HMH Learning Moments

HMH Learning Moments


A podcast for K-12 educators covering the ever-changing learning landscape. From educators in the classroom to leaders outside of the field of education, every moment is a chance to create connections, share stories, and explore the ideas and innovations that will influence the future. HMH Learning Moments is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, The Learning Company™, inspiring the thinkers and doers of tomorrow.

Meet Margarita Lezama, a middle school ESL and ESOL teacher at Brownsville Middle School, part of Miami-Dade Public Schools in Miami, Florida. When she was a child, Margarita and her family fled the political situation in Nicaragua and immigrated to Mexico before seeking asylum in the United states in 1983. She now teaches a large immigrant population and relates with her students on topics like coping with culture shock, learning English, and facing discrimination. Margarita encourages her students to strive for higher education and set goals for themselves to pursue their passions.

Learning Moments: Teachers in America profiles K–12 teachers across the country. Hear firsthand from the people who are shaping young lives in the classroom every day. If you or someone you know would be a good candidate for Teachers in America, please email us at During this time, HMH is supporting educators and parents with free learning resources for students. You can visit for more information.

Recent Episodes

  • Finding Acceptance as an Immigrant Student Feat. Margarita Lezama

    6 days ago
  • Virtual Learning During COVID-19 Feat. Sharon Biava

    3 weeks ago
  • Embrace Being Wrong, Applaud Being Right Feat. Sharon Biava

    4 weeks ago
  • On Being a POC in Academic Spaces Feat. Dr. Chris Emdin

    1 month ago
  • Teaching During COVID-19 Feat. Priyank Bhatt

    2 months ago
  • From ELL Student to HS Math Teacher Feat. Priyank Bhatt

    2 months ago
  • Amplifying Student Voices Feat. Kelly Harper

    3 months ago
  • Overcoming Trauma in Parkland, FL Feat. Sarah Lerner

    4 months ago
  • Minisode: On Virtual Learning & BLM Protests Feat. Bianca Cole

    4 months ago
  • Minisode: Homeschooling During COVID-19 Feat. Debra Liese

    5 months ago