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Vermont teachers weigh in on staffing shortages, mental health and academic goals

An empty school bus sits outside Rutland High School in July.
Nina Keck
As the 2022-2023 academic year begins, we'll speak with teachers across Vermont about what they expect.

Live call-in discussion: Many Vermont teachers describe feeling excitement and trepidation as they head back for the new school year.

They say they are excited to see their students in person and unmasked, and are optimistic that there won't be as many COVID-19 interruptions as during the past two school years. But they are also concerned about staffing shortages that affect everything from special education classes to the cafeteria. This hour, host Connor Cyrus will talk with teachers about these concerns, as well as teacher wellness efforts at some schools.

Our guests are:

  • Aimee Alexander, government teacher at North Country Union High School in Newport
  • Deb Benning, a teacher with more than two decades of experience at Lyndon Town School
  • Kristina Hansen, an English and alternative education teacher at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington
  • Kate McCann, math teacher at U-32 High School in Montpelier
  • Molly Stoner, a teacher with decades of experience now moving from the classroom to an academic support role at Putney Central School

Broadcast live at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Tedra joined Vermont Public as a producer for Vermont Edition in January 2022. Before moving to Vermont, she was a journalist in New York City for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he was a producer for television news and NPR member station WGCU for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined Vermont Public in October 2017 as producer of Vermont Edition.