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The Tobin School Podcast

The Tobin School Podcast

By Michael Gordon
Tobin K-8 School podcast hosted by long-time teacher Mr. Gordon. Mr. Gordon answers questions from members of our school community and interviews students, teachers, family members, administrators, and other valued members of our school community.
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Episode 27: Season Finale with Ms. Rosa and Mr. Gordon
For the Season Finale, Ms. Rosa turns the tables on Mr. Gordon and plays host, while Mr. Gordon is this week's guest. We then have a fond farewell from a beloved member of the Tobin who is retiring. Finally, to wrap up the season, Mr. Gordon reveals the first annual Tobin Podcast Awards.
51:19
June 11, 2021
Episode 26: Ms. Jannet
Our City Connects Coordinator Ms. Jannet stops by for an impromptu conversation in which she discusses her path from Starbucks manager to the Tobin, her love of Rhode Island, and the challenge of joining our school in the midst of a pandemic. 
27:59
June 4, 2021
Episode 25: Coach Sam
Coach Sam discusses his love of physical activity, his path that led him to the Tobin, and the challenge of filling Coach D's shoes. 
37:11
May 28, 2021
Episode 24: Coach D
Beloved former Tobin Playworks Coach "Coach D" discusses what he's been doing since passing the Tobin torch to Coach Sam, how he initially got involved in Playworks, and what to make of this disappointing Celtics season. Then Mr. Gordon answers a listener question and welcomes back 6th grader Octavius for the Drip segment. 
51:38
May 21, 2021
Episode 23: Ms. Robinson
Beloved kindergarten teacher Ms. Robinson discusses why she loves kindergarten, explains why she would NOT want to be in the British Royal Family, and shares some of her favorite children's books. Then Mr. Gordon reveals the brand new Drip segment, co-hosted this week by 6th grader Octavius. 
30:33
April 30, 2021
Episode 22: Ms. Cennamo
8th grade ELA teacher Ms. Cennamo discusses her struggles with being a perfectionist, traveling to the Amazon, and making, canning, and consuming exorbitant amounts of salsa. Then Mr. Gordon answers a listener question, and, lastly, shares a beard anecdote in lieu of this week's Beard Power Rankings.
50:22
April 16, 2021
Episode 21: Ms. Barry
Long-time Visual Arts teacher Ms. Barry discusses her love of art as a child, her passion for gardening, and getting lost in the creative process. 
35:17
April 9, 2021
Episode 20: Ms. Carter & Eliuh
Science/Math specialist Ms. Carter discusses her love of the scientific method, her issues with The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, and her former job delivering pizzas for Domino's. Then our phenomenal 6th grade student Elihu joins Mr. Gordon to talk about a podcast project he's been working on. Lastly, Mr. Gordon reveals this week's Beard Power Rankings. 
52:43
March 26, 2021
Episode 19: Ms. Robledo
3rd grade Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) teacher Ms. Robledo stops by to discuss her approach to teaching English Language Learners, having a growth mindset in her own life, and Guy's Grocery Games. Then Mr. Gordon chats with 7th grade student Ugonna about being back in the building after a year of remote learning. Lastly, Mr. Gordon reveals this week's Beard Power Rankings. 
36:32
March 19, 2021
Episode 18: Ms. Maria and Ms. Josefina
Beloved long-time lunch mothers Ms. Maria and Ms. Josefina discuss their fascinating journeys from Puerto Rico to the Tobin School, working with multiple generations of Tobin families, and their lifelong friendship. Then Mr. Gordon answers a listener question, in which he accepts the challenge to write a limerick. Lastly, Mr. Gordon reveals this week's Beard Power Rankings. 
35:50
March 12, 2021
Episode 17: Mr. Patrick (Wallace)
Longtime Pre-K paraprofessional Mr. Patrick drops by and discusses his high school experience, what he loves about being a paraprofessional as opposed to a teacher, and being a father of twin 2-year-old girls. Then Mr. Gordon reveals this week's Beard Power Rankings. 
37:44
March 5, 2021
Episode 16: Ms. Sikder
Fourth/fifth grade Humanities teacher Ms. Sikder discusses how living in Jordan and Palestine influenced her decision to become a teacher, her involvement with the Boston Teachers Union, and bird watching. Then Mr. Gordon reveals this week's Beard Power Rankings. 
34:43
February 26, 2021
Episode 15: Mrs. Macdonald
Special Education teacher Mrs. Macdonald stops by to discuss her first career in journalism, share her daughter Zoe's inspirational story, and talk food. Then Mr. Gordon answers listener questions and a beloved Tobin teacher calls in to say farewell. 
