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When you walk into Saskatoon's Prince Philip School, a wave of hospitality and community hits you. It's a small elementary school tucked away in the city's south end and it holds a special place in Mindy's Macdonald's heart.
Mindy attended Prince Philip as a child and now teaches kindergarten in a carefully classroom to ensure her students are kept safe during the pandemic. Seriously, I just stood in amazement at the amount of empathy and creativity Mindy put into her classroom this year. She does a wonderful job of explaining why she had to organize the space in this way during the first few minutes of the episode.
My nephew, Everett, was the first person to tell me about Mindy Macdonald. He is six years-old and is in her class. He loves how enthusiastic Mrs. Macdonald is and the fact that she allows animals and plants in the classroom. After spending an hour with Mindy, I can see why my nephew thinks so highly of her.
I am biased in my support of teachers. I had a brief two year career as a teacher and my wife teaches high school in Saskatoon. I know how hard the profession is and the insane amount of work that good teachers put in for their students. Mindy Macdonald is one of those teachers.
In this episode, you'll discover how Mindy has done an incredible job of creating a sense of community with her students and their parents despite the fact that Covid-19 prevented so many of those little interactions between teachers and students. Hearing Mindy describe how she has taught proper speech even though she couldn't see the mouths of her students due to masks was so interesting. There are plenty of WOW moments in our conversation and I think you will really connect with Mindy's passion.
This is the final episode of Season Three of YXE Underground and I want to thank you, the listener, for all of your support! The podcast reached a new level of listenership and engagement this season and I am grateful for it. I also want to thank all of the guests who appeared on the podcast this season. It takes courage to share your story in such a public way and all of my guests did an amazing job.
I also want to thank all of the local businesses who supported the podcast this season. For this episode, the great team at Ivy Yoga House offered their support and I am so grateful. The community that Jen Rondeau and her teachers have created is something special. I have been practicing there for almost a year now and I am getting closer to getting my heels to the ground in downward dog!!
I'll be spending the summer gathering interviews for Season Four which will drop in September, but I'll be dropping some bonus episodes in July and August so be sure to subscribe to the podcast so that you don't miss an episode.
I hope you have a safe and wonderful summer and thank you again for all of your support this season!!