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Telling the story of the school year with our classroom correspondent | Teachers' Lounge Radio Show

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 on the last Friday of each month at 11 a.m. You can also listen right here, right now!

One of our favorite segments here on Teachers' Lounge is called “Classroom Correspondent.” Erik Czerwin is an English teacher at Guilford High School in Rockford and, as our classroom correspondent, he met with us every single month to check in on how the school year was going for him and his students in yet another, very strange, COVID school year. 

Now, during this episode, we’re stitching together our monthly conversations with Erik to show a year in the life of a teacher -- the full narrative arc of a school year from October to May. We're throwing out the format to bring you a year in the life of a teacher!

You'll hear the ups and downs, holidays, tests, all of it. You’ll hear the pandemic come in and out of focus, you’ll hear about his students struggling to pass, you’ll hear them thrive and a few join his chess club. In some ways, the year was even more challenging than the last -- and you’ll hear explain why.

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 newsletterright herewhere 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.