91 – Latezeon Balentine: Empathy, Literacy, and Empowerment

By Tim Cavey

LATEZEON BALENTINE is a mom of three boys, teacher, and founder of September Chances, Inc. – a nonprofit organization created to show the joy in reading and increase reading fluency and literacy. Latezeon is also a Donors Choose Teacher Ambassador, dog lover, an advocate for mental health awareness, and blogger. And she’s got a book on the way, stay tuned!
In our conversation, Latezeon discusses the adversity that she and other educators face in her state and district. She’s definitely “in it for the outcome – NOT the income,” she laughs. Thankfully, things have improved from her first year, when she was hired and compensated as a substitute teacher – but expected to do the work of a full-time teacher. Latezeon shares her commitment to growing the joy of reading for learners, her passion for supporting other educators through Donors Choose, and her dedication to removing the stigmas around mental illness. 
Connect with Latezeon:
On Twitter @LHBLovesEdu
On Instagram @LHBlovesEDU
On her blog: https://lhblovesedu.home.blog/.
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Intro: Easy (by Mike Cosmo — license purchased at https://taketones.com/)
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