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 024: Scarlett Ryan

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Scarlett Ryan:

Scarlett talks about the importance of connecting with your students in order to have an impact on their learning. She also discusses Classroom Dojo and the CHAMPS program created by Randy Sprick.

Scarlett Ryan has taught in NEISD in San Antonio for 24 years. During that time she taught 4th grade, 2nd grade, and 5th grade, which is her placement now. She is ESL certified and has also done Special Ed mainstream co-teach and a co-teach with deaf students for two years. She spent her first three years at a Title I inner-city school. She is currently teaching in a suburban school with a mixture of races and socio-economic backgrounds and ability levels.

Resources:

Classroom Dojo

Safe & Civil Schools

Randy Sprick

Mary Pope Osborn

Contact:

scarlett.ryan1111@gmail.com

 

Episode 23: Juan Lascano

Juan Lascano:

Juan is an alumni of Teach For America and currently teaches inner city youth at a high school in Charlotte, NC. In this episode he talks about how he uses real life and his student’s love of music to inspire them to learn.

Juan Lascano is from Suffolk, Virginia, and attended Norfolk State University where he showcased his leadership skills by serving 2 terms as the SGA president from 2010-2012. Upon graduation in 2012, Juan spent 3 years as a biology and earth and environmental science teacher at Kennedy Charter Public School. He is also a second year graduate student of The Johns Hopkins University School of Education where he will receive his Masters of Science Degree in Education with a concentration in Secondary Studies through the TFA-JHU academic partnership.

Juan enjoys making change within his community by serving as a member of the regional strategy team for O.N.E. Charlotte, a collective community organization who’s main goal is to implement restorative justice in Charlotte. In his spare time, Juan enjoys listening to his vinyl collection, producing music, and reading the latest trends in educational equality across the nation. To combine his passion for music and education, Juan has created an organization entitled S.P.E.A.K., which means spitting progressive education to attain knowledge. Students in this organization create music and lyrics that help them retain information that is taught in biology class as they prepare for their EOC biology exams.

Resources:

Dr. Chis Emdin,  author of ” Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation”

Betterlesson.com

To listen to the music Juan’s class created click here!

Contact:

juanlascano10@gmail.com

Episode 022: Roxanna Eldon

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Roxanna Eldon:

Roxanna is the author of “See Me After Class” which combines stories and advice from teachers around the country in a readable, honest, and immediately practical guidebook. Says Elden, “I wanted to write a book that teachers could pick up after a long week, finish over the weekend, and walk in Monday morning a better teacher. Not perfect, but better.”

A National Board certified teacher, Roxanna  has taught adult education, elementary school, middle school, high school, day school, night school, Saturday school and summer school. She has taught in Chicago, Houston, and Miami, and does standup comedy, presentations, and speeches based on her classroom experience.

Roxanna entered the school system with the best intentions and plenty of training. Guidebooks for beginning teachers addressed things she had heard before, like why high expectations were important. Unfortunately, none of them addressed the questions her training hadn’t covered: How could she maintain high expectations when her students couldn’t read the textbooks? How could she get them to take a state test seriously when their last teacher had “helped” them on test day? How did students figure out so quickly that she was a first year teacher?

Roxanna knows experiences like these keep many good teachers from sticking with this tough profession – a tragedy for them and for our schools. Her book and speeches combine the humor, honesty, and practical advice she needed her own first year, and that teachers today need more than ever.

Recommended Resources:

Read Roxanna’s Book “See Me After Class

See Roxanna’s Talk “The Myth of The Super Teacher

Roxanna on Amazon

Contact Information for Roxanna:

roxannaelden@gmail.com

 

Episode 020: Kevin Curtis

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Kevin Curtis:

Kevin tells us how a teacher, coach and strict disciplinarian realized  that his approach to student behavior was not working and how he discovered the benefits of Restorative Discipline.

Mr. Kevin W. Curtis is an educational consultant who specializes in the area of Restorative Practices in schools.  Kevin is the Coordinator and Lead Trainer for the Restorative Discipline Readiness Training for Administrators that TEA and the University of Texas have partnered with that will be offered across the state of Texas.

Kevin was the former Restorative Discipline Coordinator and Assistant Principal at Ed White Middle School in the Northeast Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas where he was instrumental in developing a whole-school approach model.

He received his B.S. from University of Texas at San Antonio, an M.S. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University at Kingsville.  Kevin has more than 17 years of experience in public education at the elementary level, middle school level and high school level including classroom teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal.

Recommended Resources:

RD360 Educational  Consulting, LLC

Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management: Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

 Contact Info:

You can reach Kevin here. Or via phone at: (210) 232-1124

Episode 019: Summer Gault

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Summer Gault:

Summer Gault has 17 years of experience in Education; 7 as a high school PE teacher and coach, 8 as an elementary PE teacher and is in her 2nd year as an assistant principal. Summer has worked in 3 different school districts and under 10 different principals.

Summer grew up on a ranch in south Texas and was a high school and college athlete. She earned her BS in Kinesiology from The University of Texas – San Antonio and a Masters of Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from The University of Texas-Tyler.

Summer has been married for 16 years and has 3 children that keep her on the run and the mom taxi going.

Recommended Resources:

Restorative Discipline: RD 360 Kevin Curtis

Campus Safety Magazine

ASCD –  Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development

Contact Info:

Summer.Gault@boerne-isd.net

 

Summer.gault@boerne-isd.net

Episode 018: Jennifer Eckert

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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!”

Resources:

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

Contact:

http://lselibrary.weebly.com/all-about-mrs-eckert.html

jennifer.eckert@nisd.net