By Meril Mousoom & Jordan Gass-Poore’
This is a podcast segment discussing the reasons why there is a mental health crisis in schools.
Both Jordan and I have struggled with our mental health and identify as disabled, and this project emerged out of our common goal for disability justice. I act as the host for this segment, directing the conversation. Jordan, as a mentor, provides her life experiences as the basis for our points. Together, we make a compelling case for reform in teacher certifications. I find this project to be a wonderful intersection of our interests, as Jordan works in podcasting full time, and I am an educational activist.- Meril Mousoom
Meril Mousoom is a high school senior. Their interests include activism, journaling, and dancing. They have a love of op-eds and The New York Times. Outside of politics, Meril also loves to indulge in Korean pop music!
Jordan Gass-Pooré (she/her) is an award-winning podcast producer and investigative journalist with more than a decade of journalism experience. Presently, Jordan is the creator, producer, and host of “Hazard NJ,” a limited-series podcast about the impacts of climate change on hazardous Superfund sites in New Jersey. This podcast is in collaboration with the PBS affiliate NJ Spotlight News. Prior to this, Jordan was a producer of CNN’s podcasts, “Chasing Life” and “Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction,” both hosted by Dr. Sanjay. She is also a producer of the investigative podcast “Sounds Like Hate,” created by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Until 20 Productions. She has a master’s degree in investigative journalism from City, University of London and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas State University.