Episode 16: A New Kind of Education — Social Emotional Learning artwork
Finger Painting The Future

Episode 16: A New Kind of Education — Social Emotional Learning

  • S1E16
  • 52:57
  • January 28th 2021

Mental health has become a bigger topic as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. And with an ever-changing environment, kids today have to understand the various emotions that surround the current situation. Parents and educators everywhere are seeking ways to address these issues with children. In today's episode of Fingerpainting the Future, we talk with middle school teacher Jess Guidroz about implementing social-emotional learning in the classroom and how parents can bring this practice home. As we continue navigating the pandemic and online learning, it's important for teachers to take a closer look at the mental well-being of their students to ensure they are as successful as possible. Tune in to this week's episode to find out how to incorporate social-emotional learning into your child's everyday life.


About our guest: Jess Guidroz is a middle school teacher who specializes in social-emotional learning and teen leadership. He has been an educator for more than 6 years and is currently teaching at William S. Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita, CA. He has been awarded the Santa Clarita 40 Under 40 Award previously. Jess is also the founder of Santa Clarita Valley VEG FEST, an annual vegan-themed festival that aims to educate on the benefits of plant-based living.


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Florence Ann Romano
Host & Childcare Advocate

My Nana and Papa (AKA my grandparents) lived with my family for years, and they helped me understand what it means to care for a child. Seeing them look after my siblings and parents taught me one very important lesson: it really does take a village. Letting other people into our hearts isn’t a sign of weakness. If anything, it only makes us stronger!

I am a former nanny of 15 years and an active childcare advocate.

Today, I’m a proud member of the Board of Directors at the Children’s Research Fund, an incredible organization that supports the pediatric research at Lurie Children’s Hospital here in Chicago. I’m also a founding member of Sesame Street’s Leadership Council, and I look after the honorary kids in my life on the daily. They call me “Auntie Lo”––stinkin’ cute, I know!

I’m always inspired by my family and friends and I try to live by the motto, “Have courage and be kind.” Life is all about being positive; pushing boundaries; opening your heart; and letting in the love. I truly believe parents will experience beautiful breakthroughs in their homes if they simply ask for help––and that’s what I am here to do… to encourage and empower you to be the best you can be by letting love in.

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Joe Fatheree
Host & Award-Winning Educator

Joe Fatheree is an award winning author, educator, and filmmaker. He has received numerous educational awards, including the 2007 Illinois Teacher of the Year, 2009 NEA Member Benefits Award, and he was a Top 10 Finalist for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize.

He was recently named one of the Top 10 Teachers in the World by the Varkey Foundation. He served as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. and is the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois. He currently serves on an advisory board for the Institute for Ethical AI in Education in the United Kingdom.

Fatheree’s television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the MLB Network. He is the recipient of 3 Mid America Emmy Awards and a Telly.