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Catholic Schools, Service Projects & Prom Draw | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

 Tia (left) and Dana (right)
Tia (left) and Dana (right)

On a brand-new Teachers’ Lounge, we’ve got two best friend teachers at Aquin High School: Dana Jarrard-Lameyer and Tia Heimerdinger

Dana teaches English and speech and Tia teaches Spanish at Aquin, which is a Catholic school in Freeport, Illinois. They both also lead a lot of student service groups at the school.

We talked about the different service projects they’ve been working on in their community, as well as what makes religious schools unique, including a very interesting and admittedly a bit odd tradition they have around prom.

If you’ve never listened to Teachers’ Lounge 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 or deserve a spotlight in your community. Every educator we have on this podcast, 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 podcast! And 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!

Also, Teachers’ Lounge is on the radio! Catch the show as an hour-long radio program every month LIVE on 89-5 FM and streaming at WNIJ.org. We have multiple guests, stories, and exclusive segments. Our next episode airs on May, 26th at 11 a.m. Tune in on the last Friday of the month at the same time for future episodes.


Educator(s) in this episode:

Dana Jarrard-Lameyer and Tia Heimerdinger

Stories featured in this episode:

Advanced Placement (AP) course participation is growing faster in Illinois than in any other state

Dual credit is growing & blurring the line between high school and higher ed

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.

Teachers! People who know teachers! People with stories about teachers! Send us an email and be part of the show! Also, send us your topic recommendations: teacherslounge@niu.edu

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