Middle school administrator and friend of Jana's discusses her experience with miscarriages, navigating care as a pregnant woman of size and the social justice work in education.
Jana knows Diana Trautner through their mutual friend Abby Lovett (episode 6) because Diana and Abby were a part of the same cohort of Teach for America alum who got placed in New York City. She has mixed feelings about how she got into teaching because these alternate certification programs basically throw undertrained people into classrooms, but also she may not have gotten into teaching otherwise. Jana and Diana discuss education in high needs schools in New York City and how many opportunities to get involved in grassroots organizing via education. Diana shouts out Teachers Unite, a group of educators working on restorative justice in NYC. She recommends this book around restorative justice circles for those interested. New York City has the ability and urgency to innovate with curriculum. Diana wonders when/if she should bring her knowledge back to her own community in Ohio, despite not wanting to move. It begs the question: are informed white folks tasked with returning to their middle American hometowns to merge or mend the racial and political divide?
Diana is currently on leave because she has a brand new baby girl. Her and Jana dive deep into motherhood in the city, the community of new moms that Diana has been able to access to talk through and process mothering. Being on leave from being an Assistant Principal has been hard for Diana because she loves her school community and feels so fortunate to be a part of it. But she realized closer to Sofia's birth that she needed to dedicate time and focus to motherhood, which surprised her because she loves working! And now she's getting to know her local community being out and about during the day which educators are never able to take part in.
Diana's experience through motherhood was not easy. She struggled physically and emotionally through several miscarriages before having her baby, and with that came navigating the healthcare world as a woman of size. She experienced certain expectations and discriminations as a woman of size undergoing IVF that were completely unfair and challenging to navigate. Ultimately, Diana has a hard time describing the love and connection she has with her daughter, and the joy she feels that she'll be raising a young woman.
Diana's One Cool Thing is the book of poetry Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur that she says has brought her a great deal of strength and comfort as an adult woman. Buy this book! Jana's One Cool Thing is the Washington Redhawks campaign led by the organization Rising Hearts, a collective of Indigenous women addressing issues that affect Native people in the states. The Washing Redhawks campaign reimagines the racist Washington Redskins logo so that it isn't perpetuating harmful stereotypes about Native people.
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