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Johnson & Orders think ‘Outside the Box’ in new podcast

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Assistant principal Steve Orders and science teacher Matt Johnson in their recording studio

Assistant principal Steve Orders and science teacher Matt Johnson in their recording studio

Genesis Jimenez Vargas

Genesis Jimenez Vargas

Assistant principal Steve Orders and science teacher Matt Johnson in their recording studio

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You hear them in the hallways, you hear them on the morning announcements, now get ready to hear them on your phones.

Science teacher Matt Johnson and assistant principal Steve Orders have created a podcast called “Johnson & Orders: Outside the Box.”

“’Outside the Box’ is a play on words. Outside the PA box, like we talk through the PA box to everyone and we’re outside the box with our thoughts,” Johnson said.

Orders’ and Johnson’s roots together started on the morning announcements where they worked as a dynamic duo. “The initial idea started because we really enjoyed doing the morning announcements together,” Johnson added. “We kind of like to riff off each other and joke around.”

However, the podcast is not an extension of the morning announcements. It was actually inspired by Orders’s high school experience, as he was always curious about the lives of the teachers in his school. “You don’t get to know their personal lives,” Orders said. One of the podcast’s main goals is to give students a look into the lives of the teachers they see every day.

Principal Carol Goddard has been very supportive throughout the process. “This is definitely a school where if you have an idea, this [administration] is definitely behind you,” Orders added.

Johnson believes that everyone benefits from tuning in to the podcast. “If you’re going to listen to three-to-five songs that are three minutes a piece…10-15 minutes of music that’s just the same old stuff over and over, give it a try…you might get something out of it,” said Johnson. “Even if there’s a few minds out there that hear what we say and enjoy it, I’m cool with that.”

Johnson and Orders always have something to talk about and always are looking to learn new things. “We’re lifelong learners,” Orders said. “[And] we’re experts at being ourselves.”

Currently episodes one through three have aired. Episodes are usually recorded on Thursdays and published on SoundCloud the following weekend. Check for a new episode of “Johnson & Orders: Outside the Box,” at the beginning of every week.

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