PODCAST EPISODES

Episode 035: Larry Phifer

Larry Phifer:

Larry is a full-time real estate attorney in El Paso, Texas, and a part-time picture book author. After his mother passed, he wrote a picture book, World on a String, to help young people deal with loss in a positive way.

World on a String was the 2013 Moonbeam Silver Award Winner in the Best Illustrator category (Danny Popovici, illustrator, www.dannypopovici.com), the 2013 Writers’ League of Texas Discovery Prize Winner, and a nominee for the 2015 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award.

Larry does author events at elementary schools and loves sharing his story with children, particularly those dealing with loss. He is currently working on a second book about bullying.

Resources:

World on a String at Amazon

World on a String at Barnes & Noble

Contact Information:

PhiferLH@gmail.com

Episode 034: Joy Fisher Hein

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Joy Fisher Hein:

Our guest explains why we need wasps and reveals some little known details of Davy Crockett’s early life. Joy Fisher Hein created the art for the multi-award winning book, MISS LADY BIRD’S WILDFLOWERS; How a First Lady Changed America, by Kathi Appelt.  Joy continues to celebrate her love of Texas by illustrating the following books; SAM HOUSTON; Standing Firm, DAVID CROCKETT; Creating a Legend by Mary Dodson Wade.  Her newest book, BLOOMIN’ TALES; Legends of Seven Favorite TEXAS Wildflowers, by Cherie Foster Colburn.

The city of San Antonio selected Joy to design and paint thirteen large art panels that interpret the history of Walker Ranch Historic Landmark Park.  The Texas State Library and Archives also selected Joy as the artist to create twenty-three pieces of art for their Texas Reading Club, including a wildflower poster.  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center selected Joy’s painting of Red Drummond Phlox for their official 2014 wildflower.

Joy loves nature and gardening.  She is a Texas Master Naturalist, member of the Native Plant Society of Texas and is certified by the National Wildlife Federation to create School Yard Habitats.  She lives with her husband, artist, Professor Emeritus, Frank Hein, in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Joy enjoys sharing her journey as an illustrator and naturalist with students of all ages.

Recommended Resources:

Joy’s Web Site

National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation School Program

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – The University of Texas

Contact Info:

www.joyfisherhein.com

 

Episode 033: Kelly Murguia

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Kelly Murguia:

Kelly served as an English as a Second Language teacher, Language Proficiency Assessment Committee Representative and organization sponsor at Luther Burbank High School in San Antonio, TX. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship from Brown University in Rhode Island. After interning with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, D.C. and listening to constituent concerns regarding education, she made a commitment to improving the quality of education. Kelly began her teaching career in 2010 by joining the Teach For America San Antonio Charter Corps and quickly realized that education is her passion and life’s purpose. To date, she has taught 353 language learners in grades 9-12. In teaching ESL, Kelly has assumed responsibility as an advocate for her underprivileged students, school and community.

In the summer of 2012, Kelly served as a Leadership for Educational Equity Fellow where she worked with the Education and Workforce Committee of The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. She also had the opportunity to work with KIPP SA as a Teacher Quality Intern. All of these experiences have strengthen her desire to provide the students of San Antonio with the academic and social skills necessary to access the greatest opportunities possible. Motivated by her former students’ successes and struggles through life, Kelly is driven to lead an inner-city foundation that will empower students to become strong, courageous leaders for their communities in San Antonio.

Kelly has a Master of Education Degree from Harvard University School of Education and serves as a MTLD or Manager, Teacher Leadership and Development. In this role she trains, motivates and encourages new teachers.

Recommended Resources:

Teach For America

What a Coach can Teach a Teacher: by Jeffrey M.R. Duncan-Andrade

The Teaching Tolerance Community

Contact Info:

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 032: Gretchen Bridgers

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Gretchen Bridgers:

Gretchen (Schultek) Bridgers is author of Always A Lesson. In German translation, Gretchen’s last name “Schultek” means ‘Teacher.’ It must have been fate that she is an educator today!

She is a general education teacher of 8 years. She has taught grades 2, 3, and 5 at both low and high performing elementary schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. She worked for The New Teacher Project in multiple roles, but most often as a Teacher Development Coach for first year teachers.

Gretchen  currently serves as the owner of Always a Lesson, and hosts a Podcast; a blog; and provides both consulting services and training resources for the teaching community. She has also produced a series of training videos in her New Teacher Academy training program for new teachers.

Recommended Resources:

Always a Lesson Web Site

Always a Lesson Podcast

Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov

Always A Lesson Teaching Resourses: Teacher Pay Teacher site

New Teacher Academy

Contact Info:

Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com

Episode 031: Denise Ramirez

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Denise Ramirez:

A career change, her young son and a desire to follow a life passion led Denise from the financial industry to the classroom. Going back to school as a full time student and a parent of three young children she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Washington State.  Shortly after this, Denise enrolled in a dual certification program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, enabling her to obtain her teaching certification in both Special and General Education.

Beginning her career at Northside Independent School District she had the opportunity to teach in a variety of special education settings prior to transitioning to the general education classroom in 2006. She has been awarded both New Teacher of the Year and Teacher of the Year at the campus level in addition to being named NISD’s Partnership Coordinator of the Year in 2010.

Following the legacy of her great-grandmother, she strives to reach even the most challenging student. She does this with a unique blend of relationship building, humor, and high expectations.

