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Welcome to The GRAYAREA Podcast hosted by Gary R. Gray Jr. Gary is a teacher in Manila (Philippines). He enjoys talking with anyone who is willing to listen and share their stories with him. On this podcast you will find a talk series from Gary in which he dives deep into his childhood and current life. He takes the time to dissect his decision making and "accomplishments" up until now, and if he is truly living a full life. On his second podcast series #ItsPersonal, Gary speaks with educato ...
 
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Alleanna Harris is an illustrator and artist from Willingboo, New Jersy. On this episode, Alleanna goes into detail about her transition from architecture school to design and animation. Alleanna talks favorite teachers, doodling in church and her art/design inspiration. If you are looking to understand the kid lit illustration world a little more,…
 
Trevor is an inquiry-based learning master. Today on ITSPERSONAL Trevor chats about growing up as a little boy and bullying and transitioning between schools at a young age. Trevor also gives advice for educators dealing with distance learning and the current pandemic- looking closer at empathy and how we can use this to foster a better learning ex…
 
Scott Bayer is a busy father with an awesome family. While helping at home with an awesome kid and new puppy, Scott still manages to help educators around the world talk about books and start important conversations in their classrooms around equity and race. Listen to Scott share his story growing up, traveling the world and building a family.Twit…
 
On this podcast Cody chats with me about his favorite power rangers, family and pop culture. One thing (well I have many but) I love about Cody is his honesty. He chats about his early family life and schooling, along with his move to New York to teach! Cody's authentic voice needs to be heard, and I know you will do a lot of learning listening to …
 
Dr. Erica B-Rivera spends time chatting about her life as a Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer with A LOT of staff members. She shares specific examples about her childhood in which she experienced racism, and deep thoughts about her identity and who she is. Dr. Erica B-Rivera talks about how parents can start the conversation around race at home. Yo…
 
Candice IIoh chats being a new author during covid-19, her family household and schooling as a child growing up. Candice also goes in depth about her love for dance and the role it has played in her life thus far. She also talks about mentors who have helped her throughout the process of being a new author.instagram: https://www.instagram.com/becom…
 
New York Times bestselling author Sayantani takes time out of her busy schedule to chat about her childhood home, inspiration and today's world. Sayantani holds nothing back, and shares her true feelings about the state of the world.Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sayantani16?s=21Instagram: https://instagram.com/princesskiranmala?igshid=lbo0vm01ewdyWe…
 
Randy does it all! On this podcast Randy talks about his university undergrad/graduate schooling experiences, along with his family, and activism work in his community. Randy shares many insights on his identity and how he started to realize it was okay to be himself, and be proud of the history, background, and experiences that he came from.instag…
 
Ibi Zoboi is simply amazing. On this podcast Ibi digs deep into her past and shares how her past experiences show up in her writing, the American Dream, and schooling in BX. Ibi shares what it means to "get out" and own a home in New Jersey. Ibi is the truth, nothing but the truth.Twitter: https://twitter.com/ibizoboiInstagram: https://www.instagra…
 
LaMar's laughter is contagious! During this podcast, LaMar chats about the process in which he takes developing critical minds, and navigating white spaces. LaMar speaks his truths and shares something you might not know about him.LaMar, thank you for being a friend.Twitter: @teachLTLInstagram: thekinglamar__…
 
LaMar Timmons- Long is a New Yorker through and through. During this chat, LaMar talks specifically about his grandma, and some of her special recipes (no secrets revealed, he dives into the concept of building connections with students and how this truly allows educators to build community, and lastly, LaMar spends time talking about fashion. This…
 
Padma talked with me a few months ago, as she was winning awards Walter Award 2020; SCBWI Golden Kite Award 2020; Paterson Prize and the list goes on. Padma really gets personal and opens up about family. She shares stories about her mom and dad, in which many of her stories are influenced from. You truly do not want to miss out on this beautiful s…
 
Before anything, Natasha thank you for taking the time to speak with me. I loved getting into your world outside of the amazing author that you are. On this chat Natasha talks being a new mom, her love for cooking, family, and growing up a New Yorker!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natashaerikadiaz/?hl=enTwitter: https://twitter.com/TashiDiaz?…
 
