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In AWE Podcast

By Sarah Johnson
Welcome to the In AWE Podcast where we amplify women by sharing their unique stories and empower a community through the mission in their message. Series formats highlight incredible women who leave us in awe of their impact on our world. 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 95: In AWE of The Lambrecht Sisters--Sisterhood Series
Welcome to the In AWE Podcast, my friends. I am so grateful that you have joined me for this episode today, and I have been enjoying this October series on Sisterhood so much! Today’s guests are a textbook definition of sister--we share DNA, secrets, hurts, joys, laughter, parents, and we’ve made one another aunties. These women have influenced my life in countless ways, literally picked me up after I’ve fallen, wiped away tears, and caused some of course as all siblings do. We have grown through decades together in faith, love, hope, trial, and seen one another at our absolute best as well as worst. These women hold my heart in their hands and collectively make up some of my absolute best memories not just from childhood, but all the way through to today. I know exactly how lucky I am to have been blessed enough to grow up with them, and I am over the moon that I get to share a piece of us with you in this interview today. In this Episode, we discuss: What it is like to be sisters in a large family What sisterhood means to us The ways we have become stronger women today from our sisterhood, and A few laughs over memories. In my writing, social media posts, and when I speak of my family, I refer to them as my nest crew---we survived and grew together in a cozy space--how fitting that my sister Pam asked me to share this quote by Lorraine K. Mitchell on sisterhood to kick us off-- --Sisters are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.-- I am deeply inspired by each of these women who I am blessed enough to call sisters, and I am honored to share with you today The Lambrecht Sisters’ Sisterhood Story. Sarah Johnson: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook: In AWE Podcast: Subscribe: Need a high-energy, authentic presenter for your organization? Contact Sarah Johnson for presentations on Going Beyond Balance, Leadership Foundations, Affirming Purpose, and many more. Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help amplify more women and reach more who need their messages by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platform.
October 19, 2020
Jolt 50: Lead Yourself First
In this Jolt Episode, Sarah shares a blog post she recently wrote about emotional intelligence and encourages listeners to check out the most recent podcast episode on Unlocking Us about burnout. Check that out here:  Sarah Johnson: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook: In AWE Podcast: Subscribe: Need a high-energy, authentic presenter for your organization? Contact Sarah Johnson for presentations on Going Beyond Balance, Leadership Foundations, Affirming Purpose, and many more. Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help amplify more women and reach more who need their messages by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platform.
October 18, 2020
Aspire to Rise Episode 2: Adam Cottos
It’s the chicken before the egg dilemma of career advancement. How does a person gain experience while not in the role they seek when aspiring up the proverbial career ladder? In today’s episode featuring Adam Cottos, we tackle the issue many aspiring leaders face. In this Episode, we discuss: The challenges Adam has faced in gaining experience for administrative positions Strategies has used to communicate his experience to prospective employers Suggested ways to navigate hearing no, gaining authentic feedback, and seeking out mentors with similar experience About Adam Cottos: Adam W. Cottos is an educator in the greater Cleveland area. He is married and enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and golfing. He is currently a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Communion of Saints School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He has worked at the high school and elementary grade levels for over the past 10 years. He has worked with a diverse group of students which has allowed him to develop a greater passion for education. His large focus this year will be on Social and Emotional Learning. He has received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree from Cleveland State University. He has also received his Master of Educational Administration from Cleveland State University and has his principal certificate. He has been a presenter at the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) conference as well as the winner of the Social Media Influencer contest hosted by NCEA. He is currently a Teach Better Ambassador. Follow Adam Cottos: Twitter: Blog: Interested in being a guest on Aspire to Rise? We would love to hear from you here. Follow the Hosts, Sarah Johnson: Sarah's Website Sarah on Twitter Sarah on IG Sarah on LinkedIn Sarah on Facebook Podcast Website Subscribe to the In AWE Podcast  Join Sarah’s FREE Five Day Going Beyond Balance Challenge: Joshua Stamper Contact: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook: Subscribe:
October 13, 2020
Episode 94: In AWE of Diana Schaapveld-Sisterhood Series
Diana Schaapveld is a wife and mother of four boys who has spent nearly 20 years dedicated to the veterinary community. Diana is a sports enthusiast, including the dreadfully bad Minnesota professional teams (in her words, I promise) and she is an avid fantasy footballer. In this Episode, we discuss: The origins of our friendship Diana’s exquisite resilience as she learns what it means to thrive in parenting twins plus two more boys Observations about what can shift friendships to sisterhood and keep it there Fun details about our friendship as well as the incredible woman that Diana is in all areas of her full life Friends, as I state in this interview, there exists a tiny circle of people in my life who know and love the most authentic version of me, and Diana is one of them. She is wise, brave, resilient, hilarious, and continues to be someone who teaches me through her life journey. I wish you could sit down with Diana in real life, play with her children, share (mostly inappropriate)  jokes and laughter, and watch her eyes light up with mischief the way I have hundreds of times. Instead, I am honored to share this interview with you while you get a front seat to our friendship as I share Diana Schaapveld’s and my sisterhood story. Connect with Our Guest, Diana on Instagram: Diana on Twitter: Sarah Johnson: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook: In AWE Podcast: Subscribe: Need a high-energy, authentic presenter for your organization? Contact Sarah Johnson for presentations on Going Beyond Balance, Leadership Foundations, Affirming Purpose, and many more. Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help amplify more women and reach more who need their messages by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platform.
October 12, 2020
Jolt 49: Paying Attention
Sarah shares her insights on paying attention to women in leadership keeping their calm and regulating during a challenging time. #InAWEtoRISE Connect with Sarah Johnson: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook: In AWE Podcast: Subscribe: Join Sarah’s FREE Five Day Going Beyond Balance Challenge: This post may contain affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, The author gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Need a high-energy, authentic presenter for your organization? Contact Sarah Johnson for presentations on Going Beyond Balance, Leadership Foundations, Affirming Purpose, and many more. Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help amplify more women and reach more who need their messages by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platform.
October 11, 2020
Episode 93: In AWE of WISE Women--Sisterhood Series
WISE Women stands for Women in Secondary Education. It is a sisterhood circle that started out of a common need for connection in our professional lives and has morphed into a trusted circle of confidants to help us through the most challenging circumstances. We are a group of women who have come together to support one another in all facets of life and show one another what it means to be sisters despite a lack of genetic connection. In this Episode, we discuss: The origins of the WISE Women group of educational leaders The powerful ways our sisterhood has impacted each one of us What makes this circle of sisters work The challenges women in secondary educational leadership roles face Ways you might become connected with a crew for your own benefit. Friends, I cannot say enough about the women featured in this episode, as well as a nod to those who were unable to fit the Saturday interview into their busy schedule. My hope is that by putting this authentic and loving, supportive group of professional women in your ears today, that you will be inspired. That you may strive to start your own sisterhood, to be brave enough to create space for circles to connect, challenge, support, and nurture one another. I have been so grateful for the collective and individual influence of this sisterhood in my life, and I know the mission in our message is meant to land friends. It is my deep joy to share with you the WISE Women on this Sisterhood Series. Connect with Our Guests, Kristen Craft (Kuhlmann): Heidi Armentrout: Laura Jennaro: Monika King: Jill Maras: Lacy Warren: Jessica Johnson: Sarah Johnson: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook: In AWE Podcast: Subscribe: Need a high-energy, authentic presenter for your organization? Contact Sarah Johnson for presentations on Going Beyond Balance, Leadership Foundations, Affirming Purpose, and many more. Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help amplify more women and reach more who need their messages by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platform.
October 5, 2020
Jolt 48: Awe Inspiring Moments--Anticipation
Sarah shares an illustration in the power of anticipation to produce joy in our lives. She shares a connection to research and jolts listeners to create their own boost to build up anticipation. #InAWEtoRISE Sarah Johnson: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook: In AWE Podcast: Subscribe: Join Sarah’s FREE Five Day Going Beyond Balance Challenge: This post may contain affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, The author gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Need a high-energy, authentic presenter for your organization? Contact Sarah Johnson for presentations on Going Beyond Balance, Leadership Foundations, Affirming Purpose, and many more. Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help amplify more women and reach more who need their messages by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platfor
October 4, 2020
Episode 92: In AWE of Kenzie Kuhlmann
Kenzie Kuhlmann is a student at Baker University, double majoring in mass media and theater. She is a fierce young woman full of self-knowledge and acceptance, knowing where she is going and who she is taking with her on that journey. Though she suffers from ADD, depression, and anxiety, she has learned to invest well in what serves her spirit as an independent and loving person. As a member of the LGBTQ community, Kenzie strives to be a voice, especially for those who do not have one. In this Episode, we discuss: Kenzie’s dreams and aspirations in the acting field Her journey to self-awareness and acceptance The impact her connection with family and her childhood has had on who she is today And her hope for a bright future. You are going to love every moment of this interview, my friends. I know I did. There is something so special about Kenzie, and our conversation flowed as if we have been life long friends. Her ability to understand her personal strengths and challenges to articulate them in a way that teaches is extraordinary for this young twenties lady. What a gift that I get to share Kenzie Kuhlmann’s Youthful voice. Connect with Our Guest, Kenzie Instagram: Kenzie on Twitter:   Sarah Johnson: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook: In AWE Podcast: Subscribe: Join Sarah’s FREE Five Day Going Beyond Balance Challenge: This post may contain affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, The In AWE Podcast gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Need a high-energy, authentic presenter for your organization? Contact Sarah Johnson for presentations on Going Beyond Balance, Leadership Foundations, Affirming Purpose, and many more. Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help amplify more women and reach more who need their messages by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platform.
September 28, 2020
Jolt 47: Awe Inspiring Moments-Disrupting Default Patterns Through Self-Awareness
Sarah shares about the power of self knowledge to overcome default patterns weighing us down and to engage with others in our lives. #InAWEtoRISE #LeadwithFAITH Get a copy of Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  Sarah Johnson: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook: In AWE Podcast: Subscribe: This post may contain affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, The Aspire Podcast gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Need a high-energy, authentic presenter for your organization? Contact Sarah Johnson for presentations on Going Beyond Balance, Leadership Foundations, Affirming Purpose, and many more. Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help amplify more women and reach more who need their messages by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platform.
September 25, 2020
Episode 91: In AWE of Kallie Nelson-Youth Series
Kallie Nelson is a fifth grade teacher in North Central MN where she serves students with passion and deep purpose. Kallie is a 2018 graduate of Winona State University in MN where she discovered her passion for teaching and a love of math specifically. She is a loving partner, recent puppy owner, exceptional sister and daughter, and forever lover of music, theater, and dance. In this Episode, we discuss: Kallie’s journey into becoming an educator Her experiences as a teacher during COVID19 Her thoughts on the future and potential aspirations Friends, without giving it away ahead of time, I want you to know that Kallie is exceptionally special to me, and you’ll hear about our connection in the episode. I have long been inspired by this young woman, deeply proud of the huge heart she uses every day to impact others, and in awe of her kind presence in this world. I can’t wait for you to hear our conversation and am deeply honored to share with you Kallie Nelson’s youthful voice. Connect with Our Guest, Kallie on Twitter: Kallie on IG: Sarah Johnson: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook: In AWE Podcast: Subscribe: Join Sarah’s FREE Five Day Going Beyond Balance Challenge: This post may contain affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, The Aspire Podcast gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Need a high-energy, authentic presenter for your organization? Contact Sarah Johnson for presentations on Going Beyond Balance, Leadership Foundations, Affirming Purpose, and many more. Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help amplify more women and reach more who need their messages by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platform.
September 21, 2020
Jolt 46: Awe Inspiring Moments-Slow Down
Sarah shares a message about slowing down to spread up.  #InAWEtoRISE Connect with Sarah: Sarah's Website Sarah on Twitter Sarah on IG Sarah on LinkedIn Sarah on Facebook Podcast Website Subscribe to the In AWE Podcast  Join Sarah’s FREE Five Day Going Beyond Balance Challenge: Need a Presenter for a conference or school PD? Contact Sarah Johnson for presentations on Going Beyond Balance, Leadership Foundations, Affirming Purpose, and many more. Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help me reach more listeners by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platform.
September 18, 2020
Aspire to Rise Episode 1: Alana Gilliam
As a leader, have you ever found yourself feeling attacked when a colleague is providing critical feedback? This month’s aspiring leader, Alana Gilliam, shares how she struggles to feel comfortable and confident in crucial conversations. In this Episode, we discuss: A challenge Alana shares in her leadership experience Importance of emotional intelligence for leaders and complexity in giving and receiving feedback Resources for engaging in important and effective conversations About Alana Gilliam: She is a 6th grade math teacher and team leader in Bentonville Arkansas. She just started her 11th year teaching, and is currently working on her specialist degree in educational leadership. Alana has a passion for supporting both students and teachers in meeting the diverse needs of students. Follow Alana Gilliam: Alana on Twitter Alana's Blog Alana on IG Resources from Episode Crucial Conversations Radical Candor Radical Candor Blog Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Interested in being a guest on Aspire to Rise? We would love to hear from you here. Follow the Hosts, Sarah Johnson: Sarah's Website Sarah on Twitter Sarah on IG Sarah on LinkedIn Sarah on Facebook Podcast Website Subscribe to the In AWE Podcast  Join Sarah’s FREE Five Day Going Beyond Balance Challenge: Lead with FAITH Balance Like a Pirate Joshua Stamper Contact Joshua Joshua on Twitter Joshua on IG Joshua on LinkedIN Aspire Leadership Development Podcast Facebook Subscribe to Aspire Leadership Development Podcast This post contains affiliate links, which support the podcast at no cost to you. Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help reach more listeners by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platform.
September 16, 2020
Episode 90: In AWE of Kaila Belt--Youth Series
Episode 90: In AWE of Kaila Belt--Youth Series In AWE Podcast with Sarah Johnson Welcome back to the In AWE Podcast and a seriously inspiring series filled with bright, youthful voices. Let’s never underestimate the creativity, resilience, and strength within our youth, my friends. Today’s guest is a special young woman whose spirit is vibrant and full of hope. Kaila Belt is the founder of K’s Kreations, a custom art and sticker business, founded in May of 2020. She is a member of her school’s company dance team and a member of the school band. She also serves as a middle school small group leader at her church, Preston Trail Community Church. Kaila is the oldest of five kids, adores Hamilton and has a new found love of theater. In this Episode, we discuss: Kaila’s inspiration for creating her own business Her experiences as a high school student during COVID19 Her love of family, firm faith, and her hope for the future I am so glad you are here, my friends. You are going to love Kaila’s story, her heart, and the way she paints such a special picture of her beautiful life as a teen in 2020. I am deeply inspired by this young woman, and am honored to share with you Kaila Belt’s youthful voice. Connect with Our Guest, K’s Kreations2020 Instagram: Email Kaila at:  Sarah Johnson: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook: In AWE Podcast: Subscribe: Join Sarah’s FREE Five Day Going Beyond Balance Challenge: This post may contain affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, The Aspire Podcast gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Need a high-energy, authentic presenter for your organization? Contact Sarah Johnson for presentations on Going Beyond Balance, Leadership Foundations, Affirming Purpose, and many more. Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help amplify more women and reach more who need their messages by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platform.
