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A special education teacher's worldwide journey in the classroom | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Eugene Calingacion, special education teacher at Jones Farrar in Freeport
Eugene Calingacion
Eugene Calingacion, special education teacher at Jones Farrar in Freeport

On a brand-new Teachers’ Lounge, Eugene Calingacion is a special education teacher at Jones-Farrar, an International Baccalaureate World Schoolin Freeport, Illinois!

We talked with Eugene about his journey from growing up in poverty in the Philippines, the dedication it took to get his degree, all the way to teaching special education in the United States. We get into what it means to teach at an International Baccalaureate World School, how his own childhood experiences and trauma help him advocate for his students now, and so much more.

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. Tune in on the last Friday of the month at the same time for future episodes. Our next episode airs on Friday, July 28th at noon and then the next day, July 29th at 6 a.m.


Educator in this episode:

Eugene Calingacion

Stories featured in this episode:

NIU 'Heart of Hearing' team helps Ukrainian refugees with hearing loss

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.