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An Educator's Legacy

An Educator's Legacy

By Mary Smith
How being an educator affects your life.
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Award Winning Culture with Hans Appel

An Educator's Legacy

Award Winning Culture with Hans Appel
Hans Appel is an educator, speaker and writer deeply committed to inspiring the whole child. He's the author or, Award Winning Culture: Building School-Wide Intentionality and Action Through Character, Excellence and Community. Additionally, he's the Director of Culture for the Teach Better Team, co-host of the Award Winning Culture Podcast, and the Co-Creator of Award Winning Culture. He’s worked as a counselor in the Richland School District for the past 20 years and at Enterprise Middle School since it opened.  He’s passionate about school culture, servant leadership, and kindness.  In 2018, EMS was awarded the ASCD Whole Child Award for the State of Washington and the Global “Class Act Award” for creating a culture of excellence through kindness, service, and empathy.  Additionally, they were selected as a finalist in the 2019 PBIS Film Festival and took top prize in the Community, Parents, and Staff category. In 2018, Hans launched his own blog about School Culture and rolled out a student-led leadership podcast called Award Winning Culture: Hosted by Wildcat Nation. Hans’ blogs have appeared on DisruptED TV magazine, CharacterStrong, Teach Better, AIMS Network, and PBIS Rewards.  He’s written social-emotional lessons for CharacterStrong.  Furthermore, he has been featured on numerous educational podcasts speaking his brand of school culture into existence. Snag a copy of Hans’ new book, Award Winning Culture: Building School-Wide Intentionality and Action Through Character, Excellence, and Community at: Amazon OR Barnes & Noble Connect on with Hans Twitter/Instagram: @HansNAppel Email:
October 27, 2020
Stories From a Homeschool Mom with Angie Muniz Ngo
Listen to this amazing podcast with homeschool veteran Angie Muniz Ngo!  If you'd like to reach out to Angie, you can do it through Facebook-Angie Muniz Ngo
October 13, 2020
Relationships for Building Character with Dan St. Romain
Dan St. Romain is an educational consultant from San Antonio, TX. He recently retired after working in the school system for the past 30 years. Prior to retiring, 50% of his time was spent traveling providing professional development. He is the author of two books: Teach Skills and Break Habits: Growth Mindsets for Better Behavior in the Classroom and Positive Behavior Principles: Shifting Perspectives and Aligning Practices in Schools; as well as several resources for teaching social skills at the primary level. If you would like to reach out to Dan for consulting services, keynote speaking opportunities or training, you can reach him through his website: or through Twitter: @danstromain. 
October 06, 2020
Changing The Narrative with Dr. Joe Sanfelippo
Joe started the #1minwalk2work Leadership Challenge, and co-authored The Power of Branding-Telling Your School's Story, Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students and Parents Love.  He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader in 2016 by the US Department of Education. He attended summits at the White House for both distinctions. Education Dive named Joe 1 of 5 K-12 administrators to watch in 2018and their National Superintendent of the Year in 2019. He has been a featured speaker in multiple states in the areas of Advancing the Use of Social Media for School Leaders, Telling Your School Story, Creating a Culture of Yes, and Personalized Professional Growth for Staff.  Go Crickets!! If you'd like to reach Joe, you can reach him on Twitter - @joe_sanfelippo or through his website at
September 29, 2020
Shifting Motivation with Mike Anderson
Mike Anderson’s mission is to help make teaching and learning more self-directed and joyful for both children and teachers. He has been an educator for more than 25 years. A public-school teacher for 15 years, he has also taught preschool, coached school swim teams, and taught university graduate level classes. He now works as a consultant providing professional learning for teachers throughout the US and beyond. In 2004, Mike was awarded a national Milken Educator Award, and in 2005 he was a finalist for NH Teacher of the Year. In 2020, he was awarded the Outstanding Educational Leader Award by NHASCD for his work as a consultant. Mike is the author of many books about great teaching and learning including Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn, The First Six Weeks of School, 2nd Edition, and The Research-Ready Classroom. His latest book, What We Say and How We Say It Matter, hit best-seller status five months after its release. When not working, Mike can be found hanging with his family, tending his perennial gardens, and searching for new running routes around his home in Durham, NH. Listeners can get in touch with me via email (, through my website (, or via Twitter (@balancedteacher).
