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IE69: Todd Schmidt. #FlyHighFri.

IE69: Todd Schmidt. #FlyHighFri.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS It’s Friday and time to celebrate individual success in education.  Joining us to share his #FlyHighFri moment of the week is the Principal of Harbor View Elementary in Corona Del Mar, Dr. Todd Schmidt.  Dr. Schmidt is a born educator and always knew […]

IE68: Allison Kerley. Flipped and Blended Classroom.

IE68: Allison Kerley. Flipped and Blended Classroom.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS When you have lived abroad, you can never return home as the same person.  All your preconceived notion of your home and the world is broadened and enhanced with real life experience.  The ability to bring such valued lessons in life into […]

IE67: Paul Erickson. #FlyHighFri.

IE67: Paul Erickson. #FlyHighFri.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS  It’s Friday and time to celebrate our success in education with #FlyHighFri!  Joining us to share his moment of victory for this week is Paul Erickson from Hutchinson, KS.  Paul has been selected as the 2014 Kansas Elementary School Principal of the Year and after six years […]

IE66: Tracy LaFreniere. Rhode Island 2016 Teacher of the Year.

IE66: Tracy LaFreniere. Rhode Island 2016 Teacher of the Year.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS   Tracy Lafreniere teaches reading and writing as a Reading Specialist at North Smithfield Elementary School.  At the time she was recognized as Rhode Island Teacher of the Year, she had been teaching for 17 years.  Although she has always loved to read […]

IE65: Chris Longo. #FlyHighFri.

IE65: Chris Longo. #FlyHighFri.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS It’s Friday and time to celebrate our success in education with #FlyHighFri!  Joining us to share his moment of victory this week is Dr. Chris Longo from New Milford, Connecticut.  Dr. Longo started his educational career as a biology teacher at a middle […]

IE64: Todd Irving. Leadership and Transforming Failing Schools.

IE64: Todd Irving. Leadership and Transforming Failing Schools.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Transforming a failing school should be ranked up there as one of the most difficult tasks a person can undertake. Reenergizing, motivating, and instilling confidence in the teaching and support staff for the marathon school year is no easy task, and we haven’t […]

IE63: Victoria Curry. #FlyHighFri.

IE63: Victoria Curry. #FlyHighFri.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS It’s Friday and time to celebrate our success in education with #FlyHighFri!  Joining us to share her moment of victory this week is Mrs. Victoria Curry from the great state of New York.  Victoria’s passion and enthusiasm for education first led her to […]

IE62: Travis Sevilla. An Art Teacher's Work in Progress.

IE62: Travis Sevilla. An Art Teacher’s Work in Progress.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS An opportunity to share one’s passion as a teacher and help students reveal their talents, is a privilege and honor all educators share on a daily basis. Travis Sevilla is an artist and an educator who has recently found home as a […]

IE61: James Sturtevant. #FlyHighFri.

IE61: James Sturtevant. #FlyHighFri.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS We are celebrating our weekly success in education with #FlyHighFri moment.  Sharing his defining moment of the week is our past guest, James Sturtevant.  A motivated and inspiring high school teacher from Ohio and the author of “You’ve Gotta Connect”, James is […]

IE60: Maria Kisner. #FlyHighFri.

IE60: Maria Kisner. #FlyHighFri.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS TGIF! So, let’s celebrate our weekly success with #FlyHighFri.  Joining Inspiring Educators today is a school counselor from Warren County, VA, Maria Kisner. Maria is all about instilling values and teaching life lessons to her crop of young ladies and gentlemen. Maria […]

IE59: Laura Sullivan. 900 Voices.

IE59: Laura Sullivan. 900 Voices.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Laura Sullivan is a GRAMMY® winning composer and recording artist. Her original music has been included in the score of two Emmy winning documentaries, as well as in many popular television programs and advertisements for Fortune 500 companies.    Her recordings consistently […]

IE58: Penny Sturtevant. People Centered Leadership.

IE58: Penny Sturtevant. People Centered Leadership.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS The role of a school administrator is arguably one of the most challenging positions for any individual in a leadership position.  The ability to provide personal attention to daily details of individual student, parent, or staff member while orchestrating the mass to […]

IE57: Justin Birckbichler. #FlyHighFri.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS On Friday, we celebrate!  We celebrate our success in and outside the classroom.  #FlyHighFri is catching on and joining us to share his moment of triumph this week is Justin Birckbichler.  Justin is an elementary teacher in Virginia.  Inspiring Educators interviewed Justin […]

IE56: Mark Barnes. Brilliant or Insane.

