In AWE Podcast

In AWE Podcast

By Sarah Johnson
Welcome to the In AWE Podcast where we amplify women by sharing their unique stories and empowering a community through the mission in their message. Series formats will highlight stories about seeking balance, resilience, faith, overcoming obstacles, and strategies to remove tethers that bind us from rising to our full potential. The podcast is a feature developed by Sarah Johnson, former English teacher and school principal turned author and entrepreneur. Join our community by using the #InAWEtoRISE hashtag.
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Episode 19: In AWE of Melinda Miller--Community Builders Series
Melinda Miller is the elementary principal in Springfield Missouri and has been rocking that role for 15 years, unable to imagine doing anything else. She loves connecting with other principals and collaborating online. Teacher's work really inspires her and she strives to help her teachers grow. Technology integration is my strength as a leader. She has been Principal of the Year, a podcaster, she is a Google Certified Teacher/Administrator, she has been a district president for Southwest Missouri Association for Elementary Principals and has planned Edcamps. She is co author of a book about to be released this year that will no doubt impact school cultures across the country with it focus on appreciation and motivation for educators.  In this episode, we learn about several communities that Melinda has both led and enriched. She shares the benefits of being a connected professional, and we learn more about the impact of showing appreciation for staff. Through her story, we learn how we too can grow communities by building them, taking risks, and learning about ourselves through the process. This interview was so fun as any experience ever is with Melinda, and I know you will love her Community Builders story.  Connect with Melinda: Melinda on Twitter Melinda on Instagram The Principal Blog Principals Staff Appreciation and Motivation Group on Facebook   Mentioned in the Podcast: Jessica Johnson Dr. Alec Couros on Twitter Scott Ellias Dr. Tony Sinanis on Twitter Theresa Stager Dean Shareski on Twitter Spike Cook on Twitter Appreciation at Work Melinda Mentions   Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Amber Teamann Joe Sanfelippo Kelley Begley-McCall Kristen Kuhlmann Jay Posick  Mark French   Dave Burgess Consulting Books  The Four Disciplines of Execution  Atomic Habits High Performance Habits
38:58
April 22, 2019
Episode 18: In AWE of Andrea Gribble--Community Builders
This episode features Andrea Gribble, CEO of #SocialSchools4EDU. Andrea is passionate about helping your school broadcast your story to the world. After working with her daughter’s school district, she learned that many schools lack the time and expertise to feel comfortable with social media.  #SocialSchool4EDU was born in 2014 from Andrea’s desire to help other schools do the same. Andrea and her team manage social media for more than 70 school districts across the country and has trained more than 1,000  schools. #SocialSchool4EDU offers full social media management, coaching, and an online membership community to support schools. Andrea holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is a frequent speaker at educational conferences on the topic of social media. In this episode, we learn how fear nearly paralyzed Andrea from building her community after some personal and professional setbacks, how she has answered the call in life to build community both for schools and for a community of strong women with whom she partners to carry out the vision of her business. From her story, we learn the power of community, generosity, and believing in our worth to build something incredible for others. I am honored to amplify for you Andrea Gribble’s community builders story.  Connect with Andrea:  Andrea on Twitter Andrea on LinkedIn SocialSchools4EDU.com  SocialSchools4EDU on Facebook SocialSchools4EDU on Instagram Join The Crew with a $100 Discount- Simply mention the In AWE Podcast when you submit the form! Thank you Andrea. The Von Awesome Family in a Digital Daze: Andrea’s Book! Mentioned in the Podcast: Joe Sanfelippo on Twitter Michael Perry on Twitter Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Fear is a Liar by Zach Williams How I Built This with Guy Raz (NPR) Podcast Brene Brown
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April 15, 2019
Episode 17: In AWE of Rae Hughart: Community Builders Series
Rae Hughart is a Middle Level Math Educator in Illinois, creator of the Teach Further Model, and the Director of Training and Development for the Teach Better Team. She is co-host of the Teacher Better Talk Podcast with Jeff Gargas, which is part of the Teach Better Team.  In 2017, Rae was honored with the Illinois State University Outstanding Young Alumni Award – inducting her into the University Hall of Fame. In this episode we learn how Rae builds community in her classroom and extends that to the broader community impact learning as well as how she is passionate about building a community of educators with a desire to refine their craft through the Teach Better Team. Through her story, we learn how we too can take some our most challenging struggles and transform them into triumph and how we truly are better when we work together. Get ready to meet Rae Hughart and her Community Building story.  Connect with Rae: Rae on Twitter Teach Better Website Teach Better Conference – Teachers coming together to Teach Better. Mentioned in this Episode: Thomas C. Murray Neil Gupta Dave Burgess Jeff Gargas Tiffany Ott Chad Ostrowski LaVerne Lehman--Rae’s Influence Teach Better Talk Podcast Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Adam Welcome Educated by Design: Designing the Space to Experiment, Explore, and Extract Your Creative Potential by Michael Cohen Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis Rise Together Podcast with Rachel and Dave Hollis
39:11
April 8, 2019
Episode 16: In AWE of Jennifer Hogan-Community Builders Series
Jennifer Hogan has always had a passion for helping others. She has over 20 years experience as an educator, and she is currently an Assistant Principal at Hoover High School in Alabama. She has experience at the high school level as a science teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal. In her various professional roles, she has stressed the importance of creating an engaging learning environment through relationships and respect, high expectations, and student voice.  Jennifer was named the 2018 Alabama Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2018 National Assistant Principal of the Year. Jennifer is a valuable resource for educators across the globe as a presenter, mentor, and via her professional blog, http://thecompellededucator.com.  As a digital and connected leader, she is the co-founder of Alabama Education Chat (#ALedchat) and the quarterly United States Education Chat (#USedchat) on Twitter, she leads a voxer group for Women in Educational Leadership, and she is a co-creator of the Compelled Tribe, a blogging community for educators.  In this episode, we hear about Jennifer’s path into becoming a community builder and her focus on mentoring others. From her story, we learn how we too can find ourselves in the place we are meant to be, learn best from one another, and reach out to others to rise to our best version. Connect with Jennifer Jennifer on Twitter http://thecompellededucator.com Handbook for Courageous Leadership The Compelled Educator - Home | Facebook Awe Inspiring Recommendations Lolly Daskal on Twitter Lolly Daskal | Leadership Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker | Lolly … The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen Rising Tide Radio with Jennifer Hogan and Allyson Apsey on iTunes
36:22
April 1, 2019
Episode 15: In AWE of Dr. Rosa Isiah--Advocacy Series
This episode features Dr. Rosa Isiah, Director of Elementary and Instructional Supports in California. Her experiences include 25 years in education as Teacher, Bilingual Specialist, Language Arts Specialist, Assistant Principal, Coordinator of Federal and State Programs, and Principal.  As principal, Dr. Isiah focused on supporting the development of a healthy school culture, professional learning communities, and meeting the needs of the whole child. Dr. Isiah is passionate about equity in education and closing opportunity gaps for historically underserved students. She believes in the power of relationships and leading with purpose and passion.  Dr. Rosa advocates for social justice and equity in education in her district role, through #WeLeadED Twitter chat, WeLeadED Bamradio show, and her work with Solution Tree Associates.  In this episode, we learn the impact of Dr. Rosa’s teachers on her early life, how she found her voice against challenging odds, and how we too can speak our minds even if our voices shake.  Contact Dr. Rosa Isiah: Rosaisiah.blogspot.com Dr. Rosa on Twitter WeLeadED Podcast #FULLYCHARGED: 140 Battery Charging Maslow & Bloom Strategies for Students, Parents, and Staff Education Write Now, Volume II: Top Strategies for Improving Relationships and Culture Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Transforming School Culture by Anthony Muhammad Dare to Lead by Brene Brown @WomenED on Twitter @UCLACenterX Steven Weber on Twitter Shane Safir on Twitter Val Brown on Twitter Shana White on Twitter Phil Echols on Twitter Ken WIlliams on Twitter