September 14, 2020
Jolt 45: Awe Inspiring Moments-Perspective
Sarah shares a story about her own need for a perspective shift this week. May it jolt you to shift your own lens, friends. #InAWEtoRISE
September 13, 2020
Aspire to Rise Kick Off Episode
Aspire to RISE: Featuring Sarah Johnson and Joshua Stamper Have you ever been in a situation where you needed guidance in your leadership journey? In this episode of Aspire to RISE, Sarah Johnson and Joshua Stamper share their vision of the show and how coaching helped them face their leadership challenges. In this Episode, we discuss: Our Leadership Backgrounds The Podcasts Origin Stories Coaching and Mentorship And Future Episodes We are glad you joined us on Aspire to Rise where we will ascend to new leadership heights together. Join us again next month where we will share our conversation with a wonderful aspiring leader. Until then, keep reaching friends! Follow the Hosts, Sarah Johnson: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook: In AWE Podcast: Subscribe: Join Sarah’s FREE Five Day Going Beyond Balance Challenge: Joshua Stamper Contact: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook: Subscribe: This post contains affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, The Aspire Podcast gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Need a Presenter for a conference or school PD Contact Sarah Johnson for presentations on Going Beyond Balance, Leadership Foundations, Affirming Purpose, and many more. Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help me reach more school leaders by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platform.
September 8, 2020
Episode 89: In AWE of Erin Dickman--Youth Series
Erin Dickman is a 2020 graduate from Loveland High School in Ohio and a bright-eyed freshman at Ohio State University, majoring in finance. Her years may be young, but her leadership experiences are deep, and her passion for serving others was refined through community outreach programs. She has interned for the City of Loveland in their finance department, served as the Vice President of her high school’s chapter of Democrats of America Club, served as a spokesperson for her school to the secretary of state of Ohio, and notably spoke at a state conference for educators this past spring on a student panel. Erin possesses a sharp mind, a passionate vision for her future, and a wisdom beyond her years. In this episode, we gain from her perspective on what it was like to close one chapter as a high school student and open a new one into college life during a pandemic. She shares her beautiful perspective on education and the power of failure and iteration. I was blown away by our conversation at each turn, and it was a true joy to speak with her.  Connect with Erin: Erin on Instagram Join Sarah for the FREE Five Day Going Beyond Balance Challenge!
September 7, 2020
Jolt 44: Awe Inspiring Moments-Connect
Sarah shares a jolt to get you thinking about how you can be intentional about not letting disconnect win. She also shares upcoming information about updates to the podcast. Check them out in this short episode. #InAWEtoRISE
September 6, 2020
Episode 88: In AWE of Marlena Gross-Taylor
Marlena Gross-Taylor is the founder of EduGladiators and a nationally recognized edleader with a proven track record of improving educational and operational performance through vision, strategic planning, leadership, and team building. A Nashville transplant originally from southern Louisiana, Marlena’s educational experience spans several states allowing her to have served K-12 students in both rural and urban districts. She has been recognized as a middle school master teacher and innovative administrator at the elementary, middle, high school and district levels. Marlena’s professional development expertise has national attention and she serves as an AMLE middle school expert. She has also leveraged her past experience in corporate management to also include corporate training and leadership coaching in her repertoire of consulting services focused on culture, engagement and increased productivity. Marlena is a seasoned presenter keynoting conferences and delivering dynamic professional development sessions. As a proud Louisiana State University alumni, she is committed to excellence and believes all students can achieve. In today’s episode, we get to hear the incredible story of Marlena’s journey into education as well as into becoming a leader among leaders. Her focus on amplifying excellence and building a community to grow the profession as well as amplify voices is deeply inspiring to me. Marlena is a treasure, and I think you will be able to tell from our conversation how much I enjoyed talking with her. You are going to love this leader, friends. I am deeply honored to share with you Marlena Gross-Taylor’s Amplifer story. Connect with Marlena: Marlena on Twitter Marlena on IG; Edugladiators on Twitter Join Sarah’s Free Five-Day Going Beyond Balance Challenge on Facebook! Join Sarah’s Newsletter
August 31, 2020
Jolt 43 Awe Inspiring Moments
Sarah shares a message to remind you to stay on mission and keep living your daily legacy because someone is watching. #InAWEtoRISE
August 27, 2020
Episode 87: In AWE of Dana Goodier--Amplifiers Series
Dana Goodier is currently a school administrator with 20 years of experience in education. She spent most of her career teaching World Languages and English. She completed her doctorate degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership in March 2020. For her capstone, she researched reasons parents were opting their students out of high-stakes testing at middle schools and how that affected the district accreditation rating. Building off of her own growth as a teacher, she actively provides educators with professional development on techniques to minimize off-task behavior and to increase time on task. Dana is the host of the new podcast “Out of the Trenches”, which features educators who have been in the trenches and have managed to crawl out. In this episode, Dana shares her experiences leading school during this pandemic, her journey into Podcasting, and we discuss some of the awesome guests she has amplified. If you have been considering starting your own podcast, maybe Dana’s story will inspire you. I am honored to amplify for you Dana Goodier’s Amplifier Story. Connect with Dana: Dana on Twitter Mentioned in the Show Principal Center Radio Podcast Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast Transformative Principal Podcast
August 24, 2020
Jolt 42: Awe Inspiring Moments
Even if it is not what you picture, would you still be content? If the path was the long way or the shortest, would you still follow it? Sarah shares a recent blog post she wrote about her experience in learning to trust the path given to her instead of designing her own. #InAWEtoRISE
August 23, 2020
Episode 86: In AWE of Yvonne Smith-Jones--Amplifiers Series
Dr. Yvonne Smith Jones is the Director and CEO of Highly Effective Services, Inc. where she has had a contract as an Impact Coach since 2012 working with principals in 75% of the Commonwealth of Virginia schools for a School University Resource Network (SURN) in the School of Education at the College of William and Mary plus coaching numerous school-based leadership teams with Highly Effective Services. She has served as the Director for the Project ALL leadership project in the Educational Leadership department at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009-2011. She retired in 2009 after working for thirty-one years as a teacher, principal and educational leader for New Kent County and Hopewell City schools. Serving eight years in the Principalship and spending thirteen years as the Director of Mathematics, Science and Technology for Hopewell Public Schools. She received numerous awards for her leadership from organizations such as the Women Educational Leaders of Virginia, New Kent County NAACP,  Hopewell Public Schools, Longwood College of Education and Human Services, Southern Virginia Regional Technology Consortium, Richmond Area Council America Business Women’s Association, Virginia Commonwealth University. **More bio read in episode*** In this episode, Dr. Yvonne speaks so many eloquent truths about the importance of finding our voices, using them, and serving others to find and use theirs. She is a deep deep well of wisdom, knowledge, service, leadership, and history. We touched upon so many more topics than I could have hoped for in our discussion, and her message is perfect to remind us that we can never stop learning. She deeply inspired me in our chat, and I know she will have a mission in her message that will land however you need it now, friend. I am honored to share with you Dr. Yvonne Smith Jones’s Amplifier Story. Connect with Dr. Yvonne: @JonesDrysj12 on Twitter Black Women Education Leaders (BWEL) on Twitter
August 17, 2020
Jolt 41: Awe Inspiring Moments--Connections
Sarah share the importance of connection in this Jolt and some revelations she has had about the battle to remain connected amidst turmoil. #InAWEtoRISE
August 13, 2020
Episode 85: In AWE of Erin Casey-Amplifiers Series
I am elated to share with you Erin K. Casey, founder, chief instigator,  author, book coach, ghostwriter, editor, and publishing coach, Erin helps experts, educators, ministry and business leaders, life coaches, and speakers share their messages effectively and professionally. She has been dubbed “the best-read editor in education” and called a “Jedi-master editor” and “fairy-godeditor” by her clients. Leading a team of experienced writers, editors, copy editors, proofreaders, artists, and designers, Erin guides authors through the writing and publishing process to ensure that, whether their books are indie-published or traditionally published, they are beautifully written and designed. Her own writing has been featured in national newsstand magazines including SUCCESS Magazine, Empowering Women, Live Happy, and Success from Home among others. In addition to helping others tell their stories, Erin is the author of Get Personal: The Importance of Sharing Your Faith Story and the Zany Zia’s Hats to Where adventure series for children. In this episode, we learn about Erin’s experiences amplifying stories for a lifetime, she shares critical insights into what it takes to write, publish, and amplify books, and much more. Many people reach out to me asking about the process of writing a book, so I know there are several listeners who will benefit deeply from this conversation. Erin is such a down-to-earth, caring person, and I am honored to be connected to her and elated to be able to share with you, Erin K. Casey’s Amplifier story. Connect with Erin! Get connected with Erin if you feel called to write your own book! My Writer's Connection Instagram My Writer's Connection Facebook My Writer's Connection Website Erin on Twitter Order Books Get Personal: The Importance of Sharing Your Faith Story Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well 
August 10, 2020
Episode 84: In AWE of Pawan Wander--Amplifiers Series
Pawan (Pav) Wander is an elementary school teacher from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has taught middle school for 15 years and now is beginning her journey teaching primary grades this coming year. Pav makes up half of the hosting team of The Staffroom Podcast, and The Drive on VoicEd Radio. She and Chey Cheney have also been involved in several other projects involving Education, including encouraging educators to "Rediscover their Voice," and begin archiving their thoughts and feelings about education. Pav loves to work out, picnic with her two boys, listen to lots of books, and she recently took up running! In this episode, we get to hear about how Pav got started amplifying her voice in the podcast and radio show she cohosts as well as more about her story as an educator, mom, and person. She shares about her upcoming year and the challenges and joys of change as well as the benefit of what building a community can do after all the hard work. Her voice is an inspirational light for us all, and I am very excited to share with you Pawan (Pav) Wander’s Amplifier Story. Connect with Pav: The Staff Room Podcast with Chey and Pav The Drive with Chey and Pav  @PavWander on Twitter @StaffPodcast on Twitter @TheDriveVoicEd on Twitter Episode Interlude with Pav: What’s in a Name? In AWE of Huda Essa
August 5, 2020
Jolt 40: Awe Inspiring Moment-Routines
Sarah shares her struggle with routine and a tip for setting your tone for the day. #InAWEtoRISE
August 4, 2020
Episode 83: In AWE of Jessica Johnson--Coaches Series
Jessica Johnson serves as the middle/high principal in Dodgeland, WI where she has completed her first year in that role after serving eleven years at the elementary level. When she isn’t busy running a school, she serves professionals as a consultant and speaker on the side. Jess is a celebrated author of several books including ASCD’s The Coach Approach to School Leadership and the one we co-wrote together with Jessica Cabeen- Balance Like a Pirate: Going Beyond Work-Life Balance to Ignite Passion and Thrive as an Educator.  Jessica earned her Bachelor’s degree in education from Bemidji State University in MN, and her Masters Degree from Arizona State University and serves as an adjunct professor for educational leadership at Viterbo University in La Crosse WI. Always the learner, she is pursuing her doctoral degree in education leadership from Edgewood College. When she is not out making the professional world a better place for kids, she devotes her passion to the three important men in her life, her two sons and husband. In this episode, Jessica shares her journey that led her to not only develop her own vision for having a coaching mindset as a principal but challenging systems to allow for that style of leadership as well as creating space for leaders to adopt the mindset. She shares about her current experiences leading school through this pandemic, and we get to hear her wisdom around learning and leading. Friends, she is so busy but giving me this time so I can share her with you is just one more example of Jess’s service hearted mentality. I am so thrilled that you will gain from her insights today, and I am deeply excited to share my friend with you all again on this podcast. With much love, I bring to you, Jessica Johnson’s Coaching Story. In AWE of Jessica Johnson--Resilience Series Connect with Jessica: @PrincipalJ on Twitter Voxer: @PrincipalJ Jessica’s Website Grab Jessica’s Books! Coach Approach to School Leadership: Leading Teachers to Higher Levels of Effectiveness Balance Like a Pirate: Going Beyond Work-Life Balance to Ignite Passion and Thrive as an Educator Breaking Out of Isolation: Becoming a Connected School Leader 
July 29, 2020
Jolt 39: Awe Inspiring Moments-Enneagram
Sarah shares about the Enneagram as an overview and shares her experiences in using the Enneagram to recenter herself during the Pandemic of COVID19. Check out the resources mentioned in the episode: RHeti Tool WEPSS Tool The Road Back to You by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile
July 27, 2020
Episode 82: In AWE of Jenny Sauve---Coaches Series
Jenny Sauve currently serves as an Instructional Coach in Wisconsin. She graduated from UW-La Crosse in 2007 with a degree in early childhood/elementary education and is currently obtaining her Reading Specialist license through UW-Stout.  She has rocked the classroom for nine years as a classroom teacher in grades Kindergarten-4th grade, became a  licensed in-home daycare provider along the journey, and also directed an elementary-aged before and after school program.  Jenny has had the opportunity to live and work in Mesa Arizona, Shell Lake & Roberts Wisconsin and now she calls the tiny town of Elmwood her home in a brand new role as an instructional coach. She is growing and learning much about herself as she navigates life as a wife, mother of four, educator, grad student and now coaching others to fulfill their strengths and continue striving to be better for the children they serve together. Jenny’s mission is simple and beautiful:, to be a light for those in her life. She has always longed to remain in the background and has learned in her 36 years that God has given her a servant’s heart, a gift she is still navigating. She knew working with young children was her calling when she began teaching 13 years ago. In that time she has become passionate about instilling a value of self-worth in each child with whom she works, creating and fostering meaningful relationships with her students and colleagues. In this episode, Jenny shares about her journey in education and life surrounding what has brought her to her current role now as an instructional coach. We discuss the ways she has transitioned and how each uncomfortable shift after getting comfortable has led her to be able to serve the staff and students well and with grace. Sharing my friend with all of you is a true gift to me as this woman has been an integral part of my life through a challenging and joyful decade or so, and her insights are precious. I know there is a mission in her message here for you today, friends, and it brings me the deepest of joy to share with you Jenny Sauve’s coaching story. Jenny's Email
July 21, 2020
Jolt 38 Awe Inspiring Moments
Sarah shares the six lessons she is learning in losing her grandma. She believes there is a mission in her message for you, friends. #InAWEtoRISE
July 19, 2020
Episode 81: In AWE of Keely Rees--Coaching Series
Dr. Keely Rees is a Full Professor in the Department of Health Education and Health Promotion at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is owner of Keely Rees International, LLC.  Her research and work in the health field provide the foundation for advocacy, policy, and women's health in a variety of public health settings. Keely's career has focused on the well-being of people and organizations. As a teacher, personal coach, workshop facilitator, mother, and wife, Keely has an extensive background in personal and organizational health. She loves working with educators, health professionals, teens, young adults, and professionals of all ages and experiences. Her work is grounded in compassion and enthusiasm for individuals and communities. Keely recognizes how we are all a work in progress and the need for connection and empathy is evident in our homes and workplaces. In today’s episode, Keely gives us much wisdom that stems from her deep and extensive work in public health and dives deeper into her passion for serving small groups and individuals in their own journey toward healthier living. I loved this conversation with Keely, and we touched upon the pandemic, politics, self-awareness, and much more. Keely is going to make you think and consider the power of self-reflection, and if you find yourself in need of a pivot, I think she will empower you to know you can! I am honored to bring to you Keely Rees’s coaching voice. Connect with Keely Twitter: @Keely_Rees Instagram: @ompeace  LinkedIn:
July 15, 2020
Jolt 37: Awe Inspiring Moments
Sarah shares about a recent kindness shown by Tamara Letter and urges you to make your own ripple. Check out Tamara's Episode on the In AWE Podcast! Get your own copy of A Passion for Kindness.
