Ask a Teacher podcast: The moment I wanted to quit.

The Moment That Three Teachers Really Wanted to Quit

The Moment That Three Teachers Really Wanted to Quit

With Columbia Journalism School’s Teacher Project.
May 13 2015 12:53 PM

Ask a Teacher: When Did You Want to Quit?

Welcome to the latest installment of Ask a Teacher, Slate’s education podcast with the Theater Project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In this episode, host Matt Collette asks three working teachers to answer questions submitted by listeners, including a big one: “Name a moment that made you want to quit teaching—then explain why you didn’t.”


Today’s teachers:

  • Ruth Jetton, a sixth-grade math and science teacher at the Academy of Global Citizenship, a public charter school located on the southwest side of Chicago.  
  • Valerie Lake, an eighth-grade English teacher and literacy coach at Lower Manhattan Community Middle School in New York.
  • José Vilson, an eighth-grade math teacher in New York’s Inwood/Washington Heights neighborhood. He's also the author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and the Future of Education. He blogs at

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