This week we speak with Leonie Pickett, who teaches History, English, Geography and Leadership to 7th, 8th and 9th graders at Da Vinci Junior High in Davis. A parent of teens as well, she walks us through what the start of this most unusual school year looks like for her. We hear about how teachers spent their summers preparing for teaching on Zoom again, how to best engage students, concerns about social development, and other pros and cons with this current mode of reaching students and parents.
Last week, I did an informal poll on Facebook, asking listeners who they'd like me to interview. I received an incredible number of responses, and one thing that emerged was the desire to hear more from everyday people: teachers, kids, parents, business owners. I will continue interviewing leaders from our local institiutions and organizations, because I believe that's still important, but I've committed to bringing forth some of these other voices, as well.