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Tao of Pizza Podcast

May 6, 2024

Judy Hanna is a mother, grandmother, and educator of over 50 years. She has used music as a tool for innovative teaching in grade school and special education classes. Beyond music, Judy is passionate about history and language.

In this episode…

Everyone has unique learning methods, and the teachers who can unlock each student’s pathway to equal education are exceptional and valued. Today’s guest has left an incredible legacy by cultivating groundbreaking teaching strategies far ahead of her time. What’s her secret?

Retired teacher Judy Hanna has spent a lifetime identifying ways to simplify and elevate children’s learning processes. She has discovered that poetry helps children retain historical facts, and creating reenactments, dance routines, and drawings allows kids with learning disabilities to express themselves and excel alongside their peers. Judy is also bilingual, noting the role of the five senses in learning various languages. When teaching English as a second language, she ensured her lessons were entertaining and created an interactive environment to stimulate language development. Judy’s creative approaches have established a legacy that impacts her granddaughter, who has become inspired to pursue teaching in Judy’s footsteps. 

In today’s exclusive episode of The Tao of Pizza Podcast, Mark Hiddleson welcomes his mother, Judy Hanna, to the show. They discuss her influence on their family and community. Judy also shares her greatest rewards as a teacher, her experience raising Mark while attending college, and her advice for the next generation of educators.