LESSON LEARNED: K-12 Teachers and Mental Health

Brian Tate | April 15, 2022

Play livestream archive, above, recorded Thursday, May 5, 6:00-7:30 pm EST.

How are K-12 teachers responding to such issues as pandemic-era education, segregated schooling, Critical Race Theory, book bans, racial justice, equity and accessibility, and the exodus of teachers? How is mental health within the field of teaching? What can their views and experiences teach us about strengthening mental wellbeing in our communities?  

Join us online for LESSON LEARNED: A Town Hall with K-12 Teachers About Mental Health. With Lisa Casey (Winnebago Tribe), Benjamin Coria, Jia Lee, Dayniah Manderson, and Sobia Sheikh. Moderated by Dr. Debbie Almontaser. Opening performance by Paul Rucker.

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Dr. Debbie Almontaser, CEO & Founder, Bridging Cultures Group Inc.; Author, Leading While Muslim: The Experiences of American Muslim Principals After 9/11; Founding Principal, Khalil Gibran International Academy

Lisa Casey (Winnebago Tribe), Student Support Specialist, Sioux City Community School District, North High School, Iowa

Benjamin Coria, Band and Music Teacher, San Gabriel High School, California

Jia Lee, Special education teacher, M364 The Earth School, New York, New York
Dayniah Manderson, English Teacher, Mott Hall Community School, The Bronx, New York
Sobia Sheikh, Math Teacher, Mariner High School, Everett, Washington 

Opening Performance
Paul Rucker, multimedia visual artist, composer, and musician

Panelist Bios


Lisa Casey (Winnebago Tribe): Sioux City community organization aims to reduce Native American student dropouts – Iowa Public Radio

Paul Rucker: Banking While Black’ exhibit highlights history of economic violence – ASU News


GRACE UNDER PRESSURE: Town Halls on Mental Health (April 28-May 26) is a five-week examination of mental health from the perspectives of frontline thinkers and doers who help define American society: healthcare workers, K-12 teachers, mental health providers, activists, and journalists. The series will present frank talk about issues and solutions, with an understanding of history and eyes toward the future.

Streaming on Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST, from April 28-May 26.

Presented by The WNET Group, America’s flagship PBS station.

Curated by Brian Tate, Director of Community Partnerships, The WNET Group.

Promotional Partners

Asian American Federation
National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC)

Series Schedule