Warriors of Education Podcast brings you heartwarming and real conversations with teachers and educators from across the country. Made BY a teacher, this is a podcast for teachers, and for those who want to better understand the experiences of today's teachers.
Season 2, Episode 9: The Success of Play Based, Skill Centered Education of Scotland: A Conversation With Blair Minchin
In Episode 9, S2 , our first International podcast, I speak to Blair Minchin, a primary teacher based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Blair is revolutionary in his teaching work focusing on play and the Global Citizenship Initiative through the U.N. We talk about the differences between knowledge based learning in the US and skills based learning in Scotland. Check out all the wonderful things Mr. Minchin is creating in his classroom!
Blair Minchin is a primary teacher of 6 years based in Edinburgh,Scotland. He currently works in an inner city school, teaching primary 6 but has worked in all stages of primary. A committed advocate of the Global Goals, Blair has a real passion for citizenship, sport and the arts. He is a champion of pupil voice and a strong believer in restorative practice and holding pupils in unconditional positive regard.
Season 2 Episode 8:Bringing Light to Teacher‘s Mental Wellness: A Conversation With Happy Teacher Revolution‘s Danna Thomas
On Episode 8, S2, I speak to Danna Thomas, the founder of Happy Teacher Revolution, an organization and initiative on a mission to increase teacher happiness, retention and professional sustainability by providing educators with the time and space to heal, deal and be real about the social-emotional demands they face on the job. We talk about the demands on teachers, how mental wellness is essential to have a successful classroom and community. "It takes a village to raise a child- this is taking care of the village"
Danna Thomas is a former Baltimore City Public School teacher turned founder of a global initiative to support the mental health and wellness of educators Happy Teacher Revolution. Danna served as the national spokeswoman for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Maryland and the “Music for Mental Health” Campaign. She is the recipient of the 2019 Johns Hopkins Community Hero Award and the 2019 winner of the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab. Danna’s favorite form of self-care include playing backgammon, community hot yoga and rocking out on the saxophone.
Season 2 Episode 7: The Impact of Art and Activism: A Conversation With Olivia Swisher
In S2E7 I speak to Olivia Swisher, a middle school art teacher and MORE activist in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. We discuss how the pandemic was an impactful time to be an art teacher as well as the work she has done with MORE ( movement of rank and file) including the fight for smaller class sizes.
Olivia Swisher is a 4th year middle school teacher at a public school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and is a member and organizer with MORE the Movement of Rank and File Educators Caucus of the UFT. Olivia teaches art and social and emotional learning. Before switching to public education Olivia worked as a museum educator at the Guggenheim Museum and the Jewish Museum where she developed and taught art programs for individuals with disabilities.
Season 2 Episode 6: One Man's Quest To Revolutionize Education, A Conversation With Principal Amen Rahh
In S2E6 I speak to Principal Amen Rahh, a principal, speaker, author and a leader in the education revolution. A proud Compton native he has transformed the educational experience through his creation of a unique house system (in the spirit of Harry Potter!) by building an aspirational culture using 4 major values: advocacy, friendship, courage and motivation. He has partnered with the LA Clippers,Think Watts, Apple, Planet Fitness and many more organizations all to better his school community. We also talk about his recent book called Revolutionary School Culture: The 6 Principals of Unlocking Your School's Hidden Treasure.
Amen Mandela Rahh is known as the Revolutionary Principal for how he has built and founded University Pathways Public Service Academy "The U" an urban public school in South Central Los Angeles. Principal Rahh distinguished himself in the classroom and as an educational change agent. As a middle school teacher in Watts, CA, he was selected as the turnaround teacher which ultimately helped him obtain his position as dean of students. As a principal, he founded one of the most highly-regarded schools in the area by students and parents.
Currently, Principal Rahh is one of the most engaging speakers for transforming the way schools serve their at-promise student populations in America.
Season 2 Episode 5: Why Self Care For Teachers Is More Important Than Ever: A Conversation WIth "The Deviant Teacher "Nancy Ynchaustegui
On S2E5 I speak to Nancy Ynchaustegui, also known as The Deviant Teacher, about her journey from 8th grade science teacher and teacher of the year to becoming a self care coach with an emphasis on healing your mind and body so you are at your best in in your life and in front of the classroom.
Nancy is a health and fitness coach that helps busy people prioritize their well being unapologetically so that they can feel like themselves again or for the first time ever. She is also a middle school science teacher that inspires her students to create a life they love. She had the honor of being named teacher of the year for 2019-2020. Nancy’s goal is to share her knowledge and expertise with as many people as possible and help them apply it to their lives, because their health journey is unique. When not in her classroom or with her students, you’ll either find her on the dance floor, in nature, or on a plane.
Check out Nancy's website http://www.thedeviantteacher.com/
You can also find her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedeviantteacher/ and on Facebook @thedeviantteacher
Season 2 Episode 4: Working Together To Create Equity In Education: A Conversation With Kaliris Salas-Ramirez
In E4S2 I speak to Kaliris Salas- Ramirez, a neuroscientist, professor at CUNY School of Medicine and a parent whose efforts have been focused on racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. We speak about her tireless efforts to bring equality in education for her children and the difficult conversations that are necessary about how race plays into education, with the goal of elevating the voices of marginalized communities.
Kaliris Y. Salas-Ramirez is at the CUNY School of Medicine as Distinguished Medical Lecturer. There she conducts research on sex specific interventions for cognitive decline as a result of illicit or therapeutic drug exposure. As the co-chair of the Inclusive Excellence Council at CSOM she has begin to integrate conversations of equity and bias for students, faculty and staff supporting the school’s anti-racist mission. She is a board member for the non-profit Future of Science and wants to champion, engage and empower early career researchers with evidence-based resources to improve the research endeavor. There she leads the “anti-racism in STEM” workgroup. Finally, when Dr. Salas became a Mom that empowered her to go beyond being a student advocate, but to become an organizer and activist fighting for equity in public education. Her sons fuel her work in the Department of Education as a parent leader and activist. She has received awards for her activism and service to her institution as a leader in equity and is the president of her local school board. Dr. Salas aspires to use her platform as a neuroscientist, Puerto Rican, woman and mother to support anti-oppressive work and changing systems.
*** There is strong language in this episode not intended for children