September 22, 2020
Leading with Love with Brad Hughes
Brad is an elementary school Principal with 25 years’ experience in education. He is currently at Forest Hill Public School in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, designated a HERO Generation school in the Waterloo Region District School Board. Prior to becoming a school leader, Brad taught for 16 years in classrooms from Kindergarten to eighth grade, most recently teaching middle school Visual Arts, French and Special Education.  Brad is a certified “Self-Reg School Champion” and has an ongoing commitment to reframing the joys and challenges of school life through a Self-Reg lens. Brad and his wife Jennifer are proud parents of a son and daughter both in university. Brad describes himself as an optimist and recovering perfectionist who is passionate about "Leading with Love" to improve the lives of kids by supporting the adults that serve them.  Want more information on self-reg? Click here! If you'd like to connect to Brad, reach out to him through Twitter - @Brad_Hughes.
September 15, 2020
Trust Your Gut with Todd Whitaker
One of the nation's leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd Whitaker has written over 50 books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Shifting the Monkey, Dealing with Difficult Teachers, 10 Minute Inservice, The Ball, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating and Inspiring Teachers, and Dealing with Difficult Parents. Todd is available to speak/train your staff as well. You can reach him by email:, through twitter @ToddWhitaker or through his website:
September 08, 2020
Tips and Tricks for Navigating the Homeschool/Virtual Experience with Christina Monclova
Christina Monclova is an eight year homeschool veteran. She has taught her 4 girls through trial and error and done an amazing job throughout it all! Listen to this week's episode to hear some helpful tips and tricks for creating a successful experience for both student and teacher/parent! If you would like to reach out to Christina, please email her at
September 01, 2020
Servant Leadership with Meredith Akers
Meredith Akers is a wife, mom, Christ-follower and elementary school administrator who believes that the best way to help others grow is to model expectations. Her daily aspiration is to make a positive impact and to leave those she serves better off for having interacted with her. Meredith serves as Principal at Rennell Elementary in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD outside of Houston, TX. She is a Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 and a FlipGrid Certified Educator. Meredith has led numerous professional development sessions on her campus, for her district, at conferences such as ISTE and TCEA, and as a consultant. Meredith is a co-moderator of #TXed (each and every Wednesday night at 8:30pm CST) and she blogs at about educational leadership, ed tech tools and applications, and great instructional practices. You can connect with Meredith on Twitter by following @meredithakers.
August 25, 2020
Ripples in the Pond with Kristi Floyd
Kristi Floyd is a 27 year educator with experience in 1st, 2nd, 4th, SPED, ESL, and is currently a Dyslexia Intervention teacher for a large district in the Houston area. She attended Sam Houston State University before getting her degree from Baylor University.  Kristi has always had a love of children and is currently writing a children's book based on her belief that all students are more alike than they are different. She has built relationships with students that she maintains many years after they were actually in her class. Kristi has been fortunate enough to be acknowledged by those students who attest to the positive contributions she made in their lives. Listen to this podcast to learn some strategies to leave your own ripples in the pond with your students. 
August 18, 2020
Lead On! with Todd Nesloney
Todd is an award-winning author for his work in co-authoring Kids Deserve It! and Sparks in the Dark. He has also written the book Stories from Webb and published a children’s book, Spruce & Lucy. Todd has been recognized by John C. Maxwell as a Top 10 Finalist for the 2018 Transformational Leadership Award, by the White House as a Connected Educator “Champion of Change”, the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in Education, the Center for Digital Education as one of their “Top 40 Innovators in Education”, the BAMMYs as the “National Elementary Principal of the Year” and the “National Elementary Teacher of the Year”, and the Texas Computer Education Association as their “Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year”. Todd also travels and speaks about his innovative practices and how we have to stop making excuses on why we can’t do things for our students. Todd also speaks about his use of technology in the classroom and with his school and gives all educators ideas on how to continually utilize the tools at our disposal to create the best possible learning environment for children. He is also a 2x TEDx Speaker. Currently, Todd Nesloney is the Director of Culture and Strategic Leadership for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Previously, he was previously a Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Texas.  You can reach Todd at or through Twitter. If you would like more information about Camp Lead On, you can click here!
