Are you pregnant or a CNN Triathlete

During the discussion to my last post, Holly Soboroff mentioned that “many people feel like they have nothing to contribute to the conversation, or that their comments aren’t welcome, or they just would rather not speak up for whatever reason.” Holly posed many other questions about whether people, and women in particular, might choose to remain silent. One of our JEA members might provide a good role model for more active participation. For many years, Adrienne LaGier probably resembled Holly’s comments.

Adrienne LaGier is a JEA member at Northern High School in Owings, Maryland. A few months ago, another Northern HS teacher confused Adrienne with a teacher who was eight months pregnant.  The confused teacher asked Adrienne about her pregnancy. Adrienne has not been pregnant for about 8 years.

The story motivated Adrienne to change her life. With the help of her students, she created an awesome multimedia video. Adrienne submitted the video to CNN and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. CNN selected her and six others to join the CNN Triathlon Challenge Team. You can see her video here.  Adrienne is inspiring. She has demonstrated how a teacher can influence people by revealing vulnerabilities. She also included her students on the educational journey. Oh, and then there is that CNN thing.

Adrienne has agreed to share her lessons here on JEA Digital Media. Would you like to follow her experiences? Do you want to know more about her visits to Atlanta?

Do you want to support one of our own?

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Bryan Farley

Bryan Farley is a visual art educator from California. Primarily a photographer, Bryan also studies and teaches how to use new media to communicate personal stories about people he considers invisible.

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5 thoughts on “Are you pregnant or a CNN Triathlete

  • January 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm
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    Congrats Adrienne! This sounds like a wonderful opportunity. As someone who has raced in triathlons before, I understand the commitment you have just made. I absolutely want to read your blog and follow you on your journey. How inspiring!

  • January 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm
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    Adrienne, GOOD FOR YOU! You took a socially insensitive thing that a colleague did you and turned it into a lesson for your journalism students and a journey to health for you and your family. Bravo! We need more teachers who teach to the moment just like you have done. Loved the video clip you, your colleague, your students, your fiance and those sweet twins of yours prepared for CNN! Hope you win!

  • January 27, 2012 at 9:20 am
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    Awesome! We’re rooting for you! But you know that by now! 🙂

  • January 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm
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    Thank you Meredith, Jane and Evelyn for commenting. Educators are often isolated, and if we sometimes feel powerless, it might be because there is something about the profession that encourages us to devalue ourselves.

    We train students to think for themselves. We want students to learn how to acquire knowledge. Often, this means that the smartest students have forgotten teachers. Some smart students believe that teaching is easy, because the student did not see it.

    Lately, educators have not been involved in social media and it is obvious. Too many so called experts creating bad projects. It is important that we become more involved, even if do not receive the credit.

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