#50 – Insights from the Class of 2021: A Conversation with High School Graduate, Andrew Hoggard

Unpacking Education July 28, 2021 18 min

In this week’s episode, we celebrate our students and what they have accomplished during this past year. We meet with Andrew Hoggard, a graduating senior from Washington, who shares with us the challenges he and his fellow students faced, their accomplishments, and the lessons they have learned that they will carry forward as they continue on the path toward future readiness.

Join our Digital Learning Specialists as they listen to Andrew share the student perspective on the extraordinary experiences of this past year. There is so much we can learn by hearing the stories of our students, as they describe what worked, what didn’t, and how they hope their stories from this year will inform education in the future.

We talk about going slow to go fast, the importance of building relationships with students from the outset, determination, perseverance, and the role of caffeine.

On a special note, we also hear Andrew reflect on his memories of our Digital Learning Specialist, Rena, as his sixth-grade teacher and the power of creating connections with students that endures throughout the years. He reminds us of the value that small moments can have and their ability to impart a long-lasting impact on the lives of the students we interact with each day.

Paul Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
Digital Learning Coach

There are no regrets in life, just lessons.

Jennifer Aniston, actress

Exploring Lessons Learned and Celebrating Student Successes

Inspiration comes in many forms. For teachers, we often look to one another for support, empathy, validation, and understanding. This week, we look to our students for inspiration. We hear from graduating senior, Andrew Hoggard, as he shares how intentional relationship development, empathy, and resilience played key roles during his experience of a year of pandemic learning.

Join us to hear the student perspective, where online learning helped bring some students out of their shell but left others feeling disconnected and alone. We talk about the importance of shifting away from a “one size fits all” education model to embrace learners where they are at and honor how they learn.