Impacting a Child's Life

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This week on WCTE's Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cindy Putman was joined by special co-hosts Hannah Ellis and Logan Hartman. Both are former students of Putman's and former interns of WCTE.

They discussed the importance of helping children follow their dreams. As children are growing up and becoming young adults, they often struggle with deciding a career path. Ellis and Hartman both say that everything you do and every opportunity you are exposed to shapes the direction of your future career. 

They've both credit coaches, teachers, theatre directors, parents, and other supportive adults impacting their lives. Both bring the gifts and talents that these caring adults helped foster to their career choices of today. 

Ellis is pursuing a master's degree in school administration and would like to work with first generation college students. Her undergraduate degree in child development and her research into the effects of poverty on children's development led her to deciding to pursue a career working with college students. 

Logan's degree in exercise science and understanding how the human body works has helped him become a producer at WCTE. Logan is a natural story-teller and loves to produce content that impacts audiences in new ways.  

This week, the three of them pooled their talent and skills and took a virtual field trip to the Governor's Residence in Nashville, Tennessee, escorting four LEAPs students as they toured and learned about Tennessee's Home for the Holidays 2016. 

The trees in the Governor's Residence represent various Pick TN Products and all the things that make our state great. While there, they got some great footage of the event, which will be used for a segment on Live Green Tennessee and also live on WCTE's YouTube channel at a later date so it can be accessed by classroom teachers all across the state of Tennessee. 

You have the power during this Christmas season to impact the life of a child. Ask them questions about their world and really listen to their answers. This has a strong bearing on helping a child realize the importance of their own voice. 

For more tips, check out PBS Parents for articles about ways to engage with your child during Christmas break and remember the little ones today are the leaders of tomorrow. 


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 

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WCTE’s Educational Team can customize workshops or professional development trainings for your group or organization. For workshop information, or to inquire about scheduling a workshop, call 921-528-2222 x. 227 or email us.

Topics are listed below:

  • Using Media as a learning tool
  • Using PBS kids apps to extend learning
  • How to be your child’s first teacher
  • Sesame Street Workshops
  • How does poverty effect a child’s brain
  • Literacy and Math
  • Brain Development

Workshops can be conducted in English and Spanish.