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By Sarah Johnson
Welcome to the In AWE Podcast where we amplify women by sharing their unique stories and empowering a community through the mission in their message. Series formats will highlight stories about seeking balance, resilience, faith, overcoming obstacles, and strategies to remove tethers that bind us from rising to our full potential. The podcast is a feature developed by Sarah Johnson, former English teacher and school principal turned author and entrepreneur. Join our community by using the #InAWEtoRISE hashtag.
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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
BONUS Episode:In AWE of Jessica Cabeen-Adoption Celebration
This bonus episode is dedicated in celebration of the anniversary when Jessica Cabeen and her family welcomed their son Isiah home from Ethiopia on December 23rd. In this amplified story, you will hear how Jessica experienced depression when the process for adoption had stalled out, but how she also rose out of it and into the calling of being an adoptive parent. She shares the reality of what she calls "after the airport" in parenting an adopted child, and she inspires us with the grace and perseverance she and her husband show in raising their boys. You will not want to miss Jessica's awe inspiring interview.  Find Jessica on Twitter @JessicaCabeen or her website Awe Inspiring Recommendations: Brene Brown and Dare to Lead: Rachel Hollis: Jen Hatmaker: Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in an All-About-Me World:
December 23, 2018
Episode 1: In AWE of Jessica Johnson-Resilience Series
In our first episode, we hear about how Jessica Johnson, leader in the field of education, uses her challenging childhood story to serve the students in her community and lives a life that demonstrates how we can rise through all conditions. In this episode, Jessica references several resources that have educated, inspired, and empowered her to share her story. Lead Like a Pirate (Beth Houf): Brene Brown: Dare to Lead Ruby Payne's Work on Poverty: Fostering Resilient Learners (Note author is Kristin Sours with Pete Hall) Mandy Froehlich: and on Twitter @froehlichm Kaye Henrickson: on Twitter @KayeHenrickson Find Jessica at and on Twitter @principalj.
December 17, 2018
In AWE Origin with Sarah Johnson
In this origin episode, Sarah Johnson shares what led her to create the In AWE Podcast as well as the purpose of the podcast. Thank you for joining the #InAWEtoRISE community by listening to and sharing this first episode.
December 7, 2018
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