happen?