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Maija Reed has been a resident of Hudson, NY for 15 years. She moved here because it was affordable and could raise her children here. In the interview, Maija discusses how Hudson has changed and the connected issues of access, economics and sustainability. Before Hudson, she has lived in Mamaroneck in Westchester County and two other Hudson River cities. Maija shares her experiences with education, children & families, from being a student, parent and educator. She has worked with middle school aged children in her role as the Director of Youth programming and facilitator at Time and Space Limited. She participates in Board of Education meetings and works with infants and toddlers. She talks about Kite’s Nest, the Montessori school on 7th Street and a charter school she visited in St. Louis. Maija discusses community engagement through listening, building dialogue and asking questions.
This interview may be of interest to those curious about the economics, politics and changing nature of education, and those interested in how people engage and find place in a shifting community.
Nancy Ma is a Los Angeles based actress and writer. She grew up in the New York City public school system. During her time at Williams College, she worked with children through the America Reads program and at Johns Hopkins CTY summer camps. In LA, she works with underserved young people through Young Storytellers and leads an acting/improv/writing class at a local youth homeless shelter.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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