audio producer & educator
Hi there, I’m Abra. I spent the beginning stage of my professional life as an educator, first as a teacher and then as a school principal. In 2017 I left my job to create a podcast called The Sounding Line about my teenage students’ career ambitions and my career change. Learn more about that project here and listen to teasers here before we launch.
I also work with independent producers to record their podcasts and audio projects in LA at our fully-equipped hillside recording studio. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our space and offerings here.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles by a teacher and an architect so it feels like I’ve been hanging out in the space between activism and art since birth. I received my undergraduate degree in Media Studies from Vassar College and returned home to be a founding 5th grade teacher at a school in East Los Angeles.
As a teacher I was recognized with a Gold Standard in Teaching award by Building Excellent Schools and was selected for an education policy fellowship with Teach Plus. My writing on teacher-student relationships has been published in The Huffington Post. The school I helped to found went on to receive a ranking in the top 1% of all California charter schools.
It was during my time as a graduate student in Loyola Marymount University’s Urban Education program that I recorded audio interviews to try to better understand my students. These conversations, recorded into my laptop in the hallway outside our classroom, made me impatient to hear more from young people and to share what I was hearing.
So that’s what I’m up to now.