Dr. Tasha Ausman

By Nicholas Ng-A-Fook

In Episode 22 Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Tasha Ausman, a Part-Time Professor at the University of Ottawa, and a full-time science and mathematics teacher with Western Quebec School Board. During their conversation, Dr. Tasha Ausman draws on decolonizing, psychoanalytic, and post-colonial frameworks to share insights on her lived experiences as a classroom teacher during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We discussed some of the following issues and concepts: teacher safety and security, rethinking one’s pedagogy and relations with students, understanding and responding to mathematic anxieties, navigating psychic and emotional vulnerabilities, being in families’ homes virtually, toward decolonizing one’s school community, troubling spiritual and cultural appropriations of Yoga, musical life, and so much more.