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For the Love of Languages | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Lathrop Elementary School principal Daniela Boer

On a new Teachers' Lounge podcast, Rockford’s Lathrop Elementary School Principal Daniela Boer!

Daniela has had a fascinating career. She’s from Brazil, came to northern Illinois as an exchange student in high school, went back home, taught in Brazil, lived in Mexico, and, eventually, returned to the U.S. to teach in Rockford.

Daniela has a passion and enthusiasm for teaching, engaging with cultures, & learning languages! She already speaks 3 of them and is learning more.

She was also part of a principal residency program. It’s a partnership between Northern Illinois University and Rockford Public Schools.

You may have heard of schools “growing-their-own” teachers as a solution to staff shortages. With this initiative, Rockford is “growing-their-own” principals too -- and Daniela was part of the first cohort.

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 noon for future episodes. Our next episode airs on Friday, March 29th at noon and the next day, March 30th at 6 a.m.

Teachers' Lounge Podcast
Peter Medlin
Teachers' Lounge Podcast


Educator in this episode:

Daniela Boer

Stories in this episode:

Aurora high schoolers hold candidate fair and voter registration drive

How a small Illinois college became a women's wrestling powerhouse

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 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.