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“Teenagers are looking for someone to love and love them back” – Matt Jones

Matt Jones, author of the newly released book, Trajectory: The 10 Challenges of High School That Shape a Teenager’s Future joins SchoolRubric to discuss the inspiration for both his book and his podcast, Teacher Saves World!, which he co-hosts with his wife of 20 years, Laurie. As a high school teacher, author, podcast co-host, and father of teenagers, Matt shares some sage advice for parents, teachers, and teenagers alike through their high school years. For more information on both the podcast and the book, please visit

  • 0:00 Matt Jones introduction
  • 0:37 Teachers versus mentors
  • 2:13 Finding inspiration and time for new projects
  • 4:00 Mastering the system
  • 6:07 Trajectory book chapter structure
  • 7:55 Teenagers across generations
  • 9:46 Working and collaborating with Laurie
  • 11:09
Teacher Saves World
We started Teacher Saves World! to unite teachers and parents in saving the world, one teenager at a time. We're high school teachers and parents of two teens ourselves, so while we love the little ones, that turbulent time between childhood and adulthood is our wheelhouse. We also think high school is four of the most important years in a person's life, and each teen needs an army of caring adults that are dedicated to making sure they're ready to thrive in adulthood. We're taking an Avengers approach: We need everybody to pitch in! We're all superheroes when we care about helping teenagers grow up into confident and capable adults.