Episode 004: Theresa Lang Puckett

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Theresa Lang Puckett:

Our guest in this episode is Theresa Lang Puckett. Theresa didn’t intend to follow a path into teaching but describes how she was inspired by the story of an emotionally damaged child and the teacher who tried to reach her. As a result she changed direct and entered college to pursue a teaching career.

Theresa has served special needs children and in this segment she talks about the importance of building relationships with parents and peers. She also talks about the need to teach children to be independent of adults and to solve their own problems.

Theresa was inspired by a book ( One Child) written by Torey L. Hayden, a child psychologist, special education teacher, university lecturer and writer of non-fiction books based on her real-life experiences with teaching and counseling. Her web site is http://www.torey-hayden.com/index.html

Recommended Resouce: HighScope Educational Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public outreach organization and can be found at http://highscope.org/

Recommended Books: Betsy Evans author of “You Can’t come to my Birthday Party” a book about conflict resolution for children. You can find her book at the Amazon link below:


Theresa can be be reached at: TheresaPuckett76@gmail.com

Episode 003: Debbie Holman

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Debbie Holman:

In this episode we interview Debbie Holman, a Teacher of the Year with experience in both public and private elementary education. Debbie talks about her Classroom Management training after college and the importance of getting hands on experience in managing your classroom and student discipline. She also talks about the importance of relationships with parents.

Recommended resources:

“Teaching with Love and Logic” by Jim Fay and Davis Funk.



Episode 002: Nancy Perkins

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Nancy Perkins:

In this episode we welcome Nancy Perkins. Nancy came to teaching after earning degrees in Occupational Therapy and Psychology. She now works in special education. She talks about the evolution that has taken place in how special needs children are treated in schools today. She also talks about dealing with the expectations of parents.

She advises people thinking about a career in teaching to get experience working with children first before they make that commitment.

Recommended Resources:

Michelle Garcia Winner    https://www.socialthinking.com

News-to-you and Unique Learning systems at:  https://www.n2y.com/default.aspx

Nancy can be contacted at: Nancy.Perkins@leanderISD.org

LinkIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/nancy-perkins/85/60/666