Grace Lin, author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, When the Sea Turned Silver, Year of The Dog and so much more, is a spark of fire! She chats with us about her workload being an illustrator and writer, along with being a mother. Within all of that, she shares personal experiences about her childhood that have influenced why she writes for kid…
 
Christie Nold is a gem. On this podcast we spend time with Christie talking about the work she does in education around being a white ally. She dives in and shares specific examples of how this work can be done by others. She also spends time talking about the importance of equity work in itself in order to create a liberated society. This is one y…
 
On this podcast we have Jess Lifshitz! 5th grade queer educator who consistently fighting for equity for kids in her classroom. On this episode Jess talks specifically about being a mom and what this looks like for her, the impact of her favorite teacher growing up and things she likes to do for fun. PS: Check out her twitter account for amazing re…
 
Kass Minor is a rockstar teacher. She is also a ROCKSTAR MOM. Kass chats how she navigates it all in the busy city of New York. She shares how she met her husband and what they do as a family to keep strong family connections and traditions.Twitter: https://twitter.com/MsKass1Instagram: https://tinyurl.com/minkasss…
 
Joanne chats about her debut book The Farm and why it is important for all readers (people) to begin to see each other. She takes a trip down memory lane and chats about her experience before Princeton and how she develops the characters in her books.Instagram: Website: https://joanneramos.com/Instagram: https://tinyurl.com/joafarm…
 
Torrey finishes this 3 part series talking about his new book What Lane! And how he continues to find motivation from his community to share stories that relate to kids that grow up in the very same neighborhood he was born. Torrey talks the importance of family in his life and fatherhood.Twitter: https://tinyurl.com/torreytwitterInstagram: https:/…
 
Torrey dives head first into his life growing up in Red Hook Housing Project. He talks specifically about how he uses his books as a blueprint for kids to understand how to be successful when life continues to through you curveballs.Twitter: https://tinyurl.com/torreytwitterInstagram: https://tinyurl.com/torreyinstaWebsite: http://torreymaldonado.c…
 
Gary finally gets to chat with his homeboy! Torrey about life during covid, family influences and growing up in the projects. Gary chats with Torrey in this podcast (one of three part series) about everything. Torrey shares wisdom for anyone and everyone willing to challenge themselves and take on obstacles they maybe facing today. Twitter: https:/…
 
We all know that Lilliam is an amazing writer of books, but on top of that, she is a wonderful person. On this podcast, Lilliam breaks down her childhood life, parenting, and addition. She goes in depth on the idea of togetherness and friendship. And spends time really looking at her past and how it has influenced her to be who she is today.Twitter…
 
Kiese Laymon talks about his favorite hip hop artist, family bonds, school, weight and current quarantine life. Gary waste no time feeling comfortable with Laymon, for he is one of Gary's favorite authors. He is a professor at University of Mississippi and currently has 3 full length books.Twitter: https://twitter.com/KieseLaymon?ref_src=twsrc%5Ego…
 
Kwame chats about family roots and traditions that have shaped his upbringing. He talks specifically about how his parents have been sharing the importances of roots/traditions since day one and that is what drives his family today. Oh, and he talks about his favorite snacks! You do not want to miss it!Twitter: https://twitter.com/KSekouM?ref_src=t…
 
Dr. Chad Williams practices in Nova Scotia, Canada. Like Cinera States, in the last episode, Chad is family. On this episode, Chat talks about growing up in the black community, how our black community can stay safe during covid and what the future holds for our world. This is an interview you do not want to miss.…
 
Dr. Cinera States practices in Nova Scotia Canada. She said she wanted to be a doctor when she was young, and she turned out to be one today. She's worked extremely hard to reach this stage in her life and she is sharing how this all happened. Within that, she is sharing more awareness around covid-19 and what we can do to stay protected.…
 
Fred Aceves talks about the pressures of completing the second book, starting late in his reading journey and family in Mexico. Fred also dives into his message for kids out there who "struggle" with reading or finding the right book. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fred.aceves/?hl=enTwitter: https://twitter.com/FredAceves?s=20Website: https:/…
 
Minh was easily one of Gary's favorite guest to date. Gary had the chance to meet Minh last year at NCTE. Minh was kind enough to speak with Gary and his wife on a number of occasions about everything. Not just books. Not just education. Life. And that is what Gary and him chat about on this podcast.Website: http://minhlebooks.com/Twitter: https://…
 