IE56: Mark Barnes. Brilliant or Insane.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Brilliant or Insane publisher and Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes has written six books on education technology, student-centered learning, using mobile devices and social media in the classroom, global learning and 21st-century assessment, using his revolutionary SE2R system. Mark Barnes is a […]

IE55: Mari Venturino. #FlyHighFri.

IE55: Mari Venturino. #FlyHighFri.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS It’s Friday!  The week’s work is done, but we know, the work is really never done.  There are essays or labs to grade while catching some football games over the weekend and lessons to be planned for the upcoming week, but today is […]

IE54: Jonathan Wai. Recognizing Spatial Talent In Students.

IE54: Jonathan Wai. Recognizing Spatial Talent In Students.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Jonathan Wai, Ph.D., is a research scientist at the Duke University Talent Identification Program and a visiting researcher at Case Western Reserve University. He did his postdoctoral work at Duke University, holds a doctorate from Vanderbilt University, and graduated from Claremont McKenna College. […]

IE53: Teaching Outside the Classroom. Just As Important.

IE53: Teaching Outside the Classroom. Just As Important.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Some of the most meaningful dialogues I’ve had with students occurred outside the class time.  The opportunity afforded me to get to know my students on a one to one level, especially the more introverted ones.  Free from peer pressure and the […]

IE52: Stacey Lindes. #PodcastPD.

IE52: Stacey Lindes. #PodcastPD.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Stacey Lindes is a Teacher Resource Specialist for Technology (an exceptionally long title for a tech integrator/innovator/coach) in Central New Jersey (yes, it really does exist). In her current position, she works in a 4th and 5th grade school supporting the 1:1 […]

IE51:  Burned Out Teachers. Doing the Right Thing.

IE51: Burned Out Teachers. Doing the Right Thing.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS At some point in an educator’s career, he or she is bound to sail into the doldrums of teaching. Some will manage to find new inspirations and sail on, while others will remain trapped indefinitely. Burned out teachers can easily throw in […]

IE50: Fear of Public Speaking. The Power of Words.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Fear of public speaking rates at the top of all fears in the US, more so than the fear of flying, heights, spiders, and even clowns.  For a new teacher, the anticipation of delivering her first lesson to a classroom of students […]

IE49: John Linney. School Transformation Specialist.

IE49: John Linney. School Transformation Specialist.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS John Linney (M.A.) is an international speaker, trainer, podcast host and author. As a “climate specialist,” he has provided services and training to over 400 educational institutions, foundations, community partnerships, and organizations in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, & Northern […]

IE48: One Year of Inspiring Educators.

IE48: One Year of Inspiring Educators.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Time flies when you’re having fun!  It’s been one year since the launching of Inspiring Educators.  After 47 episodes, downloads in 98 countries, and 48 states (come on Alaska and Rhode Island), I’m looking forward to the great promise of what season […]

IE47: Brian Sztabnik. Talks With Teachers.

IE47: Brian Sztabnik. Talks With Teachers.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Brian is a veteran English teacher and former basketball coach in New York.  His dedication to education extends beyond the final school bell and the confines of his classroom.  By day, a mild manner English teacher and by night, Brian is a […]

IE46: Andy Weir. The Martian Author Shares His Tale.

IE46: Andy Weir. The Martian Author Shares His Tale.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS     Andy Weir was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital […]

IE45: John Andrew Williams. Academic Life Coaching.

IE45: John Andrew Williams. Academic Life Coaching.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS John was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He grew up in the rural South Hills and spent his summers between academic years working on a farm picking corn in the morning and tomatoes in the afternoons. He also wrestled and played […]

IE44: Jessica Lahey. The Gift of Failure.

IE44: Jessica Lahey. The Gift of Failure.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS     Jessica Lahey is an educator, author, and speaker.  She writes the bi-weekly column “The Parent-Teacher Conference” for the New York Times, is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, and a commentator on Vermont Public Radio.  Her book, The Gift of Failure: […]

IE43: Justin Birckbichler. Closing the Tech Gap in the Classroom.

IE43: Justin Birckbichler. Closing the Tech Gap in the Classroom.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Justin Birckbichler’s goal is to bridge the technology gap for his students at an early age.   His creative, project based, tech implemented lessons, provide his students with a high level of autonomy to instill confidence and experience based outcomes.  However, it’s not all about […]

IE42: Jennifer Gonzalez. Cult Of Pedagogy.

