Episode 47: Terry 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 035: Larry Phifer

Larry Phifer:

Larry is a full-time real estate attorney in El Paso, Texas, and a part-time picture book author. After his mother passed, he wrote a picture book, World on a String, to help young people deal with loss in a positive way.

World on a String was the 2013 Moonbeam Silver Award Winner in the Best Illustrator category (Danny Popovici, illustrator, www.dannypopovici.com), the 2013 Writers’ League of Texas Discovery Prize Winner, and a nominee for the 2015 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award.

Larry does author events at elementary schools and loves sharing his story with children, particularly those dealing with loss. He is currently working on a second book about bullying.

Resources:

World on a String at Amazon

World on a String at Barnes & Noble

Contact Information:

PhiferLH@gmail.com

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 021: Andrea Stehle

 

Andrea Stehle

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