Cindy Pulkkinen was a Principal Lecturer at UNH, and taught English as a Second Language until May 2018, when her contract was not renewed along with 16 other lecturers. Cindy gives us an update on the non-renewal lecturers and talks about the difficulties of getting a full-time job over 50; the lawsuit she and others have filed against the university; being a teacher, and the direction of education.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Instant Karma” by John Lennon; 2nd song: “Deferred Gratification” by Ani Difranco; and 3rd song: “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile.
Sabrina Kizzie is a nationally recognized consultant, marketing expert, author and motivational speaker. She is currently a professor at the City University of New York’s Baruch College, and the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, where she teaches several courses including social media marketing, interactive marketing, media plan development and marketing communications. Sabrina shares about the importance of digital marketing, community service, and being a life-long learner.
Sarah Clawson is a former student who is forging her own path as an artist and small business owner. She specializes in ceramics and teaches at Firefly Pottery in Portsmouth. She talks about her artist’s journey, going against the norm, the relationship between artists, empathy, and depression and anxiety. Sarah also shares what going “all in” means to her and gives advice to those who may be afraid to choose a different path for their lives.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Follow the Sun” by Xavier Rudd; 2nd song: “Eyes of the World” by Grateful Dead; 3rd song: “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac.
Jamie Jenson decided to change her course after years of teaching and a life-changing event with a year of saying “Yes!” One of those yeses was pursuing a childhood dream of becoming a journalist. She recently graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University’s one-year master’s program in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism. For the past year, she’s been doing what she loves: reporting and writing about issues that she cares deeply about, including education and marginalized groups such as the homeless. Jamie shares some of her favorite adventures she’s been on this past year.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten; 2nd song: “Brave” by Sarah Barailles; and 3rd song: “Suit and Jacket” by Judah and the Lion.
Courtney Daniel is a client relations expert and a nationally recognized award-winning business owner. She specializes in card designs and hand-written thank you notes with C. Daniel Designs. She works with elite professionals and has worked with top name celebrities in the industry. Courtney talks about her business, designing a U.S. postage stamp, being an introvert, and using her creativity to help others find theirs.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Closer” by Goapele; 2nd song: “This Girl Is on Fire” by Alicia Keys; 3rd song: “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa
Rebecca Harrison and Katie Grazier are from Portsmouth Music and Arts Center or PMAC. On April 13 at Harbour Events, they have Spring Fever for the Arts Fundraiser Party, which raises funds for youth scholarships at PMAC. Katie and Rebecca talk about how PMAC was started and the lives it has changed.
Songs from PMAC teachers and musicians: 1st song: 80 Lives: Soggy Po Boys (featuring faculty members: Mike Effenberger, Eric Klaxton and Nick Phaneuf) – Spring Fever 2016; 2nd song: James Brown: Mother Superior and the Sliding Royal (featuring faculty members: Taylor O’Donnell, Mike Walsh, Matt Langley and Mike Effenberger) – Spring Fever 2017; and 3rd song: Jumprope: Chris Klaxton Band (featuring faculty member Chris Klaxton).
Sarah Hirsch and Cindy Pulkkinen are two of the 17 UNH lecturers who received non-renewal notices by mail in January. Everything about it was mishandled. Sarah and Cindy have dedicated much of their lives to UNH and their students. Once a month, I like to discuss issues in education on “All In”, especially how those issues affect teachers and the impact on students, because if we, as a country, aren’t invested in education, we will continue to have heart-breaking stories like the ones from Sarah and Cindy.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of their lives: 1st song: “Teach your children well” by CSNY; 2nd song: “The Rising” by Bruce Springsteen; and 3rd song: “Make a Noise” by Katie Herzig.
Molly Campbell, Catherine Moran, and Larry Beemer, Lecturers at UNH, talk about some of the issues with higher education. Some of the topics we discuss are the “adjunctification” of higher education and the growth of the use of contingent faculty, the workload and working conditions of the academic precariate, why all faculty need job security, and why I think students and parents can make the difference.
Songs that would be on the soundtrack of their lives: 1st song: “The Beat(en) Generation” by The The (Catherine); 2nd song: “The Grudge” by Tool (Molly); and “Franco Un-American” by NOFX (Larry).
Diane Murphy and Holly Elkins join me All In with Pauline Hawkins to talk about changing the conversation around education. Diane taught in the Seacoast area for 30 yrs. She is the founder of BigFish and is committed to supporting teenagers who need to leave the system so they can be self-directed learners. Holly is the embodiment of a self- directed learner: She is the BigFish Board President, an artist, print maker, massage therapist & Reiki master.
All three of us have had our challenges with public education. We’ve heard a lot about education reform, but every reformational movement, although started with good intentions, has made education worse, not better. Before we can fix education, we need to change the way people think about education.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of our lives: 1st song: “Open Your Eyes” by Snow Patrol (Pauline); 2nd song: “Too much stuff” by Delbert McClinton (Holly); 3rd song: “Stand by Me” by Playing for Change (Diane).