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Teaching in Times of Covid

Teaching in Times of Covid

Thanks to the creativity and persistence of volunteer Denise Steedman, MOTAL now has a fascinating, highly professional, set of historical perspectives to share with the public on the MOTAL- The Museum of Teaching and Learning YouTube channel. Denise (“Dee”) could not have done this alone, she had the full support of the MOTAL board, her team members, Eva Postma, Mark Noble, and Steve Pliska. The museum will save these recordings for posterity as testimony to how educators and families have dealt with the changes and challenges during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Episode 9: Dr. Sueling Chen, Principal at Arborland Montessori
Meet Sueling Chen, principal at Arborland Montessori private school in Orange County. She is an educator, business woman and the driving force behind a Montessori school, educating the very young to young teens. Hear the family story that inspired her to look for the right private school for her own children.
March 25, 2022
Episode 8: Debra Ward, Early Childhood Educator/Director
Meet Debra Ward. She is an educator, teaching preschool teachers how to teach, Director of the Cerritos College Child Development Center and a member of Governor Newsome's Early Education Advisory Board sub-committee, doing research for future early childhood education policies. She is dedicated to the children, parents and community she serves. Hear her tribute to her parents who instilled a love of education for their family.
March 24, 2022
Episode 7:Alison and Sam,Two Elementary Teachers, One Household
Meet Sam and Alison. Both of these educators are elementary teachers who work for the same school district, but at different locations and in different elementary grades. They will tell us how the pandemic school closure affected them as teachers, parents and as a family. This is truly a household where teaching and learning is always a fact of life. Busy doesn't begin to explain all that gets done in a week.
March 23, 2022
Episode 6: Christie, Head School District Nurse
Meet Christie, the Head District Nurse for a school district in Madera County. She has had to be part nurse, part social worker, and serve as a representative for the Department of Health and the CDC, to the district and to parents.  Listen to a story about a personal move that impacted her family.
March 22, 2022
Episode 5: Kevin, College Painting Arts Instructor
Meet Kevin, a teacher of Painting Arts at a city college in Fresno. Listen as Kevin tells us about his long career in various arts professions. His experiences helped him to pivot to teaching Painting Arts on line during the Covid-19 pandemic. How do you teach painting on line? Take notice of Kevin's painting of his empty school studio. View the video of a students mural project:
March 21, 2022
Episode 4: HS History Teacher and Assistant Athletic Director, Dustin
Meet Dustin Sober. Dustin teaches world history at a local high school in Orange County. In addition, he coaches football, track and other sports at his high school.  Learn how Dustin manages the many challenges balancing the virtual classroom, the athletes he trains, home life and more, during a school lock down. As always, Dustin has his student's concerns and welfare foremost in mind.
March 20, 2022
Episode 3: Library Services Director, Janine
Meet Janine Jacobs. Janine is the Director of Children's Services at a local library in Orange County. She will tell us about her journey to become a librarian and her many interactions with the community at large, and in particular, with the schools in her district. During the Covid shutdown, there were many challenges to keeping children engaged and reading. Janine will share the creative ways that she and her staff created the "new tech" children's library in her town.
March 19, 2022
Episode 2: The Theater Arts Professor, Steve
A retired Theater Arts teacher returns to an on-line classroom during the Pandemic.
March 18, 2022
Episode 1: ​Assistant High School Principal, Elizabeth
Our First Podcast in the Series is: A high school assistant principal talks about the challenges her school experienced during the pandemic. To learn more about The Museum of Teaching and Learning visit,
March 17, 2022