Recommended Resources:

Whole Brain Teaching

Gonoodle

Quantum

Contact Information:

denise.ramirez@nisd.net

Episode 030: Terry Owens Revisited

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Terry Owens:

In this episode we talk to Terry as she is preparing to make a presentation to the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association in Austin Texas. Terry and Karen Aitken will be presenting on various elements of their  character development focused instructional approach to teaching. Terry specifically talks about the importance of training students to be responsible, accountable and credible.

Recommended Resources:

Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) is a nationally recognized training and certification program for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors. There web site is:   http://www.lsci.org/

Boys Town is home to parenting and child behavior experts who have developed a wealth of original content over the years that is available for free in their For Parents section at:   http://www.boystown.org/

CPI was established in 1980 for human service professionals to address the need for training in safe, respectful, noninvasive methods for managing disruptive and assaultive behavior. Their web site is:    http://www.crisisprevention.com/

Recommended Book:

Mindset by Carol Dweck – Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist  in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

http://www.mindsetonline.com/thebook/buythebook/index.html

Teacher Pay Teacher Store:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Top-Notch-Teaching-Tools

Terry can be reached via email at: owensterry1953@gmail.com

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Episode 029: Karen Aitken Revisited

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Karen Aitken:

Karen is a repeat guest and joins us for a new episode to discuss the importance of filling your students “emotional tank”. Karen believes that it is important to develop a relationship with her students and let them know that she knows and cares about them before she try to discipline them. If they know and trust you as a teacher discipline becomes instructional and not punishment.

Karen talks about the techniques she uses to build relationships that lead her students to self awareness and accountability for their own actions and behaviors.

Karen is the author of Creating The Self Managed Classroom and will be speaking at the upcoming Texas Elementary School Principals and Supervisors Association meeting in June.

Recommended Resources:

Karen has a store on Teacher-Pay-Teacher

Karen can be found on Facebook

Karen’s web site: https://www.classroommanagementspecialists.com

Episode 028:Linda Kardamis

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 “Don’t let those little things go and start the year with a vision of how you want your classroom to look like.”  

Linda Kardamis

Our guest took her first year experience in the classroom and wrote a book to help prepare other teachers to not only survive but to thrive in that critical first year. In this episode we talk to Linda Kardamis, a writer, blogger, podcaster and video course creator and the  founder of Teach 4 the Heart (www.teach4theheart.com). Prior to embarking on this ambitious path she also taught middle school math for four years, including Math 6, pre algebra, and Algebra 1. She also taught English and accounting.

When Linda stepped away from the classroom to help raise her young children, she couldn’t stay away from education. Using her own early classroom experiences she decided to write a book to give helpful advice and teaching tips to other teachers. That led to “Create Your Dream Classroom” which she followed up with a blog, a podcast and an online training program.

Linda says she leans towards a more traditional teaching style, but is always open to new ideas. She also believes technology should aid in genuine learning, not just be used for its own sake.

Linda graduated from Heritage Christian School in 2004 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Math Education from Pensacola Christian College in 2008.

If you want to try Linda’s FREE Classroom Management Solutions mini-course, click HERE

For a free video series about Work/Life balance click HERE

Recommended Resources:

Teach 4 the Heart

Create Your Dream Classroom, by Linda Kardamis

The Cornerstone

The Teachers 40 Hour Work Week, by Angela Watson

Contact Information:

linda@teach4theheart.com

 

Episode 027: Virginia Bigler

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Virginia Bigler:

Virginia Bigler is a self-professed bibliophile on a mission to change the way students experience the library.

After stepping away from the classroom to raise her children, Virginia found her ideal career in education as a high school librarian. Although not in the classroom, Virginia continues to teach and help foster a love for reading and literature.

Virginia Bigler has been the librarian for Taft High School in Northside ISD for four years. She was an inaugural planning member of LibraryPalooza, San Antonio’s only teen author festival, and has helped organize and run that popular literary event for five years. This year, Virginia won the distinction of being the first high school librarian in Northside ISD to be awarded Educator of the Year for her high school. She loves teens, books, and authors, and anytime she can bring those three together, she is happy.

To see what “LibraryPalooza” is all about, click here.

Recommended Resources:

Taking Action on Adolescent Literacy by Judith L. Irvin, Julie Meltzer and Melinda S. Dukes

Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It by Kelly Galagher

Social Readers: Promoting Reading in the 21st Century by Leslie B. Preddy

For some insight on teen book festivals click here.

To visit the Taft High School Library site click here.

Other recommended resources:

http://thatauthorthing.weebly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thatauthorthing/

https://twitter.com/NISD_LibPalooza

Contact Information:

virginia.bigler@nisd.net

 

 

Episode 026: Kara Rickman Revisited

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Kara Rickman

“Read like a writer, write like a reader.”

Kara Rickman made a return trip to the recording studio to tell us about her new project. Kara has recently opened a store on the Teacher’s Pay Teachers web site and has already produced 40 different educational products with an emphasis on helping other teachers teach reading and writing. In this episode Kara talks about starting her store and answers questions about copyright, product creation, pricing and marketing. She also talks about some of the resources she uses to create her products.

Don’t forget to visit her store and check out her FREE “Writers Workshop Starter Templates“.

If you enjoyed this episode go to iTunes and subscribe and don’t forget to give us a review. Thanks!

Recommended Resources:

Kara’s Kurriculum Korner

Scrappin Doodles

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs

Writer’s Workshop Starter Templates

Contact Info:

kara.rickman@boerne-isd.net