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 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

Episode 25: Cari Garcie

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Cari Garcie:

Cari started out teaching elementary school Special Education but later transitioned to teaching students in a Gifted and Talented Program. In this interview she talks about the challenges she faced in both positions. 

This year Cari is in her second year with the students and staff at East Central ISD & Heritage Middle School in San Antonio, TX. Her previous experiences range from elementary Special Education, middle school language arts, and middle school Gifted & Talented. She is currently thrilled to begin the work of building a STRONG Gifted & Talented program  at Heritage through academics in the Humanities courses and critical thinking & creative problem solving with Odyssey of the Mind.

Cari lists her passions outside of her classroom as reading young adult fiction (yes, even the vampire books), fishing, raising chickens, and traveling! Cari is married and has two daughters, one who attends the adjacent intermediate school and one who attend her school and is involved in GT & Humanities.

Other little know facts about Cari is that she is adopted, she is allergic to blue food dye, loves coffee and candy, and rarely makes her bed:)

Recommended Resources:

National Association for Gifted Children

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

Texas History Day 

Odyssey For The Mind

National History Day

Contact:

Email: cari.garcie@ecisd.net

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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

 

Episode 017: Debbie Aaron

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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

Episode 014: Julie Snoek

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Julie Snoek:

Our guest is Julie Snoek. Julie retired from teaching after 35 years in the classroom having taught 1 – 8 grade students. Julie talks about how late in her career she considered quitting but instead found a way to revitalize her career by adopting classroom management techniques. She discusses the many changes she has seen in the classroom and with students over her 35 year career.

Recommended Resources:

The Self Managed Classroom” by Karen Aitken (formerly Building Custom Kids)