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Podcast: Teachers in America

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Join us on Teachers in America to hear the incredible stories of real teachers. By connecting with educators across the country, we explore ideas about improving student outcomes, incorporating SEL and equity in the classroom, and adjusting to new challenges like remote learning. In this blog post, we've compiled our full list of Teachers in America episodes so that you can meet the inspiring educators we've had the opportunity to interview.

Teachers in America: Seasons 2–4

Our latest seasons are hosted by HMH's Senior Director of Community Engagement and former teacher, Noelle Morris. Join her as she sits in on class time with her teacher guests, and follow along as COVID-19 challenges her and the educator community to connect virtually. Influencers, authors, and Teacher of the Year winners make up the guest list for seasons 2–4, where we cover the following themes:

  • Building student relationships
  • Writing lessons for young learners
  • Virtual learning
  • Equity and diversity
  • Classroom communities

Teachers in America: Season 1

When we set out to record the Teachers in America series, we wanted to give teachers a platform to tell the story of what it means to be a teacher in America. Season 1 is hosted by Rose Else-Mitchell and covers important topics like the following:

  • Bullying
  • Burnout
  • Classroom management
  • The school-to-prison pipeline
  • Social and emotional learning

Check out our full episode list below!

Teachers in America Season 4
Teachers in America Season 3
  • Podcast: Flex on Them Fridays with Perry Hollins

    Podcast: Flex on Them Fridays with Perry Hollins

    Meet Perry Hollins, a fourth grade teacher and former DJ who 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 thinkers.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: Creativity, Community, and Pride with Owen Bondono

    Podcast: Creativity, Community, and Pride with Owen Bondono

    Meet Owen Bondono, a high school ELA teacher and the first known transgender Michigan Teacher of the Year. He uses his platform to advocate for LGBTQ+ student spaces and anti-racist teaching practices.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: Lessons in Language and Loss with Angelica Moreno

    Podcast: Lessons in Language and Loss with Angelica Moreno

    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 dual language learnering, the El Paso Walmart shooting, and the school's reaction to losing one of their own to COVID-19.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: 2021 National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey

    Podcast: 2021 National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey

    Meet Juliana Urtubey, elementary teacher and the 2021 Nevada Teacher of the Year. Active and informed on educational policies and the importance of bilingual education, Juliana is also the 2021 National Teacher of the Year.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: Creating Classroom Content Worth Watching with CJ Reynolds

    Podcast: Creating Classroom Content Worth Watching with CJ Reynolds

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

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: Shaking Up the Kindergarten Curriculum with LaNesha Tabb

    Podcast: Shaking Up the Kindergarten Curriculum with LaNesha Tabb

    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 turned her sights on writing a book about the importance of teaching social studies.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

Teachers in America Season 2
  • Podcast: On Embracing Native Culture in Alaska with Danielle Riha

    Podcast: On Embracing Native Culture in Alaska with Danielle Riha

    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.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: A Seat at the Peace Table with Karen Johnston

    Podcast: A Seat at the Peace Table with Karen Johnston

    Meet Karen Johnston, an elementary school teacher at Harriet Tubman Montessori in New Orleans, Louisiana. Karen helps build a comfortable and open learning environment for her students by utilizing student-directed activities in mixed grade level classes.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: Retiring During COVID-19 with Karl Grubaugh

    Podcast: Retiring During COVID-19 with Karl Grubaugh

    Meet Karl Grubaugh, a former AP economics teacher and advanced journalism advisor at Granite Bay High School in California. A journalist and editor himself, Karl advised for the award-winning student newspaper The Granite Bay Gazette, and retired in 2020 after almost 40 years as an educator.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: Finding Acceptance as an Immigrant Student with Margarita Lezama

    Podcast: Finding Acceptance as an Immigrant Student with Margarita Lezama

    Meet Margarita Lezama, an ESL and ESOL teacher at Brownsville Middle School in Miami, Florida. Originally from Nicaragua, Margarita now teaches a large immigrant population and relates with her students on topics like coping with culture shock, learning English, and facing discrimination.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: Virtual Learning During COVID-19 with Sharon Biava

    Podcast: Virtual Learning During COVID-19 with Sharon Biava

    Sharon Biava joins us once again to discuss virtual learning during COVID-19, and how she adapted to her new digital classroom with the help of her students. A 4th grade math teacher at Silver Lakes Elementary in Florida, Sharon is passionate about literacy, civics, and equity for all students.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: On Being a POC in Academic Spaces with Dr. Chris Emdin on Teachers in America

    Podcast: On Being a POC in Academic Spaces with Dr. Chris Emdin on Teachers in America

    Meet Dr. Chris Emdin, an Associate Professor of Science Education at Columbia University in New York, NY. He is the founder of Science Genius and HipHopEd, and the author of of White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll Too. Chris works to support diverse students and educators in their STEM learning through an understanding of race and culture.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: From ELL Student to HS Math Teacher with Priyank Bhatt on Teachers in America

    Podcast: From ELL Student to HS Math Teacher with Priyank Bhatt on Teachers in America

    Priyank Bhatt, a lead math teacher at West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey, discusses his personal and professional journey, which began in India. From learning English with the help of a dedicated ELA teacher—and American cartoons—to excelling in math class and eventually tutoring his friends, Priyank forged a path rooted in education.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: Amplifying Student Voices with Kelly Harper on Teachers in America

    Podcast: Amplifying Student Voices with Kelly Harper on Teachers in America

    Meet Kelly Harper, a third-grade teacher at Mary Bethune Elementary in Atlanta, Georgia. After winning the 2019 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year Award and being named one of four finalists for the 2019 National Teacher of the Year, Kelly moved to Atlanta, where she employs social-emotional learning to work toward dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: Overcoming Trauma in Parkland, FL with Sarah Lerner for Teachers in America

    Podcast: Overcoming Trauma in Parkland, FL with Sarah Lerner for Teachers in America

    Meet Sarah Lerner, an advisor for the award-winning yearbook Aerie and an English and journalism teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Sarah is passionate about mental health and advocating for gun reform and oversaw the publication of the student written anthology Parkland Speaks.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

  • Meet Noelle Morris: Host of Teachers in America Podcast

    Meet Noelle Morris: Host of Teachers in America Podcast

    Get to know veteran educator, the original READ 180 teacher, and host of our Teachers in America podcast: Noelle Morris.

    Onalee Smith
    Shaped Contributor

    Noelle Morris
    Senior Director Community Engagement, HMH; Host of HMH Learning Moments: Teachers in America Podcast

Teachers in America Season 1

Understanding how educators teach today and hearing about the important strides they are making in the classroom give us a glimpse into the worlds of our K–12 learners through the eyes of the people who encourage them to be the best they can be.

We are always looking for more teacher guests, so if you or someone you know would be good on the podcast, please email us at shaped@hmhco.com. We can't wait to meet you!

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