Regardless of personalities or professions, there is a common thread that connects one guest to another: They are all people Lyke and Truxal learned from, people they admire. And, as Truxal said, these are people who “are trying to help humanity.”
The podcast is a part of the website founded by Lyke and Truxal called Third Eye Education. It is a reference to three “i” words: inspire, influence and innovate. It’s basically a project to help people think in new and different ways … A project to extend their own learning and meet people who are insightful in the process.
Really, it’s all about growing and learning, whatever form it may take.
“Education is much larger than a school,” Truxal said.
Until recently, Lyke and Truxal worked for Dover-Eyota Public Schools. According to Lyke, the project started as a way to foster a multi-directional conversation between themselves and other people who were thinking in new or different ways.
“Dover-Eyota is a very small community, and as a small community it’s very easy for us to get caught up in an echo chamber,” Lyke said. “We really just wanted to do two things. One was we wanted to expand what we heard and thought, and the different lenses from which we saw our own situations. And simultaneously, we thought some of our ideas were good. ”
From this desire to learn and share with others, Third Eye Education was born.
In addition to the podcast, the website also serves as a forum for articles. Lyke and Truxal have recruited a handful of writers who contribute to the website’s first-person article store, covering topics like helping students build community or even seemingly simple things like getting the right name for a student.
They publish articles every Sunday and a podcast every other Tuesday.
Their project has grown since they started it. They have a group of what they call “grassroots collaborators,” which includes education officials and teachers from across Southeast Minnesota – people like Tammy Champa, Superintendent of Pine Island Public Schools. ; Norm Clark, executive director of university programs at the University of Minnesota Rochester; and Bruce Ramsdahl, assistant professor at Winona State University.
Lyke called Mike Carolan, the superintendent of Dover-Eyota, the third podcast host, and the group as a whole “think tank.”
“Here are people rooted in education in one way or another that are thinking outside the box. Let’s throw it all in a think tank, and that’s where it really comes from,” she said. declared.
They did not hesitate to approach big names that they would like to have as guests. One was Lin-Manuel Miranda, the famous author of the hit musical “Hamilton”. Rather than decline the invitation, he encouraged them to come back with their request during a less busy time. Another guest they’ve been looking for is First Lady Jill Biden.
Overall, Third Eye Education doesn’t look all that different from what Dessa said when she was introduced: “Take your curiosity seriously. “
It seems to be exactly what Lyke and Truxal did.