In Loving Memory of Leanne Hanson

I was informed of the passing of Leanne Hanson, dedicated educator, poet, and #VoicEdFamily member. I am at a loss for words right now, but felt it was appropriate to remember her as I knew her best, a silly and deep-thinking podcast personality.
For more of her work, please check out her poetry on her website,
Also, this AMAZING poem by Chris Cluff in her honor is perfection.
Hello, and welcome to Episode 63 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler.
This week on the show I am joined by Leanne Hanson, an educator out of Australia, or as she describes herself, a thinker who occasionally teaches. She has taught English, film and media, and now teaches career skills to primary students. She is also the co-host of the Edunauts podcast, a member of the VoicEd Radio network, which focuses on the Future We standards.
Leanne and I talk about her unique position, the need for more future-forward thinking, the lack of critical thinking among people in general, healthy skepticism and recognizing biases, the importance of communicating with other educators outside your school and geographical space, and how great teachers are sometimes bad teachers.
We have some technical issues during this episode, mostly as a result of Leanne’s Australian internet, but I think it is still worth the listen.
So, sit back and enjoy Episode 63 of the Planning Period Podcast, my interview with Leanne Hanson.
Leanne, thank you so much for chatting with me. I appreciate you making me wake up early so I could keep you up past your bedtime.
To connect with Leanne, check out her twitter @LeanneHannson. You can also look at her website and read some of her poetry at
If you have comments or questions about the show, you can always connect with me on twitter, @BradShreffler, and now on Instagram @BradShreffler as well. I love to hear from you there. That’s also a great place to connect if you’d like to be a guest on the show. Or, the Feedback Page on my website gives you options for feedback as well, which you can find at
Until next week, be skeptical of all kinds of text.
Music provided by:
Vicious by Kevin MacLeod (
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