August 11, 2020
More Than Just A Yearbook by Mandy Cross
Mandy Cross is beginning her 13th year teaching in a large school district in north Texas. She brings a truly fresh perspective as a middle school teacher that has focused on the electives students LOVE to take-yearbook, broadcast journalism, photography, leadership, athletics and even english (7-11 grades).  Mandy coordinated the completion and delivery of more than 500 yearbooks this past spring during a socially-distanced pandemic! She has a BA and MA in English with a minor in Speech as well as a M Ed in Sports Administration. She would welcome opportunities to consult, coach or train/staff development using her vast experience in yearbook, journalism and photography. You may contact her through email:
August 04, 2020
An Educator's Journey into the Science of Reading with Holly Stripling
Holly began her teaching career in 2000 as a class size reduction teacher for a large school district in south Texas. She worked with third grade reading classrooms with pull out and push in small groups to help improve reading development. She went on to become an ELAR second grade teacher for three years. Next, she completed training at Region IV to be a dyslexia interventionist. Holly was a dyslexia interventionist for a year before becoming a Grades 2-3 district level Elementary Curriculum Specialist. After the birth of her first child she returned to a campus for dyslexia and reading intervention for about a year and a half. Her husband's job moved them to the North Dallas area where she taught first and second grade. She was blessed to take a year off with her second child, but the teacher life was calling her. Again, Holly's husband's job moved them south and she worked as a first grade, third grade, fifth grade teacher and as a middle school reading interventionist. While there, she completed her master's degree in leadership and policy studies, as well as, earning her principal certification. Holly then changed districts  to be an ELA Campus Instructional Coach for two years. Recently, she changed districts again to be an Early Literacy Coordinator for Comal ISD after passing the state's reading academy cohort leader screening process. If you would like to get in touch with Holly, you can reach her at or on twitter @holly_stripling
July 28, 2020
An Advocate for Children with Whitney Ahern
Whitney Ahern is a 11 year diagnostician that has a heart for children. Her biggest passion is in teaching students to be their own self-advocate. She has spent her career helping students identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies to become successful students, not only in the classroom, but also in life. Whitney has a BA in psychology with a minor in religion and a M Ed in special education with the diagnostician certification. she spent 13 years as a special education and resource teacher before beginning her current role as a diagnostician. If you would like to reach out to Whitney for coaching on interpreting assessments and developing plans for students specific needs, you can reach her through email: 
July 21, 2020
Classroom Heroes with Karl Dunn and Miguel Hernandez
In this week's episode of An Educator's Legacy, we meet two elementary school teachers with vastly different experiences.  Karl Dunn is a 36 year educator currently teaching 3rd grade Language Arts in a large district. He has previous experience in Miami and New Orleans teaching at private Lutheran schools. Karl is an amazing teacher that connects with his students through baseball and other things that interest them. Karl offers tutoring in 2nd-5th grade language arts and teaches adults english. If you would like to get in touch with Karl, you may reach him at or 346-204-0300. Miguel Hernandez is a 7 year educator currently teaching 5th grade math in a large district. He has previous experience teaching 4th LA, 5th LA, 2nd MS, 5th MS, and 3rd LA. Miguel has dreams of someday being an administrator so he can expand his impact bringing students, schools and communities together. If you would like to connect with Miguel, you may reach him at or 832-952-6699. Listen to this week's episode to hear the passions of these two different men and how they are difference makers!
July 14, 2020
Jump! with Jisha Iyer
Jisha Iyer spent the last 14 years as a resource teacher in a large district in Texas. Previously, she was a teacher in India before she decided to Jump!  Jisha is currently the owner and operator of Sleek Creperie and Cafe in Fairfield, 28610 Hwy 290, Suite F02, Cypress, TX 77433. She decided to follow her dream of owning a restaurant to expand her impact within the special needs community to employ special needs students! Her heart lies with her special children. Listen to her insight into the joys and the frustrations of being a resource teacher and how she feels about life now that she owns her own business!  I highly recommend her sugar free chocolate candy. It is AH-MAZING! There is none of the icky aftertaste you usually experience with sugar free candy. My grandkids and husband love SLEEK!  Sleek Creperie & Cafe Fairfield 28610 Hwy 290, Suite F02 Cypress, TX 77433 281-213-2108
July 07, 2020
Unleashed with Kim Gilson
Kim Gilson has had a "long and winding road" in her educational career. She began as a high school band director (just ask her about the  prop that ate the marching band!) and moved on to be a math teacher after having her first child. This led to a 5-year stint as a high school assistant principal, followed by a central office position where she worked with curriculum, data, and accountability. On July 1st, 2014, she began working at the Region 10 Education Service Center in Richardson, Texas, a 45-mile commute through the heart of Dallas. The very next day, her husband died of a blood clot. Kim powered through the grief process while commuting up Central Expressway for 5 years and currently works as the Chief Academic Officer at Advantage Academy. Kim is a certified Zig Ziglar trainer and coach. Her passion is encouraging women to pursue their giftings with courage and purpose, while making them laugh in the process. You might see her at church, and Kroger afterwards, wearing a tiara to signify she IS a daughter of the King. Kim has 2 grown sons, Trent and Cade, and 4-legged canine children, Duchess and Cosmo. Her life motto is, "Go Big or Go Home." Kim is available for leadership coaching and can be reached on FaceBook by searching Kim Stephenson Gilson or Atomic Joy.
