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This interview with Anna Padgett took place via Zoom on September 3, 2020. Anna is an early childhood educator based in New York City. Anna begins her interview by discussing her shock that she and the other early childhood educators were asked to come back to school in-person, a notice which was only compounded by a 25% pay cut she and others received. She does not feel safe or in control over the level of risk of in-person teaching, and she is worried about paying her bills. She says that while leadership at her school (and elsewhere in the government) has overlooked she and her colleagues, they have all come together in solidarity. Though she and her colleagues all help one another and she does not feel alone, she says it feels bittersweet because she knows that more people will leave the school.
Liam McBain is an associate producer for NPR's It's Been a Minute. He's also on a mission to read 100 books this year.
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