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EP011 – Professor Michael Wickert

I’ve known Profe Michael “Cheno” Wickert since the 90’s. Before the degrees, and well before we entered the field of education. He’s taught in many capacities, beginning as an instructional assistant, then teaching in the juvenile court system, and now at the community college level. We discuss his journey through education, hip hop, charter schools, and sports. Professor Wickert also wanted to invite aspiring teachers to be a part of a streamlined program, which culminates in getting a degree and BCLAD in just four years. I hope you enjoy the discussion, music, and insight. Published: 02.19.2017


No interview, just me on my grind. Salute to all the strong women leading the struggle. 45 doesnt appreciate and respect you, but I do.  Lead the resistance. Ben fix your grill, Betsy – just no on HBCUs as school choice.  You should know better. Justice for Micah Speed in North Carolina.  Go see “Get Out”.  Please help me fundraise for MS (Multiple Sclerosis). Peace to all my relations . Published: 03.08.2017


Quick check-in leads us into Rodrigo’s visit to SXSWedu, which is a ComicCon of sorts, except it’s framed around education.  He touches on the breakout sessions that he went to and will be bringing back to our district, as well as some of the booths on the floor that impressed him. Most significant for discussion on the podcast is the cutting edge speech by Dr. Chris Emdin titled, “Thank you very much, we got it from here.” Borrowed from ATCQ, of course.  We will be seeking to have him on the podcast. We also get into more about toxic educational environments, this time in Louisiana. A young man by the name of Jaylon Sewell was suspended from school for a hairstyle inspired by Odell Beckham Jr. He and his friends, all African American children, have been suspended and harassed for hairstyles like braids and twisties. There’s many more smaller discussions. Hope you enjoy the episode. Published: 03.15.2017

EP014 – Principal, Norma Sandoval

Friend and colleague, Principal Norma Sandoval sat down for an interview. We discussed her experiences as a learner and young woman in City Heights, San Diego, CA.  She highlights and touches upon her extensive experience as an educator, from teacher to principal.  Listen carefully, especially if you are inspired by those who seek to change the world through education and activism.  Norma is also very involved outside of her campus, as she sits on a citizen police review board, via SDOP.  I am always amazed at how she finds the time and energy to do everything she does.  We need more educators like Norma Sandoval. Thank you for listening. Published: 03.23.2017

EP015 – Dr.RickyMedina, Sacred Purpose

Dr. Medina is local to the podcast, residing and working in Chula VIsta, CA. He has 20+ years of experience in education at all levels, elementary to university. In his search for creating a space for all students to have a powerful voice, Dr. Medina earned his doctorate, titled, Sacred Purpose.  Sacred Purpose seeks to connect trauma informed practices and the restorative approaches. In our discussion he frames how teachers see students, using the indigenous story of Tezcatlipoca. We also intro the episode with some old school Chula Vista history and some discussion of skating/hip hop.  Just what we like at The Educated Guess Podcast. Published: 04.02.2017


We step through with the hot check-in, seeing as world news is moving at neck break speed. Goes down like Spicey drinking a Pepsi on a United flight to Berkeley.  We discuss our dedicated listers and how one local board member decided to stand up for his beliefs. I’m going to City Council next Monday to drop a diss track of Ether caliber. We also provide context for the upcoming Boost Conference that I Rodrigo and I will attend.  This is the biggest after school conference in the nation and deserving of at least an episode or two.  Be on the look out for those, and check the healthy original breaks that Rodrigo provides. Peace.  Published: 04.17.2017

EP017 – EducatorMaggie/SanDiegoUnified/Budget/RIFnotices/

An important interview with one of the most experienced and respected educators in San Diego Unified. She preferred to remain somewhat anonymous, since we would talk about current budget issues that have led to the eliminations of departments, RIF notices, and a class action grievance by SDEA (San Diego Education Association). Educator Maggie has been in SDUSD for 37 years, serving in many capacities, including technology and ELD. She is also a local product of San Diego, graduating from Sweetwater High School and San Diego State.  She pays homage to those who helped her apply to college, which, in her time, was not a common path for people in her community. Powerful words speaking truth.  I hope you like it.

Published: 04.28.2017

EP018 – BOOST Reflections/Wutang/2DopeBoyz/TheWEL/

Two dope boys are at it again, this time we’re in reflection mode!! Fresh off an amazing experience at the 2017 BOOST Conference, we touch base on some key takeaways from the week in the desert. We’ll also talk about after school’s potential when it pair up with the core day correctly and what people who aren’t involved with after-school programs can learn from attending boost. Shout outs to  @cxg0564 , @StrengthsGUY , @djtutti_v l @iamEDUCATED l@HIScorevalues , @sabacred for helping create an amazing event and experience!! Peace!! Published: 05.05.2017

EP019 – NIkkiEddy/educatoractivist/TOK/SocialJustice/ARE/

English teacher Nikki Eddy reviews material with her IB English class before breaking them into groups to work on projects at Castle Park High School on Monday, December 8, 2014.

Homage to the tour guide of Midnight Marauders. Nikki Eddy is an AP/IB teacher at Castle Park High School, in Chula VIsta, CA. In my humble opinion, her biggest contribution to youth is providing the atmosphere so students can organize around the issues that are important to them.  So transformative is her approach, that students have taken the lead on some professional development for school staff on issues of social justice. Ms. Eddy also happens to teach one of my favorite classes in high school, Theory of Knowledge, part of the International Baccalaureate program. A course on epistemology, students study how we have formed systems of knowledge since the early inception of rationalized thought. Shout out to Landlord Jim’s and ARE (Association of Raza Educators) by Ms. Eddy.  Hope you enjoy the episode. Published: 05.21.2017


The End of the Year Roundup with Rodrigo and Mr. Moreno. This episode occured the Friday that school let out in our district.  Hence, we had some libations and you can hear czareff steadily tail off during the episode. Mr. Moreno is a new teacher in our district, so we decided to pick his brain with SPeedway Stout and Fall Brewing.  We discuss Daily Learning Targets (DLTs), interactive notebooks, and stepping out of your comfort zone.  Mr Moreno is definitely not a teacher who is afraid to try something new, even if it means that the lesson doesn’t go as planned. We dip into the music scene, where Mr. Morrissey discusses his introduction to hip hop music. We discuss the new and revised induction program in our district. Published: 06.26.2017

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