June 30, 2020
A Librarian's Perspective with Adrienne Webster
Adrienne discusses how she supported educator's during the pandemic as well as her love of reading and history and all things books! Join us for an interesting look at a librarian's perspective! If you would like to contact Adrienne, feel free to contact me and I will connect you!
June 23, 2020
Charming Readers with Charmion Mohning
Charmion Mohning is a secondary reading coordinator for one of the largest districts in the state of Texas. She was raised on a farm in Iowa but moved to Texas as quick as she could! She has a degree in elementary education and psychology, as well as a masters degree in library science with an administration certification. She has taught 4-6 grade, was a curriculum coach for ESL, loves to garden, bake, run and be around kids. Charmion is a literacy expert for intermediate grades and is a consultant, coach and trainer. Her specialty is reaching the unreachable and giving teachers strategies to help struggling readers. The bigger the challenge, the more excited and animated she becomes. Charmion loves ALL students! With her diverse experiences, big bold personality and quirky sense of humor, Charmion is an entertaining, engaging and informative trainers, speaker and coach. You can reach her on Twitter @cmohning. 
June 16, 2020
White Privilege Explained with Erin Jones
Listen to this week's podcast by Erin Jones as she explains "white privilege". It is enlightening and will give you the tools and insights to better understand the racial biases people of color are facing. (We even talk about the term "people of color"!)  Erin shared with us that she has provided resources on her FB page - Erin Jones LLC - a list of resources to help white people gain a better understanding of the plight of our black and brown friends.  Erin has a 2nd cohort for educating white leaders in order to more accurately and empathetically address the racial tensions that have enveloped our nation. She is available at this time only to leaders. You may reach her at for more information or reach out to her on any social media channel. 
June 09, 2020
Dealing with People with Paul Kessler
Paul Kessler is a behavior specialist in a large school district in Houston, TX. He has a degree from Central Michigan University in education and 21 years experience. He has taught 5th grade, physical education and currently functions in an administrative role on his campus of around 950 students. Paul’s humor, wisdom and experience make this interview full of nuggets to implement in your life immediately! If you’d like Paul to do sports or behavior coaching for you instructional teams or consulting for your campus, you can contact him at
June 02, 2020
The Power of Professional Journaling
How can you grow during this time of uncertainty? Journaling! Research shows professional journaling has many benefits including health benefits! As we navigate unfamiliar territory, we may find ourselves struggling with a steep learning curve! A definite bonus over the life we knew before: more time. We now have the time to self-reflect! Where previously we felt restricted by our schedules, many of us find ourselves with more uncommitted time than we had previously. Use this time wisely by self-reflecting in your professional practices! If you would like to order An Educator's Legacy, Impact and Reflection Journal- order here. If you would like to order THRIVE- order here. If you would like to order A Teacher's Reflective Impact Journal, Pursuing Greatness Every Day- order here.
May 12, 2020
Bold and Bolder with Molly and Weston Kieschnick
Co-authors Molly and Weston Kieschnick (who also happen to be partners in life) join me on this revealing podcast about some things education and many things outside of the norm! Listen to the hosts of Teaching Keating hijack An Educator's Legacy while still imparting their wisdom and influence in the most positive of ways! Molly Kieschnick is an educator who spent 9 years teaching middle school in east Los Angeles. She has also taught at a private International Baccalaureate School in Denver, and is currently a consultant, trainer, and speaker on instructional practices and positive culture.  If you would like to get in touch with Molly, email her through her podcast "Teaching Keating". Weston Kieschnick is an educator who wrote Bold School, a book about blended learning and a public speaker, consultant, trainer and associate partner with International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). If you would like to get in touch with Weston, he is on all social media platforms @Weston_Kieschnick.  Molly and Weston have a new book due out in June 2020 titled "Breaking Bold: 12 Habits of the World's Most Effective Teachers" and are hosts of one of the most downloaded educational podcasts titled "Teaching Keating". You can hear it on all the major podcasting platforms. 
