Learning Moments: Teachers in America Podcast Season 2

Season two of HMH Learning Moments: Teachers in America continues to feature the incredible stories of real teachers—and we are so honored to share their stories with you, our listeners. Hear firsthand from the people who are shaping young lives in classrooms around the country every day. We're featuring a new teacher every month, so subscribe now to be the first to hear each teacher's unique story.

Meet your season two host, Noelle Morris, a former teacher and HMH's Director of Content and Programming, in this Q&A.

We're featuring a new teacher every month, so subscribe now to be the first to hear each teacher's unique story. Episode schedule (subject to change):

Listen below to each episode and find links to full transcripts of the conversations and behind-the-scenes photos.

LaQuisha Hall: High School ELA Teacher in Baltimore, MD

LaQuisha Hall (right) with Noelle Morris (left), host of Teachers in America.

Air date: January 21, 2020
Season 2, Episode 1 (S2E01)

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. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram @MrsHallScholars.

Julia Allan: Kindergarten Teacher in Ellicott City, MD

Air date: February 11, 2020
Season 2, Episode 2 (S2E02)

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 aged 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. 

Stay tuned for future episodes!

  • March 10, 2020: Debra Reynolds in Salisbury, MD
    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 has always been the place she knew was her home.

More featured teachers will be announced soon!

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