68. On Being The Daylight, with Erin Medeiros

What does it mean to be the daylight for someone? Today my guest for this final episode of Season 2, Semester 2 is Erin Medeiros, an epic educator at Kanuikapono Learning Center, a K–12 Hawaiian-culture-focused school in Anahola on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi. Erin seeks renewal in literature and hiking, biking, or playing at the beach with her educator husband, Jonathon and their two daughters. Jonathon was my guest at the start of this podcast semester. The Medeiros family lives  in the moku of Puna in the ahupuaʻa of Kapaʻa. Erin is a National Board Certified English language arts and social studies teacher who is passionate about language and hopes to grow her students’ capacities to be curious, read critically, write energetically, speak clearly, and listen attentively. She views teaching as a deeply creative profession and encourages her students to develop their attention to the past and present, to observe and question life. She does whatever it takes to get her students outside and into the community at least once a week and loves to prepare them each year to perform at Poetry Out Loud. Erin believes that networks and human connections are vital to a healthy teaching career. She is or has been a new teacher mentor, a peer mediation advisor, a nature club advisor, a senior project coordinator and Hope Street Group Hawaiʻi State Fellow. In November of 2018 she facilitated a breakout session at the Schools of the Future Conference that, with fellow teacher-writers, advocated for and guided educators in methods of generating and publishing essays and blog posts. She serves humbly as a Merwin Creative Teaching Fellow, which takes inspiration from Hawaii’s renowned poet W. S. Merwin. Erin earned a BA in history from Lewis & Clark College and a masters in education from the University of Oregon. Huge thanks to Daniel Gilad at DG Sound Creations for his post production on this podcast. To learn more about Daniel, or hire him for your next music gig, click here. This is the last episode of our second season! We will be back in the Fall of 2021 with the 3rd season of this What School Could Be in Hawaiʻi podcast. Please stay safe, get vaccinated and be kind to one another. A hui hou