IE42: Jennifer Gonzalez. Cult Of Pedagogy.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS   Jennifer Gonzalez is a National Board Certified educator and the creator of the popular education website, “Cult of Pedagogy.” Having taught and inspired her students for eight years, Jennifer eventually left teaching to raise a family.  Once a teacher, always a teacher.  Jennifer […]

IE41: Tom Henderson. The Physics Classroom.

IE41: Tom Henderson. The Physics Classroom.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS   Our Inspiring Educator today is a high school physics teacher at the Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois.  Mr. Tom Henderson has been teaching physics and chemistry since 1989 and a pioneering developer of an online tutorial guide for students and educators. […]

IE40: Gap Year

IE40: Gap Year

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS In 2006, I took a leave of absence, a gap year, from teaching to travel and explore the world.  It was a pause in my teaching career to reassess my life and to this day, the single most important decision I have made […]

IE 39 Interview Transcript With Joe Rivera. Lessons Learned From Teaching The Deaf.

SUNG LEE: Average person being an extraordinary teacher. It’s kind of like Clark Kent becoming Superman. This is Inspiring Educators, Episode No. 39. Joe Rivera is a middle school and high school teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing students at the Los Angeles Marlton schools. As a high school student, Joe was already […]

Getting Lost to Find Myself.   Taking A Leave of Absence from Teaching.

Getting Lost to Find Myself. Taking A Leave of Absence from Teaching.

     On February, 2007, I witnessed one of the most glorious sunrises I would experience in my life atop Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.  Our group, which started at midnight in a classic alpine start from our high basecamp, pushed upwards, climbed, and scrambled the rocky fields over the last remaining several thousand feet towards the […]

IE39: Joe Rivera. The Power Of Silence. Lessons From Teaching The Deaf.

IE39: Joe Rivera. The Power Of Silence. Lessons From Teaching The Deaf.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS As a high school student, Joe was already assisting his teachers in communicating with the deaf students through sign language, often filling in for the interpreters running late.  Even with his limited knowledge of the American Sign Language, Joe played a pivotal role […]

IE38: Henry Mulzac. One Isn’t Appreciative Until He Sees Less.

IE38: Henry Mulzac. One Isn’t Appreciative Until He Sees Less.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS     As educators, we are responsible for having a diverse range of knowledge that goes beyond our subject matters.  We have to be open to accommodate the increasing number of cultures and ethnic backgrounds in our students yet strive to always find […]

IE37: Paul Smith. Lead With A Story. A Tale From A Master Story Teller.

IE37: Paul Smith. Lead With A Story. A Tale From A Master Story Teller.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS As educators, we seek to motivate our students, provide perspective, and draw the big picture to make sense of sometimes the obscure concepts that is at times lost to a population of students lacking the vital experience based knowledge.  Experience is the […]

IE36: Kyle Gurkovich. Be Comfortable Getting Uncomfortable.

IE36: Kyle Gurkovich. Be Comfortable Getting Uncomfortable.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS    How do you compete as a teacher with Youtube, Facebook, iPads, smartphones, and all other distractions influencing your children and our students in the classroom?  How do you get students to put down their smart phones, stay focused, on task, listen, […]

IE35: Rick Hanson. Happiness, Love, and Wisdom in Education.

IE35: Rick Hanson. Happiness, Love, and Wisdom in Education.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS  Our inspiring educator today is Dr. Rick Hanson, a neuro-psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture.  Founder of […]

IE34: James Sturtevant. You've Gotta Connect With Your Students!

IE34: James Sturtevant. You’ve Gotta Connect With Your Students!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS     Remember the scene from “The Dead Poet’s Society”, when Robin Williams character Mr. Keatings guided his students out to the trophy case in the hallways, had his students lean in and stare into an old black and white photo of the bygone […]

IE33:  Seth Sherwood. Reinvent. Take Risks. Push Past Your Comfort Zone!

IE33: Seth Sherwood. Reinvent. Take Risks. Push Past Your Comfort Zone!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS     Our inspiring educator today is a professional keynote speaker and a certified facilitator with Premier International Training Company.  Mr. Seth Sherwood is a former elementary and high school teacher and once a Peace Corps volunteer in South America.  Seth holds an […]