Episode 48: Tina Mollie Fisher

Tina Mollie Fisher is an author, speaker, and storyteller. She writes children’s picture books and is the author of Pig’s Big Adventure. Her latest book, Mamarazzi, is currently being submitted to agents and publishers.

She blogs bi-weekly at happyfungirl.com, where she writes for adults about faith, family, and life.

 Ms. Fisher has three grown daughters, her best canine friend named, Mr. Riley who is super smiley and Charlie, a 7-year-old rescue dog from the Kendall County shelter. She has been a realtor for 27 years and enjoys songwriting, reading, music and spontaneous fun. 

10 years later, she still refuses to tell who sunk the paddle boat during a Girl Scout adventure gone awry. 

Tina can be reached via Email at: tinamolliefisher@gmail.com

Suggested Resources:

SCWBI – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Jerry Jenkins Writer’s Guild

Highlights Writer’s Workshops

Michael Hyatt – He has some great information on how to build a blog, fiction and non-fiction book proposal templates and so much more for writers or business leaders and educators.

Storybrand Podcast 

Writer’s Digest 

Jane Friedman

Click here for a FREE copy of Tina’s Top Ten Tips for Becoming a Writer

Episode 47: Teri Owens interviews Max Stumberg

Meet Max Stumberg. Max has 27 years in education, with  25 of those years serving the Boerne ISD.  Max was a 3RD grade teacher but for the last 13 years her role has been Teacher Mentor for Boerne ISD.  In this role she works with teachers of kindergartners all the way to seniors in high school.  Boerne ISD currently consists of  9 schools with 3 more under construction.

Max says her top priority as a Mentor is supporting and guiding first year teachers and new teachers. She provides ongoing support  for their first 3 years in the district, but also supports veteran teachers.  She believes in taking care of and supporting the whole person.  Her support comes from being able to sit in  their classrooms throughout the day; guiding in classroom management; assisting with lesson planning; and providing curriculum help, etc.  But she also tries to help by being someone that can listen and provide encouragement along their teaching journey.  If Max  doesn’t have the answers to their questions, she can guide them to someone who does.   Max says it is her great privilege to be in the classrooms throughout the district and to see  and share in  the incredible teaching she sees going on.

Max grew up on a ranch outside  the small town of Valentine in west Texas.  After her own children were in school she returned to college to get her teaching certification. Max says she loved being in the classroom connecting with students and watching them grow.  Her passion shifted a few years ago when she realized she had a gift to share what she had learned and had a heart for taking care of new teachers.

Although she misses touching the lives of her own students, she knows that she has a hand in touching hundreds of students lives through the teachers she works with.

Max has been married for almost 43 years. Her daughter and son are both married and have blessed her and her husband with 4 precious grandchildren.

Contact:

Max.stumberg@boerneisd.net

Episode 45: Karen and Terry Discuss how to use “Theme Contest”

 

Karen and Terry talk about the “Theme Contest” and how they use it as a Classroom Management Tool.

For more information, click on Theme Contest.

Episode 44: Karen and Terry Discuss “Fairy Tales on Trial”

Karen and Terry discuss how they use “Fairy Tales on Trial” for project based learning and a way to encourage creativity and confidence.

To learn more about Fairy Tales on Trial click this link.

Episode 43: Karen and Terry Discuss Figurative Language

In this episode Karen and Terry discuss how they use figurative language to re-enforce  positive character traits.

For examples of figurative language posters, click this link.

Episode 42: Karen and Terry Discuss “The Gritty Kid” – Part 2

Karen and Terry continue their discussion on the need to develop a “Gritty Kid” mentality in your students by stressing work ethic, accountability and perseverance.

For more information regarding Theme Contest, click on this link.

Episode 41: Karen and Terry Discuss “The Gritty Kid” – Part 1

Karen and Terry begin a two part series on the importance of developing qualities of persistence, perseverance, confidence and a strong work ethic to help children succeed in and out of the classroom.