July 13, 2020
Episode 80: In Awe of Sherry St. Clair--Coaches Series
Sherry St. Clair is the founder of Reflective Learning LLC, an educational consulting agency based in Kentucky. Her organization works with schools around the world, creating specialized training and coaching services for school administrators and educators. Additionally, Sherry serves as a Senior Consultant for the International Center for Leadership in Education and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership, as well as a Rank I in Instructional Supervision. As an international consultant, Sherry draws from her rich experience at various levels of public education–teaching elementary school, being an administrator in a high school of 1,300 students, working as a state consultant, and creating and facilitating virtual courses. Sherry is a highly regarded national speaker and consultant, providing educational agencies with expertise in the areas of instructional leadership, effective classroom practices, classroom walkthroughs, effective use of data and guidance on how to create structures for successful classroom coaching. Coaching schools to best meet the needs of all students is Sherry’s passion. Sherry is a contributing author to Effective Instructional Strategies Volume 2 published by the International Center for Leadership in Education. She has published numerous professional learning activity guides and facilitated webinar series focused on leadership and effective instructional practices. Additionally, Sherry developed virtual instructional workshops for the CTE Technical Assistance Center of New York. In partnership with the Successful Practices Network, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and The School Superintendent Association (AASA) , Sherry has recently been a part of bringing innovative practices to scale. Her latest publication, Coaching Redefined: A Guide to Leading Meaningful Instructional Growth, was released in June of 2019. We recorded this episode months ago, so part of our conversation is couched within that timeframe of remote learning through COVID 19. Sherry’s message is so authentic and generous, and we learn about her journey into launching her own business, her focus on students in her work of coaching schools and leaders, and she shares wonderful insight into the challenges and joys of coaching. I am honored that Sherry would have this conversation with me, and I am delighted to share with you Sherry St. Clair’s Coaching Story. Connect with Sherry: Facebook: Sherry St Clair; Sherry on Twitter Instagram:  Sherry St. Clair
July 7, 2020
Jolt 36: Awe Inspiring Moments
Sarah shares a loving tribute directly to her grandma. May this jolt episode serve to inspire you to do the same for a loved one in your own life. 
July 5, 2020
Episode 79: In AWE of Connie Redic--Voices Series
Connie Redic is a native of Dallas, TX working as an Assistant Principal in Andover, KS, a suburb of Wichita. She has over 13 years of educational experience as a former science teacher and instructional coach. She has worked in urban and suburban school districts in both Texas and Kansas. Connie plans to pursue a doctorate degree in educational leadership and is currently working on her district leadership license through Wichita State University. Connie is married to her college sweetheart Brandon and together they have 3 children: BJ (15), Briana (11), and Lily (2). During this interview, we learn so many wonderful ways that Connie lives a life steeped in deep purpose. From her experiences in leading in the church where her husband is a pastor to overcoming significant health challenges with a recent battle with cancer, Connie’s inspiring voice shines through. We discuss how her voice has shifted and grown over the years, and we hear her wisdom around striving to become better and a positive model through adversity. I am deeply in awe of this woman, and it is with great joy that I share Connie Redic’s courageous, humble, and wise voice. Connect with Connie: Connie on Twitter Connie on Instagram
June 29, 2020
Episode 78: In AWE of Marisol Rerucha--Voices Series
Marisol Rerucha is an educational leader who doesn't just talk about restorative practices, equity, social justice, trauma informed care, and generational poverty; she has both lived experience and a proven record of doing this work while leading change in education and non-profit systems. The impact of her passion, experience, work, and voice is felt beyond her own community as she serves as the Chief of Partnerships and Strategy for the National Parents Union, as the Director of Culture and Community for DBC Inc, is a member of the UNIDOS US National Institute for Latino School Leaders alumni council, and serves on the board of Youth Empowerments Finest. She has formed and used her voice as an educational advocate for students, parents and our communities, while creating space and providing resources for staff, students, and parents to elevate theirs. Marisol’s passion is ensuring all students, especially those pushed out and most marginalized by society and our school systems, have high quality educational experience and are provided comprehensive services. She has engaged in the real work of addressing and ending the school to prison pipeline by building and leading career readiness and career technical education in juvenile court and community schools. Connect with Marisol: Marisol's Email Marisol on Twitter National Parents Union Facebook Page Resources: New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander When They See Us Ana D Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique Morris ACLU of San Diego Shaun King on Twitter Equal Justice Initiative Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Just Mercy Movie White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo Southern Poverty Law Center on Twitter Ibram X Kendi
June 22, 2020
Jolt 35: Awe Inspiring Moments
Sarah shares the section she wrote about her dad from Lead with FAITH on Father's Day, jolting listeners to either write about someone who inspires them or think about a way to influence in any space without a title.  Get your copy of Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  Join Sarah’s mailing list to receive her Five Ways to Slay Fear in 2020:
June 21, 2020
Episode 77: In AWE of Jane Kise--Voices Series
Jane A. G. Kise, Ed. D., is the founder of Differentiated Coaching Associates. For the past 20 years she has worked as a consultant, specializing in teambuilding, coaching, and professional development. She is also the author or coauthor of over 25 books, including Unleashing the Holistic Leadership, Thriving Schools; Step In, Step Up: Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey;  Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers Change, 2nd ed.; and Intentional Leadership. She holds an MBA in finance from the Carlson School of Management and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, both in Minnesota. I asked Jane to be on the podcast to center our conversation mostly around the topics found in her most recent book, Step in, Step Up: Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey. First of all, it is the first book that I have been able to find specifically for women in school leadership and also because it is the first one that I have marked up the margins for in a long time. There is so much gold in that book that I encourage you to simply pause the interview and order a copy because you’ll want one of your own and then come right back to us. One note that I want to make for listeners, especially those of you coming to the episode fresh to publication is that we touch upon gender issues for women in leadership, and we come close to discussing intersectionality, hinting just a tad about race, but we don’t go deeper. We had recorded the interview prior to the acute focus in our nation on race discussions. There is much room for the nuance found for women of color in school leadership, and Jane’s book includes research and information. For today’s topic, we stick to gender. Jane’s insights are fascinating to me, and in this episode, we dive into archetypal leadership, power dynamics, sponsorship v. mentorship, and much more. What an awesome opportunity to open up this conversation with a leader in the field! I know you will love this one, friends, and I am deeply honored to share with you Jane Kise’s for this series on Voices. Connect with Jane: Step In, Step Up: Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey Jane Kise on Twitter
June 15, 2020
Episode 76: In AWE of Valerie Lewis--Voices Series
Valerie Lewis has been an educator for 20 years across three states, serving in both public and private sectors in the elementary and high school levels. She is currently an administrator for a large high school in Georgia. She is involved in advocacy in her community as well as in education, engaging in the ISTE Digital Equity professional learning community. Valerie is dedicated to learning through experiences and engaging activities. Learning must make an impact. Her belief is that critical learning possibilities should be activated NOW so students are future-ready. Valerie is an encourager and motivator and has the mentality that the team is better together. Learning is a journey that ultimately transforms. In this episode, we hear Valerie’s voice come through for us around topics of community activism, leadership beyond titles, and we engage in a timely and brave conversation around the work behind engaging around racial injustice and leading toward equality in our schools. I am inspired deeply by Valerie and the leadership she provides to her community, to her school, our professional learning network, and to the education profession. It is a great honor to share with you Valerie Lewis’s Leading Loud Voice.   Connect with Valerie: Valerie on Twitter Valerie’s Blog Mentioned: Ken Shelton Lisa Dabbs The United Ebony Society White Fragility Be the Bridge #WmnLeadEdu
June 11, 2020
Jolt 34: Awe Inspiring Moments
Sarah shares her experiences in unlearning racism and the journey to continue to learn and become an antiracist and ally to racial reconciliation, equity, and justice. #InAWEtoRISE Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas…/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-…/mobilebasic… I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Episode with Knikole Taylor Educolor Movement on Twitter Val Brown on Twitter Clear the Air Education Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School by Carla Shalaby
June 1, 2020
Episode 75: In AWE of Suzie Henderson--Connectors Series
Suzie Henderson is finishing her second year serving as principal at Alto Park Elementary School in Rome, Ga. She spent her first 14 years serving as a Speech-Language Pathologist,  and the next 7 years as an Assistant Principal. She is passionate about meeting the needs of the whole person, both the staff she is blessed to serve with and the students and families who make up Alto Park Elementary. One of her goals for Alto Park is to ensure all are learning about how trauma impacts students as it relates to them growing and becoming the amazing people they have the potential to become. She truly believes that all kids deserve our very best and it is how we relate to them and equip them that will determine their future success. She lives by the mantra that she wants to be for her teachers, students, and families who she needed when she was younger. In this episode, Suzie gives us great insight into her journey to becoming an intentional connector in her personal and professional life. She shares with us several practical and purposeful ways to connect with others, and illustrates for us the power she has seen in the practice, especially during the COVID19 Pandemic. I love the way Suzie shares the challenges she has faced to become a connector, and her message inspires me to remember how important our impact is on one another always, and especially now. I am honored to share with you, my friend, Suzie Henderson’s Connector story. Connect with Suzie: Suzie on Twitter Suzie on Voxer: shende1547 Suzie on Instagram Mentioned in the show: Kids These Days by Jody Carrington In AWE Podcast Episode with Jody Carrington Four O’Clock Faculty by Rich Czyz
May 25, 2020
Jolt 33: Awe Inspiring Recommendations--Kicking COVID Playlist
Sarah shares the songs that keep her energy boosted, especially during COVID19.  Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) by Journey You Alone by North Point Worship Featuring Lauren Daigle Light of the World by Lauren Daigle Come Alive from The Greatest Showman This Is Me from The Greatest Showman The Greatest Show from The Greatest Showman
May 21, 2020
Episode 74: In AWE of Latrese Younger--Connectors Series
Latrese D. Younger has over ten years of teaching experience across three different districts, as an English Language Arts and SAT Prep-Verbal teacher for grades 6-12. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts in English Education and a Masters of Educational Leadership with a concentration in Technology Education. Throughout her tenure with Dinwiddie County, Henrico County, and Richmond City Public Schools in Virginia, she received numerous awards and accolades such as Star Teacher of the Year, Teacher of the Month, and a Learning Leader recipient award. She has also been privileged to serve in several leadership capacities such as Effective School-Wide Discipline Incentive Coordinator, School Newsletter Advisor, Teacher Appreciation Committee Chair, Mentorship Director, Administrative Intern, District-Wide Professional Development Presenter, In-Service PD Coach, Cooperating Teacher of a Practicum Student, District Representative at a fall Virginia Department of Education- ELA conference, and ELA curriculum writing partner for two districts. In 2016, Mrs. Younger served as Director of Achievement in Literacy with Catapult Learning, Inc. She also served as an Instruction Assessment and Data Analysis Specialist with Richmond City Public Schools. She was promoted to serve as one of three Assistant Principals at Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School in 2017. Mrs. Younger currently serves the students of Culpeper Middle as an AP, where she’s been since the fall of 2018. She believes that the perfect recipe for teachers is a wonderful blend of empathy, resolve, content knowledge, and passion for students. Her work is driven by the virtuous quote: “Intelligence, plus character…that is the goal of true education”- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She believes that her role is to serve and attributes that to her undying faith in Christ. In this episode, we discuss what it is like leading a school and connecting during COVID19 with added personal challenges of loss. We discuss Latrese’s skills at being a connector in her family, her role in education, and through the community she has built to support black women educational leaders. I am deeply inspired by Latrese’s strong leadership, her big heart, and the way she connects people and ideas to higher meaning. I have no doubt that you will love this conversation, and I am honored to share with you Latrese Younger’s Connectors story. Connect with Latrese: Latrese on Twitter Black Women Educational Leaders (BWEL)
May 18, 2020
Jolt 32: AWE Inspiring Recommendations
Sarah shares recommendations for people whose messages have been serving her during COVID19. Connect with them using the links below! #InAWEtoRISE Latasha Morrison Latasha on Instagram Be the Bridge on Facebook Megan Anderson on Twitter Neil Gupta Neil's Blog Neil's Podcast with Tom Murray Peter DeWitt's Website Peter on Instagram
May 15, 2020
Episode 73: In AWE of Jamilah Hud-Kirk: Connectors Series
Mrs. Jamilah A. Hud-Kirk has served an educator for over 20 years and currently serves as Principal of Fountain Elementary School in Clayton County Public Schools, one of the largest urban school districts in Metro Atlanta for the past 10 years. Fountain Elementary is a designated Title I School serving over 600 students in Grades PreK-5th grade.  At Fountain Elementary Mrs. Hud-Kirk focuses on impacting her teachers’ instructional practices through identifying and providing high-quality professional learning experiences that are innovative, practical, and aligned with student achievement best practices.  Through impacting instructional practices her student’s academic experiences are expanding beyond the traditional classroom walls as students are developing an understanding of social justice and how social justice impacts their school community. Before serving as Principal, Mrs. Hud-Kirk served as an Elementary Language Arts School Improvement specialist for Clayton County Public Schools. Believing passionately in the power of education to positively affect communities, transform lives, and shape new visions for leading and learning in a globally competitive world is what drives Mrs. Hud-Kirk. Grounded in her earliest years as a classroom teacher and growing up in a home where her parents were active participants in the civil rights community, Mrs. Hud-Kirk also believes her own educational and family upbringing has shaped her ability to harvest a sense of pride and empowerment as she strives to create stronger communities while educating those who will one day lead them. Mrs. Hud-Kirk’s educational endeavors also include classroom teaching experience and serving as an Assistant Principal at the elementary and middle school level.  However, her greatest accomplishment includes being a wife of almost 20 years and mother to 4 boys and 1 girl ranging from 25 to 2 years of age. Being one of the most challenging and rewarding accomplishments yet, she has recently added one more “why” to her plate, empowering other female leaders to work on the work while creating balance in their own lives.  Realizing that there is much to learn from her own experiences and those of other dynamic female leaders, she has recently created a blog and other social media platforms that are reflective of those golden nuggets.  It is the desire and hope that other leaders who share similar experiences work/life balance will have a safe, honest platform in which to learn from and express their own personal journeys on how they manage to find harmony (or not) between their professional and personal lives. From the first moment Jamilah and I connected, I was hooked! In this episode, she shares her experiences in education, which are vast and we talk about what leading during COVID 19 remotely is like in her context. Jamilah shares great insight for us about relationships, the challenge mitigating inequities, and her passion for building leaders. Jamilah will absolutely inspire you, friends. She is full of fire and grace, and I am so excited to share with you, Jamilah Hud-Kirk’s Connector Story. Connect with Jamilah Jamilah on Instagram Jamilah on Facebook
May 11, 2020
Jolt 31: Awe Inspiring Recommendations
Sarah shares the books that have been inspiring her through this period of quarantine from COVID19. Check them out and share yours at #InAWEtoRISE Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire by Jen Hatmaker Ready to Rise by Jo Saxton They Call Me Mr. De by Frank DeAngelis Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well 
May 9, 2020
Episode 72: In Awe of Tara Desiderio--Connectors Series
Tara Desiderio has been an educator for twenty years & a school leader for twelve of those years. She is passionate about her students/team & enjoys leading others through their strengths. Her passion for creating positive school culture & embracing a growth mindset is at the heart of all she does. Tara co-moderates #CultureEd, a chat dedicated to connecting educators and focusing on building positive school cultures through shared community. In this episode, Tara shares her experiences as a school leader during “normal times’ as well as an insight into what it is like to lead a school remotely and remain connected during a pandemic and school closures. I admire how she continuously circles the conversation back to maintaining a healthy and positive outlook for ourselves and those we serve. She shares the story of how she got connected with the #CultureEd chat, and we learn about some powerful connections in her life. I love her heart, passion, and leadership, and I am honored to share with you Tara Desiderio’s Connectors Story. Connect with Tara: Tara on Twitter Tara_Desiderio Mentioned in the Episode Basil Marin Tom Murray Mike Kelly Brianna Hodges In AWE Podcast with Brianna Hodges #CultureED Chat on Twitter
May 4, 2020
Jolt 30: Awe Inspiring Recommendations
Sarah shares some awe-inspiring recommendations for listeners, specifically those that are serving her during this pandemic stay at home safe time. Check them out here! For the Love Podcast with Jen Hatmaker Unlocking Us with Brené Brown The Smart Thinking Podcast with Ted Neitzke UMD Newman Catholic Campus Ministry Podcast with Father Mike Schmitz Teachers on Fire with Tim Cavey Teach Better Talk with Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas Aspire: The Leadership Development Podcast with Joshua Stamper The Wired Educator with Kelly Croy Share yours with the community at #InAWEtoRISE!
