Episode 018: Jennifer Eckert

Jennifer Eckert

Jennifer Eckert:

Jennifer started her career in teaching as a third grade teacher after graduating from Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State). Soon after graduating she decided to pursue a master’s degree in Education while still teaching. After four years in the classroom she took a position as a Technology Facilitator where she spent her time planning and teaching integrated technology lessons with teachers at several schools in the district.

During this time Jennifer was also working on a second master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin. She subsequently moved to San Antonio and accepted a position as an elementary school librarian for the Northside Independent School District.

Jennifer has been teaching or supporting other teachers and their students for 15 years and was named the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for her campus. Jennifer says that being a librarian is by far the most rewarding and satisfying career she has ever held and believes it to be “the best job in the school!”


The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher ,   by Harry Wong

The Read-Aloud Handbook,   by Jim Trelease

Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It,   by Kelly Gallager





Episode 017: Debbie Aaron

Deb Aaron, M.Ed.:

Our guest is Debbie Aaron, a teacher with 22 years of experience in the classroom and a former Teacher of the Year. Now serving as a math specialist, Debbie is also a co-founder of Building Mathematicians, a training program for teachers and students to enhance their math skills.

Debbie talks about her journey from journalism major to teaching and how a self identified “terrible” math student became a math specialist and help found a company that supports math instruction at the 2nd through 8th grade level.

BS from UTSA; M Ed from Lamar University,
Instructor of elementary mathematics for 15 years,
Math Interventionist for 5 years.
Certified to teach mathematics in grades K-5.

Recommended Resources:

www.MathGPS.org   –  Math GPS is an educational company founded to produce products that will provide teachers and learners support as they travel the road to math success.

Contact Information:

Debbie Aaron can be reached at:  debbie.aaron@boerne-isd.net

Episode 016: Dr. Heberto Hinojosa

Dr. Heberto Hinojosa Jr.:

Our guest is a Texas Assistant Principal of the Year and a former teacher and coach. Dr. Hinojosa is a graduate of the Texas State University teaching program with a Masters from Texas State and Doctorate from Lamar University. He is currently the Principal of Fabra Elementary in Boerne, Texas and in addition to his duties as a Principal he also teaches School Law at Schreiner University in nearby Kerrville.

Dr. Hinojosa shares his journey into teaching and how and why he made the switch to a leadership role as a principal. In this interview he talks about some of the challenges facing 21st century educators and what he and his staff are doing to prepare their students for the future. Dr. Hinojosa also talks about community outreach and how a school can connect with parents and become a community resource.

He also discusses the use of Restorative Discipline and how this approach is being used across the county to  reach children with discipline issues.

Recommended Resources:

Edutopia  is recommended for articles on teaching and best practices.

Information on Restorative Discipline can be found at RD360 Education Consulting, LLC

Contact Information:

Dr. Hinojosa can be reached at:  DRhinojosa1@gmail.com


Episode 015: Tammy Jordan

Tammy Jordan:

Our guest is Tammy Jordan, an elementary school teacher with 22 years of experience in teaching. Tammy graduated from Texas State (aka Southwest Texas) in 1993 and started her career teaching 1st grade and kinder in the Judson ISD in San Antonio for 5 years. Tammy also worked at Sylvan Learning Center as an instructor (after school) and then as a Center Director for 3 years.

Tammy moved to Boerne, TX, in 2001 and taught 1st and 5th grade before getting a kindergarten position in 2005. She currently serve as Kindergarten Team Leader and a representative for ELA and Writing at the campus and district level.

Tammy has been married almost 20 years and has a son (15-years-old) and a daughter (13-years-old).

Recommended Resources:

Making the Most of Small Groups (Debbie Diller)

Math Work Stations, Independent Learning You Can Count 0n, K-2 (Debbie Diller)

Literacy Stations (Debbie Diller)

Interactive Writing (McCarrier, Pinnell and Fountas)

Contact Information:

Tammy can be reached at: tammy.jordan@boerne-isd.net