43:36
February 12, 2021
Episode 14: Ms. Scott
Beloved third grade teacher Ms. Scott drops in to talk about her path from Ghana to the Tobin School, her faith, and her love of old gameshow reruns. Then Mr. Gordon answers listener questions and returns with the Beard Power Rankings after a one-week hiatus. 
43:57
February 5, 2021
Episode 13: Ms. Rosa
P.E. teacher Ms. Rosa stops by to discuss the creative ways she's been teaching Physical Education remotely, her love of comics and fantasy, and how dogs don't give enough personal space. Then Mr. Gordon answers listener questions and explains why the Beard Power Rankings are on a one week hiatus.  
44:59
January 29, 2021
Episode 12: Ms. Ogarra
Middle school Special Educator and 6th grade science teacher Ms. Ogarra stops by to talk about her various roles working with young people in Boston, her own high school experience and how it informs her teaching and parenting, and the most recent addition to her family, something called a "Maine coon kitten." Then Mr. Gordon answers a listener question, and former podcast guest Ms. Harvey returns to reveal her very own Beard Power Rankings.  
46:13
January 22, 2021
Episode 11: Ms. Harvey
Ms. Harvey stops by to discuss her various roles at the Tobin over the years, her love of SpaghettiOs, and the legendary "Coin Flip" story. Then Mr. Gordon answers listener questions and welcomes a new face to the Beard Power Rankings. 
52:02
January 15, 2021
Episode 10: Ms. Kinney
For a special holiday episode, Mr. Gordon welcomes our beloved former Tobin Tiger Ms. Kinney, who discusses her current work with Boston youth, reminisces about her time at the Tobin, and catches us up on her life. Mr. Gordon then answers listener questions, and, of course, reveals his Week 10 Beard Power Rankings. 
50:26
December 18, 2020
Episode 9: Ms. Fisher (nee Darchuk)
Ms. Fisher stops by to chat about her journey from California to Boston, her hockey fandom, and getting married during a global pandemic. Mr. Gordon then answers listener questions and, of course, reveals this week's Beard Power Rankings, during which he welcomes a new face to the rankings. 
38:50
December 11, 2020
Episode 8: Ms. Miranda
Ms. Miranda stops by to discuss her experience in Boston Public Schools as both a student and educator, her unofficial role as social director at the Tobin, and what "refills her soul." Mr. Gordon then answers listener questions, introduces a brand new segment called "Remote Learning Tips," and, as always, reveals the Beard Power Rankings. 
52:21
December 4, 2020
Episode 7: Ms. Patilla
Ms. Patilla stops by to talk about a multifaceted curriculum she has been developing called "Uprisings," her unique fashion sense, and her mentality as an only child. Then Mr. Gordon answers listener questions and, as always, reveals the Beard Power Rankings. 
32:13
November 26, 2020
Episode 6: Ms. Connery
Ms. Connery stops by to discuss her work with students with autism, her belief in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program, and her passion for cosmetology, Christmas movies, and singing. Then Mr. Gordon answers listener questions, and, of course, reveals the Week 6 Beard Power Rankings. 
53:54
November 20, 2020
Episode 5: Ms. McNamara and Ms. McKendall
Ms. McNamara and Ms. McKendall stop by to talk about their career paths, their first memories at the Tobin, and their typical breakfasts. Then Mr. Gordon answers listener questions and, as always, reveals this week's Beard Power Rankings. 
38:13
November 13, 2020
Episode 4: Ms. Gaffny
Veteran Tobin teacher Ms. Gaffny stops by to talk about her long tenure at the Tobin School, coming from a family of educators, her work as a Boston Teachers Union representative, and the lasting impact of past students and mentors. Mr. Gordon then answers listener questions, gets deep about The Giving Tree, and reveals the Week 4 Beard Power Rankings. 
53:29
November 6, 2020
Episode 3: Ms. Gray
Ms. Gray stops by to discuss her fascinating family history, her experience growing up in Roxbury but attending school in Brookline through the METCO program, and her connection to Paul Pierce. Then Mr. Gordon answers listener questions, and, as always, reveals his weekly Beard Power Rankings. 
30:30
October 28, 2020
Episode 2: Ms. Ekhomu
Our old friend and new assistant principal Ms. Ekhomu stops by to talk about her early years as a teacher, her focus on race and equity, and most importantly, trashy TV. Then, Mr. Gordon answers listener questions about the Tobin School construction, Ray Allen, and which teachers he'd choose to appear on a hip hop track. And, of course, he reveals this week's Beard Power Rankings. 
42:59
October 20, 2020
Episode 1: Mr. Toledano
Mr. Toledano stops by to chat about his path to becoming a principal, being a father, what makes the Tobin special, and a TV show called "Wild Kratts." Then, Mr. Gordon tries his best to answer questions from our listeners. 
48:54
October 16, 2020