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The Principal Behind 'Dizz Wizz' Books Talks Father-Son Stories & The Student Who Changed His Life | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Peter Medlin

On a new Teachers’ Lounge, we have Rheon Gibson! He’s the principal at Littlejohn Elementary School in DeKalb AND the author of a series of children’s books called “Dizz Wizz”!

We talked a ton about being a first-year principal during a pandemic. We went into how his book series spawned out of experiences he had with his son and the importance of father-son stories. The books also came out of themes he picked up on during his time as a school counselor like overcoming failure, resolving conflicts and even food insecurity.

On top of all that, Rheon tells us the story of the counselor who changed his life when he was a student and then the student who changed his life that led to him being a counselor!

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: Rheon Gibson

Story featured in this episode: From Jazz To Art Murals: "Live, Learn, Play" Helps Students Finally Experience Activities COVID-19 Canceled

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.

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