Meet the Rock Stars of the Education World on Pivot This Fall

Tune in to watch three aspiring teachers meet the biggest names in the field during a cross-country journey.
Aug 6, 2014· 1 MIN READ
Kristina Bravo is Assistant Editor at TakePart.

Sure, we all know that teaching is one of the noblest professions. Every Aristotle, Helen Keller, or Bill Nye the Science Guy stands behind a teacher (Plato, Anne Sullivan, Carl Sagan), after all. But going into the field takes a lot of commitment. That’s why Roadtrip Nation has teamed up with Participant Media, as part of the TEACH campaign inspired by the Davis Guggenheim documentary, for TEACH Roadtrip. The new show will send three aspiring teachers on a monthlong cross-country trip to meet the rock stars of the education world.

We’ve chosen three individuals to take this journey: Rafael Silva, Nadia Bercovich, and Grace Worm.

University of California, Los Angeles, junior Rafael has been working to become a doctor just like his parents. Though he’s more interested in teaching than in medicine, he has been pressured not to pursue such a financially insecure profession.

“I care about education because I have received such a great one, and it has made me who I am today,” says Rafael. “I want to make sure other people have the opportunity to go through the same experience I did.” He hopes that this trip will affirm his desire to teach.

For the past year, Argentina-born Nadia has been backpacking across South America, teaching English, art therapy, and yoga. She wants to explore alternative methods of teaching—particularly the incorporation of art and play in the mix—and hopes to learn from other educators who think outside the box.

Grace graduated from the University of Texas at Austin this summer. She wants to make this journey her jumping-off point from student to teacher. "Every person has a responsibility to teach,” she says, “by being part of a world that kids can look to and learn from and, with our help, make it better."

Traveling aboard an RV, Rafael, Nadia, and Grace will speak to teachers, activists, and policy makers in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and points between. What’s better excuse to travel than meeting the brilliant minds that are shaping the future? As Roadtrip Nation cofounder Mike Marriner puts it, “Teaching is not just a job, but also a powerful tool that enhances social justice.”

TEACH Roadtrip will air on Pivot, TakePart’s sister network, this fall.

This article was created as part of the social action campaign for the documentary TEACH, produced by TakePart’s parent company, Participant Media, in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates.