Mac Town Heroes

Episode 3- Mark Bunker

An episode of Mac Town Heroes

By Matt Brisbin
Small town people doing big time things from the hallways of McMinnville High School in McMinnville, Oregon. Cover art photo by
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Episode 7- Kelly Carlson
 Today’s guest, Kelly Carlson, has taken on many roles in her time at our school, and has most recently taken on the title of attendance dean while continuing to teach social studies part time. Something that really amazes me about Kelly is her ability to lean into all the challenges that we face as a school in the hopes of creating an inclusive, supportive, and also academically rigorous school experience for our students. In today’s episode you hear Kelly talk about the process that she takes to innovate around some of these difficult challenges, and how she has helped to create a system at our school to set our most vulnerable student up for success.  
April 22, 2019
Episode 6- Tony Vicknair
 I am really excited to say that today’s guest is the man behind the curtain helping to make this magical place such a great school, our principal, Tony Vicknair. As you’ll soon hear, something that many of us who work at this school believe is that it’s one of, if not the best high school in the state of Oregon. Tony has played an integral part in getting this high school of 2,200 students moving in the direction that we’re heading. During the episode, you’ll get to hear what makes this place so great, and how our culture has been shaped by the guidance and and leadership of Tony and the other administrators that have worked with him.  
February 15, 2019
Episode 5- Wes Gabrielsen
 Today’s guest is a Social Studies teacher and head boys tennis coach, Wes Gabrielsen, who’s best know superpower is being able to correctly predict the newest entries into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame every year, so it’s fitting that one of the classes that he created is the always popular History of Rock and Roll. In today’s episode, you’ll hear Wes’s take on the similarities between being a teacher in the classroom and being a coach on the athletic field, and you’ll also hear about the educational philosophy that makes him such a successful educator. So sit back, turn up the volume and enjoy the episode. 
February 6, 2019
Episode 4- Angela Newport
Latest episodToday’s guest is our Yoga instructor, Angela Newport, whose only regret in life is having no understanding of what regret feels like. As you’ll soon hear, Mrs. Newport has played so many different roles in her career here at MHS that it is clear that she isn’t hesitant to take on new and exciting opportunities like creating a Yoga program at our high school before it even became a consideration at most schools. During today’s episode, you’ll hear the story of how that program came to be and why Angela believes it is such an important opportunity for our students to take advantage of. You’ll also hear about how you can take the work she is doing with students and use it right away in your own classroom, as well as her thoughts about what it means to teach in a small community like ours.e of Mac Town Heroes
November 30, 2018
Episode 3- Mark Bunker
Today’s guest is THE legendary Mark Bunker. The psychology and economics teacher who possesses a self described entertainer’s mentality when it comes to his personal teaching style. He takes a unique approach to helping his students learn, one that often involves interactive activities like playing self designed games, singing group songs, and making creative videos. In this episode you’ll hear Mark speak about ways to connect with typically troubled students, who some of his most memorable teachers were, and what he thinks is the true purpose of education.
November 3, 2018
Episode 2- Ramon Alvarez
Ramon details his decision to become a teacher, how his experience as a student informs the way he teaches now, and he gives his go to strategies for engaging his students in math.
October 17, 2018
Episode 1- Susanne Sayles
The very first episode of Mac Town Heroes !
October 17, 2018
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