April 30, 2020
Episode 71: In AWE of Dr. Jackie Minor--Champions Series
Dr. Jackie Minor currently serves as the Director of District Implementation for Kagan Professional Development. She spent the first 22 years of her educational career in public education serving as an elementary school teacher, middle school English teacher, K–12 gifted education facilitator, building principal, school improvement specialist, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. For the past 14 years Jackie has worked with educators across the United States and 8 foreign countries.  Everywhere she goes she finds Christian educators who need encouragement and support.  There is no short supply of those who need Jesus.  Schools across the world are a mission field ripe for harvesting. Jackie desires to see each Christian educator live victorious Christian lives so that others can experience the peace, love and joy that only comes from knowing Christ. In this episode, we learn more about Jackie’s passionate mission to champion for educators to find spaces of support to live their faith out each day at work. Victorious Educator Ministries (VEM) is a forum to support, empower, ignite and encourage educators around the world to live out their Christian faith in the workplace – in front of kids, parents, and colleagues. We engage in a deeper discussion about how Jackie came to champion for this ministry, and what lies ahead. I am grateful to have had this deeper discussion with Dr. Jackie, and I am inspired by her strength in belief and commitment to serve fellow educators through her mission. Thank you for joining us today, and I am honored to share with you Dr. Jackie Minor’s Champion Story. Contact Dr. Jackie: Victorious Educators on Facebook Dr. Jackie on Twitter Recommendations: Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans Jesus in Me Anne Graham Lotz
April 28, 2020
Jolt 29: Awe Inspiring Moments Featuring Tim Cavey
Sarah shares Tim Cavey's Faith in Action story from the RISE UP section in Lead with FAITH. From his story, we learn that there can be beauty from ashes, and we don't have to stay in pits of fear. Sarah shares her own experiences in the pit as well as the framework she wrote about in Lead with FAITH to jolt listeners to consider how they can cultivate their own rise up.  #InAWEtoRISE #LeadwithFAITH Connect with Tim Cavey and Teachers on Fire on Twitter.  Sarah's Episode on Teachers on Fire Podcast Get your copy of Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  Join Sarah’s mailing list to receive her Five Ways to Slay Fear in 2020:
April 23, 2020
Episode 70: In AWE of Bethany Clemenson--Champions Series
Bethany Clemenson believes that everyone has amazing gifts and talents to share with the world! She helps individuals get dialed in to who they are, their passions, and what they want so they can live a big life! You will find Bethany speaking at schools, corporate events, groups, and retreats with the purpose of leaving individuals with a fresh lens, increased awareness, and a plan of action to Live Big!  Bethany is creator of the Big Life U Growth & Coaching Program, and the Dialed IN! podcast.  She and her family recently settled in the Northwoods of Wisconsin where they are remodeling several lakeside cabins and creating a space for short term rentals and retreats. In 2018, Bethany and her family sold almost everything and traveled the US in a motorhome for about a year. In this episode, we learn about Bethany’s incredible journey to discover her true passions and uncover her mission to coach others to become their most authentic and excellent selves. We start out the episode with the story of how we met, and my heart both aches and is comforted knowing that we were brought together by a very special person so that the mission in her message could land for you, friends. Regular listeners of this podcast will know that I have recently lost one of my dear friends after a four year battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Jake was an example of strength, faith, joy, love, and service in this life to all who knew him, and the story Bethany shares of how we got connected is a perfect illustration of the type of interaction he had daily. We are deeply honored to dedicate this episode to our friend Jake Mangelsen, the man who led a Big Life and inspired awe in so many. I believe in our connection and know that Bethany’s inspiring story about how she left her position to pursue her Big Life and all the beautiful details we could contain in this short episode will empower you to consider your own journey. This community will understand very quickly why we were meant to be connected, and it brings me deep joy  to amplify for you, Bethany Clemenson’s Champions story. Special offer from Bethany for In AWE Podcast Listeners!  Connect with Bethany: Bethany's Website Dialed In Podcast Bethany Bethany on Facebook---To join her group! Bethany on Instagram
April 20, 2020
Jolt 28: Awe Inspiring Moment Featuring Bethany Hill
Sarah shares Bethany Hill's Faith in Action story from Lead with FAITH, focusing on H--Lead with Heart. Bethany's story highlights the need for empathetic leaders and the power of calm. Sarah expands on the Heart section to describe emotional intelligence domains through an analogy of the thermostat and thermometer.  #InAWEtoRISE Resources mentioned: Brené Brown and Dr. Marc Brackett Podcast Episode: Permission to Feel In AWE of Dr. Jody Carrington Episode Leadership 2.0 by Bradberry and Greaves Get your copy of Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  Join Sarah’s mailing list to receive her Five Ways to Slay Fear in 2020:
April 17, 2020
Episode 69: In AWE of Lesley Bruinton-Champions Series
Lesley Bruinton is an Accredited in Public Relations practitioner with more than 15 years of professional experience. The former television journalist now serves as the Public Relations Coordinator for the Tuscaloosa City (Ala.) Schools--an urban district with more than 10,000 students. It’s a job where she can continue her craft of writing with her rapid-fire typing skills. She can usually be found brainstorming and selling a big idea, much to the chagrin of those around her who know it will be a lot of work, but a lot of fun!  She is a two-time past president of ALSPRA, the Alabama School Public Relations Association, and a two-time Gold Medallion winner from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). In today’s episode, Lesley shares with us her path into School PR, the way she champions for her school and some of the challenges she is tackling with the cancellation of schools due to COVID-19. Her message in this episode will no doubt help to reassure us all that we can continue to champion through with grace and calm. I am honored to share with you Lesley Bruinton’s Champion Story. Connect with Lesley Lesley's Blog Lesley on Twitter
April 13, 2020
Jolt 27: Awe Inspiring Moments Featuring Neil Gupta
Sarah shares from the chapter titled "Wholehearted Living" from the H in FAITH in Lead with FAITH. She shares Neil Gupta's contribution to this section and how the theme of letting go is present in our lives now more than ever. She shares Brené Brown's 10 Guideposts to Wholehearted Living.  Connect with Neil Gupta Get your copy of Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  Join Sarah’s mailing list to receive her Five Ways to Slay Fear in 2020: 
April 9, 2020
Episode 68: In AWE of Tara Martin--Champions Series
Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, national speaker, and author who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. She has served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach for several years, and most recently, a district administrator. As the founder of #BookSnaps, the latest reading comprehension strategy currently implemented in seventeen countries, she is always seeking unique ways to make learning fun, relevant, and meaningful. Tara is the author of the inspirational book, Be REAL: Educate from the Heart and Cannonball In, a motivating children's book illustrated by Genesis Kohler. Tara firmly believes machines and artificial intelligence will never replicate an individual’s REAL identity–the unique strengths, talents, and life experiences of every human. Tara's passion for education and love of writing led her to a new role where she coaches and serves educational authors as the Director of Public Relations and Communication for DBC, Inc. Tara recently launched her own podcast,  The Real Journey Show. Tara’s ambition is to lead a culture of innovative change, keep social-emotional learning at the heart of our work, and encourage others to Cannonball In and fulfill their true potential! In this episode, we engage in a deep conversation about how Tara champions for so many that she serves including those who read and hear her message about being real and cannonballing in as well as the authors she serves in her role at DBC Inc. I loved hearing about how Dave Burgess was her champion to get that first book published, and she shares vulnerably and lovingly about two educator champions who had a significant impact in her own life. I loved every part of this conversation and you can hear me get emotional at the end from her insights. What an honor to share with you Tara Martin’s Champion story. Connect with Tara: Tara on Twitter Tara’s Website Be REAL by Tara Martin Cannonball In by Tara Martin The Real Journey by Tara Martin Podcast
April 6, 2020
Jolt 26: Awe Inspiring Moments--Encouraging Playlist
Sarah shares her experience with grief this week while finding the joy in the trial. She shares an annotated list of encouraging songs, which she also sings a bit of, honoring the spirit of who she is called to be and her friend's model in this life.  Check out the songs! "You Say" by Lauren Daigle "You Alone" by Northpointe Worship featuring Lauren Daigle "Different" by Micah Tyler "Deeper" by Meredith Andrews "Finish What He Started" by Mercy Me Tag her with your own songs of encouragement: @sarahsajohnson #InAWEtoRISE
April 5, 2020
Episode 67: In AWE of Huda Essa-LeadHERship Series
Huda Essa is a TEDx Speaker and the author of the motivational children's book, Teach Us Your Name, focused on empowering children to take pride in their many identities while showing respect for themselves and others.  Another culturally authentic and responsive book that she has written is “Common Threads: Adam’s Day at the Market”.  She is also currently writing for education professionals focusing on overcoming limitations of unconscious bias in order to best serve their school communities so that staff, students and families can reach their greatest potential for success in our ever-changing world.  Additionally, she is the producer of a series of short films focused on matters of social justice. Huda has positively influenced countless communities around the nation through her engaging and thought-provoking learning opportunities.  She utilizes her extensive experience as a Cultural Competency Consultant, former Teacher and English Language Development Specialist to support organizations in successfully meeting their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.  In her Keynote presentations and interactive learning opportunities, she works closely with teachers, school site leaders, school district officials and higher education professionals to help them develop practices and cultures that promote cultural competence, engagement, unity, and academic achievement.  Huda also works with students, parents and community members in order to engage the entire village so as to reach maximum current and future growth and success.  Furthermore, her work extends to supporting professionals in businesses, corporations and non-profit organizations.  Her belief is that the learning needed to work towards social justice is a lifelong education that can be applied to virtually all ages, social identities, and careers.  Her explorations include international travel to gain insight from communities around the globe in order to share and apply the learning with U.S. audiences. In today’s episode, we learn more from Huda’s story of embracing her own identities as well as her work to help others overcome their own challenges of implicit bias. Huda provides such gracefilled wisdom and insight around several important topics, and our conversation has me thinking more deeply about power dynamics in our country. She is brilliant, friends!  We also discuss her journey to embrace her own identity as a Muslim woman in America, and I know there is a true mission in Huda’s message today.  She is a precious sister to me who has blessed me so deeply, and I am so excited and honored to share with you and amplify for you Huda Essa’s LeadHERship Story. Connect with Huda: Huda’s Website: You can find her Tedx Talk and partner with her there. Huda on Twitter  Common Threads: Adam's Day at the Market Teach Us Your Name Mentioned in Podcast: Austin Channing Brown on Jen Hatmaker’s “For the Love Podcast”  Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown-Taylor
March 30, 2020
Jolt 25 Awe Inspiring Moment Featuring Megan Anderson
Sarah shares Megan Anderson's contribution from the T in FAITH section from Lead with FAITH. Servant leadership is different from martyrdom, and in this jolt, you will be prompted to look at that line and serve in love without leaving yourself behind.  Connect with Megan! Get your copy of Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  Join Sarah’s mailing list to receive her Five Ways to Slay Fear in 2020:
March 26, 2020
Episode 66: In AWE of Holly Labbe--LeadHERship
Holly Labbe is a joyful, Enneagram 7 who is committed to enjoying every moment! She's a born entrepreneur and leader in both the for-profit and the non-profit world. She started a business, Holly Labbe Photography, and is a Co-Lead Pastor at Movement Church in Eau Claire, WI. In this episode, we learn how Holly discovered her passion for entrepreneurship and began to embrace using her passions to serve others through her photography business as well as in her ministry. Holly shares her experiences with failure and gives us an empowering message about resilience. Holly’s wise and confident message will remind us all the importance of leading through strengths to steer our ships best. I am deeply honored to share with you Pastor Holly Labbe’s LeadHERship story. Connect with Holly: Holly on Instagram Holly's Email
March 23, 2020
Jolt 24: Awe Inspiring Moments
Sarah encourages listeners to use this time for building foundations, sharing a summary of the Lead with FAITH framework. How we use this time in a new chapter will matter.  Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well Join the virtual book study and build community now with Suzie Henderson and Lisa Gaede!  Click this link to be added!
March 20, 2020
Episode 65: In AWE of Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf--LeadHERship Series
Shelley Burgess has served as an award-winning teacher, principal, Director of Student Achievement, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership. Her highly respected work focuses on building leadership capacity through coaching, collaboration, and building a positive culture of change which leads to dramatic improvements in teaching and learning. She now works as a full-time partner in Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. and is the co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators and Lead Like a PIRATE. Beth Houf is the proud principal of Fulton Middle School in central Missouri. She is the Co-Author of Lead Like a PIRATE: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff. Beth also serves as a facilitator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Leadership Academy, providing monthly training to state educational leaders. She has spoken at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, the Association for Middle-Level Education National Conference, The National Principal Conference, and many state and local educational venues. She is also active in her local, state and national elementary principal associations. Beth was named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011 and the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016. In this episode, we hear about both Beth and Shelley’s journeys into leadership, how they came together to write Lead like a Pirate, the ways they continue to amplify and support leaders, and we also get to hear about Shelley’s journey into entrepreneurship. These women bring authenticity and strength to leadership each day, and their messages in this podcast serve as empowering reminders that we can all be the leader we desire to be and we can continuously learn and grow into our best versions. I am so honored to share with you Beth Houf and Shelley Burgesses’s LeadHERship stories. Shelley on Twitter Beth on Twitter Lead Like a Pirate Website When the Walls Come Down by Beth Houf Recommended: Brave Not Perfect by Reshma Saujan
March 16, 2020
Jolt 23: Awe Inspiring Moment-Live Your Excellence
Sarah shares a jolt of inspiration to live with more faith and less fear through the mission of living your excellence. She shares Jimmy Casas's new book, which is out March 12, 2020 as a great resource for educators.  Get your copy of Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  To purchase your copy of Live Your Excellence today, go to For price discounts on bulk ordering, contact us directly at All shipping costs covered by J Casas and Associates. Join Sarah’s mailing list to receive her Five Ways to Slay Fear in 2020: Join Lavonna Roth for her webinar on Saturday, March 14, 2020 for Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid as a New Consultant! If you cannot attend Live, register here and a replay will be sent your way.
