Perspectives

Welcome to the Perspectives series, where we take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of education with the people who live it every day. In each interview with an educator we peel back the curtain on what it's really like to work in the field, from the day-to-day life of an educator in some of the field's most unique environments to the trials, tribulations and joys of the work. Each interview is relaxed, intellectual, poignant and deeply honest. Every so often I'll also post stories from my life in the world of education, the absurd, the inspiring, and everything in between. Nothing is off limits as we paint as realistic a view as possible of what it's like to live and work as an educator.

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WIT Founder and President Sarah Hernholm

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Listen in to (or watch!) this fantastic interview with Sarah Hernholm, the Founder and President of WIT – Whatever It Takes, a 3 time TEDx speaker, and Forbes and Today Show community contributor who has made a lasting impact on the world of education, for what turns into a fascinating interview where she gives tons of advice for teens and any would-be entrepreneur, discusses her work and life story, the WIT program she runs and education in general.

Want to jump ahead in this episode?

Why Education? 3:00
How and Why Sarah Started WIT: 14:00
What is WIT?: 29:30
Advice for Educators: 55:00
Advice for Teens: 1:01:00

Sarah Hernholm is the Founder and President of WIT – Whatever It Takes, an entrepreneur and leadership program for teens and tweens that offers students around the world college credit, a community of like-minded peers, mentorship and business coaching, and even a week-long intensive Camp WIT that culminates in a pitch competition with a $1000 cash prize. Hello Shark Tank! Started in 2009, WIT has grown from a small, San Diego based program to a world-wide, one-of-a-kind business, education and mentoring organization. Sarah began her career in education as an elementary school teacher before leaving to found her company, which she still runs, is a Forbes and Today Show parenting community contributor, a 3 time TEDx speaker, and an all-around wonderful, passionate and incredibly hard-working person. She was also a Director’s Assistant on the movie Elf. What can’t she do?!

WIT - Whatever It Takes -
https://www.doingwit.org/
WIT on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DoingWIT/
WIT on IG: @doing_wit
Sarah Hernholm on IG: @miss_wit


 

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May 7, 2021

Stories From My Life In Education: Prom From Hell

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Ever wonder what it’s like to chaperone Prom? How about a Prom from hell? In this episode I tell the story of a Prom gone horribly wrong. It involves an explosion, a highway, and some very stressed-out chaperones. Don’t worry though, it all worked out alright! All of us, adults and students, made it back in one piece to tell the tale of a Prom story that could have been taken straight out of a movie, one that I probably wouldn’t have believed unless I'd been there to see it for myself.
 

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March 18, 2021

Teachers' Unions and High School Health and PE with Josh McGoun

 
In this deep and at times shocking episode of The Educator Podcast: Perspectives I interview Union Representative and veteran high school Health and PE teacher Josh McGoun. We discuss the inexcusable disrespect the teaching profession has faced in America, the critical role  teachers’ unions play, the teacher retention crisis that is currently plaguing American public schools, the dramatic changes to the teaching of Health and PE in the past two decades, the effects of Covid on students, teachers, and education, and much more.
 
March 11, 2021

Stories From My Life in Education, Part 2

 

Every so often I’ll share stories from my life in education, the ups, the downs, and all the hilarious and ridiculous stories in between. In this episode of The Educator Podcast: Perspectives I share two of the most shocking and borderline scary stories of my educational career from my time as a college senior student-teaching in an inner-city high school just outside of Washington, DC. As a naïve 21 year old from the suburbs of New Jersey, this was absolutely the biggest culture shock of my life, but it ultimately proved two powerful things, I was inspired to become an educator, and I was given an object lesson that all kids, no matter their circumstance or upbringing, crave and deserve safety, stability, compassion and understanding not just in their educational institutions, but in all walks of life.

 

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Feb. 15, 2021

Stories From My Life in Education, Part 1

 
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Every so often I’ll share stories from my life in education, the ups, the downs, and all the hilarious and ridiculous stories in between. In this episode of The Educator Podcast: Perspectives I share two of the most absurd stories from my time as an educator, all the way back from when I was still in high school working as a summer camp counselor - with kindergartners - at a local day camp. Working there was a rude and in hindsight hilarious awakening to the world of working with kids, and taught me you can literally never know what to expect.


 

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Feb. 4, 2021

Inner City American High Schools with Teacher Rob Lieberman

In this episode of The Educator Podcast: Perspectives I interview veteran High School teacher Rob Lieberman, who has taught at inner-city Trenton Central High School for the past 7 years. In this honest, raw and unfiltered interview we look behind-the-scenes at American inner-city high schools and discuss the life, successes and challenges these students, teachers and communities face every day.
 

June 3, 2021