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Episode 48 - Peace, Passion, and Educator Burnout with Tina Medina of The VIBE Movement


On today's, episode we spend time with the Founder of The VIBE Movement Tina Median. Tina shares her journey from teaching in Korea to teaching middle in Los Angles and San Diego to founding the VIBE Movement to inspire educators to vibe at a higher level. She offers professional development programs for school staff and a Bold Educator Coaching Program aimed at teachers to re-engage in what their "why" is as a way to remain energized inside and outside of the classroom.

Biography

A natural rebel and rule interpreter, Tina has promoted social change since her youth, risking her reputation with bold fashion statements like shaving her head when she was only a freshman in high school. Tina spent much of her youth living, working, studying and volunteering abroad in humbling places like South Africa, India, and Vietnam. With almost 30 countries and 20 states under her belt by the time she was 26, Tina got a good glimpse of a world that was full of both love and destruction. She realized at a very young age the meaning of global citizenship, the duty we owe each other as human beings, and the impact one person can have.


With 12 years of teaching experience, Tina earned her Red Badge of Courage on the battlefields of some tough schools between South Central LA and San Diego. But she wanted more and felt confined by the four walls of the classroom and stifled by a bureaucratic education system. With a master's in peace and justice studies, Tina found her passions for education and peace align through restorative practices.


Links

https://www.vibemovement.com/


https://www.vibemovement.com/vibe-deck Use Promo Code FREESHIP for free shipping if ordering within the United States.


mailto:tina@vibemovement.com


Instagram _thevibemovement_


Facebook Page @vibewithvibe


https://taylormali.com/ A Brooklyn-based Poet and Educator


Transcript

Jerrid Kalakay 0:09

Welcome to the Teaching Change podcast where we explore issues of social entrepreneurship, education, and innovation. I'm your host Jerrid Kalakay. On today's episode, we've got Tina Medina of the vibe movement, and very excited to have you on Tina. Welcome to Teaching Change. Thanks. I'm so excited to be here. So So Tina, I know that you're out west in California. What is Where exactly are you located? I'm in North County, San Diego. Okay. A very nice, beautiful, beautiful part of the US there is Wait, you know


Tina Medina 0:44

95 degrees and it's almost November. It's kind of ridiculous. But oh, yeah, that doesn't sound too nice. I'm in. I'm in Orlando, Florida. And we actually this week is the first week that we've gotten a reprieve from the heat. We're about 80 degrees right now, which is


Jerrid Kalakay 1:00

degrees for us is is is basically springtime weather and so it's very, very nice.


Tina Medina 1:07

But so so Tina, I know that you have done a lot of things, doing a lot of things. Why don't you go ahead and introduce yourself to the audience, kind of what, what your journey has been, what you're doing now and kind of your work? Yeah, sure. So, I am the founder of the vibe movement, which is an organization that's really geared towards inspiring and the generation of people who are bold visionaries and courageous leaders. And so I am a former educator. I worked in the public education system for about 10 years here in North County, San Diego. But really my educational profession that journey began when I was living in LA as a college student. And I was working in I was living in Venice Beach and working in South Central Los Angeles and really going into communities, mainly middle schools and high schools and working with high school and


middle school kids around,


just facilitating dialogue around race and racism. And I didn't really know it at the time, but that was really where my educational career began, was, you know, going in as a white woman into mostly,


you know, impoverished communities that were mostly communities of color, and then coming into have conversations with them around race and racism. And it just really opened my eyes open my eyes on so many levels, you know, and then from there, you know, I moved to Korea and I was teaching in Korea for a really long time. And just, you know, had a whole nother you know, range of experiences around being a white woman in a community


you know, a really different community for me to be teaching English you know, and really seeing how different an education system can be and how, how revered education is to another


Another culture. And so that


was a really interesting way for me to come back to the States. And then, you know, dive into public education here where, you know, in Korea, it was great to get hugs from Little kids and, and then came back to the states and started teaching here in the public education system where you really couldn't even touch a kid otherwise, you know, you could get sued. So it was a really interesting way for me to really dive into the profession. So that's where it all began. And then, you know, since then,


I taught Middle School for about 10 years, and


just really got frustrated with the system and how hard it was to do right by the kids who, who needed a little something different and they didn't really fit the status quo. And so


yeah, I just reached a level of burnout that was not good for me. And so I stepped out and moved into the nonprofit space and worked at the Kroc Institute for


Peace and Justice for a few years really primarily focusing on working with emerging peacemakers. Still doing youth development programming, but really in a really different way. And so, but all at the same time I was I also, you know, was launching my business, the vibe movement and really trying to, you know, figure out for myself, what was it that I was meant to do? And what kind of impact was I really meant to have in the education space? And so that's where I'm at today. That's great. I, I take my proverbial hat off to you for lasting for 10 years in middle school.


