Episode 1: The Labor of Love

The Labor of Love Episode 1 of ICTE’s Yo Teach Podcast

Recorded and produced by Austin Hall

Welcome to Episode 1 of the Yo Teach Podcast, brought to you by the Iowa Council of Teachers of English. Thank you for having the courage to teach and for joining us on this exciting journey.

Episode 1 Show Notes

ICTE’s mission is to facilitate deep connections and professional learning face-to-face and online for ELA teachers of all stages. To learn more about our organization, or simply to reach out to your ELA colleagues from across the state, visit us at our online homes:

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Registration for the IWP-Inspired Writing Retreat hosted by ICTE is now closed. As Haley mentioned during the conversation in this month’s podcast, we hope to offer additional events in the future, so be sure to keep an eye out for future invitations.


Haley Moehlis is the Outreach Coordinator for ICTE. She has been an English teacher for twelve years and teaches at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. She teaches Advanced Placement Literature and English 2 (sophomores).

A special thanks to Missy Springsteen-Haupt, Jessica Cakrasenjaya, JoAnn Gage, Ginny Seibert, Jennifer Paulsen, Allison Berryhill, and Brenna Griffin for their contributions to the Why I Love Being an English Teacher segment. It’s evident their students are lucky to share a classroom with them.


Here are the books mentioned in this episode. Do yourself a favor, and add them to your TBR list.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

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