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!