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A mental health educator's mental health journey & Music is Life! | Teachers' Lounge Radio Show

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Our podcast Teachers’ Lounge is now on the radio! We’ve got all of the interviews with Illinois teachers and education stories you love -- along with brand-new segments -- now in a monthly, hour-long show on WNIJ the last Friday of each month at 11 a.m. You can also listen right here, right now!

In our first episode, we’re talking with two educators! We’ve got Dr. Joel Filmore: a college professor and counselor who talks to us about his journey through addiction, abuse & prison to becoming a renowned author and educator. Then, Dick Hart: a 91-year-old music instructor who taught choral courses for decades and played trombone in the Army Band in Berlin during the Korean War.

We’re bringing you more education stories and, as promised, a brand-new segment – classroom correspondent! Rockford teacher Erik Czerwin will jump on the show every episode to document how it feels to go through a school year -- especially one as weird as this one.

If you’ve never listened before, our show is based on an idea -- we’ve all had teachers in our lives who shaped who we are. And we want to hear about the teachers who inspired you. Every educator we have on Teachers’ Lounge, whether teacher, coach, counselor or professor, is nominated by our listeners.

So, tell us about the person who comes to your mind. Shoot us an email and nominate an educator at teacherslounge@niu.edu and they could be on the show!

Don’t worry – the podcast isn’t going anywhere. You can still catch episodes every other Friday on WNIJ.org or wherever you get podcasts.

Also, please subscribe to our Teachers' Lounge newsletter right here where you can stay up to speed on the show and share stories you think we should cover!

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