The Cal Poly Can podcast is produced by the College of Science and Mathematics at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. Assistant Dean of Advancement and External Relations, Kathryn Dilworth, interviews faculty, students, alumni, and friends whose stories and work inspire and uplift. Collaboration and sharing are the themes of this podcast as we examine the power of mutual service and support for solving problems and answering important questions.
This quarter, our podcast is focused on the theme of EDUCATION. Education is the core of the Cal Poly mission, and our faculty, students and alumni are engaged in various roles supporting teaching and learning. Each show this quarter will take a different look at the issues facing education on our campus and across the country.
This episode features Emily Stock, president of the Liberal Studies Student Council, in her fourth and final year at Cal Poly.
If you have any ideas for upcoming guests or want more information on how to support the programs and projects featured in any of the podcasts in this series, please get in touch with us on our website or by email.
Hello out there, we are so happy to welcome our Cal Poly community to the Cal Poly can podcast. This podcast features you, our community members on and off campus. We are celebrating the remarkable work you're doing, and giving you the opportunity to give a shout out to those whose help and support is crucial to your success. I'm your host, Katherine Dilworth, your assistant dean of Advancement and External Relations in the College of Science and Mathematics. Welcome, and enjoy the conversation. This quarter, our podcast is focused on the theme of education and education is the core of the Cal Poly mission. And our faculty, students and alumni are engaged in various roles supporting teaching and learning. And each show this quarter will take a different look at the issues facing education on our campus and across the country. Now, let's get straight to the conversation. Welcome, everyone to our second episode of the Cal Poly Cannes podcast. We're really excited about our series that's focused on education. And today, our guest is Emily Stock. And she is the president of the Liberal Studies Student Council, and in her fourth and final year at Cal Poly. So hey, Emily, how are you doing? Hi, Catherine, thank you so much for having me. I'm doing pretty good. So how's it going? being at home and away from campus, I know you must miss your friends and, and all all the great faculty in liberal studies too. Yeah, it's definitely an adjustment. And it is difficult not being in person. But thankfully, my teachers have been really great about connecting and being understanding and I'm still able to see some friends through like zoom and social distance. Well, that's awesome. And what you are preparing for is so important and really critical. You know, you and I've talked before about how there are so few new teachers coming out into the profession. And there's a really great need, particularly in the state of California. And also that it's really tough for teachers to make it to the five year mark. So you have a history, a family history of teaching. And that's that's why you really have a passion for it and understand it. But talk to us a little bit about, you know, where why you decided to go into this field and what your passion is around teaching young children. Yeah, so as you said, I do have a lot of family members who are teachers are in education. So that definitely had an influence on me. But in terms of when I decided I wanted to be a teacher, I never really had a moment of this is what I want to do, I just kind of I guess instinctively always was drawn to it. And I never saw myself doing anything else. And then as I actually started to come to Cal Poly and take these classes and really consider my career, I realized that being in the room with those kids, and having those moments where they finally understand something, that's the moment or those are the moments that I'm really want to have in my career. And that's kind of why I'm so passionate about it is having those little moments that are small now, but are going to contribute to a greater impact in the future. And you know, really what you're talking about is his influence. And the we all have stories about a teacher that changed us or that that had just a really incredible impact on our life. And I'm curious about, you know, how you've been on the receiving end of that at Cal Poly who, you know, as the student in your position now, you know, how do you have any stories about whether it's faculty or peers, you know, friends in the program, like who's really helped you to be successful as a student. That's a hard one because I feel that I've been so fortunate to work with so many wonderful professors. Um, definitely Dr. Barber, the head of the Liberal Studies Department I've been lucky to through the student council worked closely with her. And so I've really got into work on my leadership skills that I know I can use in the classroom. Um, but I have to say one professor that really comes to mind is Dr. Ann Marie Bergen who unfortunately he retired last year, but it was in her bio to 11 class but I really got to see the stuff that we were doing. And in that class, I instantly thought how I can translate that and take it to fourth graders or fifth graders, and how I can take what I'm learning now, and really apply it in the future to my classroom to my future students. And it was those moments like that, that really made me happy that one, I'm at Cal Poly in this program. But the fact that I'm already starting to think about lessons and ideas that I want to bring is something that really excites me and really keeps motivating me to continue forward. You know, one thing that's really fun about getting to know you, we've been working together on a project, and you also are very, very passionate about supporting teaching and teachers and your peers. And one thing that we've been working on together is a fund to help support new