Teacher, Teacher - Snap #312

We’ve all had a teacher we’ve loved, who changed our lives and believed in us. God bless ‘em.  Today on Snap Judgment, “Teacher, Teacher.”

Potty Mouth

As a teacher, Glynn takes an unorthodox approach to discipline a little too far . . .

Producers: Mark Ristich and Renzo Gorrio


The Life of Brian

Not everyone’s born with a gift. But that’s where teachers step in. Poet and story teller David Perez takes us into the classroom for a day in the life of Brian. David Perez continues to teach and is the author of the poetry collection, “Love in a Time of Robot Apocalypse” available from Write Bloody Publishing. Find more at www.thedavidperez.com.

Producer: Jamie DeWolf and Renzo Gorrio

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Teacher Barbara Shipka encounters an unexpected challenge when she meets Ben because Ben isn’t just any old problem child.  Ben is a genius.

Producer: Julia DeWitt

Real School

A six year old girl is faced with a terrifying teacher, and finds a secret weapon.

Producer: Anna Sussman

Homeless Opera

Matt Peacock had two very different jobs--working as an opera critic and at the local homeless shelter. He never thought the two would ever have anything to do with one another, until a thoughtless quote in the newspaper changed everything.

Check out Streetwise Opera here, where you can check out past and upcoming performances and donate to their cause. Some of the audio in this piece originally aired in a documentary for BBC’s Radio 4, which was produced by Hannah Andrassy and Loftus Productions. Thanks so much to Matt Peacock, Loftus Productions, The BBC, and the two beautiful performers you heard--Kerry-Anne and Doc.

Producer: Stephanie Foo, Hannah Andrassy and Loftus Productions.

Father Dennis

Justin Sweeney’s mother was a gambler, and his childhood was difficult. When it became clear that he had to make it on his own, who would take care of him?

Thanks to Justin Sweeney for his story! Justin submitted his story on our website. Submit your own right here!

Producer: Stephanie Foo

Learning to Read

When Joe Buford’s wife hands him a letter and asks him to read it, Joe confides in her one of his biggest secrets.

This story was produced by Story Corps

Writing on the Wall

Story by Dhaya Lakshminarayanan.

A mother does everything it takes to help her child to read, but all she had to do was take her on the road.

Producer: Jamie DeWolf, Anna Sussman