Jerrid Kalakay 4:35

system. I yeah, we're definitely a special breed. Yeah, I couldn't imagine. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I've said many times on the program. Before that. I have been an educator in higher education for about the last 15 years or so on and off, but never K through 12 educators and


I couldn't do it and then K through


12 specifically middle school, I think you must have a halo above your head. I have my hat goes off to you. So how did you were? When you were in kind of college? We will you are a traditional education major is that kind of you're going to use tell yourself I'm going to be a school teacher. Is that how you got into education? or How did this education and then kind of racing the ethnicity work? kind of work together and mold together? Yeah, I mean, it's super interesting. I mean, if I trace my life, you know, my first visions of being an educator were probably when I was like, eight and I just want I like, I fantasize about, you know, using a red pen and correcting people's homework because I thought that's what it meant to be a teacher you know, and, but, but it was, it was something more than I fantasized about and it wasn't really something that I thought I would I would actually be doing like to become you know, a certificate a teacher, but it really was like I've always really loved working


Tina Medina 6:00

Kids and I really just felt like my job was to be an inspiration to them. And so I found myself doing like a tremendous amount of volunteer work when I was in college and I was developed, I mean even at that point I was already developing mentoring programs for, you know, my college, my peers to go into, you know, different communities across LA. And you know, just be that source of inspiration you know, and for me, I guess it was just a time for me to really see what was out outside of what I grew up with. You know, I grew up in a really white you know, upper class you know, middle to upper-class community that was you know, it was definitely like you know, the white kids on this side of the track and the brown kids on the other side of the track and you know, I grew up in a private you know, Catholic k eight


and I can count like the kids of color in the entire school may be like on you know,


One or two pounds. So it just wasn't something that I, you know, and then, and then I'm Hungarian also and so if you know anything about hungry, it's a pretty white community and there's definitely some deep, deep-seated


racial bias in that community as well. And so


when I moved to Venice, it was like, for the very first time, I was like, surrounded by just such incredible diversity, you know, like, I lived in this house and on one side of me there was a millionaire like a lesbian, you know, biracial couple, they were like millionaires and then on the other side of me, there was literally a crack house, you know, and


just was a really fascinating time for me to see like, you know, okay, this is there's like, a lot going on here. And how do I find my place in that and so, it just, it was a massive process of discovery. And then it just was like one thing after another and you know, I was after I graduated high school, I became a


a travel agent sending you to know, college students abroad to either live or work or study or volunteer and I was really jealous, you know? And I was like, all right, like, let's go to Korea and teach you know, I've always wanted to spend some time in Asia I love traveling have traveled all over the world my whole life and


and that that was like when my, my formal teaching experience began if you can call it that, I mean, I had no instruction on how to instruct It was like, you know, dive in and just like see what happens.


So when I came home, it just seemed like the natural next step to just get my, my credentials. And so I just kind of, you know, my whole life I've just really not really known what I wanted to do, but I just kept trusting my instincts, and, you know, just took the journey to see where I ended up.


Jerrid Kalakay 8:56

And how long were you in Korea?


Tina Medina 8:59

It was about


I was less than a year. Yeah, I would have loved to have stayed but I just had a series of unfortunate family events that just was like, calling me. Oh, yeah. So one of the things that are really, really interesting that a lot of people are kind of called to becoming educators and being involved in education. And, and, and again, it takes a special kind of person to be able to really do it. Right. Yeah. And then there's also a whole group of folks that are really called to do kind of race work and bridge building and so forth. Did you find it difficult as a white woman, bridging those gaps between yourself and kind of your position of privilege and your students in Los Angeles or your students in general? It both in Korea and in the US.


