Happy holidays from the Schoolyard! In this episode, host Nancy Chung and special guests Jere Chang and Ty Cook discuss the joys of teaching with heartwarming stories, unique educational approaches, and the power of humor in education.
In this special holiday episode, three teachers and education influencers share some of their favorite stories. You’ll hear about what led each of them through different paths that eventually led to them finding their love of teaching.
In the spirit of giving, our guests tell you about some of the most memorable gifts they’ve received from students, as well as share some tips for parents on how to make teachers feel appreciated during the holiday season.
Jere and Ty also share some of their favorite stories of unique teaching experiences, including something to do with a bunny wedding. No, seriously. If it creates a memorable experience that fosters engagement in the classroom, Jere and Ty are up for it!
And finally, if they could give anything they want, what gift would our guest teachers give their students and fellow teachers? You’ll have to listen to find out!
All of this and more to bring warmth and happiness to every teacher this holiday season.
Jere Chang, also known as @mschanggifted, has been an educator for over 25 years, with experience spanning from kindergarten to college. With three master’s degrees, Jere currently thrives as a public school gifted education teacher for grades 1-5 in Atlanta, Georgia. Known for her dynamic and engaging style, Jere captivates audiences with her lively sense of humor. In addition to in-person speaking engagements, Jere uses social media to inspire educators, parents, and students alike. Jere resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her wife and two sons, ages 7 and 9.
Ty Cook, aka @Cook_in_the_classroom, is a middle school science teacher in his 10th year of teaching. On social media, he shares his classroom ideas, tech tips, science lessons, and laughs. Ty’s teaching philosophy is summed up by the quote “students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”