A Year Later, Looking Back At The Last Day Of School Before COVID-19 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Mar 5, 2021

On a new episode of Teachers' Lounge: Jackie Cleven! She’s a second-grade teacher at South Prairie Elementary in Sycamore and teaches at Kishwaukee College. Longtime Teachers’ Lounge fans may remember Jackie as the first guest who was ever on this show. She shared a personal essay about how she feels at the end of the school year. Host Peter Medlin always felt a little bad because she’s our only guest who was never actually interviewed -- so we wanted to fix that, more than a year-and-a-half and 40+ episodes later.

We talked about her career, coming back to in-person classes during the pandemic, getting vaccinated and -- just like the first episode -- we talked about how she felt at the end of the school year last March when COVID-19 ended it all so abruptly.

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Educator in this episode:

Jackie Cleven

Stories Featured in this episode:

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