Episode 007: April McNair

April McNair:

April McNair has over 10 years of classroom experience teaching 2nd and 3rd grade.  She is has a Gifted and Talented Teaching Certification, as well as an ESL Certification.  She also has a Masters Degree in Education. She is the creator of the blog, A Modern Teacher and has a successful store on Teachers Pay Teachers: A Modern Teacher.  She is the creator of A Modern Teacher Planner ™, a lesson planner and personal planner for teachers. She is passionate about working with kids, empowering, and motivating teachers with inspiring prints, planning and management tools, and 2nd and 3rd grade resources.

Recommended Resources:

Teaching with Intention by Debbie Miller

Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller

Guided Reading by Fontas and Pinnell – Fountas & Pinnell’s small-group reading instruction is described in their groundbreaking text, Guided Reading. Their extensive research has resulted in a framework of professional development books, products, and services built to support children’s learning.Teachers world-wide recognize Fountas and Pinnell’s deep understanding of classroom realities and their respect for the challenges facing teachers.

The First Days of School by Harry Wong  – The classic text on classroom management.

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Episode 006: Lisa Reeh


Lisa Reeh:

Lisa is a 1st grade teacher with experience in kinder and has worked in a private school and public schools both in the inner city and a small town on the outskirts of San Antonio. She talks about her different experiences in each environment and the importance of good parental relationships and classroom management skills. She also talks about the importance of using all your resources including reading and math specialists.

Lisa is a graduate of the Texas A&M teaching program and talks about how it helped prepare her for the classroom.

Lisa mentions a book by Debbie Diller, Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work.  

Debbie Diller offers practical suggestions for over a dozen literacy work stations that link to instruction and make preparation and management easy for teachers. Learn how to set up work stations, how to manage them, and how to keep them going throughout the year.

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Episode 005: Terry Owens

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Terry Owens:

Our guest is Terry Owens, a teacher with 40 plus years of experience in the classroom with more to follow. Terry is a life long learner who believes in continuous improvement by educating herself in a wide range of disciplines . Terry shares her experiences in the classroom and her belief that her most important task is to give students the skills they need to succeed in and outside of the classroom. She also discusses the importance of behavior management and character development.

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.


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

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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

Debbie Holman

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.