Good Thinking Atlanta-NEAF 50th Anniversary

Audio Storytelling Project with Good Thinking Atlanta for the National Education Association Foundation’s 50th Anniversary.  This segment of the multi-media project includes 13 audio stories (podcasts), with outstanding educators and supporters of the NEA, with the theme of keeping the promise of public education.

Each audio story is 4-6 minutes long, with narration by Susan Mittleman.

Dan Challener
A long-time advocate of public schools and STEM education, Dan believes keeping the promise lies within finding ways to engage and challenge every student so that he or she can succeed inside and beyond the classroom.

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Jonathan Gillentine
A childhood filled with obstacles, Jonathan shares stories of educators who helped him to grow stronger by simply hearing, seeing and appreciating him.

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Elander Lewis
Elander grew up in a neighborhood that didn’t offer much opportunity but he had educators that knew he could succeed. He shares how their investment in him allowed him to live the American dream today.

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Lily Eskelsen García
Being a public educator means helping students to believe in themselves and their abilities. NEA president Lily Eskelsen García shares a story of how she was able to make her former 3rd grade student realize his true potential.

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Mary Futrell
When some thought she wouldn’t even finish high school, her community believed in her and banded together to send her to college. Hear former NEA president, Mary Futrell, share what pushed her to devote her life to providing a good education to students that with a similar background.

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Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh
Sharon, Utah’s 2009 Teacher of the Year, shares why she feels the collective community has a responsibility for providing all students a good public education.

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John Wilson
A talented educator can make all the difference in students becoming lifelong learners. John, a longtime public education advocate, shares how rewarding it is to witness students overcome educational barriers.

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Nancy Burke
A 20-year special needs educator, Nancy shares how she discovered joy in teaching her students how to be self-sufficient through projects beyond the classroom.

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Noel Candelaria
Noel Candeleria has a passion for students with special needs that began when he coached a group in the Special Olympics. Hear how this educator from El Paso has advocated for their needs and educational enrichment.

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Reg Weaver
The golden rule for educators is to do what’s in the best interest of their students. Reg shares a personal story of what reconnecting with a student decades later taught him about that golden rule.

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Monica Washington
A nurturer by nature, Monica makes sure her classroom is home base for students, whether they’re in her homeroom or not. Listen to how she turned her early love for learning and teaching into a meaningful career today.

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Lisa Almeida
Visiting classrooms throughout the country for over two decades, Lisa shares her appreciation for how much teachers do to grow and nurture students outside of educating them. Hear why she calls them everyday heroes.

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Retired CFO of Horace Mann, Inc. and NEA Foundation Board member, Peter H. Heckman shares his commitment to public education and a memorable moment in his daughter’s classroom.

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