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Story Voyage Podcast

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Hello, my name is Amanda McKay and welcome to Story Voyage Podcast. 

The 2020-2021 school year has been like no other. For those of us who have the chance to lead in a new school environment, an immense amount of learning is taking place. After nearly 20 years as an educator of all age levels Kindergarten through Grade 12, this year I am on a journey with my colleagues starting a new virtual school. We are building a culture all about community, creativity, innovation, and adventure. This podcast is to lift stories from our school community that highlight our culture and connect them to relevant throughlines in education.


We have an exciting line up ready for you listeners. Don't miss a single episode of Story Voyage. Episodes will be linked and posted here on our virtual campus website every other Friday and we look forward to sharing our stories with you.

Episode 1: Founding Fathers

Virtual Campus began this year led by the forward thinking of our Founding Fathers Principal Jeff Frankowiak and Assistant Principal Bryan Lindstrom. The connection developed between the guys over the shared vision of building a virtual culture where creativity, adventure and innovation are cultivated blazed a path for what our school culture is growing into today.

Episode 2: Virtual Connection

Rochester Community Schools Virtual Campus Teachers Jennifer Robinson and Julie Sandrock share their story of continued connection in a new learning environment. Join us to learn more about these two amazing and dynamic educators. Jen and Julie have known each other for many years and their connection makes them stronger virtual teachers.

Episode 3: Mathematics Mindset

Meet RCS Mathematics Educators Sue Rapp, Craig Rizzi and Stephanie Donelko! This group shares their personal learning journey as students learning math. Learn how their formative years shaped the educators they are today and their beliefs about math education. Along their college or career paths each encountered the learning of growth and Mathematical Mindsets. Hear how our school district provided a learning opportunity with Jo Boaler at Stanford which has sparked a revolution in learning. 

Episode 4: From the Virtual Middle

It takes a special educator to love middle level learners. Evanthia Hensley and Jordan Kamai share how opening their hearts to each other's friendhip and learning about social justice has shaped them as educators. Eva and Jordan take the time to listen and care deeply about their students beliefs, needs and view points. With the social justice lens they bring to creating a classroom community, all students are cared for, loved and feel safe with these two amazing faculty.

Join us every other Friday for the Story Voyage Podcast!

Every other week, we share the story of how our educators use innovation, community, creativity and adventure.

  • Story Voyage Episode #1: Founding Fathers, Friday, February 5
  • Story Voyage Episode #2: Virtual Connection, Friday, February 19
  • Story Voyage Episode #3: Mathematics Mindset, March 5
  • Story Voyage Episode #4: From the Virtual Middle, March 19
  • Story Voyage Episode #5: Book Ends, April 2