There’s no such thing as other people’s children.
Because we belong to one another.
The intention of this podcast is the nourishing of our teacher souls in a time that is more difficult than ever. Why do we do this work? What can it teach us? How do we release the tyranny of perfectionism and show up fully in our own gifts in our own way to serve our kids the best we can? We explore these questions and more with teachers like you and me in a way that is warm and casual, just like the chats we have in the copy room.
It is with love and reverence for what you do and who you are that I say, Welcome to the Copy Room
Season One, Episode 8: BONUS Episode with Lydia and Responsive Reads
Lydia McClanahan is a decades long teacher, instructional coach, and librarian who specializes in culturally authentic texts. Because we teachers LOVE to talk about great practical tools in the copy room, Lydia will be joining us in our copy room for the last episode of every season. In these episodes you get to listen on us chatting like we do, and learn along with me about a culturally authentic text that goes with the theme of the season. This episode features the book, Harbor Me, by Jacquline Woodson, about a group of sixth graders and their quest to belong.
Lydia McClanahan has been an educator for 20+ years and earned her MLIS at San Jose State University. She began her journey in cultural and linguistic responsiveness in 1998 as a facilitator for LAUSD’s Academic English Mastery Program and went on to become one of the founding middle school teachers at the Culture and Language Academy of Success (CLAS). During her time at CLAS, Lydia began serving as an instructional coach for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning. She has served as a lead instructional coach since 2015, during which time she began to curate Responsive Reads in an effort to illuminate texts and authors that reflect the authentic lives and experiences of marginalized people/groups. Lydia is now the Program Specialist for Literacy at CCRTL as well as an instructional coach and professional learning facilitator. Learn more at Responsive Reads, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Season One, Episode 7: Mary Milton, The One Who Serves
Mary Milton, the name conjures up a vision of joy and curiosity, love and support, and a relentless desire to serve. In this episode Mary and I talk about where that desire to serve comes from and how she’s used it to care for and empower our kids, our colleagues, and our community. In this episode we talked so long we forgot the Copy Room Quick Tip! Mary’s is Practice gratitude. In each of your classes today, identify one small reason to be grateful, and take that home in your heart.
After graduating from college, Mary Milton immediately accepted a job teaching language arts at the middle school level because her parents had convinced me that she was a born to teach. After three years she left the classroom to enroll in a Master’s Program in Library and Information Science because she had wanted to be a librarian for as long as she could remember. The California School Library Association offered her a scholarship if she agreed to work for at least one year in a school library after I completed my degree. That one year quickly morphed into 30, the majority of which were spent in the San Lorenzo USD. I can honestly say I loved every minute of it because of her love of reading, the importance she places on information literacy, and the value she has for being a life-long learner.
Season One, Episode 6: Sheryl, The One Who Reaches
For all the pressures our teachers are under right now, we must also remember our principals are arguably under even more. I often wonder what a Sheryl Cambra principalship would look like in this season, as I long for leaders like her in a time like this. She has retired now, leaving it all on the field, as they say, with no regrets. Learning from her all these years was such a gift; interviewing her for this episode was no different.
Sheryl Cambra wanted to teach from the time she was 4 years old. Throughout her education, she found herself in leadership roles from head cheerleader to student council in high school, to serving as a Spartan Spear at San Jose State and Rush Chairperson for her sorority. After teaching in elementary, middle, and high school, Sheryl took on the new challenge of administration. She served as Assistant Principal at SLZ, opened and served as principal for a new Middle School and was honored to be asked by her Superintendent to finish her career as the Principal of San Lorenzo High. Sheryl retired in 2007.
Season One, Episode 5: Sharon and Stephanie, The Ones Who Partner
The School Spouse, the School Bestie, the School Neighbor…the luckiest among us have all of these because school is a microcosm of our larger lives. How we do one thing is how we do everything and Stephanie and Sharon remind us of that very fact. Consummate partners to others in all areas of their lives, in school they were each other’s. Listen in to our conversation to be inspired to thank those who walk this journey with us and remind us on the daily that we belong to one another.
