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Teacher and Rapper Zach 'Zigzilla' Lehner Talks Reopening Schools, Teaching Over Zoom; Freestyles An Educational Rap
Local rapper and Pacific Union teacher Zach Lehner — aka “Zigzilla” —has spent many years sharing his passion for hip-hop both on the stage and in the classroom. You might know Zigzilla as one half of hip-hop duo Area Sound, who rapped about dad-life in the music video for “Glamorous Lifestyle,” Or perhaps you are familiar with the educational rap videos Lehner created during the pandemic. On this week’s episode of Humboldt Holding Up — the Outpost’s good enough podcast — Lehner talks more about those projects, Pacific Union’s plans for bringing kids back to in-person learning, how distance learning has impacted his six grade students and some of the ways he’s gotten creative with his teaching during the pandemic. Lehner also chats with LoCO about how he and his other half Liam “Steamer” Nelson formed Area Sound, recording their latest album Squeeze the Elephant, and how he’s balanced it all with the “glamorous lifestyle” of being a dad. Of course, Zigzilla also spits a freestyle educational rap. A Humboldt Holding Up first!
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