Tuesday, May 15, 2018

S1E17 "She Was Such a Fighter!"

Alexa Rodheim Cutler touched the lives of students and staff as an English teacher at Elk Grove HS. She sadly passed away from breast cancer at the age of 29, yet her legacy lives on. Here, her last full class of students, now seniors ready to graduate, share their stories.
For more information on The Magnolia Tree Foundation and Alexa's life and legacy, visit their website at www.themagnoliatreefoundation.org/
While there are many students who were touched by Alexa's life, we want to thank the following students for sharing their stories: April, Billy, Estefania, Katie, Jazmin, Jesus, Nella, and Shirley.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

S1E16 "There Are So Many Amazing Things"

Senior Oscar Gonzalez is excited about his future career plan that opened up to him through the courses he took as part of District 214's Career Pathway Program. He reflects on both the academic and extracurricular experiences that made his four years at Elk Grove High School so memorable.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

S1E15: "Leave Your Legacy Here"

Nelson is on a mission to change the community.  Upon leaving junior high, he felt a new motivation to increase his engagement in both academics and activities.   He progressed so much academically that by his senior year, his schedule consists of seven Advanced Placement classes.  Nelson attributes this to the message that was given to him in the first day at EGHS, "Anyone can change".  He believes this sentiment wholeheartedly and wants others to know that they can always improve as well.

He has become heavily involved in Estudiantes Unidos, a group at Elk Grove High School focused on mentoring elementary and middle school students.  Started by 2017 Illinois State Teacher of the Year and EGHS Spanish teacher Ricky Castro, the group has expanded the weekly mentoring program to include the Oasis Summer Camp, where students (K-5) engage in reading, STEM, and sports activities led by high school students.  For more information on the camp, view this news segment from NBC.


The music in this podcast was provided by Scott Holmes via the Free Music Archive.  The following tracks were used in this podcast; check out their website for more music:

"Beyond Dreams" Scott Holmes (from Inspiring & Uplifting Music)

"We Made It" Scott Holmes (from Inspiring & Uplifting Music)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

S1E14 "Each Student Has a Story and Each Story Should be Heard"

As a little girl who made her own classroom at home to teach her grandmother and stuffed animals, Jasmine Bautista discovered a passion for teaching others. Challenging times in elementary school might have extinguished her passion were it not for the connection with one special person who helped her believe in herself and follow her dreams.

Epilogue: On the day before we released this episode, just as we were about to make our final edits, Jasmine stopped by to share an update. That morning she had just received news from National Louis University, a partner with District 214's Educator Prep Program, that would make her dream even more possible. Listen after the credits to learn how!

A 5th grader shares an update on his project with
Jasmine and Nicola Avena at Rupley Elementary School

Jasmine and Nicola reflect on the day with their awesome students.

Reunited - now as teaching partners!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

S1E13: "I Want To Prove That Their Sacrifice Was Worth It"

Abbey was bought here from Mexico when she was just four years old. As the second oldest child, she is the only child in her family not a U.S. citizen. In this episode of "We Are EG,"  this Elk Grove High School senior discusses the DACA program and the difficulties in trying to apply for college in a world where DACA students face uncertainties.


The music in this podcast was provided by Blue Dot Sessions (https://www.sessions.blue)via the Free Music Archive (http://freemusicarchive.org/). The following tracks were used in this podcast, check out their website for more music.

"Home, Home at Last" Blue Dot Sessions (from Warmbody) (Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0)

"Sand Reverie" Blue Dot Sessions (from Desert Orchard) (Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0)

"La Costilla" Blue Dot Sessions (from Cholate) (Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

S1E12 "Why I'm Still Standing"

Challenges never deter Elk Grove graduate Jonathan Macedo. In this episode of We Are EG, he reveals how relationships with others––sometimes in unexpected ways––helped see him through some difficult times. 

The music in this podcast was provided by:

    Monk Parker, "I See Stars" from his Dance album (Creative Commons License 4.0)

    Podington Bear, "Threshold"  (Creative Commons License 3.0)

Helen Rae Cooper and Debbie Fox Little, "That’s All It Takes" via

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

S1E11: "It's Given Me My Own Voice"

Nic Baggetto is the editor-in-chief of the Elk Grove High School newspaper The Guardian.  As a senior at Elk Grove High School, he has evolved both personally and as a writer through his experiences.  He shares some of his favorite stories that he has written, as well as how much he has learned through this process.  He intends to pursue a career in communications to continue his passion for writing and film.

Nic mentions some favorite articles in the podcast.  Here are some of those, as well as a few other noteworthy and recent ones:

The music in this podcast was provided by

    Podington Bear, "Funk" from his Dance album (Creative Commons License 3.0)

    Podington Bear, "Golden Hour" from his  Springtime Album (Creative Commons License 3.0)

    Podington Bear, "Movin On Up" from his Bon Voyage album (Creative Commons License 3.0)

    Podington Bear, "Arboles" from his Encouraging album (Creative Commons License 3.0)