Pod Save the Teachers” is a dynamic new radio show and podcast from the College of Education and Human Services and 107.7 The Bronc at Rider University.

Hosted by Dr. Mark Pearcy, “PSTT” is a monthly look at educational issues, faculty and student spotlights, and a focus on our partner districts in New Jersey and around the country.

Pod Save the Teachers will feature the best practices, the most important topics in and out of the classroom, and questions which drive the debate around education in the U.S.

You can listen to a new episode of Pod Save The Teachers on the last Saturday of every month at 8 a.m. exclusively on 107.7 The Bronc and on your favorite podcasting platform. Click the links to the right to listen on-demand.

Meet The Host and Producers

(Host) Dr. Mark Pearcy

Mark Pearcy is a professor of teacher education in the College of Education and Human Services. He’s been at Rider for 10 years, and prior to that, he was a high school social studies teacher in Florida public schools for 19 years. Over his career he’s taught pretty much everything you can teach in social studies and now he’s bringing that perspective to the new podcast, Pod Save the Teachers. In his free time, Mark spends time with his wife Michelle, their two kids, and their two dogs, and he spends his time suffering through college football seasons as a proud Florida Gators alum/fan.


(Producer) Vanessa Rivera ’24

Vanessa Rivera is a Secondary Education and Spanish with a minor in Special Education and Certifications in ESL/Bilingual Studies. She is the Public Relations Chair of Rider Latinas Unidas and a teaching partner for the Bronc STEM Teaching Partner Program. After graduating Rider, Vanessa hopes to become a middle school teacher in a middle school in any of the subjects I am studying. When I’m not at Rider I enjoy spending time with loved ones and going on mini adventures.


(Producer) Leah Jimenez-Vega ’23
Leah is a Secondary Education and Business major at Rider University. Leah identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. Leah is a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and was previously a Team Lead/Certified Recruiter at Saxbys located in Sweigart Hall. In their free time, Leah likes to play video games, read books, and spend time with friends. After graduation, they hope to teach high school business classes, and eventually pursue a master’s to teach education and business classes at the collegiate level.
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