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IE32: Carlos Granthon. Revolutionizing Music Education In Peru.

IE32: Carlos Granthon. Revolutionizing Music Education In Peru.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Making a difference.  Providing an opportunity.  Inspiring!  Our inspiring educator today is a Peruvian Music professor.  An instructor at a high school and the highly regarded Universidad Catolica Del Peru, he was the founder of the first College Big Band in Peru. […]

IE31: Michael Chisolm.  Eagle Flight Squadron Giving Wings To Dreams.

IE31: Michael Chisolm. Eagle Flight Squadron Giving Wings To Dreams.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Who hasn’t once dreamed of flying?  Flying is beautiful, practical, and above all poetic.  Perhaps none has captured the grace of flying better than John Gillespe MaGee Jr. in his poem “High Flight.”  There exist no such thing as a single pilot […]

IE30: Andrew Matthews.  Inspiring Through Words and Drawings.

IE30: Andrew Matthews. Inspiring Through Words and Drawings.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS     Johnathan Livingston Seagull, The Little Prince. To Kill A Mockingbird.  Tale of Two Cities.  Being Happy!  We have all had books that were especially meaningful to us as teenagers trying to find a direction in life, and even to this day the […]

IE29: Holly Dixon. Teach First New Zealand's Call To Action.

IE29: Holly Dixon. Teach First New Zealand’s Call To Action.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Teach First NZ works to reduce educational inequality by developing talented individuals into highly effective teachers and inspirational leaders.  Inspired by the prestigious Teach First program in the UK and similar to the US Teach for America, Teach First NZ’s mission is […]

IE28: Massimiliano Tomba.  The Big Picture.  A Philosopher's Thoughts On Education.

IE28: Massimiliano Tomba. The Big Picture. A Philosopher’s Thoughts On Education.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS As an educator, it’s always important to look at the big picture and question where our lessons in the classroom will take our students?  We are the messengers from the past and the gatekeeper to our students for their future. Our Inspiring […]

IE27: Jim Prothero. On Inspiring Teachers.

IE27: Jim Prothero. On Inspiring Teachers.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Suggest a topic to cover to a group of educators to teach and you’ll end up with multiple lesson plans as unique as the number of teachers in the room.  Each instructor will inevitably include their personal experience and design their own […]

IE26: Alyssa Carson. Thirteen Year Old Training for Mission to Mars.

IE26: Alyssa Carson. Thirteen Year Old Training for Mission to Mars.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Teachers, parents, and mentors all find ourselves in a critical role to influence and provide guidance for our children and students.  We sometimes forget that our children and students have valued lessons to teach us a thing about life.  Our inspiring educator […]

IE25: Marvin Callahan. My Students Were Going Hungry.  I Had To Do Something.

IE25: Marvin Callahan. My Students Were Going Hungry. I Had To Do Something.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS We often hear about teachers making personal sacrifices to ensure student success.   Perhaps, opening the class early in the morning to provide last minute help before a big test or staying late after school to assist with a science project before the […]

IE24. Ricardo Silva. NFL to Teach for America. Inspired and Inspiring!

IE24. Ricardo Silva. NFL to Teach for America. Inspired and Inspiring!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Many educators, prior to standing in front of the classroom, have held different occupations.  For some it was all part of the master plan and a natural progression to pursue their passion as educators.  For others, it was a chance meeting that […]

IE23: Megan Callaghan.  Renewed Hope for the Incarcerated Through College Education.

IE23: Megan Callaghan. Renewed Hope for the Incarcerated Through College Education.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS We continue our discussions about the innovative Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) to provide a college education for the incarcerated.  Through BPI, inmates are given opportunity to study college courses and earn associate and bachelors degrees.  BPI has facilitated a unique opportunity for […]

IE22: Donnell Hughes. Bard Prison Initative. A Second Chance.

IE22: Donnell Hughes. Bard Prison Initative. A Second Chance.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS What do you take for granted?  What is the value of education?  What role does liberal arts play in our civilization?  If you were given a clean slate in life, a second chance, how might you live differently?  Our guest today has […]

IE21: Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega. The Timeless Beauty and the Gift of Music.

