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Principal, First-Gen Mexican-American And Quarterback For The Kids | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

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This week, a conversation with Lissette Jacobson about growing up the daughter of Mexican immigrants, social justice, using football to bond with boys in her school and what it takes to be a successful administrator. She is the new principal of Pioneer Elementary School in West Chicago.

Also on the show, a drive to Jefferson High School in Rockford for a tour of their college and career-prep classes. The tour included dozens of protesters outside, holding up signs and chanting. They were protesting because the person who the tour was for was controversial, Trump-appointed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

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Educator in this episode:

Lissette Jacobson

Listen/read more about the topics covered:

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Met With Protest At Rockford High School

Bill To Let College Athletes Make Money Gains Support

Basics DeKalb County Fights School Achievement Gaps Starting At Birth

Abraham Now Interim WIU President


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

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