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Self Love & The Brown Teacher's Guide To Education | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

On a new Teachers’ Lounge, we have Lebia Chatman. She’s taught a little bit of everything: 5th grade dual language, reading interventionist, classroom gen-ed. And she’s also dabbling in a bit of everything outside of the classroom. She’s written several books including “To The Things That Heal” and “The Brown Teacher’s Guide To Education.”

“I was sitting one day talking to my friend and I was like ‘Man, wouldn't it be cool if there was like a guidebook for new teachers?’ Like an actual guide with like stories and tips," she said. "But not like an educator book, in a sense of like a lot of jargon, but just like a keeping it real book? I wanted the book to kind of read almost like a gossipy conversation.”

She’s also got a women-focused self-love podcast. We talk about her self-love journey and how it’s impacted her as an educator. We talked about how to engage with creativity and so much more.

Who is the best teacher you’ve ever had? Have you had an awesome teacher, coach or professor that inspired you who deserves a spotlight? Send your nominations to teacherslounge@niu.edu. While you're there, tell us about an education story or topic we should cover on the podcast. Also, subscribe to us and leave a rating wherever it is you listen to the show!


Educator in this episode: Lebia Chatman

Stories featured in this episode:

Illinois Is The First State To Have High Schools Teach News Literacy

NIU Freshmen Arrive To Campus Ready To Start Third School Year Impacted By COVID-19

Music: Our show's theme music is from the northern Illinois-based band "Kindoves" and their songs "Popn," "Origins" and "Quiche." You can find more of their music on their Soundcloud page. You can also listen to the episode of WNIJ's own Sessions from Studio A where they were featured.

Teachers! People who know teachers! People with stories about teachers! Send us an email and be part of the show! Also, send us your topic recommendations: teacherslounge@niu.edu

Peter joins WNIJ as a graduate of North Central College. He is a native of Sandwich, Illinois.