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- Creators: Gaia, Jeanne
- Creators: Hancock, Jane Sellers
- Member of: Connecting to Community Through Oral History (C2C)
Jane was born Jane Sellers in 1927. She was born in Pomeroy, Ohio- town on the Ohio River that was eight miles long and half a mile wide. After graduating from East Grand Rapids High School in 1944, she attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL where she earned her BA in Liberal Arts in 1948. Then, one year later, she received a Master's in Education and her teacher's certificate from the University of Southern California.
In 1949, she got her first teaching job in Victorville, CA where she stayed there until January 1961, when she moved to Glendale, California and taught at Toll Junior High School. She became a Fellow and co-director in the UCLA Writing Project. Ms. Hancock taught until she was eighty-eight, when an illness forced her to retire in 2015. Currently, she gets great satisfaction from leading classes for local writers once a week and another one for teachers which meets once a month. Jane is widowed with five grown sons, many grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
This interview is with a retried Special Education & Elementary School teacher, Jeanne Gaia. She taught from about 1969-2009 in Yolo & San Joaquin County. Covered in the interview is her personal, family & education background; her experiences as both a special education and 2nd grade teacher; key changes in education such as curriculum, teacher autonomy, carrying out the mandates of the "No Child Left Behind" Act, the influx of children of Southeast Asian refugees & migrant workers; cultural and language issues; changes in technology; personal issues that affect children & their education; charter schools and the importance of improving public schools; violence & the 1989 Cleveland School Shooting in Stockton, CA; changes in society, future of teaching & possible solutions.
Audio interview with Kindergarten teacher Nancy Malek and her experiences in teaching in New Mexico at a year round, multi level school and in Washington State at both public and private schools. Issues of politics in education, bilingualism, funding, and charter schools are also discussed.