43:09
March 25, 2019
Episode 14: In AWE of Mary Bridget Burns and Anisha Ismail Patel (WomenED_US)-- Advocacy Series
In this episode, we are featuring the Co-Founders of WomenED US, a grassroots movement to support and advocate for women in education in the US. Mary Bridget Burns and Anisha Ismail Patel share the mission of the movement, how they came to be part of the global Women ED movement, and their work in launching WomenED US. Join these awe inspiring women to learn more about their story in this advocacy series episode.  Connect with Mary Bridget Burns: Mary on LinkedIN Mary on Twitter Connect with Anisha Ismail Patel: www.InnovusED.com | @GlobalAnisha | LinkedIN Connect with WomenED US: WomenED US on Twitter Women ED US Membership Form Awe Inspiring Recommendations: The Children in Room E4 Girls On the Edge Empatico 10%Braver--Book by WomenED Mothers of Invention podcast
40:50
March 18, 2019
Episode 13: In AWE of Mandy Froelich-Advocacy Series
Mandy’ Froehlich's personal story and struggle with mental health challenges fuels her passion to advocate for mental health awareness. In this episode, we learn about what it is like for her to live with suicidal thoughts, and her suggestions about how to assist others to overcome their own challenges. The episode focuses on depression and suicidal thoughts, though Mandy is specifically an advocate for educators around all mental health challenges. Though some of the content may be challenging to hear, I encourage you to step forward with her in this message. I am honored to amplify Mandy’s advocacy story.  Mandy Froehlich is the Director of Innovation and Technology for the Ripon Area School District in Ripon, Wisconsin where she supports and encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. Her passion lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what is needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking. She consults with school districts and post-secondary institutions around the country in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, conducts workshops, and presents and keynotes nationally. Her first book, The Fire Within: Lessons from defeat that have ignited a passion for learning, discusses mental health awareness for teachers. Her book, Divergent EDU, is based on an organizational structure she developed to support teachers in innovative and divergent thinking. Mandy’s Website Mandy on Twitter Mandy on IG The Fire Within on Amazon Divergent EDU: Challenging assumptions and limitations to create a culture of innovation AWE Inspiring Recommendations: Anxiety Canada Jack.org #My53s The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Teacher’s Aide with Mandy Froehlich and Jon Harper My Bad with Jon Harper Mentioned by Sarah QPR-Question-Predict-Refer Training Youth Mental Health First Aid More Resources American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Crisis Line Resource National Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
41:34
March 11, 2019
Episode 12: In AWE of Lynn Colón--Advocacy Series
To launch this series, we welcome Lynmara Colón. She is the Director of English Learners Programs and Services in Prince William County, VA where she heads the office that provides comprehensive registration services to English Learners and immigrant children, and translation and interpretation services. Of the more than 90,000 students enrolled in PWCS, 26 percent receive services as English learners. These students represent 124 countries and 149 languages.  Lynn is an advocate for students who speak another language. She is passionate about transforming education through digital learning and providing access to technology to all students. She also believes that every school should be run like Disney, providing students with magical experiences every day. She serves on the Scholastic Principal Advisory Board, Board of Directors of VSTE (Virginia Society for Technology in Education) , and is a WELV (Women Educational Leaders in Virginia) ambassador for her region. She was also recognized as a National School Board Association's "20 to Watch."  Read about Lynmara: https://www.pwcs.edu/news/2018-2019_n_e_w_s/director_of_english_learner_programs  Connect with Lynmara: Lynmara on Twitter Awe Inspiring Recommendation: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
36:31
March 4, 2019
Episode 11: In AWE of Kara Knollmeyer-Passions Series
