Welcome to Education Suspended,

a podcast focused on exploring, engaging, and dialoguing with those in education who are passionate about changing the status quo and evolving the archaic system we have inherited.

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The Latest Episodes

Episode 35: Jaci McCormack

In today’s episode we sit down with Jaci McCormack, the Chief Executive Officer of Rise Above. Jaci shares with us her own personal story as a student and how it inspired her to create a non-profit that gives Native youth the opportunity to write their own futures. She identifies that it’s so hard to teach students when we don’t know where they come from and that we must remember that some students show up to school who are just surviving. Jaci reminds us that we must focus on creating relationships and meeting kids where they are at.

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Episode 34: Rachel Parker

In this episode we connect with Rachel Parker, an Assistant Principal from Colorado. She dives into the vulnerabilities that exist for students and teachers by working within a system that has siloed the SEL and academic world. Rachel reminds us that the inequity that exists in education is trauma, and so many families have been without a voice for years. She shares so many stories with us from her experiences and encourages all of us to use our authentic self in our area of practice.

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Episode 35: Jaci McCormack

In today’s episode we sit down with Jaci McCormack, the Chief Executive Officer of Rise Above. Jaci shares with us her own personal story as a student and how it inspired her to create a non-profit that gives Native youth the opportunity to write their own futures. She identifies that it’s so hard to teach students when we don’t know where they come from and that we must remember that some students show up to school who are just surviving. Jaci reminds us that we must focus on creating relationships and meeting kids where they are at.

Read More »

Episode 34: Rachel Parker

In this episode we connect with Rachel Parker, an Assistant Principal from Colorado. She dives into the vulnerabilities that exist for students and teachers by working within a system that has siloed the SEL and academic world. Rachel reminds us that the inequity that exists in education is trauma, and so many families have been without a voice for years. She shares so many stories with us from her experiences and encourages all of us to use our authentic self in our area of practice.

Read More »

The Team

hosted by:

Jessica Paola Pfeiffer

Jessica is a mother, wife, school social worker, and educational consultant. She has been working with students, teachers, schools, and districts for over 19 years. She is the founder of Intricate Roots, an educational consulting company who supports educational systems in embedding a neurodevelopmental lens into the work they do. She works directly with Steve and the Neurosequential Network in training educators from around the world. 

hosted by:

Steve Graner

Steve is a father, grandfather, and a veteran middle school teacher of 33 years.  He now works directly with Dr. Bruce Perry and Neurosequential Network as the NME Project Director, delivering training to a variety of educators on the intersection of neurodevelopment and effective school practice. This training, which began humbly at a North Dakota middle school, now extends to educators across the world who are grappling with the unique challenges faced by systems no longer adequate to handle the stressors of our evolving world.

produced by:

Jamie Higa

edited by:

Katie Kaneen