March 12, 2020
Episode 64: In AWE of Sarah Thomas--LeadHERship Series
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in a large district in Maryland, and the founder of EduMatch, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest.  She has spoken and presented internationally, participated in the Technical Working Group to refresh the 2017 ISTE Standards for Educators, and is a recipient of the 2017 ISTE Making IT Happen award.  She is also a national advisor for the Future Ready Instructional Coaches Strand, and an Affiliate Professor at Loyola University in Maryland. Sarah is a co-author of the ISTE Digital equity series, Closing the Gap. In this episode, we learn much about Sarah’s passion for connection, how she began the Edumatch project, and the ways she continues to lead others to share their hearts and skills in the education space. We touched upon so many topics here that are dear to my heart, and with a gentle yet fierce nature, Sarah shares some insight into her own passion for amplifying others whose voices are often marginalized. I love this woman’s heart, her spirit, her drive to make new tables, and her gifts for leading. I am so deeply honored to share with you Sarah Thomas’s LeadHERship story. Connect with Sarah: Sarah on Twitter Sarah on Instagram Edumatch Awe-Inspiring Recommendations: Dr. Will Show Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison In AWE of Episode 43 with Knikole Taylor
March 11, 2020
Jolt 22: Awe Inspiring Moment Featuring Roman Nowak
Sarah shares Roman Nowak's contribution to Lead with FAITH. His message comes from the I in the FAITH framework which stands for Intentional-Leading with intentionality to influence and inspire others. This segment comes from the chapter titled, “Intentionality to Inspire and Build Up Others through Practicing Gratitude". Sarah shares five ways you can start practicing gratitude today! Connect with Roman!  Get your copy of Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  Join Sarah’s mailing list to receive her Five Ways to Slay Fear in 2020:
March 6, 2020
Episode 63: In AWE of Brianna Hodges--LeadHERship Series
Brianna Hodges is committed to helping educators reframe perspectives to positively transform the story of school. Pulling from her experiences as a marketing & PR executive turned English classroom teacher and basketball coach turned district administrator and nationally-known educational consultant and speaker, Brianna shares how story serves as the foundation of learning, the cornerstone of culture, and the catalyst to transformation with classrooms, districts, conferences, and stages across the nation. She holds a Bachelor’s in English Literature and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Instructional Design and Technology. She has learned, listened, and led in classrooms and in central administration since 2009. At the district level, she served as Director of Digital Learning and Director of Learning Experience and Engagement, specializing in instructional coaching, purposeful pedagogy, transformative implementation, and engaged learning for all ages and stages. Noted for her innovative approach to learning, Bri was named K12 Administrator to Watch (2018) and Texas EdTech of the Year (2017). She serves as national advisor for Future Ready Schools and spokesperson for Future Ready Coaches. Bri is widely recognized for her superpower for storytelling, capacity for connection, and commitment to empathy and equity. When Brianna isn’t leading a session, diving into strategy, learning and vlogging about education happenings, or waiting to board an airplane, you can find her pacing the sidelines at her son’s games, encouraging her daughter’s affinity for slime and YouTube, wrangling longhorns and horses at her family farm, or finding moments of laughter and connection with family and friends. In this episode, we literally cover so much, my friends. We learn about Bri’s dynamic professional background, her fueled passion for storytelling, and she and I boldly step together into a conversation around several hot topics around women in leadership. I loved this conversation with Brianna, learning about her upbringing and the model that her parents were to her to foster such a strong leadHERship example, and how she is intentional about building the same in her own family as well as for all of us. The conversation is multifaceted and charged with passion. It is the absolute perfect kick off to this series, and I am ecstatic to bring to you Brianna Hodges’s LeadHERship story. Connect with Brianna Twitter @bhodgesEDU Instagram @bhodgesEDU LinkedIn briannahodges Website Resources Mentioned: Melinda Gates: The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family by Anne Marie Slaughter
March 2, 2020
Episode 62: In AWE of Tisha Richmond Creativity Series
Tisha is an innovative district Tech Integration Specialist, speaker, and author from Southern Oregon. She has taught Family and Consumer Science for 25 years and has served in various leadership roles in her school and district. Tisha is the author of the book Make Learning MAGICAL, which unlocks seven keys to transform teaching and create unforgettable experiences in the classroom. She speaks nationally on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning in all content and grade levels, Family and Consumer Science being her specialty. In this episode, we learn how Tisha’s flame was reignited for teaching after she took a risk to infuse more technology into her classroom and how from there, she began to passionately influence others to reignite their own passion for creativity. Tisha also shares her experiences overcoming fears in order to be able to share her message more widely. She is full of joy and inspiration, and I am honored to amplify for you Tisha Richmond’s Creativity story. Connect with Tisha: Tisha on Twitter Tisha on Instagram Tisha’s Website
February 25, 2020
Episode 61: In AWE of Monica Burns--Creativity Series
Dr. Monica Burns is a Curriculum and EdTech Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of Monica was part of her school’s leadership team and was a vocal advocate for bringing one-to-one technology into her classroom. As a classroom teacher, Monica used iPads to create an engaging, differentiated learning experience to meet the unique needs of her students. Realizing the power of digital tools in the classroom, Monica started to provide a resource for educators. Since starting, Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech-enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, FETC and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia. Monica is the author of Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom (ASCD), #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scalable Formative Assessment with Technology (Corwin), Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality (Corwin), and co-author of 40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark. Monica visits schools across the country to work with PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible. In addition to being named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, Monica is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Hunter College, and completed a Doctorate in Global Education Leadership at Lamar University in 2016. In this episode, we learn about how Monica has learned to harness her own creativity while serving others to develop theirs. From her time as a teacher in the classroom to her current reality, Monica inspires us to consider the ways we can tap into our skills to create experiences that matter for others. I am really excited for you to learn so much from this strong leader, and deeply honored to share with you Dr. Monica Burns’s Creativity story. Connect with Monica Monica on Twitter Monica on Facebook Monica on Pinterest Monica on Instagram Monica’s Podcast Awe-Inspiring Recommendations: Dr. Jennifer Williams on Twitter Robyn Jackson on Twitter Range by Epstein and Damron Dolly Parton’s America
February 17, 2020
Jolt 21: Awe Inspiring Moment Featuring Lynmara Colón
Sarah shares Lynn Colón's contribution to the I in the FAITH framework, which stands for Intentional to Inspire and Influence Others with inspiration to make each day count. Connect with Lynn Get your copy of Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  Join Sarah’s mailing list to receive her Five Ways to Slay Fear in 2020:
February 15, 2020
Episode 60: In AWE of Nichole "Nicki" Burton--Creativity Series
At the age of five, Kincs by Nicki, Founder and Designer Nichole “Nicki” Burton began her journey as an artist. A Columbus, Ohio native; Burton is a self-taught artist and designer who has turned her passion for drawing and painting into a sustainable enterprise. Burton’s creative instinct propels her to experiment with color and texture, producing a signature style that has evolved into a vibrant brand of wearable art that is far from ordinary. A classic Kincs by Nicki creation is uniquely outstanding because Burton masterfully combines colors, textiles and cultural relevance together to create pieces that resonate with its future owner. “Art should be appreciated; not discarded in a basement or lost in a jewelry box.” Keeping with her belief that each piece should be a one-of-a-kind work of art, she intentionally ensures that no one, hand-painted piece is the same. "Everything I create is intentional and meaningful to the entire collection.” Burton’s process for creating new pieces manifests in the forms of dreams. “No pencil or stencil. It is all in my head.” It is no wonder that Nichole’s statement-making jewelry and clothing reflect the city that she inhabits and works in which is bedecked in cultural significance and imaginative representation. Over the course of her successful 20+-year career, Nichole has collaborated with designers, photographers, stylists, make-up artists and activists to highlight, enlighten and educate the significance and relevance of African-American art. Additionally, Nichole also operates a mobile art studio that turns any location into an art studio in minutes. She also hosts themed “Paint & Sip” events throughout the year. She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, three adult children, and one grandchild. So, friends, you may wonder how in the world I got connected to such a brilliant artist, and I am absolutely giddy over this back story. Many of my regular listeners will be familiar with the fact that I listen closely to the direction I receive, and one day I was prompted to contact my much-esteemed colleague Dwight Carter. You may know him as an award-winning educator, author, and speaker. I know him as someone God places squarely in my life when I needed his story the most, and Dwight has blessed me in so many ways including writing an incredible foreword for Lead with FAITH. So what does Dwight have to do with today’s guest? Friends, you are going to have to listen to the interview to learn that information and much much more. In this episode, we learn how Nicki has always had what she believes is a God-given talent for art, and we learn about her wonderful life and experiences as a teacher no less! Regular listeners of this show will not be surprised when we go deep, beyond art and into spirituality and social justice. I am in absolute awe of Ms. Nick Burton, and I am deeply honored to share with you today, Nicki Burton’s Creativity story. Stay Connected Nicki's Website: Kincs By Nicki Kincs By Nicki on Facebook Kincs By Nicki on Instagram Email Nicki
February 10, 2020
Jolt 20: Awe Inspiring Moment Featuring Suzie Henderson
Sarah shares Suzie Henderson's contribution to the I in the FAITH framework, which stands for Intentional to Inspire and Influence Others. She also shares the framework for living with intention in all areas of our full lives from her first book. Connect with Suzie Get your copy of Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  Balance LIfe a Pirate: Going Beyond Work-Life Balance to Ignite Passion and Thrive as an Educator Join Sarah’s mailing list to receive her Five Ways to Slay Fear in 2020:
February 6, 2020
Episode 59: In Awe of Dr. Katie Martin--Creativity Series
Dr. Katie Martin is the author of Learner-Centered Innovation and VP of Professional Learning at Altitude Learning.  She has worked in diverse contexts to learn, research, and support deeper learning for all students.  She has served as a middle school English language arts teacher, instructional coach, and led the district's new teacher mentoring program.  Katie has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in middle school education and her Ph.D. and in Curriculum and Instruction. At the university, district, and school-level Katie aspires to create experiences that empower all learners to develop knowledge, skills, and mindsets to thrive in a changing world. As a mom, she wants her kids to have learning experiences in school that build on their strengths and interests and as an educator; she is passionate about making sure we do the same for all kids. In this episode, we learn how Dr. Katie works to influence others in shaping learning experiences that bring out the best in what she calls our jagged profiles. Each of us and our students are individuals with unique designs for learning. We discuss the importance of designing experiences in classrooms that are learner-centered to keep curiosity and passion flowing for our learners. Katie shares her own experiences in embracing herself as a creative as well as her connection to this passion through her own children. Katie had me thinking a lot about how we can work within our systems to promote creation and iteration, and I love her heart for creativity in our schools. I hope you will stick around to the end of the episode for a gift to my listeners and a chance to extend this conversation in person with Dr. Katie in June 2020. I am honored to bring to you Dr. Katie Martin’s Creativity story. Dr. Katie's Website Dr. Katie on Twitter Dr. Katie on Facebook Dr. Katie on Instagram Dr. Katie's Blogpost Referenced in Episode Dr. Katie's Ted Talk Innovate Inside the Box by George Couros and Katie Novak Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion and Unleash  Genius by Dr. Katie Martin Join us at the Live Your Excellence Summit in Houston, TX on June 22-23, 2020! Go to Registration website: Click on green Register button on right side. After selecting Individual (one registration) or Group (more than one registration at a time) click on “Enter Promotional Code” at the top right and enter LYEAWE20. Check out the Live Your Excellence website at for more information regarding the Summit.
February 3, 2020
Jolt 19: Awe Inspiring Moments Featuring Jennifer Hogan
Sarah shares Jennifer Hogan's contribution to the A in the FAITH framework, which stands for Affirmed in Purpose. She also shares about mission and vision, prompting listeners to consider creating their own to help them lead with more purpose in all areas of their full lives.  Connect with Jennifer Get your copy of Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  Join Sarah’s mailing list to receive her Five Ways to Slay Fear in 2020:
January 30, 2020
Episode 58: In AWE of Chrissy Romano Arrabito
Chrissy Romano Arrabito is a career teacher and proud of it! She is currently a 2nd grade teacher at Nellie K. Parker Elementary School in Hackensack, New Jersey and has over 26 years of experience as an elementary and middle school teacher. Chrissy is dedicated to teaching the whole child, stimulating and supporting innovation in classrooms, and strives to provide authentic learning experiences for her students. Her true passion lies in nurturing the quiet kids, those that tend to fall through the cracks, those that truly need a champion to support and advocate for them. Connect with her online @TheConnectedEdu or follow the hashtag #QuietKidsCount. In this episode, Chrissy teaches us much about the misconceptions we have around quiet kids in classrooms and society, helps bust some myths about extroversion and introversion, and shares her strong voice in advocacy for all learner styles in our classrooms, but specifically for our quiet kids. I loved this conversation and am proud to amplify for you, Chrissy Romano Arrabito’s Resolve story. Chrissy’s Website Chrissy on Twitter Chrissy on FB Quiet Kids Count on Amazon Susan Cain The Power of Introverts Ted Talk Lead with FAITH by Sarah Johnson
January 27, 2020
Jolt 18: Awe Inspiring Moments Featuring Jeff Kubiak
Sarah shares a section from Lead with FAITH from the A in the framework, which is affirmed in purpose. She shares the section on FAITH in Action by Jeff Kubiak. In this episode, Sarah provides resources to help listeners develop their own list of core values from which they can lead.  Connect with Jeff Kubiak Get Brené Brown's Work Get your copy of Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  Join Sarah’s mailing list to receive her Five Ways to Slay Fear in 2020:
January 23, 2020
Episode 57: In AWE of Amanda Spight-Resolve Series
Amanda Spight is the principal at Sunshine Early Education Center in the greater Kansas City Area. She has served as a teacher and assistant principal in her career. Amanda is passionate about Conscious Discipline and is resolved to impact learners in her care and the adults she leads in significant ways. Amanda is a mother and wife, and a faith-filled leader resolved to be unapologetically passionate about her purpose. In this episode, we learn how Amanda got into teaching, why she chose administration, and how she continues to lead with passion and purpose despite the challenges inherent in leadership. She shares her own resolve to lead well, and we learn several ways we too can resolve ourselves to lead with more focus, passion, and love for our people. I am honored to share with you Amanda Spights Resolve Story. Referenced in Conversation: Conscious Discipline Radical Candor by Kim Malone Scott Lead with FAITH by Sarah Johnson
January 20, 2020
Jolt 17: Awe Inspiring Moment Featuring Lavonna Roth
Sarah shares from her latest book Lead with FAITH, Lavonna Roth's FAITH in Action story. Listeners are encouraged to discover and exercise their signature strengths as a way to defeat imposter syndrome and relieve themselves from being what others expect.  Connect with Lavonna Roth! Take the Character Strengths Assessment from the VIA Institute Get your copy of Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  Join Sarah’s mailing list to receive her Five Ways to Slay Fear in 2020:
January 16, 2020
Episode 56: In AWE of Anna Marie Savino-Resolve Series
Anna Marie Savino has always loved writing and sharing her passion for making meaningful connections between words and ideas. The two interests fused together in Sparrow’s Well, her first published book. More of her writing can be found on her website and in Fueled by Coffee and Love: A Brew Perspective, (in addition to a giant bin that contains years worth of journal writing and notebooks from high school).  Although not a writer by trade, after 16 years of teaching English to high-school and junior-high students, she decided to practice what she preaches and be a model of how narrative can positively change lives. In this episode, we learn how Anna took a challenging time in her life and resolved to use writing to heal. She shares deep insight into emotions through this creative work, and our conversation will no doubt have you thinking of the challenges and triumphs in your own life. I am inspired by Anna’s commitment to becoming her best version, and I am honored to bring to you Anna Marie Savino’s Resolve story. Connect with Anna: Anna's Website Anna on Twitter Sparrow's Well on Twitter Anna on Instagram Awe Inspiring Recommendations: #CrazyPLN on Twitter The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis Lead with FAITH by Sarah Johnson
January 13, 2020
Jolt 16: Awe Inspiring Moment with Jill Maras
Sarah shares a segment from her latest book Lead with FAITH authored by Jill Maras to encourage listeners to lead with less fear and more courage in 2020. In 2020, Sarah will serve the In AWE Community with resources through these Jolt episodes and amplify incredible leaders who are leading with FAITH in Action.  Connect with Jill Maras on Twitter! Sarah’s recommended Enneagram Assessment: Lead with FAITH: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well  Join Sarah’s mailing list to receive her Five Ways to Slay Fear in 2020:
January 9, 2020
Episode 55: In AWE of Heidi Armentrout-Resolve Series
Heidi Armentrout is a wife to a special education teacher and soccer coach, mother of two college-aged children, an educator who is currently a director of personnel and was a building administrator until recently for 12 years, and served for another 12 years as a middle school math teacher. She loves to read, quilt, and scrapbook and is attempting (as she says) to become a runner. Heidi is a life long learner and on a faith-based journey with God. In this episode, my friends, you will learn that Heidi has demonstrated resolve for a literal lifetime. Through learning challenges, facing down obstacles related to body image, and resolving to become her best version, Heidi shows us what daily strength and determination looks like. She is one of my dear mentors in life, and I am absolutely honored to share with you Heidi Armentrout’s Resolve story. Connect with Heidi: Heidi on Twitter Lead with FAITH by Sarah Johnson
January 6, 2020
Episode 54: In AWE of Dr. Jody Carrington-Generosity Series
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated, and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially when kids have experienced trauma, that’s when they need big people the most. Some of her favorites include educators, parents, first responders, and foster parents. Jody has shifted the way they think and feel about the holy work that they do. Before Jody started her own practice and speaking across the country, she worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital on the inpatient and day treatment units where she held families with some of the difficult stories. They taught her the most important lesson: we are wired to do hard things. We can handle those hard things so much easier when we remember this: we are wired for connection. This all started when Jody received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta. She completed a year-long internship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during that time and worked alongside families struggling with chronic illness at the Ronald McDonald House. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Regina and completed her Ph.D. there as well, before completing her residency in Nova Scotia. Her first book, Kids These Days: A Game Plan for (Re)Connecting with those we Teach, Lead & Love, came out in 2019 and sold 20,000 copies in just three months. It is now on Amazon’s Best Sellers List. In this episode, Dr. Jody shares with us many insights about the importance of taking care of those who hold our children as she masterfully helps us see as she calls it that we are walking one another home in this life. She helps us understand the importance of connecting with others in our lives, and her message empowers listeners to visualize how we too can be more generous with our time and attention. She lit me up with this interview, friends, and her work inspires me a great deal. Stick around to the end of this episode for a generous offer to see both Jody and me in person in June!  I am excited to share with you Dr. Jody Carrington’s Generosity story. Connect with Dr. Jody Carrington: Dr. Jody's Website Dr. Jody on Facebook Dr. Jody on Twitter Dr. Jody on Instagram Kids These Days by Jody Carrington Receive $75 off registration to join Dr. Jody and Sarah at the Live Your Excellence Summit in Houston, TX June 22-23, 2020! Go to Registration website: Click on green Register button on right side. After selecting Individual (one registration) or Group (more than one registration at a time) click on “Enter Promotional Code” at the top right and enter LYEAWE20. Check out the Live Your Excellence website at for more information regarding the Summit.
