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Last week, I had the honor of interviewing Dwayne Reed (aka Mr. Reed) about the importance of STEM education. In this interview, he shared big ideas about the purpose of STEM – including 3M Science at Home – but also specific practical strategies and first steps for educators. Check out the interview below. Also, he’s written a children’s book called Simon B. Rhymin’  and it’s awesome. You should check it out.

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About Dwayne Reed

Mr. Reed is the teacher you always wished you had. He is America’s Favorite Rapping Teacher and the Chief Enthusiasm Officer (CEO) of TeachMrReed, the global education company inspiring the world to make learning fun again. The passionate educator, prolific author, and engaging speaker was catapulted into notoriety by his blockbuster music video, “Welcome to the Fourth Grade,” and has since been featured on Good Morning AmericaWorld News TonightBBC NewsThe Jimmy Kimmel Live Show, and in The Washington Post and Time Magazine. 

As a viral phenom, Mr. Reed spreads his message of love, inspiration, and empowerment that reaches a weekly audience of more than 100,000 followers, subscribers, readers, listeners, and fans. Each month, hundreds of new and aspiring teachers attend his engaging live and virtual seminars and rousing, interactive workshops, to experience the thrill of teaching via Mr. Reed’s riveting accounts of and cautionary tales of teaching in inner-city Chicago. 

As an avid philanthropist, Mr. Reed has partnered with iconic brands that include 3M, Old Navy, Arby’s and Abbott Laboratories to celebrate educators and raise awareness of youth issues. Mr. Reed also supports countless youth charities, after-school programs, and educational nonprofits dedicated to student-centered learning and academic achievement. 

He enjoys spending time with his wife, Simoné, and their newborn, Chaseton. 

John Spencer

My goal is simple. I want to make something each day. Sometimes I make things. Sometimes I make a difference. On a good day, I get to do both.More about me


  • Awesome, interesting and inspiring podcast. Thank you John Spencer and Dwaine Reed 🙂
    Rodica B. from Roumania

  • Maria says:

    As always – a really inspiring conversation that reminds me that our teaching and learning contribution doesn’t need to be flashy or big; just be real, authentic, connected, grow and provide opportunities to empathize and be relational…our students deserve that at a minimum xo

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