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How to Make it as a Public School Teacher in the Bay

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3092 16th Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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What is life like for a public school teacher in one of the most expensive areas of the Country? What are the challenges? What reforms are needed? What does the day-to-day look like and what are teachers saying about to the growing issue of affordability? How can we make sure that teachers can continue to teach given the challenges and economics of being a public school teacher in the bay area?

This conversation will feature a panel of 4 incredible public school teachers. Bios below!

About Sonya:

Sonya Mehta lives, works, and engages in progressive education reform work in Oakland, CA. She serves as Director of Partnerships for The Teaching Well, an Oakland-grown nonprofit focused on supporting schools with investing in teacher wellbeing in order to more effectively retain, support, and leverage the brilliance of their educators. Their work involves providing teachers with tools for mindful stress resilience, managing vicarious and transferred trauma, healthy adult communication, financial wellness, and somatic practices to increase their resiliency and longevity with students and communities. Prior to joining The Teaching Well, she spent a year doing legislative policy design around early childhood education, and five years teaching in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. She has completed fellowships with the Surge Institute, New Leaders Council - SF, and Go Public Schools Coalition, and was an early home-buyer with Landed's down-payment support program for educators. Sonya sees her work in public education as profoundly political, with the potential for far-reaching impacts on social inequalities. She believes that lasting changes happen when people from different progressive sectors work together, and coalition building is central to her work.

About Laney:

Laney Corda is in her 10th year of teaching Language Arts, Social Studies and English Language Development at James Lick Middle School. She recently achieved National Board Certification, was awarded the SF Mayor's Teacher of the Year in 2015, and is an enthusiastic debate coach at her school site. She is currently researching literacy development and reading intervention for adolescents.

About Robyn:

Robyn Shutt is a teacher at the Tenderloin Community School. She spent 1-year teaching in Santa Clara. 5 years teaching in Pittsburg California, an East Bay suburb with a population that consists primarily of American American and Latino students. This is my her year at Tenderloin Community School which is a public school in San Francisco. She grew up in the East Bay and left for college but returned to work in the area. This is her 7th year of teaching.

About Donovan:

Donovan has been working in education in multiple settings for the past eight years. Currently he is a teacher at Impact Academy Middle Grades in Hayward, CA where he teaches a supplementary academic support class for seventh graders. His focus in education is on self growth and character development. He has been living and teaching in the Bay Area for the past two years.

About the moderater, Emily Eshman:

Emily is a former educator who is dedicated to ensuring all children, regardless of their background, have access to a high-quality education - which starts with great teachers. she works on the Customer Experience team at Landed, where she supports educators in building financial security through accessing homeownership. In addition to supporting educators through the homebuying process, she also manages Landed's Partner Agent Network. Prior to coming to Landed, Emily taught first grade as a founding teacher at KIPP Excelencia in Redwood City and before to moving to the Bay Area she taught kindergarten, first grade, and special education with KIPP Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C.


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