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Courage is defined in many ways in our society.  Many might think of a brave solider in the battlefield, a firefighter rushing into a burning building without regards for his own safety, or a bystander risking it all to rescue a stranger in harms way.  Real courage is also defined by a caring classroom teacher stubbornly holding her ground, against all odds, to ensure society doesn't lose hopes and contributions of a child's future.  Courage is demonstrated on a daily basis by an educator who will provide comfort and offer opportunity to a child when seemingly all else have abandoned hope. 
 
You can't judge a book by the cover, nor can you judge an educator.  Through her tough exterior she holds the last compassionate hope inside for many students already written off and relegated to a number.  Our inspiring educator today has been tested on a daily basis to help society's forgotten children, never forgetting her mission, for a career that has spanned for 37 years.  Join us and listen in to the journey filled with tough love by our unsung hero in education, Ms. Alma Ward. 
Direct download: IE10-Alma_Ward.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 3:44am EDT

Suney Park is standing among other teachers in the White House being recognized by President Barak Obama.  The President of the United States is teaching Suney how to properly fist bump!  The recognition and laughter shared by those present on that blizzard day in Washington DC is a culmination of one incredibly dedicated educator and her personal sacrifice for her students.

Suney has taken her humble upbringing and personal struggles growing up to empower her students.  Always putting students first, Suney has worked closely with Khan Academy to redefine her role in the classroom and has paved a way to provide a more individualized service to her students.  Join us and listen to the sound of passionate joy in teaching, the pursuit of excellence, and how Ms. Park is always destined to lose a steak dinner bet with her students.

Direct download: IE9-Suney_Park.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 12:20am EDT

Imagine having a world citizen for your history teacher to allow you to witness and feel the utter horrors of the Holocaust, enable you to empathize with the nameless victims of the distant past, and provide an opportunity for you to apply and act on lessons learned.  Our inspiring educator today provides more than mere facts to his students.  Each class session is a time machine into the past and his students are more than casual observers of history.
 

Stephan Anagnost's journey is as fascinating as the class he teaches.  A short journey from New York to Austria has led to a lifetime of dynamic involvement with the United Nations and efforts to help rebuild war torn former Yugoslavia.  Now teaching for American International School on the peaceful island of Curaçao, his fight is to challenge his young future leaders about confronting their own fears and acting on preserving justice for humanity. 

Direct download: IE8-Stephan_Anagnost.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 12:28am EDT

The inspiring story you are about to hear is a journey filled with promise fueled by optimism, passion, and resilience.  It's a personal journey and mission of an unlikely hero, in her words, "...using education to do something positive." 

Our guest today exemplifies the very best of intellectual curiosity tied with social responsibility and determined to use her love and lessons from literature as a conduit for progress.  Gloria Montiel is a Harvard graduate and currently pursuing a PhD in education policy, evaluation, and reform at Claremont Graduate University.  Join us and find out about Gloria's unique struggles and how she embodies hope for so many!

Direct download: IE7-Gloria_Montiel.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 1:26am EDT

The ability to touch the hearts and minds of our students and inspire them to move to action is a challenge every educator has to face in his or her career and must succeed. The ability to do so, simply with words, is what all educators strive to master, and perhaps none has done so with such eloquence, beauty, power, honesty, and from the heart as Mr. Clint Smith.
 
Passion to teach born from his experience in humanitarian work in Senegal to Soweto, South Africa to finishing up his commitment with Teach for America at Parkdale High School in Maryland, Clint ties his classroom lessons intimately with social justice and obligations.  Recognized in the book, "American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom", listen in as the once International Slam Poetry finalist, transforms and inspires his students through the beautiful words of poetry.  
Direct download: IE6-Clint_Smith.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 12:03am EDT

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