Jerrid Kalakay 9:54

Talk me through that a little bit. Yeah. So um, you know,


Tina Medina 10:00

Definitely my own journey, you know, and I'll and I'll be the first one to admit, you know, like, when when I was really young, like, I celebrated the fact that I was colorblind because I thought that that that made sense, you know that it was, it was really more to me like that meant it was really more about connecting to other people, you know, and just like not really caring, you know, what, what color you were what color I was, and I just wanted to like be your friend, you know, and that's so that was like, you know, and then the more I dove into working in, in diversity and inclusion and and


and just in really a lot of different communities. I really started to see how flawed that was and actually really just how horrible it was, you know, I mean, it's we should not be colorblind, we should, we should be very aware of our color. Because no matter what your color is, it comes with certain. It comes with certain privilege, it comes with certain consequences. It comes with a certain perspective.


And, for me or anybody to say that, you know, you're colorblind is just complete disregard of who I am as a person or who you are as a person. And so, you know, it's just, it's been a journey of my own, like, you know, evolution through,


you know, really understanding what it means to have white privilege. It's not, you know, I've sat in the room with people who are like, you know, damn it, like use your white privilege, you know, use your white privilege to have a voice. And so I find myself, I find myself in situations and feeling really empowered, like, you know, within the public education system, at least, I mean, I don't have exact statistics on this, but the majority of public educators tend to be white women, and yet, for so many of us, were teaching in communities of color, like the last school that I taught was 98% Latinx. And so for me as a white one, like how what is my responsibility of this, you know, and how do I connect


And make sure that I'm really understanding this, you know, predominantly Mexican culture. And making sure that like, I have an understanding of that so that I'm not disregarding who they are, their families, their traditions, their holidays, you know, it's just, it's critical that I do everything I can to make sure that I understand and that includes language that includes just just having a deep heartfelt connection and doing everything I can to understand what it means to be, you know, a Mexican American student, going to school in a community that is predominantly Mexican American, yet in the larger city demographic, it's predominantly white, you know,


it's a lot about you know, empathy and and really just like, you know, and plus I'm, I'm also a person who really likes to be uncomfortable, and I and I, I like to, you know, experience, get to as close as possible to experience what life is like for another person who's really different.


Me.


Jerrid Kalakay 13:01

So there's a lot of that, you know? Yeah, yeah. You kind of going off that. So you do you feel because you embrace that kind of uncomfortable feeling. And so many of us don't do that. Right. Yeah. All I just, like tend to stay in our comfort zones. Yeah. I mean, what advice? What advice would you give to someone, whether they're in college now about to graduate or they've had a 30-year career, and they're thinking about getting involved in culture, culture work, cultural competency, work, race work, or education for that matter? And they're a little afraid. Yeah. What would you say? What would you tell them? What would you say to them? It's, it's like,


Tina Medina 13:45

you know, when you're about to jump into a swimming pool, you


you don't want to just like slowly step in. You know, you


can I cuss?


Jerrid Kalakay 13:57

Sure. Yeah, go ahead. I mean, just follow


Tina Medina 14:00

You have to just dive in. And, and if you continue to wait for the right amount of education or making sure that you're saying the right thing, then we're never going to get anywhere, you know like we have to start having conversations. And people are so damn scared to have conversations, that it's we're not evolving. I mean, we're not even like on an upward trajectory, if we're not if we're so damn afraid of just like jumping in, you know when we're talking like one toe at a time. You know, we're never, we're never going to evolve. We're never going to get past this stupid phase of, you know, segregation. I mean, like San Diego alone.


I read this statistic that San Diego has


eight out of the 10 most segregated schools in the state of California are here in San Diego. You know, if, you know I'm reaching out to principles and


professional developments on a couple, you know, different areas. And one of them is on how does racial bias shows up in the classroom. And it amazes me when I get responses from educational leaders who are like, you know, they're trying to pass me off to somebody else, like, you know, you know, this is really something that you need to take up with the superintendent. Like, I can't just let you come in here and have that conversation. I find that fascinating to me, you know, and, and this actually came directly from a school that I know had some really serious racial issues last year.


And she won't even she won't even like,


you know,


what's the word I'm looking for? I mean, she just won't even like spark a conversation around it. That's how afraid people are, you know, and that's,


it's a terrible place to be. It's really sad. It's really, really sad to me. Absolutely. So let's talk about I love the name of


Jerrid Kalakay 16:00

movement and I got, I got a chance to check out the website and so forth. But can you explain kind of what you're doing with the vibe movement and kind of what the organization is about? And really kind of what you're trying to do for society in general with it? Yeah, yeah, for sure. And so, I mean, the vibe movement got its name, because, you know, we're, we, as human beings, we're vibrational beings, you know, and the more the higher the frequency that we're vibrating on, right?


