My Teacher

The My Teacher Series seeks to highlight dynamic high school student-teacher relationships across North Carolina. We are looking to explore what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers. If you are a high school student interested in interviewing your teacher, email us!

My Teacher: Meeting for Coffee

Nov 28, 2016
Picture of Student Alexandra and Teacher Amber Santibanez in a coffee shop
Will McInerney / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connect in the classroom.

My Teacher: The Last Day of School

Jun 10, 2016
Picture of student Jackson and teacher Myles in a math classroom.
Will McInerney / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series is exploring student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and trying to find out what it takes to make a connect in the classroom.

My Teacher: Tweeting AP US History

Jun 9, 2016
Picture of student Lena and teacher Drew in front of a classroom door.
Will McInerney / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series is exploring student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and trying to find out what it takes to make a connect in the classroom.

My Teacher: Using Stories to Connect

Jun 7, 2016
Student Patrick and teacher William stand in a biology class.
Will McInerney / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series is exploring student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and trying to find out what it takes to make a connect in the classroom.

Picture of student Ira and teacher Ms. Breeze in front of a brick wall.
Will McInerney / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series is exploring student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and trying to find out what it takes to make a connect in the classroom.

 

Today we meet Durham School of the Arts sophomore Ira Ilagan and her biology teacher Kelley Breeze. Ira wanted to talk with Ms. Breeze about a frightening moment that happened earlier this year. 

 

 

 

Student Ray Starn and teacher Mira Rahili stand in a classroom.
Will McInerney / WUNC

WUNC’s My Teacher Series is exploring student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and trying to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

In Durham, North Carolina, Riverside High School junior Ray Starn sat down and interviewed his creative writing teacher Mira Rahili. Ms. Rahili taught Ray first period, freshman year. It was the opening scene to his high school career. And the personal stories Ms. Rahili shared with that class helped Ray connect, have fun, and succeed at Riverside.  

My Teacher Logo
Keith Weston / WUNC

The My Teacher Series is an initiative from WUNC that seeks to highlight high school student-teacher relationships across North Carolina.

We're traveling the state and helping students interview teachers who have made a lasting impact in their lives. We want to hear the stories that student and teachers think are important, and we want to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom. You don't have to wait for us to show up to record and submit your story, though.

Northern High School principal Matthew Hunt and senior Caleb Crawley
Will Michaels / WUNC

The finalists for the 2016 North Carolina Principal of the Year include eight administrators across the state. Matthew Hunt, principal of Northern High School in Durham, is on the list. Hunt is the finalist from the north central region. He was also named the 2016 Principal of the Year by Durham Public Schools.

Northern High School senior Mercy Mensah and athletic trainer Ken "Doc" Brown
Will Michaels / WUNC

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

'Through Your Class, I Found Something That I Actually Really Care About'

May 22, 2014
Carrboro High School junior Anna Knotek, history teacher Matthew Cone, and junior Maddie Macmillan
Will Michaels / WUNC

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Junior Sarah Morrison says her veteran English teacher Nancy Duffner pushed her to be a better writer and dig deeper for her stories about current events. Mrs. Duffner has been around long enough to witness district consolidation and the changing demographics in northern Durham.

'We Sometimes Refer To You As Our Second Mother'

May 20, 2014
Chapel Hill High School Japanese teacher Yoshimi Aoyagi and senior Nell Ovitt
Will Michaels / WUNC

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

WUNC's My Teacher series continues at Chapel Hill High School, where Nell Ovitt is a senior. Nell's Japanese teacher Yoshimi Aoyagi gave her the opportunity to study in Japan during high school, and host a Japanese student at home.

Will Michaels talks with a class at Riverside High School in Durham
Muhammad Abdur-Rauf

A North Carolina Public Radio producer, Will Michaels, is traveling the state for a project called "My Teacher." He's helping students interview a special teacher. The students come up with the questions and conduct the interview. Will records the interviews and edits them into short audio segments. Many of the interviews are airing on NC Public Radio/WUNC.

What is teaching to you? Can you say it in 6 words?

We breathe each day to grow.
by Ms Moffett in Room1 at Benchmark school

I’m an educator, not content deliverer.
by Sarah Cacicio

Standardized tests do not define us
by 4th Grade Writing at Little Cypress Intermediate

Riverside High School senior Cameron McNeill and math teacher/school paper adviser Steven Unruhe
Deirdre Logan

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Will Michaels / WUNC

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

WUNC's My Teacher series continues at East Chapel Hill High School, where we asked Hannah Schanzer and Leah Meshnick to interview a teacher who stands out to them.

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Carrboro High School sophomore Carolyn Macleod credits her third grade teacher Hannah Stang with her passion for writing. They have written letters to each other ever since Carolyn left Ms. Stang’s classroom at age 9.

Will Michaels / WUNC

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers

WUNC's My Teacher series continues at Northern High School in Durham, where Katie Tran is a senior and member of the track team.

Will Michaels / WUNC

    

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

WUNC's My Teacher series continues at Carrboro High School, where senior Chris Joseph spoke with his assistant football coach and social studies teacher Christoph Stutts.

Brenda Scott

WUNC has been running a series called My Teacher. As a part of the series, students around the state are interviewing their teachers.

Brenda Scott is long out of school, but she's been listening to our stories on the radio and wrote to say:

WUNC's Reema Khrais talks with a teacher at Glenwood Elementary in Chapel Hill
Carol Jackson

WUNC has launched a new teacher blog. It's on Tumblr, and is called The Teachers' Room. Our goal is to find and highlight writing by and for teachers. We'll also share some of our education reporting there. Please follow us!

WUNC's Reema Khrais and her first-grade teacher, Lawanda Rainey-Hall.
Carol Jackson

WUNC has a new initiative called My Teacher. As a part of the project, students around the state are interviewing their teachers. WUNC education reporter Reema Khrais recently surprised one of her favorite teachers, Lawanda Rainey-Hall. Reema was one of Ms. Rainey-Hall's first grade students at Glenwood Elementary in Chapel Hill.

'I Met You And Everything Changed'

Mar 7, 2014

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Northern High School sophomore Christina Dixon entered Erica Walker-Joynes' exceptional children's class last year because she was deemed to be at risk for dropping out when she got to high school.

'You're The Reason I Started Doing Performance Poetry'

Mar 6, 2014
Carrboro High School teacher Mackenzie Malkemes and junior Ryley McGinnis
Timothy Leow

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Ryley McGinnis was shy and hadn't thought much about performance poetry when she entered Mackensie Malkemes' English class at Carrboro High School, but  a year later, Ryley is writing and reading her poetry out loud whenever she has the chance.

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Middle school teacher Steven Simmons says he was a little overwhelmed in 2005 when he started his career at Estes Hills Elementary School in Chapel Hill. But third graders like Aditi Goyal kept him going in those early days.

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