IE21: Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega. The Timeless Beauty and the Gift of Music.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Heinrich Heine stated, “Where words leave off, music begins.”  There simply are no words to describe how music completes a large part of our life journey.  Music is universal, personal, magical, powerful, subtle, and romantic; music has the capacity to move and […]

IE20: Amanda Washington. Continuing the Legacy of Booker T. Washington's Fight for Educational Equality.

IE20: Amanda Washington. Continuing the Legacy of Booker T. Washington’s Fight for Educational Equality.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS As the great great granddaughter of Booker T. Washington, Amanda Washington’s contribution to education remains very personal through her past work as a Spanish teacher for Teach for America.  Her current challenge is to define and produce a more diverse educational opportunity […]

IE19: Julia King. Marshmallows and Character Building is Part of Her Students' Success!

IE19: Julia King. Marshmallows and Character Building is Part of Her Students’ Success!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives […]

IE18: John Pipe. Part 2: The Many Adventures of A New Zealand Teacher Sharing How Kiwis Get the Job Done!

IE18: John Pipe. Part 2: The Many Adventures of A New Zealand Teacher Sharing How Kiwis Get the Job Done!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS We continue our discussions about education in New Zealand with Mr. John Pipe in Auckland.  In this episode, John discusses the state of educators in New Zealand as well as the integration of Maori culture and new immigrants in the educational curriculum.  […]

IE17: John Pipe.  Part 1: The Many Adventures of A New Zealand Teacher Sharing How Kiwis Get the Job Done!

IE17: John Pipe. Part 1: The Many Adventures of A New Zealand Teacher Sharing How Kiwis Get the Job Done!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Many have admired Robin Williams’ charismatic and transformational character Mr. John Keating in the heartwarming film “The Dead Poet’s Society.”  Who can forget Mr. Keating commanding his students to rip away the introduction to the class poetry text, kindling the power and […]

IE16: Albert Kamara. Making a Difference Begins with One Hope and A Long Memory!

IE16: Albert Kamara. Making a Difference Begins with One Hope and A Long Memory!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS I would like to take you to a place where your worst 1st world problems become meaningless and absurd.  Located on the NW part of Africa, Sierra Leone is a nation rebuilding itself after a bloody rebel war from 1991 to 2002.  […]

IE15: Marie Claire Siddall.  A Scenic Route to Education and Happiness.

IE15: Marie Claire Siddall. A Scenic Route to Education and Happiness.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Some of us are fortunate to have a sense of direction at an early age; we have a goal and passionately pursue our dreams.  Few are lucky to find life’s calling at such early childhood.  Some of us are adrift in a […]

“Aim of Education” by Paul Yingling

The following is the transcript of Mr. Paul Yingling’s speech, “Aim of Education” from our episode 14.  It’s one of the more eloquently and honestly written assessment of the state of the education in the US.  Paul’s keen sense of situational awareness and his ability to influence and move his audience with words truly exemplifies […]

IE14: Paul Yingling. "Aim of Education" Speech.  Moderation of Appetites.

IE14: Paul Yingling. “Aim of Education” Speech. Moderation of Appetites.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS What should the role of education be in our society?  What obligations do we have as educators for our students? What missions and challenges must our students take on towards progress rather than the inevitable change? There are many compelling and thought […]

IE13: Mary Liu. Those Who Can, Teach!

IE13: Mary Liu. Those Who Can, Teach!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS The beginning of every school year is a meeting of nervous energy, excitement, and undiscovered dreams to be fulfilled for each educator and her students.  The end of every school year is a bitter-sweet goodbye for each class and its unique group […]

IE12: Vic Braden. Coach, Teacher, Humanitarian, Tennis Ambassador.

IE12: Vic Braden. Coach, Teacher, Humanitarian, Tennis Ambassador.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Altruism is a virtue shared by the most passionate and dedicated educators and coaches.  To be a great coach, you have to be a great teacher and to be a great teacher, you have to be a great coach.  “Show me your […]

IE11: Dr. Laz. Touching Lives Through Music and Education.

