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Talks With Tia

28 EpisodesProduced by Rachael McDonaldWebsite

🗣🚸Talks with me, Rachael McDonald, about children, 👶🏼👧🏽their development, issues affecting teachers and ways to support educators in and beyond the local educational landscape. 🇯🇲

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Finishing the school year with FUN

May 13th, 2022


Are you feeling overwhelmed? Take a listen for tips on being in an optimal state of mind and finishing the academic year strong 💪🏽

Out To ... Sea

May 2nd, 2022


A chat with Rayon Carruthers, founder and chairman of Oceans For Everyone Incorporated about his commitment to taking Jamaican children out to the sea and the vast opportunities that exist from this.

Pinterest Perfect Earth Day Activities

April 23rd, 2022


In this very short episode I rant (unapologetically) about the perfectly curated Pinterest perfect Earth Day Activities that were all over social …


April 18th, 2022


An acronym for What I Feel Like Expressing (a tool you can use too). Take a listen as I share what what I’ve been up to for the last few months and …

World Teachers’ Day (WTD)

October 5th, 2021


Happy World Teachers’ Day! You rock. Listen to my message that talks a little about the history of WTD and teacher advocacy. Email

Conversations with Principal, Suelyn Ward Brown

July 2nd, 2021


Suelyn is the Principal of the Jamaica China Goodwill Infant School located in Olympic Gardens, St. Andrew. In this episode she shares insight on …

Acknowledge A Teacher

June 19th, 2021


End the school year by supporting, cheering on, “bigging up,” honouring and thanking a teacher today.

STEAMing Conversations with Godiva Golding

April 9th, 2021


STEAM for Jamaica’s youth: insight into the work of Steam House. For more information check out and on social media platforms.

What Matters?

March 29th, 2021


Are we really preparing our children for the future? Or is it a return to the idea of business as usual? Now is the time to talk about what schools …

From Boardhouse to Own House

March 18th, 2021


The Renee Barrett story of conquering fear through her journey as a teacher in Jamaica, then onto Oman, and now in Kuwait.

PARTICIPATING with Kerensa Smith

January 26th, 2021


Jamaican educator, Kerensa Smith, shares her journey in education as she PARTICIPATES in FarmVille, Virginia

Embracing Our (Jamaican) Culture

January 20th, 2021


Talks with Jean Marie Hawthorn, educator, mummy & author. Jean shares the story behind her writing the books “Jamaica In My Tummy” & “My Toilet Is Bigger Than Yours” along with simple advice for teachers.

Access to Education

December 11th, 2020


In honour of Human Rights Day. How will we bridge the inequality gap that has widened since the pandemic?


November 6th, 2020


It’s the end of Halloween, the pumpkin spice latte, another lunar cycle & hopefully 4 years of terrible leadership in the US. It’s the perfect …

One. Thing. At. A. Time.

October 29th, 2020


Children sometimes get lost in the moment when they’re at play. Let’s learn from them and make mindfulness matter more.

A bit on PLAY

October 16th, 2020


A little insight into why children should be playing NOW.

My Re-introduction

September 2nd, 2020


My career so far & in a nutshell.

Back To School Safely?!

August 17th, 2020


A conversation with paediatrician, Lisa Franklin Banton on Back To School and what matters in these COVID-19 times.

International Podcast Day 2019

October 1st, 2019


Here’s a sneak peek into conversations with a few kids at our school in Kingston, Jamaica.

Autism Awareness

March 29th, 2019


What is it? What are some red flags & signs? What to expect?

Still "PEP" Talking with Chief Education Officer.

February 2nd, 2019


Still talking about the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) with Dr Grace McLean, Chief Education Officer, who shares last minute details and the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information's game plan and suggestions for …

Summer Slide with Rebecca Tortello

January 25th, 2019


Throwback to a podcast we did at the end of Summer 2018

Talking Play

January 25th, 2019


Talking play with Lisa Murphy aka The Ooey Gooey Lady. January 2019

Insight into Behaviour: Triggers & Needs

October 7th, 2018


Talks with Fundaciones’ Varied Needs Coordinator, Krystin Fullwood on “red flag” behaviour in children

Pep Talk 102 w/ Dr Grace McLean

August 8th, 2018


Talks with the Chief Education Officer, Dr Grace McLean, about PEP.

Pep Talk 101

July 9th, 2018


Talks with Brittany Singh Williams about the Primary Exit Profile

Talks With Tia Teaser

July 1st, 2018


Teaser. Coming Soon. Stay Tuned.

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