Voices of Educators

Mia Rotondo works on an art project with a student. They're dressed up for 80s Day at Ben Franklin Elementary. Credit: Mallory Falk/WWNO.
Voices of Educators

Voices Of Educators: Mia Rotondo

This school year there’s been a lot of talk about how to fund special education, as the Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School Board move toward a unified funding formula. But what actually happens inside a special education classroom?

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Voices Of Educators: Rowan Shafer

Rowan Shafer is a third grade teacher at Morris Jeff Community School. She’s committed to teaching a social justice curriculum… which she knows can sound abstract. “Yeah, those are easy words to say that mean a lot of things,” she says. In this month’s Voices of Educators segment, Shafer describes [...]

Dr. Kate Kokontis.
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Voices Of Educators: Dr. Kate Kokontis

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, or NOCCA, has long been known as a leading arts education program. But the staff there began to notice a trend. Students came to NOCCA from schools all over the city and had dramatically different experiences. “And there were a lot of sad moments [...]

Michael "Quess?" Moore brings his love of poetry into the classroom, and to the monthly New Orleans Youth Open Mic.
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Voices Of Educators: Michael ‘Quess?’ Moore

Michael “Quess?” Moore is an instructional coach at Martin Behrman Charter School. He helps teachers from all grade levels – kindergarten through eighth – develop lesson plans. Sometimes he co-leads the lessons, and sometimes he teaches them on his own. In the classroom, Moore draws on his experience as a [...]

Sheena Reed
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Voices Of Educators: Sheena Reed

This month, as high school seniors apply for financial aid, we focus our Voices of Educators series on a college counselor. Sheena Reed is Director of College Counseling at Sci Academy. She draws on her own experiences – as a first generation college student and college admissions officer — to [...]