 Kara Knollmeyer is author of Unleash Talent: Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and the Learners You Serve. She serves as an assistant principal in St. Louis, Missouri and is an award winning educator.  In this episode, Kara shares about her passion to assist others to discover their passions, strengths, and talents. She also shares her own journey with reclaiming her life through a focus on selfcare, and we learn more about Kara’s journey into finding her own passion. Through her story, we learn how we too can live a life in a way that leads us to not only our own best versions but to seek to assist others to discover theirs. I am happy to bring to you, Kara Knollmeyer’s Passions story.  Connect with Kara: Twitter: @karaknollmeyer Website: https://www.karaknollmeyer.com #UnleashTalent Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Follow: Dwight Carter-@Dwight_Carter Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice by Brene Brown Mentioned: Dan Tricarico--The Zen Teacher/Sanctuaries
34:52
February 25, 2019
Episode 10: In AWE of Allyson Apsey: Passions Series
Allyson Apsey is the principal at Quincy Elementary in Zeeland, Michigan, where she leads her learning community with a serendipitous lens. As the author of three books geared toward living your best life, Allyson has a lot to share about intentional gratitude choosing joy as well as squeezing the lesson out of the tough spaces in life. She also shows us how we can do hard and important work AND have fun as well as bring joy while doing it! Connect with Allyson! Allyson's Website-Includes links to books, Princpal's Playhouse, and blog.  Allyson in Twitter Rising Tide Radio on iTunes Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Beautiful You By Profile Salon Karen Festa on Twitter
39:09
February 18, 2019
Episode 9: In AWE of LaVonna Roth: Passions Series
In this episode, LaVonna Roth shares her passion for helping others identify their individual S.H.I.N.E.s to make the most of this one life we are all given. LaVonna also shares what fuels her own passion to continue the work she does through the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® framework. You will love this conversation with the very genuine, passionate, and real LaVonna Roth. Connect with LaVonna: LaVonna on Twitter https://www.igniteyourshine.com/ LaVonna's Website Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Brene Brown Becoming by Michelle Obama
38:49
February 11, 2019
Episode 8: In AWE of Dr. Julie Hasson: Passions Series
Dr. Julie Hasson kicks off the series on Passions with an inspiring interview detailing her passion to amplify stories about lasting teacher impact through her research. Julie shares an incredible story about a special educator in her own life who aided her in childhood and adulthood, creating an incredible authenticity to her message. She speaks of how she overcame her own limiting beliefs to answer the calling to do this work in what she calls a divine assignment.  Connect with Julie: Twitter Chalk and Chances Unmapped Potential: An Educator's Guide to Lasting Change Julie's Awe-Inspiring Recommendations: In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney Lavonna Roth Sean Gaillard's The Principal Liner Notes Podcast on iTunes  
32:20
February 4, 2019
Episode 7: In AWE of Kelley Begley-McCall-New Beginnings Series
In this final episode of the New Beginnings Series, Kelley Begley-McCall shares her experiences choosing to enter into education as a second career though it had been a primary life passion. After starting in the legal field and beginning a family, Kelley went back to school to become a teacher and then again an administrator. Kelley's insights into following your passions while juggling the titles of wife, mom, and educator is inspiring and motivating. Connect with Kelley at: @mccall_kelley on Twitter an_inspired_principal on Instagram Kelley's Blogs: http://aninspiredprincipal.blogspot.com/  https://momsasprincipals.wordpress.com/ 
37:17
January 28, 2019
Episode 6: In Awe of Theresa Stager-New Beginnings Series
In this episode, Theresa Stager shares her experiences associated with transition in personal and professional roles. She recounts her experiences shifting from being a teacher into the business world and finding her way back into schools again. Theresa also shares how the end of her role as a military wife forged a new beginning for her personally. Theresa's story teaches us to embrace the new beginnings as a space of learning, knowing all the lessons will be used in another chapter.  Connect with Theresa at http://www.principalstager.com/ or on Twitter at @PrincipalStager.