 

Episode 038 : Dr. Francis Gonzales-Garcia

Introducing Dr. GG

Frances Gonzalez-Garcia, Ph.D., is a children’s and literacy advocate that has been in the education sector for 18 years with experience including that of a classroom teacher, Master Reading Teacher, District Job Embedded Trainer, Adjunct Instructor, Reading Clinic Assistant, Reading Specialist and Independent Educational Consultant.

Currently, Dr. Gonzalez-Garcia serves as the K-5 ELAR and Dyslexia Coordinator for Boerne Independent School District working in collaborative efforts with district Content Coordinators, Special Education/504 Directors, K-12 teachers and administrators, Literacy Leaders, Dyslexia Specialists and community members.

She is an active presenter for local, state and national conferences and has been recognized for her efforts in education by being named the national recipient of the International Literacy Association/MyOn Legends in Literacy Award along with being the state recipient of the H.E.B. Excellence in Education Award in Elementary Leadership.

Her professional interests include multiple metacognitive approaches, dyslexia, technology, reading/writing motivation, teacher education and leadership education.

Contact Info:

Twitter handle: @FrancesLGarcia

Blog: www.teachalacarte.com

Website: Trinity Elite Education & Co.  www.trinityeliteeducation.com

Email: francesgonzalezgarcia@gmail.com

Recommended Resources:

 International Literacy Association (ILA)

Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

International Society for Technology (ISTE)

Top 30 Favorite Twitter Handles to Follow in Education:

  1. Nell Duke @nellduke
  2. Douglas Fisher @DFISHERSDSU
  3. Alec Couros @courosa
  4. George Couros @gcouros
  5. Alan November @globalearner
  6. Sir Ken Robinson @SirKenRobinson
  7. Alfie Kohn @alfiekohn
  8. Harvey “Smokey” Daniels @smokeylit
  9. Laura Robb @LRobbTeacher
  10. Nancy Steineke @nsteineke
  11. Peter Dewitt @PeterMDeWitt
  12. Todd Whittaker @ToddWhitaker
  13. Tony Wagner @DrTonyWagner
  14. Michael Fullan @MichaelFullan
  15. Jim Knight @jimknight99
  16. Linda Darling-Hammon @LDH_ed
  17. Steven W. Anderson @web20classroom
  18. Jennifer Gonzalez @cultofpedagogy
  19. Todd Nesloney @TechNinjaTodd
  20. Scott McLeod @mcleod
  21. Joyce Valenz @joycevalenza
  22. Kasey Bell @ShakeUpLearning
  23. Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
  24. Tony Vincent @tonyvincent
  25. Cris Tovani @ctovani
  26. Jana Eschevarria @Jechev
  27. Penny Kittle @pennykittle
  28. Troy Hicks @hickstro
  29. Jennifer Seravallo @JSeravallo
  30. Regie Routman @regieroutman

Episode 037: Miriam Martinez

 

In this episode Terry Owens talks to Miriam Martinez about her journey into teaching and her role bringing technology into the classroom.

Miriam on her story:

“I work in the beautiful small town of Boerne, Texas, north of San Antonio. My position in the school district is Educational Technology Coach, I serve 4 of the 9 schools (2 elementary and 2 middle schools). I find my job very rewarding as I help teachers integrate the available campus technology with their lessons. I am a certified teacher and usually co-teach with them to model the use of the devices and then just stay for support with the students. Also, provide professional development in different areas, district wide.
 
I started my graduate studies a couple of years ago in the University of Texas in San Antonio. Due to my father’s failing health in the last two years, I had to put a pause in my goals. Interesting fact: my father had this same graduate degree from Michigan State back in the 70’s, he was and still is my inspiration. My father passed last October. I decided to return to school to finish, and evaluated Boise as an alternative, it was a match! This is my first semester at Boise, I will be taking 502 together with this course. My plan is to concurrently achieve the Online Teaching Certificate.”