Tina Medina 16:28

We just, we continue to attract more of that to us. And so if I think in terms of education systems, or you know, even educators themselves, the happier we are in our own lives, the bigger the impact that we can have on the people that we serve, right. And so, and when I'm vibrating at a higher frequency, that also becomes really encouraging and inspiring for other people around me to also be vibrating at a higher frequency. And so that's, that's where that, you know, that's where the vibe movement was born. You know, that's what it


Born from, it's just this idea of, you know, as when I was an educator, especially toward my last, you know, three, four years, I was, it was really miserable. And I did my best to show up every day and give it my all and really be there to serve my students. But I really found myself on just this really negative, you know, downward spiral of just like, you know, I didn't feel like I was being a good mom, I didn't feel like I was being a good teacher. I didn't feel like I was being a good colleague. I didn't feel like I was being a good you know, you know, sister, daughter, you know, just overall, I just felt super out of balance. And I know you had a podcast on this, like, you know, finding balance in a hectic world and you know, and that's that was me that was where I was at and so and that's, that's what the purpose of the vibe movement is just a really help educators reconnect to their purpose so that they can make the difference they set out to make I mean, nobody


becomes an educator because it's easy to get a job and you're going to make a lot of money. You know, I mean, people who


become educators, they want to touch the future, you know, and they want to have impact, except there isn't enough in place to really continue to inspire and re-inspire educators to know find, not just that balance, but it's more about, you know, the synergy and the harmony, and all the aspects of your life. I mean, self-care and self-love isn't supposed to just happen during summer break, you know?


Jerrid Kalakay 18:34

Yeah, yeah, absolutely. On your long.


Tina Medina 18:37

Oh, and so, that's really where I'm at. You know, I'm, I'm really passionate about education systems. And my entry point right now is really focusing on, you know, educators and helping them breathe passion and purpose back into their day to day so that they can be those, you know, impact leaders for their students, their schools and their communities.


Jerrid Kalakay 18:57

Yeah, wow. It's sad to say that you have a lot of work cut out for you.


Tina Medina 19:03

I yeah.


Jerrid Kalakay 19:06

I mean, because this the systems are set up in such a way that that, of course, to get beat down. Yeah, as an educator, at least in the United States, probably elsewhere, but it seems like teachers are constantly being the ones that are blamed for everything. Yeah, and yet they have so little autonomy. I know, in the state of Florida standardized testing now is taken a bulk of the K through 12 curricula. And most teachers, you know, have very little freedom to explain or to teach or even facilitate knowledge in any way, other than the way that the standardized test needs it to. And then there and then that simultaneously, they're blamed for everything that's wrong, you know, with everything and it's really I mean, I can't imagine how difficult that must be. And so the vibe movement is so needed and yet, you know, you're one person So, so how do you do it? How do you save an educational system? That's and specifically the educators that know,


folks like yourself and so many others to, to really help refill their, their own batteries, you know, refill their own cups? Because they're constantly giving to others? Yeah. You know, and this is that entrepreneurial piece, right? I mean, when I first started the business, it was like, I was doing 1000 different things because I thought that's what I needed to do, you know, and like, how, how many things can I put on my plate? You know, and, and that was like, the worst approach I could have taken. And now I know that you know, and now and that's why, you know, when I first started, I just I definitely struggled with answering that question, what do you do? You know, and I think as entrepreneurs like that's, that's the place you have to really start like, you know, what is your why, right, you know, what is your WHY? Who do you want to serve? And this is where that Human-Centered Design piece comes in, right? Like, who do you want to serve? What's the problem you're trying to solve? What impact Are you trying to have?


Tina Medina 21:00

And?