35:14
January 21, 2019
Episode 5: In AWE of Liz Garden--New Beginnings Series
In this episode, Liz Garden-elementary principal in MA and co-founder of #MomsAsPrincipals shares her experiences with several new beginnings. Listeners will be inspired by her story that relates new beginnings as a foster mom, how she builds trust as a new leader in a building, and the incredible story she shares about how an ending of a marriage paved way for new beginnings in her personal and professional life.  Engage with Liz at @PrincipalGarden on Twitter or check out her blogs: www.musingstomotivate@blogspot.com   www.momsasprincipals.wordpress.com www.growingwithprincipalgarden.wordpress.com  
33:14
January 14, 2019
Episode 4: In AWE of Kristen Kuhlmann-New Beginnings Series
In our first episode on the New Beginning series, Dr. Kristen Kuhlmann shares her experience with divorce, new positions, and the importance she places on being a positive role model in leadership. Kristen's story teaches us how we too can take something that ends and make a positive new beginning.   Contact Kristen: https://twitter.com/ahsprincipal385?lang=en Instagram: AHSPrincipal385 and Facebook: Dr. Kristen Kuhlmann Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Resource for LGBTQ: https://www.glsen.org/ Kansas Commissioner Randy Watson: https://twitter.com/kscommissioner?lang=en  Dyane Smokorowski https://twitter.com/mrs_smoke Jon Gordon: https://twitter.com/JonGordon11 Phit-n-Phat Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/losing-100-pounds-phit-n-phat-real-diet-talk-from-someone/id1233384453?mt=2
36:21
January 7, 2019
Episode 3: In Awe of Dawn Meyers-Resilience Series
In this episode featuring high school counselor, Dawn Meyers, we learn about how a strong woman uses her experiences from a childhood containing high levels of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) to assist students in building their own toolboxes. Listeners will be inspired by Dawn's ability to overcome significant life traumas and to see how she is called to use them. You will not want to miss this inspiring episode on resilience.  References for more information on ACES, Protective Factors, and Families Anonymous: CDC on ACES and Resources Article through National Institute of Health Families Anonymous Connect with Dawn @DeeMeyers33
35:15
December 31, 2018
Episode 2: In AWE of Kaye Henrickson-Resilience Series
In this episode, Kaye Henrickson shares her story of rising through a Stage III breast cancer diagnosis. She bravely shares her experience with depression and how she battled back to not only beat the cancer but to author her experiences in Battle Courage. We are proud to amplify Kaye's story of resilience for the In AWE Community! Engage with Kaye: www.kayehenrickson.com  Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Courage-Channeling-Warrior-Princess/dp/1948365863 Orange Hat Publishing: https://www.orangehatpublishing.com/ Awe Inspiring Recommendations: AnaOno Intimates: https://twitter.com/AnaOnoIntimates She Did It Her Way Podcast with Amanda Boleyn : https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/podcast-she-did-it-her-way/id955023256?mt=2 The Tim Ferriss Show: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tim-ferriss-show/id863897795?mt=2
36:21
December 26, 2018
BONUS Episode:In AWE of Jessica Cabeen-Adoption Celebration
This bonus episode is dedicated in celebration of the anniversary when Jessica Cabeen and her family welcomed their son Isiah home from Ethiopia on December 23rd. In this amplified story, you will hear how Jessica experienced depression when the process for adoption had stalled out, but how she also rose out of it and into the calling of being an adoptive parent. She shares the reality of what she calls "after the airport" in parenting an adopted child, and she inspires us with the grace and perseverance she and her husband show in raising their boys. You will not want to miss Jessica's awe inspiring interview.  Find Jessica on Twitter @JessicaCabeen or her website https://jessicacabeen.com/. Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Brene Brown and Dare to Lead: https://brenebrown.com/ Rachel Hollis: https://thechicsite.com/ Jen Hatmaker: http://jenhatmaker.com/ Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in an All-About-Me World:  https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=michelle+borba
32:26
December 23, 2018
Episode 1: In AWE of Jessica Johnson-Resilience Series
In our first episode, we hear about how Jessica Johnson, leader in the field of education, uses her challenging childhood story to serve the students in her community and lives a life that demonstrates how we can rise through all conditions. In this episode, Jessica references several resources that have educated, inspired, and empowered her to share her story. Lead Like a Pirate (Beth Houf): https://leadlikeapirate.net/ Brene Brown: https://brenebrown.com/ Dare to Lead Ruby Payne's Work on Poverty: http://www.lecturemgt.com/ruby-payne Fostering Resilient Learners (Note author is Kristin Sours with Pete Hall) https://www.fosteringresilientlearners.org/ Mandy Froehlich: https://mandyfroehlich.com/ and on Twitter @froehlichm Kaye Henrickson: https://www.kayehenrickson.com/ on Twitter @KayeHenrickson Find Jessica at principalj.net and on Twitter @principalj.
35:25
December 17, 2018
In AWE Origin with Sarah Johnson
In this origin episode, Sarah Johnson shares what led her to create the In AWE Podcast as well as the purpose of the podcast. Thank you for joining the #InAWEtoRISE community by listening to and sharing this first episode.
07:58
December 7, 2018
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