Pernille talks specifically about her growth in teaching and how her work is a product of many other scholars over the years. She also talks blogging and her writing process. Lastly, Pernille gives the audience a run down of how her marriage happened and how it continues to stay strong today.Twitter: @PernilleRippWebsite: www.pernillesripp.comInsta…
 
Pernille shares intimate stories about her up bringing and the importances of motherhood. She dives into her past and shares stories about her mother, and the influence she's had on her. Pernille also talks about bullying and its impact on her and her family.Twitter: @pernillerippWebsite: https://pernillesripp.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.c…
 
Patrick is back and what a special part II of this podcast. Gary talks more with Patrick about the meaning of "love aloud" and building strong bonds in relationships. They also dive into the "education celebrity" and how this culture is starting to rise online. These two sound like two close friends catching up. You don't want to miss this second p…
 
This is part one of a two part series featuring Patrick Harris. On this episode Gary uses some of Patricks most powerful tweets to start conversation/reflection. Patrick takes us on a walk down memory lane and shares important moments in his life that led him to where he is today. You can find Patrick online at @PresidentPat and www.stayingingoodtr…
 
Welcome back Veera! This is Veer'as second appearance on ItsPersonal and this time she is back for a check in. Gary speaks with Veera specifically about motherhood and its ups and downs, along with Covid19 family times and duties. This is an episode you will not want to miss. You can find Veera at www.veerahiranandani.com.…
 
On this episode Gary talks with Wendy Shang, author of The Great Wall of Lucy, This Is Just A Test and The Way Home Looks Now. It does not take long for Gary and Wendy to connect. Wendy talks about the idea of Asian pressure, raising a family and her favorite teacher! You can find Wendy on twitter @WendyShang and her website www.wendyshang.com.…
 
Juana Martinez-Neal is easily one of my favorite authors and illustrators; Alma, Princess and the Pea, Babymoon, Fry Bread (etc). In PART I of this chat, Juana talks about family and how it has played an important part of her childhood growing up. She speaks about a large family in which her mother, grandparents, uncles and cousins all play an impo…
 
NOTE: Sorry about Audio.. Colby was kind enough to be one of the first educators to interview. This was done on an iphone :-)From author, to youtube expert, podcaster, educator, father, friend, etc. The dude Colby Sharp does it all! And he does a great job at it too. During this podcast, Gary speaks with the man himself. They talk about the importa…
 
Before you get into this podcast, have you listened to PART II? If not, go back and listen to Mike share personal stories. Don't worry, PART II is not going to disappear. In PART II Mike talks more about the patience of teachers and how important this is for student life. He takes a walk down memory lane and shares his love for Ninja Turtles. Lastl…
 
Mike Ochs is part of TCRWP (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project)He has led site-based staff development in schools across the country. In this episode Gary and Mike talk sports (and of course teaching) Let's not beat around the bush here. Both basketball fans, Gary and Mike talk about the progression of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team an…
 
Dr. Kim Parker is special :-) What a treat, I mean what a treat! Dr. Kim Parker talks changing her dress to meet the needs of white people, going to HOWARD, disrupting literacy and the breakdown of #31DaysIBPOC on twitter. If you haven't checked out this hash tag, please go and do so RIGHT NOW. You will not be disappointed. Sit back and relax. Enjo…
 
Matt was the mixed kid in elementary. In middle school. In high school, college. And still is today. On this episode, Gary talks with Matthew de la Peña an American Newbery Medalist who writes children books and novels for young adults. Gary get's personal with Matt, and digs into his past about his childhood home and family. If you enjoy this epis…
 
On this episode Gary talks with the one and only Valeria Brown (@ValeriaBrownEdu). This lady has helped Gary in so many ways! She is an amazing wife and momma of 2 love kids. She helps educators understand the importance of race within education. She works closely with TeachingTolerance.org. And host of #CLEARTHEAIR on twitter. If you are intereste…
 
On this podcast Gary talks with math specialist Marian Dingle (@DingleTeach)from Georgia. Marian gets right into talking specially about her family love, kids and husband. How she balances her need for alone time, and husbands busy schedule. She talks about being "the black kid" and the "black kid who's smart". All in 5th grade. This pod, is jammed…
 
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