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This interview of Anna Treidler was conducted remotely on September 1, 2020 while Anna was at her home in Berkeley, California. Anna is a second year special education aide at Joaquin Miller Elementary School in Oakland, CA. Anna attended Joaquin Miller as student and reflects on the experience of teaching at the school she long ago attended. She talks about the influence of her grandmother's work as a teacher in her own path to becoming an educator and what it means to her to work in a profession that was once one of the few career options available to women. In reflecting on her experience during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Anna discusses the sudden need to coordinate with her students' families and her transition to living more closely with her own family after moving back into her mother's house. She expresses concern for her students' isolation from their peers and the challenges of Zoom burnout, technological issues with remote learning software, and isolation from her coworkers.
This interview would be of interest to those interested in public education in Oakland, CA; special education; teachers unions; family life during the COVID-19 pandemic; remote graduations and teacher collaboration.
Annelise Finney is a European American cis-woman, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently works as a radio journalist covering reparations in California and breaking news in the Bay Area. Previously she worked as defense investigator for public defenders offices in New York City and San Francisco. She is an alum of the 2016 Oral History Summer School. She is also an avid sewist, hiker and cook.
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