teachers, because a lot of folks probably out there don't know unless they have a teacher in the family, how much it costs teachers as individuals to get started, particularly setting up their classroom. And you had already started working on a neat program and had some success for getting funding about setting up school classroom libraries. And we've really expanded that to look at the classroom altogether. So talk a little bit more about how critical that space is for for being successful in getting these learning outcomes with with your students. Right, it is definitely a very important issue. When you first walk into an elementary classroom, you are going to open the door and just see things all over the walls and this warm environment. And the teacher is going to have all these supplies for the kids and you know, wonderful little classroom library. And that's all great. But what people don't realize is, that teacher had to provide all those materials for her classroom. There's this idea that they that teachers kind of inherit classrooms or inherit supplies. And you some teachers are fortunate to maybe get some things passed down. But in most cases, they have to provide all those extra materials and resources and books that they want for their students. And that's a huge factor in why so many teachers eventually dropped out of the profession, before they're five years, first five years are up. It's because they don't realize how much extra money out of their pocket that they use on their classroom. And so one of the biggest things that I think is really important is for communities to support their teachers. If you want a community to support youth education, then you need to start with supporting the teachers. And its teachers who will provide those materials have a classroom library, because maybe some kids don't have access to those books or materials at home. And so when you can help a teacher have that set up in the classroom, it provides a foundation of equitability for all students, so all students can then learn and succeed. And so it really just comes back down to supporting those teachers, because ultimately, they want their students to succeed. And to succeed, you need the right materials, you need the right resources. And it might seem that Oh, like buying, you know, some Crayola markers isn't a big deal. Well, it's all those little things for a set of 24 to 30 students, that's going to add up. And what we're seeing is I think the nationwide average is teachers spending around $400 out of pocket a year for their classroom. And in California, it's even higher, where you have teachers spending closer to 600 to $800. And in most cases, these are the new teachers because they come out of school, and they don't have any materials, they have to buy it all. And a lot of times these student new teachers might also be acquiring student debt loans. Right? They haven't made any income yet. So you have all this kind of compiling, and it's adding that stress and pressure. And you see all these teachers eventually leaving the profession. So we it really just comes back down to how can we support teachers as if you support teachers, then we're supporting the students? I think so I think you're so right. And, you know, it's such a wonderful opportunity for, for students and for school systems to have this wonderful knowledge that you get at Cal Poly and take that into the classroom. You know, when other students are like, I'm going to do this really big career and make it big and which is also amazing. But you all are really looking at on the community level and how you can bring this knowledge to students to K 12. And we have a really neat program in liberal studies and I'm, I really appreciate you really making the case for, for how small giving can really add up and make and make an impact, especially in this case. So for anyone out there, you know, who's interested, we have a fund where we're, we want our all of our teachers to leave Cal Poly with, with some supplies to get started. And that's what we're raising money for right now. And so far, we're having a really nice response. I think so many of us whether we've done we've been a teacher, ourselves, we've had family members who are and we know, we know that they're so passionate and so critical to the success of our community and really know that there's, there are people out there who would love to help you with your project. So do you have anything else you want to say to everyone out there, Emily, as you take your last virtual, sadly, unfortunately, virtual year at Cal Poly and head out into the wild blue yonder, any thoughts that you want to leave us with, um, just thank you for listening. And I just want to say that when it comes to education and supporting education, kind of like what you were saying, you don't need to make a big financial support, but just through little steps, and little acts of kindness, and support can really go a long way. And you'll see out there so many different types of fundraisers to help support teachers. And so the one that we're doing is just one small way to help new teachers especially. And so again, it just kind of comes back to supporting the students because that's ultimately what we're all trying to do. And so it's we support the new teachers, that is a huge step in that direction. So thank you so much, again, for listening. Welcome. And it's been so nice talking to you again, Emily, and good luck, and we can't wait to see what you do out there. We know you're going to be fantastic. And all all the rest all the rest of your graduates this year. We're really excited for you and proud of you. So good luck. Thank you. Thanks for listening today. Join us every two weeks for more interviews featuring the remarkable work you do to make the world a better place. If you have any ideas for upcoming guests or want more information on how to support the programs and projects featured in any of the podcasts in this series. please get in touch. Use the link in the description below. Or email me at kdilwort@calpoly. du