May 05, 2020
De-escalation with Dignity with Jo Mascorro
This week we talk to the behavior lady, Jo Mascorro! She gives specific examples on how to handle difficult behaviors and insight into how her work evolved from teaching the hearing and visually impaired to becoming the behavior lady!  Jo Mascorro is an internationally sought out behavior management, communications, and proactive intervention specialist who speaks, consults, coaches and trains educators how to deal with those who exhibit challenging behaviors. She offers a common sense approach while offering a different perspective which allows the educator to feel empowered to be more in control with their own responses to other people.  If you'd like to get in touch with Jo, visit her website at, email her at or text her at 210-912-8584.
April 28, 2020
This is not what I expected my first year teaching with Baylee Tolopka.
Baylee is a first year kindergarten teacher, who LOVES her job! She is a Sam Houston Graduate, was recently married and loves dogs, kids and chocolate! If you'd like more information about project based learning, Genius Hour or WIN Time, feel free to reach out to Baylee - @BayleeTolopka, or @Baylle_Brook.
April 14, 2020
The Gift of Leadership with Chelsea Stone
"Never take for granted the difference you can make." One of the quotes from this great school leader. Chelsea talks about the difference she hopes to make in her educational career and tying to live a more balanced life. After taking the Wheel of Life Assessment during one of my workshops, she realized she was not living to her full potential!  Chelsea no longer lets life happen to her, but she happens to life! She has the gift of leadership and always has a smile. If you would like to get in touch with Chelsea to have her speak or consult with your campus or district, email her at
April 07, 2020
Extending the Table
Joshua Truitt is a second year statistics and math model teacher as well as tennis coach. He received the New Teacher of the Year Award and attended Southwestern University. He has a strong belief in teaching young men and women how to be successful through his math and tennis curriculum. He is currently building a project based statistics program and this year has begun teaching staff development on his campus. You can reach Josh at or follow his journey on Instagram @joshuatruitt.
March 31, 2020
Leaving a Legacy with Susan Brenz
Susan Brenz is a strong believer in building others up and allowing them to be successful! She loves to grow leaders! She sees the potential in others that many people miss. As a result, she has built a unique culture and climate in her school as principal that has a very low turnover rate. While many schools are struggling to find good teachers, Susan has positioned herself to draw the best of the best and has her pick of qualified applicants! What a great interview this was gaining insight into a person who cultivates success and leadership! Susan has a bachelor's degree in Business from Texas A & M, a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Houston where she graduated at the top of her class and her Principal's certification from Sam Houston State University. She has completed the Rice University Entrepreneurship Certification process and is a National Association of Elementary School Principals Mentor. She has the unique experience of opening 4 different campuses in the same district-each from a different perspective! She opened an elementary school as a student, teacher, assistant principal and principal. If you would like to reach Susan, you can find her on Twitter @susanbrenz or To follow her campus- @WoodardCFISD #allinwolfpack.
March 24, 2020
Surviving the Pandemic with Erin Jones
Erin Jones lives in Washington State, the most affected area of the US for the Covid-19 Novel Coronavirus. She offers insights and strategies to get through this difficult time as schools have made the decision to shut down until the end of April in her area. Listen to this timely message to dispel your fear and instill hope into the bleak circumstances we find ourselves in today. Erin speaks on may different topics including equity and abandonment. She has two TedX talks you can listen to on YouTube. If you would like to reach out to her to speak to your campus/students, you can reach her at
March 17, 2020
Compliment or Manipulation?
In this episode, we talk about finishing the year strong by cultivating relationships. The focus is on giving and receiving compliments to build relationships.
March 11, 2020
Tik Tok Teachers
In this episode, Amanda Lund and a I talk about how education has changed and the challenges faced by the teachers of today. She provides insight into the struggles of the modern day educator. Amanda is a fifth grade science teacher that is taking her DI team to the STATE competition this year! Get in touch with Amanda Lund on LinkedIn at 
March 03, 2020
Do the Right Thing with Dr. Patty Mooney
This week's guest is Dr. Patty Mooney. Dr. Mooney is currently an adjunct professor at Lone Star College and a consultant at Leading School Learning. She began her educational career teaching kindergarten and first grade before stepping into the administrative roles of assistant principal and principal. She has led both elementary and middle school campuses to success by supporting teachers in her mission to always put kids first.  If you'd like to get in touch with Patty, you can email her at or call her at 281-380-5970. She is available as a curriculum instruction coach or consultant. 
February 25, 2020
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!
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, 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. 
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 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about his practice. 
February 04, 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, on twitter- @severson_j; or by phone at 608-347-7325.
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!
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.
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 If you’re interested in his work on trauma-informed practice, you can visit that website at
January 07, 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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
December 03, 2019
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.
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.
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.
November 05, 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. 
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.
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. 
October 17, 2019