Working on It

Stories of Resilient Educators: Teaching Through a Pandemic

May 22, 2021 Season 1 Episode 2
Working on It
Stories of Resilient Educators: Teaching Through a Pandemic
Show Notes

A spoken narrative and song inspired by teachers and created by teaching artists, this project amplifies and uplifts stories of resilient teachers in Metro Nashville Public Schools during the 2020/21 school year. Teachers applied to be part of a Narrative 4 Story Exchange in an open application process, and in this application they were invited to share reflections on teaching. Five of these applicants were chosen to meet online to share and exchange stories of resiliency in teaching. Project leader Amanda Cantrell Roche wrote a spoken narrative incorporating teachers' quotes, and Alison Brazil wrote and recorded an original song with co-writer Matt Lipscombe inspired by the stories. Jon Royal contributed to visioning meetings as well as a voice in the spoken narrative.

Thank you to Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) for being a sponsor, and to the many donors who made this possible. To donate and add your name to supporters:

And thank you to resilient teachers, everywhere. We see you, and this is for you!

Teachers whose stories were shared and whose words shaped this project:

Dr. Nikki Hughes, Warner Arts Magnet Elementary


Jessica Henderson, Glenview Elementary School


Susan Henderson Isel, Antioch Middle School


Brigid Whitaker, Glenview Elementary School


Aaron Litvack, Maplewood High School


Linda Wynkoop, Glencliff High School


Dr. Shauntazia Shorter, Cane Ridge High School


Laura McAfee, Ida B. Wells Elementary School


Caroline Sharp, Oliver Middle School


Thelma Guzman, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School


Tania Mejia, Park Ave. Elementary and Johnson Alternative Learning Center


Caison Bridger, Jones Paideia Elementary School


LaDonna Williams, Thomas A. Edison Elementary School


Hannah Spear, Tom Joy Elementary School


Paige La Grone Babcock, Apollo Middle School


Jennifer Abel, Hermitage Elementary School