David Rhodes, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, The Alternative School For Math and Science, Ithaca, NY
Sasha Endo, English as a Second Language Teacher, Ithaca Adult ESL program
Jeni Rhodes, Substitute Teacher, Ithaca City School District, Ithaca, NY
Lucy Rowell, Freelance Documentarian
Together, David, Sasha, Jeni, and Lucy will create a network that connects educators in Ithaca with local guest speakers whose stories have the potential to inspire young people, bridge divides, and expand students’ concept of their universe of obligation. The team will build a website with excerpts from speaker interviews, resources to prepare students for presentations, and ideas for creating safe classrooms.
“Through the stories of members of the local community, students will have the opportunity to develop their appreciation for our differences and our common humanity. We hope that all involved in the project will come away with new insight into their roles as agents of change in our communities and in the world.”