In this episode, we meet Garcie Champagne, she’s a teacher at BATA Boston Adult Technical Academy in the bay village neighborhood. BATA is an alternative high school. It serves older students who are motivated to acquire knowledge and skills that they need to complete their high school degrees and achieve their goals after graduation, whether that’s college, employment, or community service. The school’s mission says that their work “is deeply rooted in social, racial and economic justice.”
Garcie talks about the power of theater to teach essential language skills and about letting her students take ownership of their own theater productions; she tells about her advocacy work on behalf of her students and describes her teaching as part of a personal activism.