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 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 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 021: Andrea Stehle

 

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Andrea Stehle:

Andrea tells us how a High School Latin teacher turned her love of Greek and Roman mythology into a writing career.

Dr. Andrea Stehle is a Latin teacher at John Paul Stevens High School in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her BA in Latin with a minor in classics from the University of Texas in 1989. Classical mythology has been one of her great passions her whole life. As a sponsor of a chapter of the National Junior Classical League Magistra Stehle has sponsored Myth Camps for elementary, middle school & high school students many times during her quarter of a century teaching career. Besides writing the Gods of Arcadia series, Dr. Stehle researches and writes articles on Latin Vocabulary Acquisition and Retention.

Resources:

Andrea’s Web Site

Andrea’s books on Amazon

Texas Association of Authors

Action Research is a useful tool to help educators evaluate the effectiveness of new classroom strategies.

Contact Info:

Email: magistrastehle@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 013: Marcie Thompson

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Marcie Thompson:

Marcie has been an educator for over thirty years. She was born and raised in Texas and has taught in the San Antonio, Southside, Houston, Comfort and Klein Independent School Districts. Marcie graduated from Texas A&M in 1985 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and History. Her maternal grandmother and two older sisters were all teachers and helped influence her career choice. She participated in sports from middle school through college which inspired her to become a coach. Marcie’s parents were antique dealers and as a young child she became fascinated with history.

Marcie has always been very active within her school and with her students. She coached for twenty years, was the sponsor for the male step team for seven years, she has been a sponsor for Fellowship of Christian Athletes for twenty-five years, a Kleinwell Ambassador for eight years and a sponsor for No Place for Hate for seven years. Marcie has taught Social Studies, Texas History, United States History, World History, Physical Education and an Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID).

Marcie was awarded the Teacher of the Year at Fleming Middle School in 2005. Her advice to new teachers is “ask for help when you need it and get involved at your school. When you get to know your students, then you will understand them and love them”. Marcie currently lives in Houston, Texas.

Programs:

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a global nonprofit organization that operates with one guiding principle: Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.

AVID’s kindergarten  through higher education system brings research-based curriculum and strategies to students each day that develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas.

Episode 12: Colin Dodds and Michelle Davis

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Colin Dodds and Michelle Davis:

Colin and Michelle are teachers interested in helping other high school teachers improve their teaching practice with tactics to stress less, save time, be creative, and feel confident in your classroom. As recent beginner teachers, we’ve been there, and we want to share what works, so teachers can re-connect with they decided to become a teacher, and so they can be successful in their classrooms without feeling overwhelmed or guilty.

Colin and Michelle also host a very lively and informative podcast called “Teacher Tactics Podcast” which is available on iTunes and Stitcher. We highly recommend you check this podcast out as it provides great tips and advice to new teachers.

Recommended Resources:

     Podcast: “Teacher Tactics Podcast” available on iTunes and Stitcher

     Website: www.teachertactics.com

Colin’s book recommendation: Fred Jones – Tools for Teaching

Michelle’s book recommendation: Parker J. Palmer –  The Courage to Teach

Other recommendations:

Zenergy Mindfulness Chime

Wireless USB Presenter Tool

Colin can be contacted via Twitter at: @colindodds

Colin’s YouTube Channel and his music videos are here: https://www.youtube.com/user/mrcolindodds

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