And really is it tied innately to your purpose? And so for me when I first started, it was like, How big can I get? How know how much can I do? How much can I have on my plate? Like how thin Can I spread myself because I thought that that was the way I needed to operate, you know and like the exact opposite is true? And so, for me to answer that question, it's about, you know, it's about staying in the lane that I'm in, it's about staying super focused and really making sure that everything I'm doing is connected back to that purpose. Right and that I that I practicing no more than a practicing Yes. And that I really, you know, stay heart-centered and stay in service and also know really being forward-thinking and knowing that there's a much, much bigger vision and that I get to live into it. You know, it's not where I'm at right now. But I have that bigger vision. And if I continue with the pace I'm at, then I do really see, like a beautiful future, you know, where, where educators really love coming to work every day and that they feel valued. They feel respected, they feel appreciated, they feel like they really are able to make an impact, you know, and then that it's that yeah, it's that vibe movement, right. And so, you know, now they're vibrating at a higher frequency and really feeling fulfilled. And that trickles down to the students that they serve that trickles down to, you know, that trickles out to their families. And so it's definitely a bigger picture, but staying focused, and yeah, happen. Yeah.


Jerrid Kalakay 22:50

Yeah, I know. I think that's it. I think that's incredibly important and also beautiful at the same time because it's funny because you know, you kind of mentioned after 10 years of middle school teaching you'd kind of were burnt out and you didn't feel like you're, you're, you know, by being on a very high level in any aspect of your life. And then you jump out of that and you jump into the entrepreneurial realm. And your instinct is to go 130 miles an hour and in a million different directions, and basically go right back into that same path of burnout, right. So I mean, I think you practicing saying no, and re-centering and, and keeping your purpose in mind and your true north, I think is very, very healthy. Otherwise, you know, this would have been a one one year thing and that would have been it right? If Now, let me ask you this as if you were a teacher, and there was a vide movement operating? Do you think it would have saved you? Do you think you would still be a middle school teacher?


Tina Medina 23:48

Um, you know, that's a really good question, because I Why did I Why am I doing what I'm doing? It's because I left, you know, and and so I think about it all the time I think about like, if I would have had somebody doing what I'm doing there to support me, and be a coach for me and talk to me about, you know, how do I, how do I develop professionally? How do I grow personally? And how do I develop a community of support? You know, because those are my three pillars. That's, that's the framework of what I do. And so, you know, would that have, would that have saved me? And would it have, you know, extended my life as it as a classroom teacher? I don't know. Because To tell you the truth, even when I was getting my credentials, I knew it wasn't something that I was supposed to do forever. You know, there was, I always knew that it was a step for me. I always knew that it was, you know, a stepping stone or my path to get to where I really was meant to be. And, you know, that place where I can really fulfill that purpose, but at the time I didn't know what it was. And I was really just following my instincts and knowing that this is where I needed to be, you know, but if I was in an environment that was healthy, that was supportive, that was open to innovative ideas on how to best support kids.


I don't know. It's a really good question. And I really just be honest, I don't have an answer. Yeah, no, I appreciate the honesty. I think it's really interesting because


Jerrid Kalakay 25:29

so when I was in, when I was in college, I became really into slam poetry. there's a slam poet named Taylor, Mali, I'm not sure if you're familiar with him.


So, Taylor, Mali was ironically, at one point, he was in middle school English teacher. And he left teaching to pursue professional poetry. And he's his probably one of his more famous poems is what


teachers make and it has a longer title. But that's basically what became known as, like Taylor Mali, his last name spelled Mali And at one point when I was in college, and undergrad, he had a goal of creating 1000 new teachers.


And he, so a lot of his poetry at the time that he was producing was around the classroom and around his experiences in the classroom. And his entire goal was kind of to motivate 1000 new teachers, folks that were not in education programs, but would what would you know, that would be motivated to get certification and so forth. And so I kind of see some parallels to that because even back then I realized what Taylor Molly was doing, I had a chance to meet with meet him at one of his shows at one point and it was truly impactful on me. And although I didn't become a K through 12 teachers, I did become a higher education teacher. But I see what kind of some parallels in that you are higher calling toward the craft of education was helping other educators, you know, similar to Taylor, you know, versus one classroom at a time. Now there's a, there's a greater opportunity for a ripple effect. Because if you could help five teachers, you know, in a month, then that then that's five classrooms, you know, plus, so forth and so on. Yeah. As far as the entrepreneurial ship side of, of what you're doing, as I've been a tough learning curve for you or have Have you ever to pretty quickly pick it up. Because educating and entrepreneurship are similar in some ways, in a totally different in many


