Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, joins Joe on Behind the News to discuss the beginning of the 2021 school semesters and the on-going battle against COVID-19 in our schools.
Orange County (FL) Schools Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins joins Joe Kelley on Behind the News to discuss the challenges of wrapping up the school year with distance learning, the loss of traditional events for seniors like prom and graduation ceremonies and preparations for the fall. Dr. Jenkins and Joe also discuss the death of George Floyd and how that could have been handled in the schools as an opportunity to learn.
Orange County (FL) School Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins joins Behind the News host Joe Kelley to discuss whether our school kids are actually 'learning' during this distance learning episode and what it will take to have our kids back into school buildings in the Fall.
Barbara Jenkins is a bestselling co-author and traveler who received the attention of National Geographic Magazine with a cross country trek she took with her ex husband back in the 70's. Don't be fooled. This woman is as vibrant today as she was back then. Barbara is a natural born storyteller who is all about the power of saying "yes" and she joins us today with wisdom to spare. When adventure came knocking, Barbara Jenkins answered. And it wasn’t just any adventure--but one that would take her on a walk across America and change the trajectory of her life forever. Some of you may be familiar with the New York Times best-sellers Walk Across America and The Walk West, written by Barbara and her then-husband, Peter Jenkins. In today’s interview, we get a glimpse behind the curtain into the story behind the stories, and the wisdom that Barbara has gathered along the way. Barbara has faced numerous challenges throughout her life: being hit by a car, walking pregnant across a mountain range in a blizzard, and then eventually raising three children as a single parent while simultaneously navigating a writing career on her own. Barbara’s story of resilience, extraordinary adventure, empowerment, and perseverance is a reminder that struggle is essential to growth. That even after one door closes, another door will open in due time if you’re willing to keep your head up and keep doing the work.