Stephanie Smith taught for 32 years, middle school and high school in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. She taught science (biology, physics, and astronomy) and math and also coached track and served as science department chair.
Sharon Parker works as an affiliate on special projects with Stanford University’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET). In this role she works in partnership with national and local schools and districts in support of their K-12 science teachers through professional development and mentoring. Sharon has been in education for over thirty years.
Season One, Episode 4: Glenna, The One Who Cheers
Who among us does not need a cheerleader right now? I’m sharing my dear friend and consummate cheerleader with you because now, more than ever, we need someone who puts the wind at our backs. Glenna will pick you up and carry you over the finish line herself if you can’t, she’s that dedicated to making sure everyone in her care knows how valuable they are and how much potential their future holds. Glenna lives and breathes the fact there is no such thing as other people’s children, and that we belong to one another.
Glenna Wurm-Hayenga has been a public school educator for over 30 years. She began teaching and interpreting at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, and arrived at San Lorenzo High School for most of her career. There, she became the Director of Student Activities, overseeing the Associated Student Body (ASB) and leadership program, was instrumental in creating the American Sign Language program and was at the forefront of ASL being credited as a world language. Glenna also coached the school’s cheer program for 15 years. Much of her passion lies with transforming the educational experience for students, preparing them to become strong leaders in many capacities. She is currently a teacher at Washington Manor Middle School where she is the Director of Student Activities, teaches 6th grade leadership, is the Yearbook Advisor and oversees the Peer Helpers conflict mediation program.
Season One, Episode Two: Tovi, The One Who Dares to Lead
In a time when we need our community more than ever, many of us are retreating, taking cover for the sake of surviving what is the most difficult year of our teaching careers. Teacher friends are the best friends, and Tovi is and has been both of these things to me for more than 25 years. Let’s listen as she reminds us – through story and laughter and a few tears – just how deeply we belong to one another.
Tovi Scruggs-Hussein is internationally recognized for her signature approach of moving from Leadership Do-ing to Leadership BE-ing and Emotionally Intelligent Equity & Inclusion. Recently, Tovi has been recognized by Mindful Magazine as one of the Powerful Women Leaders of 2021 who are igniting the world with courage and wisdom. Tovi is on a mission to heal our leaders and organizations through SELf-Transformation for School & Systemic Transformation. Tovi is a certified coach and has been personally trained by Brene Brown as a Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator to train others in courageous leadership with a lens of inclusion and belonging. Yet, the very best leadership training she ever received has been the 17 years she spent as a high school principal. She is a founding adjunct professor of Trauma-Informed Leadership with an Equity Lens at Mills College and is the National President for Coalition for Schools Educating Mindfully. She is also the visionary of Racial Healing Allies, a movement to create truly inclusive schools and organizations. Tovi cultivates conscious, connected, and courageous leaders world-wide. www.ticiess.com
Season One, Episode 2: Pamela Wilson, the 3F Mentor
I’m sharing my mentors with you this season with the intention of sharing their gifts with you, in this most unprecedented time of challenge in our profession. Pamela Wilson is my 3F mentor: First, Favorite, and Forever. Listen in as she shares her wisdom with all of us.
Pamela Wilson began teaching in the fall of 1968 and continued to work in education until 2014. Her career covers almost all grades K – 12 as well as mentoring, leading the BTSA program for San Lorenzo USD, and supervising student teachers at Mills College. She says, “To this day I can’t stop teaching. It’s my passion.”
Season One: Belonging
Welcome to Season 1 of Copy Room Conversations. This season we focus on belonging, and you’ll meet the women who gave me a seat at their table and sustained me through a 20-year teaching career and beyond. My intention with this season is to share these extraordinary women with you as a form of nourishment and a reminder that we belong to one another. Look out for the bonus episode that launches our collaboration with Responsive Reads.