December 30, 2019
Episode 53: In AWE of Shelly Biessel--Generosity Series
Welcome back to the In AWE Podcast and our series on Generosity. This series continues to amaze me in its depth, and I cannot wait to share the incredible story from today’s episode with you. Shelly Biessel is a mother of two, educator, and co-founder of Love Conquers Violence, a Minneapolis based non-profit with a powerful mission to end domestic violence in their community. Shelly and her husband, Nick co-founded Love Conquers Violence after they lost tragically Nick’s sister to a domestic abuse-related homicide. Through the organization, they keep Natalie Biessel’s voice alive, impacting those suffering through domestic violence, as well as honoring Natalie’s spirit in the ways they support others pursuing service through the medical field as Natalie was when she died. Shelly’s dedication to the mission in her message is insanely inspiring to me, and the generosity of her passionate spirit shows us how any tragedy can be used and nothing has to be wasted. I am in awe of this incredible woman and the way she and her husband keep Natalie's voice alive through loving service to others. I am honored to share with you Shelly Biessel's  generosity story. Connect with Love Conquers Violence and Shelly Love Conquers Violence on Instagram Love Conquers Violence on Facebook
December 23, 2019
Episode 52: In AWE of Amber Teamann-Generosity Series
Amber Teamann is the proud principal of Whitt Elementary in Wylie ISD in Wylie, Texas. During her educational career, Amber’s comprehensive understanding of student learning has resulted in a successful blend of technology and teaching. From a 4th grade teacher at a public school technology center to her role as a Title I Technology Facilitator responsible for 17 campuses, Amber has helped students and staff navigate their digital abilities and responsibilities. As the proud principal of Whitt Elementary, she leads and loves on the cutest and smartest Wolves in all the land! Amber contributed to Education Write Now and is a co-author of Lead with Appreciation: Fostering a Culture of Gratitude. In this episode, we hear from Amber about the specific ways she works to generously give her leadership insights tied to leading through seeing others’ strengths and boosting the climate with generosity. We talk about her experiences in leadership and she gifts her lessons to us regarding seeing people as they are not as we want them to be. From her story, we learn how we too can embrace our own strengths and boost those around us through simple acts of generosity in our lives. I loved this conversation with the energetic, loquacious lady leader, and I am honored to bring you Amber Teamann’s Generosity story. Connect with Amber: Amber’s Website Amber on Twitter Amber on Instagram Lead with Appreciation Awe-Inspiring Recommendations Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead Rachel Hollis: Girl Wash Your Face Shawn Achor: The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential Sarah's Lead with Faith Launch Team-Sign up by Dec. 19th!
December 16, 2019
Episode 51: In AWE of Tamara Letter-Generosity Series
Tamara Letter is a passionate educator with more than two decades of experience as an elementary teacher, differentiation specialist, technology integrator, instructional coach, and conference presenter. She received the 2018 R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence and is the author of the incredible book, A Passion for Kindness: Making the World a Better Place to Lead, Love, and Learn. In this episode, we not only get to learn about Tamara’s inspirational birthday project that morphed into a seriously powerful message with significant impact, we also gain an inside look into Tamara’s heart with a personal story she shares about the power of forgiveness in her own life. I have literally listened to this episode a dozen times already, and the message continues to inspire me in new ways. Tamara mentions one of the catalysts for engaging in a broader spreading of kindness came from the terrible incident at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. When this episode launches, we will be remembering as a nation for the seventh year. My hope in launching this message to you at this exact time is that Tamara’s message reaches in where it needs to continue to shine light in any darkness in your own spheres of influence. That we all hear her message that there is wealth in giving and that becoming a kindness cultivator is a calling for a greater purpose. May Tamara’s inspirational message spark in you a brightly lit Passion for Kindness, my friends. I am deeply honored to bring you Tamara Letter’s Generosity story. Contact Tamara: Twitter: @tamaraletter; Instagram: @tamaraletter  Facebook Group: Awe Inspiring Recommendations: In her book Tamara spotlights 12 Kindness Cultivators who would love to learn and grow with you! Here is a link to each one: Join Sarah’s Lead with Faith Launch Team!
December 11, 2019
Jolt 15: Awe Inspiring Moments
Sarah shares her challenge with this time of year and encourages listeners to intentionally finish strong by reflecting on victories from 2019 and making plans to finish strong. Share your own through the message feature on the Anchor App, connect with Sarah via social media, or email at  Join Sarah's Launch Team for Lead with Faith!
December 6, 2019
Episode 50: In AWE of Bryn Beyer-Generosity Series
Bryn Beyer is a self-proclaimed traditional oldest sibling, nature-lover, and adventure-seeker. Bryn graduated from the Kern Ministry Program at Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry and Master’s in Practical Theology. She is now the Outreach Coordinator at Red Cedar Church in Rice Lake, WI, where she leads six different ministries under the outreach umbrella. In this episode, we get to hear about Bryn’s leadership in carrying out a core value of Irrational Generosity through her position at Red Cedar Church. She shares about the inspiring ministries that exemplify generosity, and we hear about her own journey into ministry. Bryn’s message inspires us to think about how we too can step into our calling, becoming more than we believed, and she inspires us to live out love in the most gentle ways. I am deeply honored to amplify for you Bryn Beyers’ generosity story. Connect with Bryn: Bryn on Instagram Bryn on Facebook Bryn’s email at Red Cedar Church Awe-Inspring Recommendation Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler
December 2, 2019
Jolt 14: Awe Inspiring Moments
In this Jolt episode, Sarah Johnson shares about the transformative power of practicing gratitude for ourselves as well a those around us. She shares research alignment, stories, and illustrates points from stories features during the month of November on the In AWE Podcast. Check out the at The In AWE Podcast or In AWE Website Engage with Sarah at Sarah's Website Resources for Gratitude: The Transformative Power of Gratitude Huffington Post Four Gratitude Strategies Berkely It's Worth It Poem
November 27, 2019
Episode 49: In AWE of Elisabeth Bostwick-Gratitude Series
Elisabeth Bostwick is a multi-award-winning educator who is passionate about creating the conditions to spark curiosity and unleash creativity to empower learning. She is the author of Take the L.E.A.P.: Ignite a Culture of Innovation and co-author of Education Write Now, Volume II: Top Strategies for Improving Relationships and Culture. As an instructional coach supporting K-12 teachers, Elisabeth serves alongside colleagues to deepen learning, leveraging highly effective strategies that engage and empower all learners to maximize growth. With her passion for creating a long-lasting, positive impact on education, Elisabeth inspires others to identify how we can cultivate systemic change and develop essential success skills to ensure learners are future-ready. In today’s episode, Elisabeth helps us consider the power of gratitude in our own lives as well as infusing it into classrooms and our homes. Through her story, we learn how we too can intentionally practice gratitude in authentic ways that impact our own minds as well as the power to influence others. I am honored to share with you Elisabeth Bostwick’s gratitude story. Connect with Elisabeth: Elisabeth on Twitter Elisabeth’s Website Take the L.E.A.P. on Amazon Awe-Inspiring Recommendations: Annick Rauch
November 25, 2019
Episode 48: In AWE of Michele Rispo Hill-Gratitude Series
Michele Hill is a passionate educator who serves as a coordinator of admissions and communications at Burlington County Institute of Technology. Throughout her career as an educator, Michele has been a champion for struggling and impoverished students. Michele has been a guest blogger for ASCD Inservice, McGraw Hill, Principal Leadership, Teacher Tool Kit UK, Edweek and ASCD Road Tested. Michele is the host of DisrupteEdTv Teacher Sparks and producer of DisruptEdTV School Spotlight. You can follow Michele on Twitter @HillMrispo or visit her blog: In today’s episode, not only do we learn more about Michele’s incredible education journey, we are inspired by her very real experiences with cultivating a mindset that focuses on gratitude. I am a huge fan of Michele and the way she supports other educators, and this conversation had me beaming. This woman is tenacious, loving, inspiring, full of wisdom, and I am so grateful that I get to share with you, Michele Hill’s gratitude story. Connect with Michele: Michele on Twitter Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Commanding Life Trent Sheldon Danny Steele’s Books: Essential Truths for Principals and Essential Truths for Teachers Edrenaline Rush by John Meehan Allyson Apsey: The Path to Serendipity Becoming by Michelle Obama Educated by Tara Westover
November 19, 2019
Episode 47: In AWE of Trelane Clark--Gratitude Series
Ms. Trelane Clark is a native of Boston and mother of two a vibrant, 5-year-old daughter and a charming, sweet 15-year-old son. She is currently a middle school assistant principal. Over the course of her 22-year career, Trelane has served as students and teachers in urban, suburban, public, private and religious schools as a teacher, school administrator, and workshop presenter in districts inside and outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Trelane has lived and breathed education her whole life. When it comes to decisions about students, she is guided by the common principle of doing what’s best for students. She believes that when adults make sound decisions and create the best conditions for students, teachers, and staff, then they are doing what’s best for children. Trelane enjoys spending time doing anything with her children, reading (audiobooks rock!), music and Boston during the summertime. Trelane is a survivor, and, not unlike many others, has overcome a number of adversities - domestic violence, divorce, near-fatal car accidents. She lives each day as a single mother striving to provide the best life for herself and her children. A strong foundation of faith and a network of support in family, friends, former educators and mentors has allowed her to flourish and continue to grow her passion and conviction for educating young people by enabling adults to do all that they can do guide students towards success. An attitude of gratitude is what she strives to maintain, as she has much to be grateful for. In this episode, Trelane shares how she has overcome obstacles and thrive in resilience through strong faith, focus on gratitude, and finding community. Through her story, we learn how we too can face our challenges, be grateful for what we do have, and influence others around us using our victories to assist others in their battles. I am honored to bring to you Trelane Clark’s gratitude story. Trelane on Twitter Trelane on Instagram Awe-Inspiring Recommendation The Gifts of Imperfection
November 11, 2019
Episode 46 : In AWE of Lisa Gaede--Gratitude Series
Lisa Gaede is a mother of a 20 year old son, have been remarried 9 years, she has two stepsons who we share her house and time on weekends. Lisa just started her  29th year as an elementary speech/language pathologist.  She commutes an hour each way to work because she loves her job and the people she works with.  When she is not commuting or working, Lisa enjoys exercising, reading, knitting, crocheting, taking part in Twitter chats, listening to podcasts, spending time with family and friends, and loving up on her three dogs. In this episode, Lisa shares how her dad’s failing health shifted her heart to see the beauty in the world while she served him lovingly and with gratitude. Her inspirational message of focusing intentionally on gratitude as well as her joyous spirit remind us all that we too can ensure that nothing in our life is wasted. My heart is filled with immense joy to bring to you Lisa Gaede’s Gratitude Story. Lisa on Twitter Awe-Inspiring Recommendations: Joe Sanfelippo Melanie Korach Jon Gordon Kyle Hamstra Jeff Kubiak -One Drop of Kindness LaVonna Roth Dare to Lead by Brene Brown Armchair Expert with Dax Shephard Rising Tide Radio with Allyson Apsey and Jennifer Hogan Tell Your Story Podcast with Todd Nesloney
November 4, 2019
Jolt 13: Awe Inspiring Moments
Sarah shares an awe inspiring story to prompt listeners to see the beauty in the world. In this episode, Sarah recounts her experience of facing fears and several obstacles to run her first marathon three years ago and return in time for Halloween with her small children. Check out her story and share your own experiences at #InAWEtoRISE
October 31, 2019
Episode 45: In AWE of Sanée Bell-Fearlessness Series
Dr. Sanée Bell is the principal of Morton Ranch Junior High in Katy, Texas. She has also served as an elementary principal, assistant principal, teacher, and coach. In 2015, Sanée was recognized as the Katy ISD Elementary Principal of the Year. She earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston Clear Lake.  Sanée is passionate about authentic, purposeful learning for students and teachers, and she also has a strong passion for leadership and its impact on teacher engagement, student learning, and school culture. Sanée recognizes her impact as a leader and uses her role to inspire, motivate, and empower others. Sanée has presented at state, national and international conferences, and has contributed to several publications and podcasts focused on leadership and its impact on students and teachers. Sanée is co-author and co-editor of the Education Write Series, and recently published her first book, Be Excellent on Purpose: Intentional Strategies for Impactful Leadership. Sanée shares her thoughts on leadership on her blog In this episode, Sanée shares how she has led through fear and continues to face her own fears down as she leads at home and in life.  We learn of the recent challenges she has faced, and she shares inspirational leadership insight. I am honored to amplify for you, Dr. Sanée Bell's Fearlessness story.  Connect with Sanée: Sanées Blog Sanée on Twitter Be Excellent on Purpose on Amazon Education Write Now on Amazon
October 28, 2019
Episode 44: In AWE of The Modern Principal with Christy and Karen-Fearlessness Series
Two head principals early in their career, Karen & Christy began The Modern Principal together to organize a community of EduQueens doing their best to lead and reform education, no matter their role.  The Modern Principal is a collection of thoughts on all subjects education that helps to redefine the role of leadership in our schools.  They use their combined voices to steer the new generation of teacher leaders and administrators as they examine the systems in place in schools and challenge the status quo.  They strive for social justice, mentorship, and community - and doing it all with a whole lot of style. Listeners, I love this conversation with Christy and Karen and know you will be captivated by their mission as I am. In this episode we learn about what prompted them to start The Modern Principal, challenges they have faced, and their passions around building a community of eduqueens. We laughed, traveled down unexpected roads, and these ladies made my heart pound with the good work they are doing. I am honored to amplify for you The Modern Principal with Christy and Karen’s Fearlessness story. Connect with Christy and Karen at The Modern Principal @modernprincipal on Twitter The Modern Principal on Instagram Awe-Inspiring Recommendations The Tutu Teacher on  Instagram Too Cool for Middle School on Instagram White Fragility by Robin Diangelo Radical Candor by Kim Scott Scene on Radio-Seeing White
October 21, 2019
Episode 43: In AWE of Knikole Taylor--Fearlessness Series
