Season Two

EPISODE 18

Episode 18: The Best Learning Environment for Your Child feat. Nike Anderson and Taryn Williams

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During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents, children, and educators navigated virtual learning while trying to balance unprecedented stress and uncertainty.

Many children have returned to in-person school settings, but much of the anxiety remains.

In this episode, we speak with Nike Anderson, a homeschooling expert, and Taryn Williams, a veteran of the public education system, as they give insights to help parents support their child’s emotional wellness while balancing academic success.

This discussion also explores the increase in home schooling among Black families and outlines how parents can determine the best learning environment for their child.

 

CONTENT WARNINGS
Mention of suicide

 

GUESTS

Nike Anderson is a mommy blogger at The Homeschool Genius where she shares her passion for all things homeschool and education. She is the owner of Nike Anderson’s Classroom, a virtual shop for educational resources, and has been featured in local news outlets advocating homeschool. Nike has a Master’s in Educational Leadership and resides in middle Georgia with her husband and two sons.

  • www.thehomeschoolgenius.com 
  • FaceBook: @TheNikeAnderson
  • Instagram: @The_Homeschool_Genius
  • Twitter: @NikeAnderson7
  • LinkedIn: @Nike-Anderson
  • Pinterest: @TheNikeAnderson

 

Taryn Williams is a fifth-grade science teacher at Halls Ferry Elementary School in the Ferguson Florissant School District located in St. Louis, Missouri. She has taught for over 13 years in a general education setting with five of those years as an English Language Learner Teacher and two years working with students with severe special needs, in a SPED setting. Ms. Williams is a member of National Science Teachers Association and Diversity Awareness Partnership.

Ms. Williams obtained her bachelor’s degree in Education from Harris-Stowe State University with a certification in Elementary Education and her masters with an Emphasis in Reading from University of Missouri St. Louis.

She is a wife and proud mom of two. Her son is in his second year of college majoring in chemical engineering. Her daughter is in elementary and recently discovered a love of playing volleyball.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Impact of “learning loss” in students during COVID-19 and the importance of grace in responding to learning loss concerns.
  • Explores factors related to the increasing number of Black parents deciding to homeschool.
  • The value of whole child education.
  • Outlines ways parents can advocate for their children to ensure that their academic needs are being met.
  • Importance of empowering children to use their voices in a healthy, authentic way.
  • Considerations for prioritizing a child’s academics with their emotional wellness.
  • Tips for parents to exercise self-care in a consistent manageable way.
  • How to have the best of both worlds – homeschooling and utilizing public school amenities and program.
  • Who can homeschool and where to find information to start homeschooling.

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED DURING THIS EPISODE 

 

NOTE

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

  • SheConfidential (formerly On Her Terms Defined) episode artwork and video production by Eye AM Media https://www.eyeammedia.com/. Follow on Instagram @eyeammedia

 


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