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Coffee With A Geek Podcast

Coffee With A Geek Podcast

By Andrew Wheelock
Talking edtech with amazing leaders
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Coffee with a Geek Interview with JaVonda Tucker

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Coffee with a Geek Interview with Stevie Frank
Stevie is a really dynamic 5th grade teacher who puts podcasting to work with her students to create magical learning! I had a great conversation with her about her favorite cup of coffee, her podcasting work, and even her bucket list. A little about Stevie in her own words: Stevie Frank just finished her 12th year of teaching. She’s currently teaching 5th grade Humanities at Zionsville West Middle School. She’s department chair and one of the equity coaches for her school. Her passions include news literacy with critical thinking, social justice, and podcasting! Ways to Connect with Stevie:   Twitter:  @StevieFrank23  Youtube Version HERE Rumble Version HERE
August 23, 2021
Coffee with a Geek Interview with JaVonda Tucker
This month's guest is the ever inspirational JaVonda Tucker.  I started following her on Twitter and have really enjoyed reading her thoughtful comments and successful school strategies!  With her contagious optimism and vision I feel she is a school leader to watch!  I will ask her about her educational journey, her thoughts on leading through a pandemic, and her future goals and ideas. A little about JaVonda in her own words:  JaVonda Tucker is from Chesterfield County, Virginia. She is a graduate of Virginia State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Grand Canyon University. JaVonda holds degrees in Criminal Justice and Administration and Supervision. Currently, she is a middle school assistant principal with Dinwiddie County Public Schools. She is the proud mom of a son. How to follow JaVonda: Twitter:  @JaVondaTucker
July 10, 2021
Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jamie Ellman
This Month  I was able to chat with another Tech Savvy History Teacher.  Jamie Ellman was recently showcased in Edtech Magazine discussing her favorite edtech tools for history.   I'm looking forward to chatting with her about a range of issues from her favorite tech tools and thoughts on education! A little bit about Jamie in her own words:  "As a Level III instructor/leader, I started my career in education in 1993. I have taught for 17 years, and am currently teaching US and World History at Johnson High School in Buda.  Last year, I taught AP US History and World Geography History at the best high school in New Mexico - nationally ranked, La Cueva High School. Prior to teaching at La Cueva, I taught 8th grade US History for six years at Eisenhower Middle School-- another one of New Mexico’s best schools. My first teaching experience was at Longmont High School in Colorado where I taught 9th & 10th grade English, Police Academy, World Geography, and multiple senior English electives. It was in this first job of mine where I began my involvement in curriculum and instruction design. In addition, I also hold a Master’s of the Arts in Teaching." Ways to Connect with Jamie Twitter: Website:
May 6, 2021
Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jonathan Redeker
Great edtech interviews and commentary over a good cup of coffee... Coffee optional.   I had a great opportunity to chat with Technology Coordinator, Jonathan Redeker from Goshen Central Schools A little about Jonathan in his own words:  "Helping educators learn and grow is a passion which drives me to think differently, lead boldly, and grow continually.  The fast-paced, ever changing age of acceleration of our modern culture effects our young people in tremendous ways and I am inspired to help teachers and leaders reach students in new ways.  I consider myself an "educational disruptor" through my focus on using instructional technology, rethinking pedagogy, and implementing effective leadership strategies.  I believe that educational technologies, STEAM initiatives, and cross-curricular lessons can change the world and build empathetic young people.  Join me in moving from "best practices" to "next practices."   Ways to connect:  Twitter @jonredeker
April 16, 2021
Coffee with a Geek Interview with Alicia Blankeship
DATE:   February 13th, 2021 TIME:  9am Eastern As usual, my main source of interview inspiration comes from my social media feeds.  Especially Twitter.  This first interview of 2021 is no different.  I have been following Alicia Blankenship for quite some time and enjoy her thoughtful posts and analysis.  She is an "in the trenches" teacher so I really wanted to get her perspectives from field!   A little about Alicia in her own words:  A literacy educator who uses her education and experience to improve the literacy and skills of her students. She began her career teaching 2nd grade and has taught at the primary and secondary level. I really enjoyed hearing Alicia's thoughts on education, Literacy, and making a difference during a Pandemic.
February 15, 2021
Coffee with a Geek Interview with Dr. Sam Fecich
Scanning the amazing educators on Twitter always brings me to amazing educators.  Dr. Sam Fecich (@Sfecich) always brings some thoughtful posts and commentary.  I reached out to chat and was so happy to discuss the state of education, educational technology, and pre-service teacher prep.     A little about Sam in her own words:   Professor of education at Grove City College.    She is the Author of Edumagic a Guide for Preservice Teachers  Co author of Edumagic Shine on a guide for new teachers Host of the Edumagic podcast And she is a Pumpkin spice latte fan !
December 10, 2020
Coffee with a Geek Interview with Tim Needles
In time of trouble and strife, seek comforts and inspiration in the arts.  I had a great conversation with artist, educator, and author, Tim Needles.  I connected with Tim through ISTE's STEAM PLN and was amazed at his work and innovative ideas.     A little bit out Tim in his own words:   Tim Needles is an artist, educator and author of STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum. He teaches art/media at Smithtown School District, is a TEDx Talk speaker, and his work has been featured on NPR, in the New York Times, Columbus Museum of Art, Norman Rockwell Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, Katonah Museum of Art, and Cape Cod Museum of Art. He’s the recipient of ISTE’s Technology in Action Award and Creativity Award, NAEA’s AET Outstanding Teaching Award, and The Rauschenberg Power of Art Award. He’s a National Geographic Certified Teacher, PBS Digital Innovator, an ISTE Arts & Technology and STEM PLN leader, NAEA ArtEdTech interest Group leader, and Adobe Creative Educator and Education Leader Emeritus.  He’s active on social media at @timneedles. @TimNeedles on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tiktok
October 29, 2020
Coffee with a Geek Interview with Rachelle Dene Poth
Coffee with a Geek first!  I am going to interview an amazing educator for the 2nd time!  Rachelle Dene Poth is an amazingly dynamic teacher, presenter, and author!  I'm going to ask her about her edtech adventures since the last time we chatted and discuss her new book, Chart a New Course:  A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World.  I'll also ask her about her ideas and thoughts regarding solutions for schools as we navigate through the challenges of a pandemic.    A little about Rachelle in her own words:  "Rachelle Dene is a Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology Teacher at Riverview Junior-Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. Rachelle is also an attorney with a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law and a Master’s in Instructional Technology. She is a Consultant and Speaker, owner of ThriveinEDU LLC Consulting. She serves as the President of the ISTE Teacher Education Network. Rachelle is the author of four books, ‘In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking,” “Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU” and “The Future is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead,” Rachelle Dene’s latest book is with ISTE “Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World is now available. Follow Rachelle on Twitter @Rdene915 and on Instagram @Rdene915 . Rachelle has a podcast, ThriveinEDU available at"  How to connect with Rachelle: Twitter and Instagram: @Rdene915 Linked In: Blog: Podcast: Books:
June 6, 2020