An Educator's Legacy

An Educator's Legacy

By Mary Smith
How being an educator affects your life.
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Family Comes First with Ana Lira
Ana began her career as a first and fifth grade bilingual teacher before moving on to supervise bilingual teachers at the district level. She would move on to become the bilingual liaison between the district and campuses before becoming an assistant principal and then principal. She then took over the role of District Textbook Coordinator before becoming the Assistant Director of Special Programs for Bilingual/ESL Education. She stepped into the role of Federal Program Director before becoming an independent consultant through various bilingual advocate groups.  She recently made the decision to leave education to watch her grandson full time, only 2 years out from retirement. Talk about commitment to family! Hear Ana's story and why she made this decision!
27:44
February 18, 2020
It's Where You're Heart's At with Jodi Barber-Harris
Jodi Barber-Harris began her educational career as a middle and high school science teacher. She soon became an instructional coach for science before moving on to become the campus improvement specialist. Her most recent public school experience was as a district secondary science coordinator. Currently she is the Area Implementation Manager for Midwest for Explore Learning.  Jodi is available to coach, speak or train your organization on a variety of topics. You may reach her at jodibee24@yahoo.com, tweet her @BarberHarris, or message her through Facebook by searching Jodi Barber-Harris. Her strength lies in keeping kids first and supporting the educational professionals who are on the front lines. 
36:31
February 11, 2020
Who Cares? Juan Cares!
Juan Lira is a Bilingual Licensed Vocational Counselor with 16 years experience behind him and a Board-Approved Supervisor. He was a teacher before he became a school counselor. Currently he is practicing at Positive Soul Holistic Therapy in San Antonio Texas.  His experience includes working with anxiety, relationship problems, depression as well as working with those families that are going through difficult periods, such as the loss of a love one, trauma, divorce and separation. Additionally, I work with individuals struggling with self-image, self-harm and dealing with life changes. He specializes using proven methods based on theoretical practices which includes REBT- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy and Brief Solution Focus Therapy. He counsels individuals, families, and groups and has written a blog post on Anxiety. You can read it here. If you would like to schedule time to talk with Juan, or you would like to learn more about Juan, visit https://positivesoultherapy.com/ to schedule an appointment or to learn more about his practice. 
22:12
February 4, 2020
Thrive with Dr. Jenny Severson
Dr. Jenny Severson is a speaker, author and educational consultant with a doctorate in educational psychology. Her latest work, "Thrive" is a book that is due out mid February where she talks about self care and trauma.  You can find her at www.jennyseverson.com, on twitter- @severson_j; or by phone at 608-347-7325.
21:28
January 28, 2020
Donna Clark-Love
What an amazing woman Donna Clark-Love is! Not only is she out to save us from those bully's out there in the world, but also to save us from our own internal bullying! Donna is also a co-author in my next book coming out next month and has a chapter on addiction and her second chapter gives strategies on dealing with workplace bullying! Such a great episode! Tune in to hear her words of wisdom!
16:33
January 21, 2020
Tami West
Join me for my interview with Dr. Tami West! She is so much fun y'all! You are going to absolutely love her! She does amazing work in supporting educators and has a chapter in our new book on anxiety and another on managing your emotions! Powerful stuff! Using her education and experiences, Dr. Tami West has been helping others improve their lives for over 25 years. Her publications include "The Stress Club" and "Life Without the Monsters."  She has spoken for groups in 48 states in the US, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
30:55
January 14, 2020
Pete Hall: The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Pete Hall is an education icon! He is truly an amazing educator and man! I am so fortunate to be able to call him friend AND coauthor! He, Alisa Simeral and I have a new book coming out early this year titled: Reflective Impact Journal: Pursuing Greatness Every Day. It's a journal to empower and encourage educators to pursue their greatness! If you are interested in the book, click here! Pete is the Executive Director of EducationHall, an educational professional-development organization he began with his wife, Mindy, in 2004. You can check it out at www.EducationHall.com. If you’re interested in his work on trauma-informed practice, you can visit that website at www.FosteringResilientLearners.org
17:52
January 7, 2020
Island of Misfits
We’ve all had a class that is just difficult to handle. Sometimes, it’s the students that are off, sometimes it’s the mix of students that creates the chaos, and then there’s the combination of the two: The students are off AND it’s a bad mix of kids.
12:54
December 31, 2019
Wardrobe Malfunction
We’ve all had those situations in the classroom where you break a heel off a shoe, or you look down and realize you have on one black shoe and one dark brown shoe. I’m not talking about that silly child’s play. In this episode, I will tell you about when my skivvies ended up below my hips while I was doing a model lesson in a male 5th grade teacher’s classroom, and boy was it a close one!
25:21
December 24, 2019
I believe
 Some people don’t believe in Santa Claus…personally, I do. Santa represents the spirit of generosity, love, kindness, joy and forgiveness, like Jesus Christ, my personal Lord and Savior. In the end, it doesn’t matter what I believe, or what you believe. Our job is to teach. So what does that have to do with Santa?
19:24
December 17, 2019
Keep Your Clothes on Girl!
Small group instruction can be a behavior management nightmare if you don't have effective strategies in place. Join me today as I talk about proven strategies that make small group instruction not only doable, but also enjoyable!
18:14
December 10, 2019
A Girl and Her Car
You'll either find a solution or find an excuse. Listen to find out what I learned throughout this experience.
19:41
December 3, 2019
Maggots
How you respond or react to unexpected situations says a lot about you as a teacher. Do you see possibilities in the unexpected or do they frighten you?  Join us to hear about Maggots.
13:46
November 26, 2019
The Look
Learning how to use "The Look" in a classroom is a great tool for managing student behavior. Listen to find out how it affected my life when I brought it home.
17:51
November 12, 2019
Losing an Eye on the Playground
Losing an eye on the playground is stressful enough, but when you have to deal with a super grumpy supervising teacher, you learn from it.
16:42
November 5, 2019
My First Year Teaching
I walked out of college and straight into a year from H&$$! It was rough and I have the appraisal to prove it. Listen to this show to hear about the mafia boss, electrical cords, and bribery. 
22:09
October 29, 2019
How to Ruin an Entire Group of 3rd Graders in Just One Year
In this episode of An Educator's Legacy, Mary talks about the struggle of learning that she gave at least one student, and possibly many more, the worst year of their academic career, leaving a negative legacy behind. In this harsh realization, she realizes that she still has the power to choose her response and how it will effect her life. Listen to the episode to see how she overcomes the doubts about her effectiveness as an educator, and learn how you can keep from leaving a negative legacy.
27:24
October 22, 2019
Trailer for An Educator's Legacy
Thanks for tuning in to An Educator's Legacy. Each week we'll talk about how your decision to become an educator has had an effect on your life. 
00:44
October 17, 2019