Episode 011: Fred Navarro

Fred Navarro

Fred Navarro:

Our guest is Fred Navarro an 8th grade English teacher and coach. Fred talks about his journey into teaching and how frustration with not being able to reach all his students nearly ended his career before it began. Fred discusses how athletics kept him in school and how being a coach gives him another dimension for reaching his students.

Fred also talks about how his parents stressed the importance of education in achieving success and as a result he is one of eleven children who are 1st generation college graduates.  Fred has served on the staff of A Blue Ribbon School in San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District (Stevenson Middle School) and has years of experience with ESL students.

Recommended Resources:

“Teach Like a Champion” by Doug Lemov or visit their web site at:

http://teachlikeachampion.com

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Episode 010: Teresa Mitchell

Teresa Mitchell

Teresa Mitchell

Author and teacher Teresa Mitchell has always had a passion for learning and teaching. As a child she enjoyed playing school and teaching younger members of her family. Although she veered away from education in the beginning of her college career, she was soon drawn back to what she loved– teaching. From the very beginning of her teaching career Teresa has been recognized for her well-managed classrooms. She believes that in order to teach, you have to have control, and in order to have control it has to be taught.

As an educator Teresa enjoys the challenges that arise in today’s educational system and works to create new and innovative ways to meet those challenges. Teresa believes that teachers are limited in their ability to teach until they develop the skills to manage their classroom. Her book, “Not In My Classroom” was written to provide effective real world techniques to put teachers in charge of their classroom.

Teresa believes that every student should receive the same quality of education no matter their background or socioeconomic status. In the future Teresa looks forward to creating programs for students and teachers to help make that a reality and to close the academic gap.

You can find Teresa’s book on Amazon by clicking on the image below:

Not In My Classroom

You can also find her “Teacher Talk” page on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/Teacher-Talk-1606694962933120/?fref=ts

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Episode 009: Kara Rickman

Kara Rickman

Kara Rickman:

Kara Rickman has been teaching for 16 years. She graduated from Texas State University with her bachelors and master’s degrees in Education. She has taught third grade for 5 years, First Grade Title One Reading for 2 years and has currently taught First Grade for 9 years. She is currently teaching at Fabra Elementary where she is the first grade Team Leader. Kara has enjoyed giving workshops to other teachers in the district on Writer’s Workshop, Reading Workshop and Guided Reading. She enjoys reading books about implementing new strategies in the classroom and collaborating with her first grade team for new and improved ideas to help make her student successful and life- long learners. Kara’s hobbies include decorating, shopping, playing flute and piano and spending time with her family.

Recommended Resources:

Debbie Diller- Math Workstations

Debbie Miller- Reading with Meaning

Lucy Calkins- Launching Writer’s Workshop

Contact Information:

kara.rickman@boerne-isd.net

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Episode 008: Jolene Navarro

Jolene Navarro:

Jolene is a high school teacher working with students at an alternative school in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Jolene talks about her experience working with students to help them understand and appreciation art. She also talks about the importance of developing classroom management skills and finding a mentor to round out your teaching experience.

When Jolene is not teaching she is writing about her native Texas. In this episode Jolene talks about her experience in becoming a published author and gives us a preview of her newest book, “A Texas Christmas Wish”.   Jolene writes love stories about family & faith in the Texas Hill Country.

Jolene’s novels are published by Harlequin and can be found at all major booksellers.

Her website is:  http://jolenenavarrowriter.com/

Her Facebook Page is: https://www.facebook.com/jolenenavarrowriter/timeline

Click on the image of her book below to preview it on Amazon:

Jolenes Book

Jolene’s other books are:

Lone Star Hero, Love Inspired –  now available
Lone Star Holiday, Love Inspired –  now available

Recommended Resource:

Fred Jones, author of  “Tools for Teaching“, a resource for classroom management.

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Episode 007: April McNair

April McNair:

April McNair has over 10 years of classroom experience teaching 2nd and 3rd grade.  She is has a Gifted and Talented Teaching Certification, as well as an ESL Certification.  She also has a Masters Degree in Education. She is the creator of the blog, A Modern Teacher and has a successful store on Teachers Pay Teachers: A Modern Teacher.  She is the creator of A Modern Teacher Planner ™, a lesson planner and personal planner for teachers. She is passionate about working with kids, empowering, and motivating teachers with inspiring prints, planning and management tools, and 2nd and 3rd grade resources.

Recommended Resources:

Teaching with Intention by Debbie Miller

Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller

Guided Reading by Fontas and Pinnell – Fountas & Pinnell’s small-group reading instruction is described in their groundbreaking text, Guided Reading. Their extensive research has resulted in a framework of professional development books, products, and services built to support children’s learning.Teachers world-wide recognize Fountas and Pinnell’s deep understanding of classroom realities and their respect for the challenges facing teachers.

The First Days of School by Harry Wong  – The classic text on classroom management.

Contact Info:

www.amodernteacher.com

www.facebook.com/amodernteacher

http://instagram.com/amodernteacher

http://pinterest.com/amodernteacher

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