Tina Medina 27:43

ways. So different. I mean, you know, when you're an educator, you don't really have to worry about budgeting or fundraising. Or, you know, there were a lot of things that when I stepped out of, you know, being an education professional and stepping into the nonprofit world. It was like, Oh, my God, There are so many skills that I don't have. And I really need to work on those and those three years being in the nonprofit world like I've, I've spent a lot of time developing a lot of hard and soft skills that really were critical to being an entrepreneur. And so, you know, I also grew up in an in a, you know, a family of business owners. And so, at a really young age, obviously, I was exposed to what it means to run your own business. And so, so there's a part of me and my own entrepreneurial journey that has been really like instinctual. But I also was loan wolfing it and I know that this is, this is totally like an entrepreneurial trait, right? Especially when you're first starting out, it's like, you know, it's a hard long road and you know, it's a lot of sacrifices and you you know, you got to figure it out and because I thought that that's what I needed to do, again, just like spreading myself as thin as possible. And so last year, I hired my first business coach, and ever since then, Like, my, just my whole life has changed. And my businesses, you know, completely evolved. I'm a lot different vibe movement is, you know, although, at the very core, it's still the same. The products and the services that I offer are totally different. And, and so, you know, I made that decision to hire a business coach has just completely set me on a whole new trajectory that is, you know, opening the doors for that bigger vision and creating a space for me to live into that bigger vision while staying focused, you know?


Jerrid Kalakay 29:35

Absolutely. Yeah. I mean, in order to achieve success at any any significant level, you need to have coaches, right, you need to have folks around you that can support you folks around you that know, kind of the terrain at some level, you know, so, so frequently entrepreneurs believe, I think partly because it's their baby Ryan. So there, they're incredibly protective because it's


Baby, and no one could ever take care of their baby as, as well or as as effectively as they can. Yeah. But But then at a certain point, the baby becomes a toddler, and then the toddler becomes, you know, Speed Demon Hunter, and then and then they become a teenager, and then none of that. And, and it's really tough if you've got no support, and if you don't have the coaching and you don't have the support around you, you can lose focus pretty easily. Yeah. And so I'm burned out Yeah, the business fails or whatever. And then my next thing you know, you're back at, you know, being an employee, which is there's nothing wrong with that. But if you're, if you're meant to be on this entrepreneurial journey, then then like, you got to get the support, you know, and it's interesting that you brought up like, you know, be getting a coach and, you know, that's, that's a part of what I do is I do I have a coaching program called the bold educator, and it's a hybrid coaching program. So we're, we're a community, but I also do one on one coaching with


Tina Medina 31:00

Each of them so it's not group coaching the whole time it you know, we move through a process of every month of you know, getting that laser-focused one on one support, but also the support of the community. And it's interesting when I first started doing this that like, anytime I would talk to an educator about, like, you know, inviting them into the program, a lot of the first questions that I get are like, well, is this something that my district can pay for or that my school site can pay for? And that it's it, it just shows me so much about like, the mentality, we have an education, that if I'm going to do any kind of quote, unquote, professional development, then somebody else is going to have to pay for it. And that is not how it works in any other field. You know, like, if I'm, if I'm a business owner, and I'm seeking a coach to help me propel my business to the next level, who's going to pay for that like, you know, you have paid for that like this is this is an investment in yourself so that you can be the best business leader possible so that you can take your business where you want it to be, and you can have the impact you want to have. Well, if we're talking about, you know, supporting educators, you know, this is an investment in your own personal development. It's not just about the professional development, you know, that's a piece of it. It's a, it's a pig and the three-legged stool, you know, on the bigger picture, the impact that I'm really seeing it has with me, with my clients is really about, like, how I set some personal boundaries, right, like, what kind of personal growth Do I need right now so that it can, you know, vibe into our, you know, trickle down into my profession as well and vice versa, you know,


Jerrid Kalakay 32:41

so where's so your primary client base is obviously in K through 12. But is it? Is it geographically bound? Or is it you work with people around the United States around the world? Yeah, there's kind of your typical client.


Tina Medina 32:54

Yeah, I mean, I can work with anybody anywhere. You know, I have some contacts in Hungary. Because, you know, I'm Hungarian. And so, you know, we do talk about cultural differences, because, you know, like, you know, what, what did she say to me? She said, you know, like, you know, the United States is the land of the free and hungry, we're not the land of the free and so how does that impact our education system? It's pretty different, you know, but energetically and And personally, you know, we're all dealing with the same stuff. You know, we're all dealing with the same stuff and so it translates across those cultures.


