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“Class from the Past" is a podcast that reunites Scott Stiverson with former students he has taught over the many years of his career. It highlights their life experiences after leaving his class, the diverse paths they have taken, positive events, and the challenges they may have faced. Along the way, both student and teacher reflect on the impact each of their lives have had on each other: on who they are and who they became.

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“Class from the Past" is a podcast that reunites Scott Stiverson with former students he has taught over the many years of his career. It highlights their life experiences after leaving his class, the diverse paths they have taken, positive events, and the challenges they may have faced. Along the way, both student and teacher reflect on the impact each of their lives have had on each other: on who they are and who they became.

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    He is the youngest past student I interviewed, being just a junior. Navigating through education has been challenging for Gaven as the traditional education system did not interest him. Upon joining a BOCES program, he discovered his passion for construction. Gaven is a perfect example of how the conventional educational system does not suit everyone. College and career readiness programs are not for everyone, but offering students the opportunity to explore different paths is crucial. Gaven exemplifies this alternative path.

    Gaven comes from a unique family background marked by both support and tragedy. One of his older brothers died from a drug overdose, and his grandfather, Tony Salerno, was a notorious mob boss. Despite these challenges, Gaven has received tremendous support from his mother and father, who have encouraged him to pursue his passion.

    Produced by Scott Stiverson, Jennifer Hammoud, and Matty Rosenberg. Edited by Scott Stiverson.

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    A Worldly Perspective

    A Worldly Perspective

    Around 2014, this young lady traveled from Norway to New York. Her mother was completing part of her doctorate at Bard College, while her father took time away from his work as an archeologist. During the five months they spent in our country, she became a member of my class, and her family grew to feel like distant relatives.

    In just five months, I came to know a charismatic and funny young lady who loved to perform. Her talent seemed limitless. Upon returning to Norway, she continued her education at a Waldorf School in Trondheim, embarking on a unique educational journey.

    Now, she is finishing her last year of high school and plans to travel around Europe. Next year, she will attend a performing arts school for one year, after which her journey will lead her wherever her passions take her.

    Produced by Scott Stiverson, Jennifer Hammoud, and Matty Rosenberg. Edited by Scott Stiverson.

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    Using education to make a difference

    Using education to make a difference

    Dr. Sonja Smith has had an impressive journey since her days at Owens Road Elementary in Prince George's County, Maryland. After excelling through her early education, she pursued higher education passionately. Her academic journey led her to major in Psychology and obtain a master's degree in human service counseling from Bowie State University.

    Committed to making a difference, Dr. Smith entered the education field through a fellowship with the Washington DC School district. Over the course of 10 years, she dedicated herself to teaching and furthered her education by earning a Ph.D. in E-Learning.

    Returning to her roots, Dr. Smith now teaches in the county where she grew up. In addition to her professional accomplishments, she is a devoted mother to a 2-year-old son and has been married for 7 years to a K-9 police officer. Her dedication to education and her community makes her an inspiring figure, continually impacting the lives of children in meaningful ways.

    Produced by Scott Stiverson, Jennifer Hammoud, and Matty Rosenberg. Edited by Scott Stiverson.

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    A Positive Influence

    A Positive Influence

    It's inspiring to hear about Nick Martin's journey and the positive impact he's had on others. Transitioning from aspirations of becoming a forensic scientist to working as a probation officer shows his resilience and adaptability. His background in criminal justice and his dedication to helping others navigate the legal system is commendable. It’s clear that his positive attitude and caring nature have been significant assets in his career and personal life.

    His work as a probation officer involves guiding individuals who have received probation, helping them to make positive changes in their lives. By focusing on the effort and commitment of those he helps, Nick emphasizes personal responsibility and growth. His story is a testament to how a positive mindset and a dedication to helping others can lead to fulfilling and impactful work.

    Nick is married to an incredible young lady who is a physical therapist in the Germantown School District. They are parents to a young daughter, with another child on the way. Before getting married, Nick played baseball at Columbia Greene Community College and then continued his education at West Virginia University.

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    Produced by Scott Stiverson, Jennifer Hammoud, and Matty Rosenberg. Edited by Scott Stiverson.

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    A world viewed through a new lens

    A world viewed through a new lens

    It's truly inspiring to hear about the journey of this remarkable young woman. Her evolution from a curious student to a passionate advocate for women's rights and medical equality demonstrates both her personal growth and her commitment to making a positive impact on the world around her.

    Starting from her formative years, where she developed a love for science, to her experiences at the University of Michigan where she became engaged with the women's rights movement, each step has shaped her into the advocate she is today. Her decision to pursue a career in medicine, particularly in obstetrics and gynecology, reflects her dedication to addressing the healthcare disparities faced by women and individuals in lower-income communities.

    By working as a medical assistant at the University of Chicago's Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic, she is not only gaining valuable experience but also actively contributing to the well-being of patients in need. With her passion for feminism and women's rights as her driving force, there's no doubt that she will continue to make meaningful contributions to the field of medicine and to society as a whole.

    Her story serves as a powerful reminder of the potential for individuals to create positive change in their communities, and I have no doubt that she will continue to inspire others with her compassion, determination, and commitment to justice

    Produced by Scott Stiverson, Jennifer Hammoud, and Matty Rosenberg. Edited by Scott Stiverson.

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    Combat Acting

    Combat Acting

    Carly Newman's journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and passion. From her roots in Rhinebeck to her current life in New York, she's navigated the twists and turns of the acting world with unwavering determination and a positive mindset.

    Her decision to specialize in combat acting demonstrates both her versatility and her commitment to honing her craft. By obtaining certification in five combat fighting weapons and gaining experience at events like the Renaissance Fair and theme parks, Carly has not only expanded her skill set but also embraced opportunities to embody different characters and engage with diverse audiences.

    In her role as a role model, Carly exemplifies the importance of staying true to one's dreams despite setbacks and obstacles. Her journey along the "yellow brick road" serves as inspiration for others striving to pursue their passions in the face of challenges.

    As Carly continues her journey alongside her partner in New York, her story serves as a reminder that with dedication and perseverance, anyone can carve out their own path to success in the ever-evolving landscape of the entertainment industry.

    Produced by Scott Stiverson, Jennifer Hammoud, and Matty Rosenberg. Edited by Scott Stiverson.

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

buddyterd1 ,

Hi

Your wife is my science teacher and she told us about this podcast and it is good but not as good as Joe Rogan but still 5 stars!😁

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Juston barnabas

I can't wait to be on this broadcast soon I have so much to say about my teacher, who taught me so many things in the short amount of time... 👍👍👍

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