71. Dr. Cara Chaudron, Hawaii’s 2022 Public Charter School Teacher of the Year

Speaking of a thousand points of light, my guest today is Dr. Cara Chaudron, a math enthusiast born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Dr. Chaudron teaches 6th grade math at the School For Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability, known as SEEQS, a public charter school near and dear to my heart. I have done two previous episodes with SEEQERS, including faculty member, Zoe Ingerson and school founder, Buffy Cushman-Patz.  Dr. Chaudron earned her BA at Vassar College where she double majored in Education and Psychology, with a minor in French and Francophone Studies. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at Brandeis University, where she also became licensed as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities. She recently earned her Doctorate in Education from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, where she used her dissertation to learn about the experiences and reflections of SEEQS’s alumni. Dr. Chaudron leads a student-centered, inquiry-based classroom that allows students to grow in their understanding and love of 6th grade math. She takes on many leadership roles at SEEQS and her value to the school is immeasurable. The 2021-2022 School Year marks Dr. Chaudron’s seventh year as part of the SEEQS community, where she gets to work with teachers and students who share her love of learning, desire for sustainable living, and passion for inquiry and exploration. Moreover, and this is the frosting on the cake, Dr. Chaudron was recently named the 2022 Hawaiʻi Charter School Teacher of the Year. She follows in the footsteps of other SEEQS teachers who received this award in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 and is deeply worthy of the honor! My editor, creative consultant and sound engineer is the wondrously creative, Evan Kurohara (SØZEN), a self-taught audio engineer and producer born and raised in Hilo, Hawaiʻi.  He is currently working in Honolulu and aspiring to reach new heights by dedicating himself to exceptional quality work through creative and analytical meticulousness.  Our original theme music is provided by my friend of 40 years, virtuoso pianist, Michael Sloan. Michael has produced 12 albums with over 100 songs and is featured in Apple Music, Spotify, and all the other major music platforms. You can also find his work at his YouTube channel. He has listeners in over 100 countries and over 2000 cities, to date. Songs featured in this episode include, “A New Day,” “Oasis,” “Mysterious Dancer” and “Fuchsia.” Please support this podcast by providing a rating and review at your fav podcast app! The What School Could Be in Hawaiʻi podcast is funded by Ted Dintersmith and WhatSchoolCouldBe.org. Please stay safe, keep wearing your masks in crowded public spaces, and please get vaccinated. Until next time, a hui hou!, and please be in good health.

Original Episode Music by Michael Sloan
Episode Editor and Creative Consultant, Evan Kurohara