Jerrid Kalakay 33:35

Yeah, it's, it's a human condition, right? Yes. It's what language that people cry and laughing


Unknown Speaker 33:40

Yeah, totally universal, right.


Jerrid Kalakay 33:43

Ah. So let's, let's forecast now. Okay. No, you had mentioned that, you know, you're you're going to be living into a greater version, a greater, greater being of the divide movement. In three years. What does things look like? What does it What does education look like in your sphere? And, and? And what does your, your company look like?


Tina Medina 34:08

So, I mean, I think I kind of touched on this a little bit earlier about, like the vision that I have for education, where, you know, educators are our feeling really fulfilled and satisfied with their professional input, right, like what they're able to, into an educational system. And kids are coming into, you know, that educational system in a way that also makes them feel really supported and heard and loved and appreciated and valued for who they are at whatever, you know, the age they're at. And then but to go, you know, already kind of talked about that, but to go even broader is, you know, to also incorporate families and and and the broader community so like, you know, business owners and the community, what what kind of, you know, systems are we putting into place to connect youth to business services or organizations that are working in their community that maybe offer services that they might be looking for, you know, or whether that's, you know, to support survival, because let's be real for some of our kids, we're really just talking about survival. But for other ones, it's it's also about enrichment, you know, so that that's definitely the broader, like, I kind of just picture this sort of wheel, you know, and then there's folks off this wheel that it's really educators and then youth that you know, and then parents and families and the community. And so, you know, vision casting, when I think about the business three years from now, I'm able to support, you know, I have some either kinds of programs or products or services that are able to really support each spoke off that wheel.


Jerrid Kalakay 35:41

Cool. Yeah, that's awesome. That's very cool. Yeah, yeah, I've been I'm in awe of your work. I think it's fantastic. And I think I'm really happy that you're doing it. There are there are lots of folks that are kind of engaged in similar conversations and so forth. And I admire all of the folks that are trying to trying to


Raise up teachers to the proper stand. Yeah, you know, platform that they really deserve because they are probably some of the more unsung heroes of our, of our society. You know, and and that's certainly true in the US and I think it's true, really, most most countries. Is there anything else you'd like to share with the, with our audience of Teaching Change? You know, I would just say, like, you know, back to just kind of what we said earlier about, like, what the purpose of the podcast is, right is to, like inspire educators. I mean, I think what I would just like to really leave with is just whatever it takes for you, if like you're feeling uninspired in any aspect of your life, but if it's definitely connected to your profession as an educator, then like, you know, put your boots on and like get ready to get in the mud and find something that is you know, going to help you up level and and get to the next level of you, so that you really can be like a walking inspiration for the people that you serve in whatever the


Tina Medina 37:00

whether you you know, you find a coach that you can work with, or you, you know, you create a network of like-minded educators so that you can be a support system for each other. You know, or you start a movement at your school, you know, whatever it is, but the time for sleeping and just like letting the status quo be the status quo. It's over, you know, and, like, the time is now really, to just have a massive evolution, and I'm just so excited about it. Oh,


Jerrid Kalakay 37:31

no, that's, that's beautiful. I couldn't have said it better myself.


Tina Medina 37:34

Oh, yeah. You know, and there's one more thing that I would love to offer is, you know, if you go to my website, I have created a deck of cards for teachers to use in the classroom or, you know, anybody on a school campus, whether you're a counselor or you know, whatever your capacity is, it's a deck of cards, and there's a couple different, you know, there's five different categories in it. And it's a really great way to start conversations. And so back to earlier when we were talking about like, how do you start


conversations around race and racism. You know, there's a couple of cards in there that just there's a category in the deck that just really helps ease into those conversations. And so, if you're looking at like, how do I develop relationships with the I serve like this is a really easy tool for you to just, you know, pull out a card and sit in a circle and, you know, just ask questions, you know, and see you. It's always you know, it's fun, and it's really eye opening a lot of times to you know, it's amazing when you just have the right question. The vulnerability that your students are preparing to come back at you can just be a huge motivator. So yeah, also for your listeners. If they want to type in free ship. I'll do free shipping. Oh, very cool. Very cool. Till next time, be nice and change some stuff.




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