Knikole Taylor is an international professional development trainer, curriculum developer, speaker and author who has been privileged to travel the world to pour her learning into others.  It is her firm belief that anyone can succeed with tailored support. Knikole works to assist educators in being their best for the students and teachers they serve each day. Knikole is working on a project called One and Only : Reflective stories regarding education, race, and bringing our own seat to the table. My conversation with Knikole both pushed and inspired me. I cannot emphasize enough how much I respect Knikole and the intelligence, thoughtfulness, and bravery she brought to the podcast. I am honored Knikole would share her knowledge and passion with us, and I cannot wait for you to learn alongside her as I did in this brave and bold conversation. I am deeply honored to amplify for you Knikole Taylor’s Fearlessness story. One and Only Project Info and Submissions Awe-Inspiring Recommendations: Educolor Movement on Twitter Val Brown on Twitter Clear the Air Education Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School by Carla Shalaby Rants and Randomness by Luvvie Ajayi
October 14, 2019
Episode 42: In AWE of Kyleen Engelstad-Fearlessness Series
To kick off our Fearlessness series, I am bringing to you an incredibly special person in my life. This woman has literally laughed alongside me in all the seasons from awkward, exuberant high school years to companionship in our twenties, through husbands, and babies, loss, and life shift. She is a seriously bright light in this world, and I know you will love her story. Kyleen Engelstad is a wife and mother and works as a benefits consultant with Marsh & McLennan Agency. Kyleen has been in the insurance industry for over 15 years. She enjoys helping employers provide a solution that not only makes their lives and jobs easier, but also serves as a great opportunity for their employees. Kyleen holds a degree in Business Management from Bethel University, which she earned tenaciously after her life path was derailed in her early twenties from a fearful diagnosis. Kyleen is a breast cancer survivor and remains in advocacy for others through her work on the American Cancer Society Legacy Ball Event Committee. In today’s episode, Kyleeen shares with us her experience being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer at a young age, the fears she faced after cancer subsided, and she shares with us great wisdom from lessons she gained forging through the fear. I am incredibly in awe of Kyleen, and anyone who knows her cannot help but get caught up in her light, laughter, and spirit. It is a treasured and deep honor to share with you Kyleen Engelstad’s fearlessness story. Awe-Inspiring Recommendations: Clean and Lean Fit-Carisa Rassmusen Nourish Love Move Susan G. Komen Foundation Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition National Breast Cancer Foundation National Alliance on Mental Illness American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
October 7, 2019
Episode 41: In AWE of Tiffany Ott-Teacher Series
Tiffany Ott is the Director of Curriculum Development with the Teach Better Team, a high school math teacher in Ohio, the founder of #MasteryChat, and an educational technology fanatic. She just can’t get enough of teaching and learning! Whether it’s connecting with a teacher struggling to make mastery learning work, writing about education, designing units, or speaking up on a stage to teachers who want to change the world with awesome teaching, she is hooked on all things education. In this episode, we learn how Tiffany got into education and you will be inspired by her passion as well as the vulnerability she shares overcoming personal challenges in wellness. I am so inspired by this incredible woman and cannot wait for you to hear her awe inspiring message. I am honored to amplify for you, Tiffany Ott’s teacher story. Connect with Tiffany: Tiffany on Twitter Teach Better Team on Twitter Tiffany's Email: Teach Better Facebook Teach Better Website
September 30, 2019
Episode 40: In AWE of Alana Stanton-Teacher Series
Alana Stanton is a kindergarten teacher at Mulberry Elementary School in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Over the past 15 years she has worked with first grade, second grade, and taught technology special. Alana believes relationships always come first in the classroom and that bringing passion into her lessons instills a love for learning. In this episode, we learn how Alana has used challenging life experiences as real life lessons from which to grow into a better teacher and person. She shares the inspiring story of how she and her husband turned a less than perfect vehicle into a learning experience and a way for a community to come together as well as the lessons she learned through the heartbreak of trying to build a family through pregnancy loss. Alana’s wisdom and the way she generously shares the lessons she has learned reveal just what a powerful teacher she truly is in this life. I am honored to amplify for you Alana Stanton’s teacher story. Connect with Alana: Alana on Twitter Alana's Blog Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Chris Quinn Bob Goff: Author of Love Does and Everyone Always Bob Goff's Podcast
September 23, 2019
In AWE of Suicide Survival: Special Episode for #NSPW19 with Dawn Meyers
In this episode, Sarah welcomes back Dawn Meyers, High School Counselor and suicide survivor. They discuss experiences with suicide losses in their own lives, weave in resources and practical tips to assist others with their journey. The focus of this episode is the topic of suicide survivors, meaning those suffering the loss of a loved one to suicide. If you are a person who has experienced a loss of a loved one, someone who is suffering from a mental health challenge, or you are seeking to know more and even advocate, here is a list of resources. Remember, you are not alone, and together we can forward the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s mission to see a world without suicide. Resources for Suicide Awareness and Prevention: Resources About Suicide Resources for those experiencing a mental health crisis: I’ve Made an Attempt I’m Having Thoughts of Suicide Resources for individuals who have loved ones complete a suicide: I’ve Lost Someone Coping with Loss Recommended book from Dawn: Suicide Survival Guide: For Those Left Behind Support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and purchase a Balance Like a Pirate item.
September 12, 2019
#WorldSuicidePreventionDay2019 Tribute to Jerome Wayne Hamman
In this episode, Sarah pays tribute to an impactful person in her life whom she lost to suicide in 2000. Her experiences as a suicide survivor after his death led her to become and educator and to honor his memory, she shares about his impact.  Please join the American Foundation for Suicide's movement toward a world without suicide at #WorldSuicidePreventionDay2019 and #NSPW19.  Resources for Suicide Awareness and Prevention: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Resources: National Suicide Prevention Week Resources National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Veterans Press 1 Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741741 (free to text with a trained counselor)
September 10, 2019
Episode 38: In AWE of Janie LaFave-Teacher Series
Janie LaFave is a Kindergarten Teacher FOR LIFE with A heart for GOD. She is a mom to three of her own children and an Organo Coffee Distributor. Janie says, “There is always something to LOVE in everyone of us and if you can't find it you're not looking hard enough.   We sing!  We dance!  We PLAY!  YES PLAY!” and her motto to live by is SHINE ON. I posed the idea to Janie to be featured this month at one of her craziest times of the year, “Open House”, fully expecting she would shoot me down. This woman is humble, gentle, unassuming, in her words, “I am not sure I even have a story to share. I am simple. I am kind. I am silly. I am just me.” In this episode, it will be just as clear to my listeners as it is to me that Janie’s story is the perfect one for this series. For this moment. For my community. You are in for such a joyous treat as we learn in this episode about an incredible teacher and sister. I am honored to amplify for you, Janie LaFave’s Teacher Story. Connect with Janie at Shell Lake Primary School. 
September 9, 2019
Episode 37: In AWE of Sam Fecich--Teacher Series
Dr. Sam Fecich a professor of education at Grove City College, author of Edumagic, host of the Educmagic podcast, and a huge fan of pumpkin spice lattes (PSL)! She is a mother of a two year old and a wife who resides in PA. In this episode, we learn how Dr. Sam got into education and how her passions for special education and ed tech came together in the role she is currently serving. From her story, we learn how we too can lean into moments of challenge, knowing that the path that is made for us will clear up eventually if we are willing to persevere. I loved chatting with Sam and we geeked out a bit with teacher lingo. I know you will enjoy this conversation, and I am honored to amplify for you Dr. Sam Fecich’s Teacher Story. Connect with Dr. Sam: Dr. Sam on Twitter Dr. Sam on Instagram AWE Inspiring Recommendations: Sarah Thomas on Twitter House of Ed Tech with Chris Nesi Teachers Need Teachers Podcast
September 2, 2019
Episode 36: In AWE of Jennifer Lotze--Trailblazer Series
Jennifer Lotze is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Hudson School District. She previously served as an Instructional Technology Trainer in the Sheboygan Area School District and an Educational Consultant at CESA 11. During her teaching career, she worked as a Cross Categorical Special Educator and focused on teaching individuals with disabilities how to use technology to be successful in their everyday lives. Within her special education program, she helped her students to create a successful business within the school environment. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and works with educational professionals all over the country as they integrate technology into their learning environments. She presents to help individuals get the most out of the technology they have access to and make accommodations to existing technology for use with all students. She received her Masters Degree from Carthage College in the area of Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Assistive Technology. Not only my conversation with Jennifer  real on so many levels for both of us, there is such a spirit of support couched within the reality of leading as a woman in spaces often held by men. The conversation is one of my favorites, and though I was tempted to edit in a place here and there, I  remembered what I know about this In AWE Community and its incredible capacity to affirm that there is a mission in each message. I know this one will land perfectly. I am deeply honored to share with you Jennifer Lotze’s trailblazer story. Connect with Jennifer: Jennifer on Twitter AWE Inspiring Recommendations: Kelly Hoyland on Twitter Kaye Kenrickson on Twitter Kaye’s Episode on the In AWE Podcast Sarah Radcliffe on Twitter
August 26, 2019
Jolt 12: AWE Inspiring Moment
Sarah shares a  moment from her week with you to provide energy or a boost for you. Share yours at #InAWEtoRISE.
August 23, 2019
Episode 35: In AWE of Karen Caswell-Trailblazer Series
Karen Caswell is an experienced educator, passionate reader and lifelong learner. She is currently a Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator at a primary school on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Karen is an Early Childhood trained teacher, who has also been privileged to work in a variety of roles and settings during her 24 year career. In October 2018, Karen started the #TLAPdownunder chat and community on Twitter, so that educators in Australia could be part of the extended #tlap community. The weekly chat has grown to include participants from not only Australia, but many countries where the time is more convenient than the USA chat. Karen is passionate about raising kind, caring and active young people who know how to advocate for themselves, champion others and make a positive impact on the world. In this episode, we learn how Karen rediscovered her passion for teaching and has been working to build a network of support for others who have faced similar challenges that she did in her journey. From her story we learn how we too can create space for others to grow together and heal ourselves in the process. I am honored to amplify for you, Karen Caswell’s Trailblazer story.  Get connected with Karen: Karen on Twitter Karen on Instagram Karen’s Website AWE Inspiring Recommendations: Catherine Williams on Twitter Brene Brown Books Teach Like a Pirate GetConnectED Podcast Teachers On Fire with Tim Cavey Podcast
August 19, 2019
Jolt 11: Awe Inspiring Moments
In this episode Sarah shares a moment of awe from the week. Share yours at #INAWETORISE
August 16, 2019
Episode 34: In AWE of Noa Daniel--Trailblazer Series
Noa Daniel, MEd, is an innovator and thought leader who has been building ways for students to feel visible and valuable in and outside of the classroom for over 20 years. She is a classroom teacher, consultant, coach, and Chief Building Officer at Building Outside the Blocks (BOB). Noa is also a blogger and podcaster. She hosts The Personal Playlist Podcast and ONedMentors, both weekly shows on voicEd Radio. She has recently joined the board of Learning Forward Ontario. Noa is also the co-founder of OEMConnect. In this episode we learn how Noa was able to take a passion of hers through her work in the classroom to make trails for others to follow to create meaningful learning. We learn about her work in blazing trails for voices to be amplified as well as creating space for mentors and mentees to connect. Through her story we learn how we too can take the gifts that may come naturally to us and create our own path for others to join in their journey. I am honored and excited to share with you Noa Daniel’s Trailblazer story.  Connect with Noa Daniel Building Outside the Blocks™ (BOB)  P3 Podcast with Noa Daniel Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Leigh Casell--Founder of Digital Human Library Carol Salva Barbara Bray Rola Tibshirani Sarah Thomas Jennifer Williams Voice Ed Radio
August 12, 2019
Episode 33: In AWE of Kerry Gallagher--Trailblazer Series
Kerry Gallagher is the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. She’s also the Director of K-12 Education for – internet safety non-profit in Palo Alto, California – a FutureReady Instructional Coach, ASCD Emerging Leader, Adobe Education Leader, PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, and EdSurge Columnist. She served as a middle & high school teacher and digital learning specialist for over 15 years, and her passions include digital citizenship and effective integration of curriculum, pedagogy, and edtech. Kerry is a TEDx & keynote speaker and a lawyer by training. She was recognized with accolades for her work by the Family Online Safety Institute in 2015, by MassCUE in 2016, and by SmartBrief and St. Anselm College in 2018. Kerry has built her career on smart and effective uses of technology in the classroom and for families. As a current teacher, secondary school administrator, and mom of two elementary level children, her experience and expertise applies to teachers and parents across grade pre-K through 12.  Connect with Kerry: Kerry on Facebook Kerry on Twitter Kerry on Instagram   Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Brianna Hodges Carl Hooker Monica Burns
August 5, 2019
Episode 32: In Awe of Kristin Tischer--Independence Series
Kristin Tischer’s creative spirit stokes her passion for entrepreneurship, and her biggest outlet comes through her thriving photography business. What started as a desire to capture moments with her own children and that of friends has flourished into a service to others as they archive some of their most important life moments. Kristin Tischer Photography is her independent adventure that has Kristin living out her passion from behind a camera lens.  By day, Kristin serves the Spooner School community as the lead administrative assistant at the high school. She and her husband have four children, ages eight and under and they live a full and blessed life in Wisconsin’s gorgeous Northwoods. In this episode, we learn how Kristin developed her talent for photography by teaching herself and learning from others. She shares how her experiences working from a young age with family owned businesses taught her much of what she needed to know to launch her own small businesses. From her story, we learn how we too can use our gifts of creativity and develop them into something special that serves others. I am happy to share with you Kristin Tischer’s Independence story.  Connect with Kristin: Kristin Tischer Photography Kristin Tischer Photography on Facebook Kristin Tischer Photography on IG
July 29, 2019
Jolt 10: Awe Inspiring Moments
 A weekly feature from host Sarah Johnson to inspire others to look around and note the beauty in the world. Share yours at #InAWEtoRISE. 
