We all remember our favorite teacher when we were in high school. They inspired us and were probably the reason why we chose to pursue a certain major in college or a career. Teachable Moments is a podcast that celebrates teachers and teaching. It is a delight to listen to teachers talk about their pathway into teaching, what they love about teaching, and how their students motivate them to continue to teach.
Inspiring Future Scientists
Last summer, I met Melissa Shandroff, Chairperson of the Science Department at Hasting High School, at a summer workshop hosted in the school District. While sitting with her group, I learned that she had grown the Science Research program from one course to three courses. This was amazing but as I listened to her talk about the program to her colleagues, I understood why and wished that I had a science teacher like her when I was in high school. According to her students, Melissa Shandroff is an inspiring educator who makes science exciting. She has a way of drawing in curious minds and motivating them to investigate a topic in science that they have a deep interest in exploring and sharing their research with others. Recently, one of her students entered her research into a contest, won, and was awarded $5,000.
Introduction to Teachable Moments
Teachable Moments is a podcast about teachers and what led them into the profession. While teaching was the hardest job that I have ever had, it was a career that I loved. I didn’t enter my undergraduate studies considering a career in teaching. Some people know very early in their lives that they are going to become a teacher. Others, like me, explored other careers first before becoming a teacher. Through conversations with teachers in the school District, I explore their journey into the profession by examining why they became a teacher, the impact that teaching has had on them, and a memorable moment involving something that a student said or did that still makes you smile.