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Author: Christine and Georgia

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Making the Grade is an education podcast for current & former teachers to share notes, define success & assess their own happiness in the classroom and beyond. Throughout history in the US, teaching has been an essential profession that supports the next generation. However, as the world continues to evolve, the education system seems to be years behind in many ways.

“Making the Grade” explores the metrics of success in the modern-day classroom with current and former educators. We dive into the challenging circumstances teachers face, & the unrealistic standards that many feel they need to live up to in order to thrive. 

Schools are now seeing alarming shortages where jobs used to be highly competitive. Why are teachers leaving the field at an unprecedented rate? How has our view of teachers changed over time? What do educators in the field want us to know about their hopes, hardships & dreams? 

The problems in education may seem endless, but so are the possibilities. Listen, laugh, and leave our episodes empowered to define your own success as an educator & an individual. Be sure to leave us a review & subscribe if you like what you hear!

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S2 EP 029 | Next Step Education: a Conversation with Former Classroom Teacher & Co-Founder, MeghanOn this next episode, a local guest from the Boston podcast scene (thanks Kim!) shares how she successfully founded and scaled her learning center, "Next Step Education”. Meghan’s journey from the classroom to entrepreneurship is a testament to the power of curiosity and passion in shaping the future of learning.Despite her fulfillment in the classroom & having a “dream class”, Megh...
S2 EP 028 | Encouraging Creativity in Early Childhood Education: a Conversation with Pre-K Teacher, HannahIn this episode of Making the Grade Podcast, Georgia & Christine sit down with Hannah, a passionate PreK teacher from Fort Worth, Texas. With eleven years of experience in both public and private settings, Hannah brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for early childhood education to the table.Hannah shares her journey in education, from her beginnings as a teacher to her c...
S2 EP 027 | Beautiful Stuff Project: a conversation with former teacher & founding executive director, MarinaOn the 27th episode of Making the Grade Podcast, Georgia and Christine connect with Marina, a former teacher & executive director of the Beautiful Stuff Project. The Beautiful Stuff Project increases access to play and the arts through the creative reuse of materials. Marina is passionate about allowing children the space to explore & create, and this is possible through th...
MAKING THE GRADES2 EP 026 | Teacher Career Transition Academy: a Coversation with Co-Founder, Lisa With teacher burnout being a buzzword in the news lately, it’s nothing new that teachers are considering new careers after many struggles in the classroom. What would it be like for teachers if they had a playbook of how to handle the stress & a way to figure out their next chapter? With 15 years of experience as a tech CEO, Lisa shares her story about what drove her to create Teacher C...
S2 EP 025 | Motivating Minds: a Conversation with Educational Consultant & Author, IvanaIn this next episode of Making the Grade, Georgia & Christine talk with Ivana, the founder of Motivating Minds & Achievement Solutions. Formerly of Georgia & currently in DC, Ivana didn’t always know that she wanted to become a teacher. Prior to consulting, she was teaching at the high school level. Additionally, Ivana is the author of “It’s Time to Get Your $#!@ Together”, a book to empowe...
S2 EP 023 | Aspiring to Lead: a Conversation with Training & Development Specialist, JoshIn this next episode of Making the Grade, Christine & Georgia are joined by Josh, the Training and Development Specialist for the Teach Better Team and manager of the Teach Better Podcast Network. Prior to Joshua's current position, he was a middle school Administrator, classroom art educator, and coach. Joshua is the author of Aspire to Lead, podcaster, leadership coach, and education presenter.&...
S2 EP 022 | Chat GPTeacher - Exploring AI: a Coversation with 7th Grade History Teacher, JackWith AI being the buzz over the last year in all industries, have you wondered about how this could translate (in a positive way) to education? Florida 7th grade history teacher & AI enthusiast, Jack, shares the unique moment when he knew he wanted to be a teacher & the research he is doing to explore educators implementing AI in schools. With 7 years of experience as a middle school teacher, ...
S2 EP 021 | Starting Before You’re Ready: a Conversation with SandyMaking the Grade podcast is back for Season 2 with the 1st episode of 2024 coming at you from sunny San Diego with the lovely Sandy Patterson! After 14 years as an elementary school teacher, Sandy realized that she was in need of some guidance and sought out a life coach. And little did she know how the student would become the teacher.Sandy evaluated her current situation & realized that her values had shifted - so she be...
EP 020 | Georgia & Christine: Recap Season 1 On the last episode of Season 1 of Making the Grade podcast, Georgia & Christine recap season 1: what they have learned, surprising takeaways, & what’s to come in season 2! Their journey into podcasting has been an eye-opening & surprisingly liberating experience - and in helping other educators elevate their teacher voices, they seem to have re-found their own.This conversation covers it all: from the behind the scenes of crea...