IE11: Dr. Laz. Touching Lives Through Music and Education.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Our knowledge is ultimately limited and no one truly has a privileged vantage point to define a child’s accomplishment and what defines student success.  Blind and deaf, Helen Keller went on to receive a university degree from Radcliffe College.  Along her journey, […]

IE10: Alma Ward. A Mother Opens Up Her Purse. I Can See the Handgun. My Son Will Pass.

IE10: Alma Ward. A Mother Opens Up Her Purse. I Can See the Handgun. My Son Will Pass.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Courage is defined in many ways in our society.  Many might think of a brave solider in the battlefield, a firefighter rushing into a burning building without regards for his own safety, or a bystander risking it all to rescue a stranger […]

IE9: Suney Park.  Turning Humble Upbringings and Personal Struggles to Her Students' Success!

IE9: Suney Park. Turning Humble Upbringings and Personal Struggles to Her Students’ Success!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Suney Park is standing among other teachers in the White House being recognized by President Barak Obama.  The President of the United States is teaching Suney how to properly fist bump!  The recognition and laughter shared by those present on that blizzard […]

IE8: Stephan Anagnost. From Brooklyn, to the United Nations, to the Classrooms.  All the World's a Stage.

IE8: Stephan Anagnost. From Brooklyn, to the United Nations, to the Classrooms. All the World’s a Stage.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Imagine having a world citizen for your history teacher to allow you to witness and feel the utter horrors of the Holocaust, enable you to empathize with the nameless victims of the distant past, and provide an opportunity for you to apply […]

IE7: Gloria Montiel. Education Is A Vehicle To Do Something Positive.

IE7: Gloria Montiel. Education Is A Vehicle To Do Something Positive.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS The inspiring story you are about to hear is a journey filled with promise fueled by optimism, passion, and resilience.  It’s a personal journey and mission of an unlikely hero, in her words, “…using education to do something positive.” Our guest today […]

IE6: Clint Smith. Using Words to Move Students.

IE6: Clint Smith. Using Words to Move Students.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS The ability to touch the hearts and minds of our students and inspire them to move to action is a challenge every educator has to face in his or her career and must succeed. The ability to do so, simply with words, […]

IE5: Ioana Stoica. Education Was Our Escape and Salvation.

IE5: Ioana Stoica. Education Was Our Escape and Salvation.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS If there is one undeniable strength and the creative nature of education in the US, it’s in large part due to the very diverse and talented population from which we can draw our teachers.  These inspiring individuals bring and share their many […]

IE4: Bill Roberts. 3000 Students Later, Memoirs of a Retired Teacher.

IE4: Bill Roberts. 3000 Students Later, Memoirs of a Retired Teacher.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS 37 years of dedicated service.  What are the thoughts of a retiring teacher as he wishes best of luck to his final graduating class and closes his classroom door for the last time?  3000 students who have come and gone.  What is […]

IE3: Craig Brandenburg. Staying in Teaching for All the Right Reasons!

IE3: Craig Brandenburg. Staying in Teaching for All the Right Reasons!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Sometimes, we get ourselves involved with a project without too much of expectation; just passing through.  Then something magical happens.  You become absorbed and engrossed with the task at hand.  You find out, it’s no longer just a job.  It evolves into […]

IE2: Paul Yingling. From the Battlefields to the Classroom!

IE2: Paul Yingling. From the Battlefields to the Classroom!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Mr. Paul Yingling served three tours in Iraq and retired as a Colonel in the US Army.  With impressive credentials in leadership and management, Paul is a prolific publisher and has written numerous articles on international relations and military affairs.  He has […]

IE1: Sung Lee. Welcome! My Vision and Mission.

IE1: Sung Lee. Welcome! My Vision and Mission.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Hello and Welcome to Inspiring Educators!  My name is Sung Lee.  In our inaugural episode, I share my mission to recognize the many talented educators in our global community.  We’ve all had amazing teachers that have made a compelling difference in our […]

About Inspiring Educators

About Inspiring Educators

InspiringEducators Hi, my name is Sung.  I’m the founder and the host of InspiringEducators, a podcast dedicated to sharing stories of inspiring educators of all walks of life.  I started this project to provide a voice to the many dedicated educators.  Day in and day out, they go passionately about helping their students fulfill their […]