Monday, April 21, 2014

KPAX Interview - Like a Black Diamond Run: Scary, Fast and Exciting!

Who volunteers to get up at 4:30 am on a day off, shower and put on ten pounds of makeup, and then drive an hour round trip for a three-minute spot on a morning show? That would be me. And guess what? It was so much fun!

They let the kids come into the studio, so Abby took some pictures while I was at the podium with Justine Judge. We were both standing on boxes so the podium didn't hit us at a weird spot, and she was wearing flip flops.

Although those three minutes sped by, I was able to talk about almost everything I had hoped to bring up: three projects for my year as 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year. One is to promote a statewide insurance pool for teachers, another is "Bring Your Legislator to School Day" next fall, and the third is this blog! I even had a feather to show off. I also managed to make statements about the importance of teachers, and how much I appreciate my community.

At every turn I hope to advance the concept of teaching as a profession, one that deserves recognition and respect, and to remind teachers that we must be advocates for ourselves and our fellow educators.

Here's a link to the interview.

After the interview, the guys in the control booth let me hang the feather on one of their lights. Super cool to think everyone who passes through the studio walks right by a symbol of the Flathead Nation!

This may have been the fastest three minutes of my life. I really hope my time with the President next week moves a little more like the pace of life in Montana.


  1. I'm excited to see all that you are doing as Teacher of the Year. I love how you said that teachers do not get enough recognition for all of their efforts. I hope your students know how lucky they are to have you as a teacher. Have fun in DC!

  2. Thank you! I am happy to be a spokesperson to shed a positive light on what teachers do every day in their classrooms.