MAKING THE GRADEEP 019 | Finding Teacher & Life Balance Through Overcoming Overwhelm: a Conversation with Teacher & Life Coach, KrystalOn the 19th episode of Making the Grade Podcast, Georgia and Christine connect with Krystal, a middle school teacher & life coach who has over 18 years of experience in the classroom. A fellow educator from Canada, Krystal is passionate about supporting educators to avoid burnout through intentional practices. Krystal candidly shares her own person...
EP 018 | KaiPod Learning: a conversation with founder & CEO, Amar“I want to try something different” is the sentiment that began a new classroom model & organization for educators. With experience teaching in the US & India, Amar has spent many years in many different classroom models and roles. A fellow Boston-based founder, Amar Kumar, shares how he went from trying to meet all students’ needs to creating a space where students lead their learning through goal setting and coache...
EP 017 | Modern Classrooms Project: a Conversation with CEO, KareemThis week Georgia & Christine chat with Kareem Farah, CEO and co-founder of the Modern Classrooms Project. Kareem spent his teaching career as a math educator in Hawaii and Washington, DC. Instead of using a traditional lecture model, Kareem taught math through a blended model where students accessed content through his self-made videos. The cornerstone of his classroom was the ability for students to work at their own pac...
EP 016 | Teacher Training, Montessori Modeling & Classroom Community: a Conversation with Dr. Lisa KuhAfter 6+ months of recording podcasts in different states, Georgia & Christine record in the same room for the 1st time for some great conversation with educator of all trades & author, Dr. Lisa Kuh. Currently practicing in Washington state, Lisa Kuh has over 40 years of experience with young children as an instructional coach, classroom teacher, teacher educator, university profe...
EP 015 | Behavior Analysis: a Conversation with BCBA, BenWe hear so frequently about student behaviors interfering with learning in the classroom, but what can we do to help stop this growing problem? On this next episode of Making the Grade podcast, Georgia & Christine chat with BCBA Ben about how his journey in studying behavior analysis led him across the country and truly finding his passion. After finishing his graduate degree in Boston, Ben moved to California and has held many diff...
EP 014 | Cultivating Courage & Connection: a Conversation with Coach & Consultant, Kelly“I have this crazy idea!” is a sentence that Kelly loved hearing as a former director. An educator from New Hampshire with 28 years of experience & an entrepreneurial spirit, Kelly is thinking outside the box in supporting educators’ mental health in workshops, professional development series & 1:1 coaching. Can you imagine walking into a room full of stressed teachers to talk to them...
EP 013 | Marketing & Sales for Edupreneurs: a Conversation with Consultant, ChristinaWhen teachers get used to signing a contract each year, it’s no surprise that pricing services is an area where educators need support. Georgia & Christine speak with Christina, an education consultant and former teacher / administrator from Texas. A self-described “edupreneur”, Christina has transitioned out of her roles in the classroom and now works in many different roles as a consultant. Sh...
EP 012 | Changing your Classroom Calling: a conversation with Early Literacy Coach, AmarisHave you ever felt like your heart belongs in the classroom but you’re itching to try something new? Baltimore ESOL teacher -> early literacy coach, Amaris, took a chance in a new role and shares her motivation to stay in education (and why she doesn’t want to just be “the lady from the district”). With over a decade of experience in the classroom, Amaris shares her 2 passions, early literacy and ESOL...
EP 011 | Mastering your Math Mindset: a conversation with math coach, Mona“I’m just not a math person” is a common expression, but have you ever wondered why? Chicago teacher & math specialist, Mona, shares how she shifted from being a math avoider -> math master! With 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher, Mona shares some insights from allowing her students to struggle & apply problem solving strategies “thinking like mathematicians”.A fellow podcaster, Mona’s passion in ...
EP 010 | Finding the Right Fit: a Conversation with International Teacher, GregIn the 10th episode of Making the Grade Podcast, Georgia and Christine connect with Greg, an international teacher who has over 20 years of experience. Avid scuba diver, technology guru, author…& most importantly, a teacher at heart. A fellow podcaster from Wisconsin, Greg is passionate in telling others about “the best kept secret in education”: international teaching. Greg is well-traveled - he has visited ov...
EP 009 | Transatlantic Teaching: a Conversation with Transitioning High School Teacher, LiFrom the UK to Indiana, Li has taught high school health and social care in London for 8 years in a prestigious cosmopolitan school. She has spent the last decade teaching culinary classes in inner city -> rural districts in the US for the last few years. In addition to her work in the classroom, she has also established an international travel chapter with over 150 students and families to venture ab...
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