July 24, 2019
Episode 31: In AWE of Tara Linney--Independence Series
Tara Linney’s independent spirit has led her to a variety of learning communities in the US and internationally. Notably, she has been a third grade classroom teacher and then a technology coach and coordinator in both the DC area and Philadelphia and North Carolina. Most recently, she has served as a leader in tech in schools in Singapore and Paris. She earned her undergrad in Florida and her masters in PA. Tara is an international speaker and author of “Code Equity: Keying Girls Into Coding.” She is a passionate learner and innovator.  In this episode, we learn about Tara’s experiences serving schools locally and internationally and what prompted her to write “Code Equity”. Her story teaches us how embracing diversity and inclusivity has the power to change the world. It is a great honor to amplify for you, Tara Linney’s Independence story.  Connect with Tara: Tara on Twitter Code Equity: Keying Girls into Coding
July 15, 2019
Episode 30: In AWE of Naomi Harm-Independence Series
Naomi Harm is an instigator of STEM innovation, and an edtech women in leadership thought leader and influencer. Her 20+ years in the educational learning space reflects a passion driven approach to leading and learning. She has led as a CUE NGSS Educational Specialist, ISTE Faculty Instructional Coach, Google Certified Innovator, Woman in Leadership Coach and Mentor, Lego Education Master Educator, CS for Teachers Ambassador, and CEO and founder of her own Innovative Educator Consulting company Naomi's past leadership positions have included: k12 Strategic Education Manager for Wonder Workshop, K12 Education Strategist for Dell EMC, National Intel Senior Trainer, EdTech Director for 26 Wisconsin school districts, and 4/5th grade looping teacher/technology coach in Bangor, Wisconsin. She has spoken at over 125 National and International technology conferences, and she is passionate about sharing lessons she has learned with other leaders in a variety of fields.  In this episode, Naomi shares her launch story, providing an impactful message to us about seeking our passions and leaving what she calls a legacy of good. She also shares her intensely personal story of her youngest son’s in line of duty accident and how she and her husband have leveraged their love for their son and passion for this work to maintain a healthy lifestyle and live as devoted parents to their bionic soldier.  Listeners, it is Naomi’s story of strength in leadership and motherhood inspired me one year ago this month when I first learned of it, so much so that I wrote a blog post about her in July, titled “In AWE of Naomi Harm” This podcast and my business was not even a thought at that time, and when the title for my business came my way in solitude, so did that blog post! Since then, my connection with Naomi has deepened, and I am so grateful for her influence in our world. It is a true tender honor to share with you Naomi Harm’s Independence story.  Connect with Naomi: Naomi's Website Naomi on Twitter Naomi on LinkedIn Blog Post: In AWE of Naomi Harm
July 8, 2019
Jolt 9: Awe Inspiring Moments
Awe Inspiring Moment:  We need to look around us at the people in our immediate purview and enjoy them while we have them and cheer one another on while we do that. #InAWEtoRISE
July 4, 2019
Episode 29: In AWE of Janelle McLaughlin-Independence Series
Janelle McLaughlin is an education strategist, consultant, presenter, coach, keynote speaker and trainer.  Over the years she has been a classroom teacher and district administrator.  Today, Janelle is also an entrepreneur, author, a social media strategist and a tech enthusiast. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ball State University and an administrator's license from Indiana Wesleyan University.  These passions and experiences led her to begin her own company, Innovative Education Solutions.  She gets to utilize her teaching talents by working with leaders at all levels to make their jobs easier and more efficient, while focusing on the people. Janelle is a Google Certified Educator, SMART Certified Trainer and a Dell Certified Leader.  Her specialties  include: Leadership Development, Student-Driven Instruction, Blended Learning, 1:1 implementation, Effective Technology Integration, SMART Technologies, G Suite, Design Thinking Processes, STEM strategies, Chromebooks, Office 365, Process Management and Organizational Leadership.  She lives in Indiana with her husband and two children. Connect with Janelle: Janelle on Twitter Janelle on Instagram Janelle on Facebook Janelle on LinkedIn Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Noa Daniel on Twitter Design Thinking for School Leaders by Alyssa Gallagher Teachers On Fire Podcast with Tim Cavey The Principal Liner Notes with Sean Gaillard
July 1, 2019
Jolt 8: Awe Inspiring Moments
Awe Inspiring Moment from the Week.  Share yours at #InAWEtoRISE.
June 27, 2019
Episode 28: In AWE of Synetra Morris-Faith Series
 Synetra Morris is a leader in Arkansas where she shares her gifts with the Fayetteville Public Schools as an assistant principal for Owl Creek School as well as the Director of Women’s Ministry for The Historic St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Northwest Arkansas. Synetra is passionate about empowering and supporting women in each role she serves.  In this episode, Synetra shares her journey to faithful leadership influenced heavily by her mother and the women in her life as well as how she overcame a mountain in her professional journey through a focus in her personal life that serves as a strong message for all of us. Through her story we learn how we too can continue to grow in our faith through trust, be intentional about influencing one another, and be open to becoming the version of ourselves we are meant to be.  I literally listened to this episode a dozen times trying to figure out where I could cut to make it the typical length, and each time I knew there was something in here that needed to be heard by my listeners. By me. What an incredible message of faith this woman brings, and I am deeply honored to know her and overflowing with joy to share with you Synetra Morris’s faith story.  Connect with Synetra: Synetra on Twitter Synetra on LinkedIN
June 24, 2019
Jolt 7: Awe Inspiring Moments
Awe Inspiring Moment from Sarah's week featuring a story of a mentor in her life whose memory surfaced. Read the transcript and more about Ron here. Share your awe inspiring moments at #InAWEtoRISE
June 19, 2019
Episode 27: In AWE of Tansy Lou--Faith Series
Tansy Lou is a quirky young woman with a passion for theatrical ministry. She is known for her talents in ventriloquism as well as her drive to finish building her own Tiny House. Her testimony includes physical healing and overcoming social anxiety. Her journey has had its challenges, but her love and faith in God have given her all the strength and courage to persevere.  In this episode, we learn about how Tansy lives a life focused on the mission of using her gifts in excellence, specifically through her ventriloquism. From Tansy’s story, we learn how we too can embrace our passions and follow the path made for us.  Tansy's Website Tansy Lou (ventriloquist) - Home | Facebook Tansy's Tiny House Adventure on Facebook Tansy Lou on Instagram Tansy Lou  on Twitter
June 17, 2019
Jolt 6: Awe Inspiring Moments
Sarah shares an awe inspiring moment from her week to inspire you to look around and see the beauty and excellence in your own world. Share yours at #InAWEtoRISE
June 14, 2019
Episode 26: In AWE of Megan Anderson
Megan Anderson is a servant of Christ, daughter, collegiate athlete, wife, mother of two incredible daughters, a special needs mom, advocate, educator, and mentor. She currently serves as Public Relations Director and Early Childhood Mentor for Highland and Fayette County Board of Developmental Disabilities, an Effectiveness Coach for Dynamix, LLC, and also a member and project manager for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council. Megan was too humble to share that she has been teacher of the year twice, keynote speaker, and served on Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Board. And I would add a wonderful friend.  In this episode, we learn how Megan has relied upon faith and her strong belief in the fact that God molds and uses us for good in all conditions. Through her story we learn to see how in each circumstance, we can see the blessing in the burden and know that we are each called to live the life we have been given to the greatest glory. It is with deep honor that I share with you today Megan Anderson’s faith story.  Engage with Megan: Megan on Twitter Megan on IG Mentioned: Dwight Carter This Is the Day by Tim Tebow 
June 10, 2019
Jolt 5: AWE Inspiring Moments
Sarah shares an AWE Inspiring Moment from the week with more here. Share yours at #InAWEtoRISe
June 6, 2019
Episdoe 25: In AWE of Lindsey Hale
Lindsey Hale is a courageous storyteller who shares her heart through authentic and transparent stories about faith, marriage, parenting her five children, and leadership. With over a decade of experience as a top leader with Thirty-One Gifts, Lindsey has grown her heart for empowering women. She speaks right from the heart in a direct and fun-loving way that is both encouraging and refreshing! She is author of Lifted: How to Ditch Fear, Obligation, and Guilt—and Live Your Best Life, a recent podcaster, a mother, and successful business leader.  In this episode, we learn how Lindsey released her fear associated with finances and how her faith grew from that step. Her message teaches us that we too can lift ourselves out of the FOG of life and the version of ourselves we were created to be. I am honored to amplify for you, Lindsey Hale’s faith story.  Connect with Lindsey: Lindsey's Website Lindsey on Facebook Lindsey on Instagram Lifted on Amazon Lindsey's Podcast- The Lifted Podcast AWE Inspiring Recommendations Carrie Wilkerson on Twitter Fervent by Priscilla Shirer The Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher For the Love! Podcast with Jen Hatmaker
June 3, 2019
Jolt 4: Awe Inspiring Moments
Weekly feature where Sarah shares awe inspiring moments from the week. Check them out here and share yours at #InAWEtoRISE!
May 30, 2019
Episode 24: In AWE of Brittany Lagarde
Brittany Lagarde is a mother of two children, a loving young wife, and a passionate and successful Associate Market Mentor for Monat Global. Her motherhood story has been characterized by challenge, advocacy, and learning to see each day as a gift in a way that inspires others. As a young mother, she has learned how to experience mothering a child with a terminal illness that currently has no cure as well as what she calls a typical child. She and her husband Sam remain hopeful advocates for a cure and continue to live each day as a gift with their daughter Sawyer who they believe will be instrumental in finding a cure.  Brittany’s story is captivating, heart wrenching, yet inspiring, calming, assured. In this episode, we learn many details about Brittany’s motherhood story as well as ways we might engage with and support the journey she and her husband are on to love Sawyer well and find a cure.  With deep emotion and a firm belief in the mission in Brittany’s message, I tenderly hand you Brittany Lagarde’s motherhood story.  Connect with Brittany: #SawyerStrong Facebook Page Cure Sanfilippo Site with Lagarde's Story Brittany's Monat Page for Ordering Awesome Product Brittany's Facebook Page Brittany's Blog at Time of Diagnosis
May 27, 2019
Jolt 3: AWE Inspiring Moments
Jolt episodes are a short dose of inspiration meant to inspire listeners to intentionally notice the beauty and excellence in their world.  Check out Sarah's AWE-Inspiring Moments from the week here!
May 23, 2019
Episode 23: In AWE of Maria Alcoke (AKA Engine Mom)--Motherhood Series
Maria Alcoke is the host of the Engine Mom Podcast, a CrossFit-L1 trainer, a Certified Pre&Postnatal Coach and runs her own graphic & web design studio, MariaVida Creative. With over 15 years in the creative field in both agency and education settings, she left the corporate world to pursue her own business right before the birth of her first child. Now, a Mom of two, Maria has a thriving design business, and has merged her passion for teaching and fitness through coaching. In September 2017, she launched The Engine Mom Podcast where Moms share their personal stories of how they shift gears from their family, to their work, and the pursuit of their passions and how they make all of that work within the scheme of motherhood. Maria realized the importance of being able to shift gears after the birth of her second child, and we talk more about that today in the show.  In today’s episode, Maria shares her experience learning to reinvent herself after layering on the title of mom, how she surrounded herself with a community to grow in her motherhood as well as retain her identity, and how she has learned to step away from one project she loves in order to make room for what she loves most. You are going to love Maria Alcoke and her Motherhood story.  Contact Maria: Maria on Instagram Maria on Facebook The Engine Mom Website AWE-Inspiring Recommendation: Engine Mom Podcast Episode with Marina Anglim Generation Mom Podcast
May 20, 2019
Jolt 2: AWE Inspiring Moments
Jolt episodes are a mini feature of the In AWE Podcast meant to provide a jolt of inspiration and grow community around finding awe in our day to day world. Sarah shares an awe inspiring moment from her week. Check out the rest here and share yours at #InAWEtoRISE. Don't forget to tag Sarah because she loves seeing what others are seeing in their world!
May 16, 2019
Episode 22: In AWE of Nancy Lambrecht-Motherhood Series
In this episode, host of the In AWE Podcast-Sarah Johnson interviews her own mother as a special feature released on Mother’s Day 2019 as part of the Motherhood Series. From raising children throughout four decades (60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s) and maintaining a marriage for over 50 years while working several part time positions before joining the full time workforce, Nancy has led in a range of arenas. After retiring from Northwest Airlines (Delta), Nancy worked for ten years for Sleep Number and was top sales rep for seven of those years. Nancy is the grandmother of 18 souls and shares the joy of being a part of their lives. In this episode, Nancy shares her experience with infant (stillborn) death as well as the loss of her adult son in 2014. Her motherhood story is personal, sacred, and sure to impact.  Mentioned in the In AWE Podcast: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant 
May 12, 2019
Jolt 1: AWE Inspiring Moments
 As a new feature of the In AWE Podcast meant to provide a jolt of inspiration and grow community around finding awe in our day to day world, Sarah shares an awe inspiring moment from her week. check out the rest here and share yours at #InAWEtoRISE. Don't forget to tag Sarah because she loves seeing others' awe!  
May 9, 2019
Episode 21: In AWE of Barbara Gruener--Motherhood Series
Veteran school counselor Barbara Gruener had the pleasure of working with kids from every age and stage, preK - 12th, during her 34 years in public education. Author of the blog The Corner on Character and the book What’s Under Your Cape? SUPERHEROES of the Character Kind, Barbara enjoys positively influencing change through her inspirational keynotes and interactive workshops. When she’s not working, you can bet Barbara is knitting, baking, writing, reading, walking, gardening, napping, or spending time with her husband and their three children.  Wonderfully, AWE is Barbara’s one word for 2019 and through her story, we learn how critical it is to be a model even in our most challenging times, to see where we can be grateful, learn to lean on others to receive their service in our times of struggle, and other incredible wisdom golden nuggets. I am in AWE of Barbara Gruener know you will no doubt be as well. Welcome to Barbara Grueners’ Motherhood story.  Connect with Barbara: Barbara on Twitter What's Under Your Cape on Facebook Barbara's Blog: The Corner on Character What;'s Under Your Cape by Barbara Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Bethany Hill on Twitter Unselfie by Michelle Borba
May 6, 2019
Episode 20: In AWE of Bethany Hill-Community Builders Series
Bethany serves as Lead Learner, Chief Energy Officer, and Chief Storyteller of Central Elementary in Cabot, Arkansas. She has been in education for 18 years in the roles of first, second, and third grade classroom teacher, curriculum coach, assistant principal, and principal. Bethany is the founder of #JoyfulLeaders, a movement on Twitter devoted to trending positivity in the education profession. Follow her Facebook Page, Inspiration for Educators to receive resources and positivty regarding education. Bethany is the one of the originators of #EduAr, a weekly Twitter chat for the state of Arkansas. The chat takes place Thursdays at 8:30 cst. Central Elementary, where Bethany serves as lead learner, became the very first Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey model campus. Since the summer of 2016, more than 50 schools have joined Central on the bus! Bethany’s wisdom and spirit is bolstering to her community, and I am excited for you to join me in learning about how we too can focus on the positive, find the joy in life and leadership, and understand that we all need support to bring that light every where we go. It brings me vibrant joy to amplify to you Bethany Hill’s Community Builders story.  Connect with Bethany: Bethany on Twitter Bethany's website Bethany on Instagram Bethany on LinkdIn #JoyfulLeaders on Twitter Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Sean Gaillard on Twitter Essential Truth for Teachers Essential Truths for Principals
April 29, 2019
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
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 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
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
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,  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 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
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: 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
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: | @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
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 #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
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:  Connect with Lynmara: Lynmara on Twitter Awe Inspiring Recommendation: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
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: #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
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
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 LaVonna's Website Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Brene Brown Becoming by Michelle Obama
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  
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: 
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 or on Twitter at @PrincipalStager.
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:  
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: Instagram: AHSPrincipal385 and Facebook: Dr. Kristen Kuhlmann Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Resource for LGBTQ: Kansas Commissioner Randy Watson:  Dyane Smokorowski Jon Gordon: Phit-n-Phat Podcast:
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
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:  Amazon: Orange Hat Publishing: Awe Inspiring Recommendations: AnaOno Intimates: She Did It Her Way Podcast with Amanda Boleyn : The Tim Ferriss Show:
December 26, 2018