MCS Launches "Your Story Matters" Podcast

MCS Launches "Your Story Matters" Podcast
Posted on 09/17/2019

Our stories weave our community together.


Sharing the real and vulnerable parts of our lives with each other is life-changing. We live in an “insta” world of perfect images and superficial relationships. When one person has the courage to say something authentic - it inspires us. It encourages empathy. It offers hope. That’s why this year, Mason City Schools launched a weekly podcast “Your Story Matters” that gives listeners the ability to connect with members of our school community in new ways. (Search for it on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify or Anchor.)


"Your Story Matters brings Mason's rich culture to life through story. You'll hear stories from staff, students, and community members designed to celebrate diversity, passion, and purpose," explains Tracey Carson, Public Information Officer. "We've been so moved by what happens when we go a little deeper and learn about the parts of ourselves that we don't always put on display." 


Check out the podcast!

 

MHS student Kaya Rossey - “I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and it’s so important for me to be [the help] for someone else because so many people have been there for me.”


MCS bus driver Bob Cross - “You guys are burying our Father who I never knew, and we’re talking for the first time. And, [my brother] said it's a kind of cyclical - everything happens for a reason."


Deputy Superintendent Amy Brennan - "Having a mom who was a Chinese-American immigrant certainly gave me a level of empathy when you're asked as a kid many times - ‘What are you?"


Learning Experience Supervisor Krissy Hufnagel -  “I am a single parent and that has been incredibly challenging at times, and incredibly rewarding at times.”


- Learning Experience Supervisor Shanna Bumiller - "I had a younger brother who was very, very troubled. He didn't play school well."


MCS Bus Driver Rebecca Bate - "I was that child with ADD. I wasn't supposed to be able to sit still."


Former Mason City Councilman Jim Fox - "It's always been a great place to grow up and raise kids, but it's just become the best."


-MHS student Hannah Humes - "I don't need easy or optional - just opportunity!"


MHS student Mariah Norman - "I really learned the importance of losing that day. There are always going to be people smarter than you, taller, prettier. It taught me to run my own race."


MMS student Rishika Jeyaprakash - "It's OK to judge a book by it's cover. Just don't judge a human by their cover."


MI student Owen Smith - "Dads can help, too!"


MMS teacher Katie Lin - "Does he understand that mommy and daddy don't really look alike?"


-MI teacher Litty Mathai - "That's your name, that's important, that's your identity, and that matters."


-ME teacher Kristen Lazuta - "You know, none of this is meant to be perfect."


-MECC teacher Soroya Smith - "I made up in my mind having moments like that, I wanted my students (and really anybody that I encounter) to feel big, to feel seen, feel important."


-Superintendent Jonathan Cooper - "There are difficulties and crucibles along the way, but those are the moments that really shape you."


- MECC Principal Melissa Bly - "School was always a safe place for me."


ME Principal Javaris Powell - "Your kind won't do well in a 4-year university."


-MI Principal Eric Messer - "You can never be afraid to embarrass yourself!"


-MMS Principal Lauren Gentene - "Do I need to be HERE doing this?"


MHS Principal Bobby Dodd - "Let's not just talk about things, let's make it happen."

 

Which stories need told?

Email contactmason@masonohioschools.com and tell us whose story you’d love to hear. 

Our stories weave our community together.    Sharing the real and vulnerable parts of our lives with each other is life-changing. We live in an “insta” world of perfect images and superficial relationships. When one person has the courage to say something authentic - it inspires us. It encourages empathy. It offers hope. That’s why this year, Mason City Schools launched a weekly podcast “Your Story Matters” that gives listeners the ability to connect with members of our school community in new ways. (Search for it on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify or Anchor.)     "Your Story Matters brings Mason's rich culture to life through story. You'll hear stories from staff, students, and community members designed to celebrate diversity, passion, and purpose," explains Tracey Carson, Public Information Officer. "We've been so moved by what happens when we go a little deeper and learn about the parts of ourselves that we don't always put on display."     Check out the podcast!    - MHS student Kaya Rossey - “I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and it’s so important for me to be [the help] for someone else because so many people have been there for me.”    - MCS bus driver Bob Cross - “You guys are burying our Father who I never knew, and we’re talking for the first time. And, [my brother] said it's a kind of cyclical - everything happens for a reason."    - Deputy Superintendent Amy Brennan - "Having a mom who was a Chinese-American immigrant certainly gave me a level of empathy when you're asked as a kid many times - ‘What are you?"    - Learning Experience Supervisor Krissy Hufnagel -  “I am a single parent and that has been incredibly challenging at times, and incredibly rewarding at times.”    - Learning Experience Supervisor Shanna Bumiller - "I had a younger brother who was very, very troubled. He didn't play school well."    - MCS Bus Driver Rebecca Bate - "I was that child with ADD. I wasn't supposed to be able to sit still."    - Former Mason City Councilman Jim Fox - "It's always been a great place to grow up and raise kids, but it's just become the best."    -MHS student Hannah Humes - "I don't need easy or optional - just opportunity!"    - MHS student Mariah Norman - "I really learned the importance of losing that day. There are always going to be people smarter than you, taller, prettier. It taught me to run my own race."    - MMS student Rishika Jeyaprakash - "It's OK to judge a book by it's cover. Just don't judge a human by their cover."    - MI student Owen Smith - "Dads can help, too!"    - MMS teacher Katie Lin - "Does he understand that mommy and daddy don't really look alike?"    -MI teacher Litty Mathai - "That's your name, that's important, that's your identity, and that matters."    -ME teacher Kristen Lazuta - "You know, none of this is meant to be perfect."    -MECC teacher Soroya Smith - "I made up in my mind having moments like that, I wanted my students (and really anybody that I encounter) to feel big, to feel seen, feel important."    -Superintendent Jonathan Cooper - "There are difficulties and crucibles along the way, but those are the moments that really shape you."    - MECC Principal Melissa Bly - "School was always a safe place for me."    - ME Principal Javaris Powell - "Your kind won't do well in a 4-year university."    -MI Principal Eric Messer - "You can never be afraid to embarrass yourself!"    -MMS Principal Lauren Gentene - "Do I need to be HERE doing this?"    - MHS Principal Bobby Dodd - "Let's not just talk about things, let's make it happen."    Which stories need told?   Email contactmason@masonohioschools.com and tell us whose story you’d love to hear.
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