These past 2 years have been some of the toughest we have ever faced as educators.

We’ve been asked to teach in new mediums. Had to work double shifts. Been required to work in unsafe conditions. And at the same time seen our salaries and pensions dwindle.  For these reasons, many of us our leaving the profession. How do we re-ignite and re-imagine our love for the classroom during this difficult time?

I sat down with veteran educator and master storyteller Todd Shy, to chat about his new book ‘Teaching Life: Life Lessons for the Aspiring and Inspiring Teacher,’ and hear stories that help re-ignite the joy and wonder that only a life of teaching can bring. During our short interview, Todd helps us remember:

❤️  To be charmed by our students
❤️  That we are called to be both artist and engineer
❤️  To prepare students for life, not a test
❤️  The wonder of the Groundhog years

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Todd’s Bio: Todd Shy has taught for more than twenty-five years in North Carolina, California, and New York. Currently, he is Head of the Upper Division at Avenues The World School in New York City. His essays and book reviews have appeared in the Raleigh News and Observer, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salmagundi, and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin. In 2008, he was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.