For this week’s art of community podcast, I’m doing something a little bit different. Second grade teacher Veronique Paquette from Kenroy Elementary joins me to interview Matt Brown of Manson School District, who is the north central regional teacher of the year for the 2018 and 2019 school year. This is the first of several collaborative interviews Paquette and I will be doing to highlight highly effective educators. Matt Brown has built an outstanding music program in Manson. His secrets to success in the classroom can help other teachers students parents and even those of us in the business and nonprofit world be more effective. Here are a few of the success factors he identified: He takes the time to connect with each kid and figure out how he can help them grow in their musical abilities. He cares deeply about their growth as human beings. He also creates a relentlessly positive experience in the classroom. I hope you enjoy our conversation.