Teaching was always a challenge.
Then came 2020: a pandemic, political implosions, and a reckoning with systematic racism.
Here, two seasoned teachers invite colleagues to tell us like it is – and what they envision it could be.
Co-producers Rashon Briggs and Kimberly Cecchini are both special education teachers and originally became friends as teachers on the 6th grade team at a middle school in Teaneck, New Jersey. In fact, Briggs was on Cecchini’s hiring team in 2012.
Briggs has been a special educator for the past twenty-one years. He has had the pleasure to teach in Englewood NJ, Hackensack NJ, Teaneck NJ, Fulton Public School in Atlanta GA, and Atlanta Public Schools in Atlanta GA. He is currently working for the Los Angeles Unified School District in Los Angeles CA when the district switched to virtual learning.
Cecchini has been an educator for the past two decades in New Jersey and was in her first year in the Seattle Public Schools when the district shut down for COVID. She is also a documentarian and is currently producing a short about the impact of education on a Nigerian community.