The What School Could Be Podcast
93. Jackie Freitas Lives and Works on the Cutting Edge of Teaching, Learning and a Revolution in Agriculture
Jackie Freitas teaches the natural sciences and agriculture at Leileihua High School on the Island of Oahu in the state of Hawaiʻi. But really, she is doing much, much more than that. She is cultivating, nourishing, and shaping the minds and hearts of the next generation of young farmers, engineers, coders and makers who will move Hawaiʻi from unsustainable mono ag to a more diverse and organic AgTech approach to feeding the local population. Jackie is changing lives, developing a love of place and culture, engaging her young students in real world challenges and student-driven learning and literally helping Hawaiʻi solve its food sustainability issues. She is the evidence that supports any argument that innovation in education comes from the grassroots, from the rank and file, from the teachers on the ground. Metaphors abound, but don't take my word for it. Listen to the episode. Post production editing is provided by the talented, Evan Kurohara. Our theme music is provided by the master pianist and my friend of 40 years, Michael Sloan. Please give us a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts!