One mile walk and talks with guests who are making moves to improve themselves and the world around them. Season One features esteemed educators from various disciplines who freely share life lessons, reflections and valuables resources.
Guest Bio: Agnolia B. Gay has worked as a 23 year veteran educator with public schools in Little Rock, Arkansas; Pine Bluff, Arkansas; and Jacksonville, Florida. In the classroom Agnolia is responsible for: supervising and Instructing students utilizing technology, creating rigorous, diverse,fun,and engaging lesson plans, classroom management,keeping accurate records, maintaining positive communications and continuous connections with parents, as well as producing progress reports quarterly As a local individual artist, Agnolia, supports schools as a student and parent advocate. She collaborates with students and teachers; creates engaging workshops for both students and teachers, as well as showcases students. She supports nonprofit organizations through performances, creative workshops, coaching, consulting and collaborating with both youth and adults. She has created Afterschool Programs and Summer Enrichment Programs for church groups, community groups, schools, family reunions and social organizations. Finally, Agnolia creates workshops for teachers that incorporate the “ARTS” into the curriculum ∙as she empowers both teachers and students to use the “ARTS” as a teaching and learning tool.
About This Episode: In Episode 14, Agnolia B. Gay, a 23-year veteran educator who encourages the use of the arts as a teaching and learning tool, talks about how she became an educator because of a storyteller, the importance of intergenerational collaboration and why it's crucial to be intentional about including the elders in our work. For an added bonus and our listening pleasure she shares a recitation of 1,928 Winters by Jackie Earley that you won't want to miss!
For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for more information about the host, podcast or for scheduling inquiries. To learn more about the guest or the resources mentioned, contact her directly via @agnoliagay on Instagram or at https://www.facebook.com/agnolia.gay.
Guest Bio: As a child immigrant from El Salvador who grew up in public schools, Sarahi Monterrey recognizes the pivotal role teachers play in students’ lives. Sarahi was named Wisconsin's 2018-2019 High School Teacher of the year and is Wisconsin’s 2019 representative to the National Teacher of the Year Program being the first Latinx in the state of Wisconsin to have this honor.
About This Episode: Come walk a mile with the first Latinx in Wisconsin to be named a State Teacher of the Year as she discusses the pivotal role teachers play in students' lives, how to reframe your questions to redirect students and the importance of creating safe spaces that empower students and encourage student-led activities.
For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for more information about the host, podcast or scheduling inquiries. To find out more about the guest or the resources she mentioned, contact her directly at @WI_TOY2019 on Twitter or at https://www.facebook.com/sarahi.monterrey.
Guest Bio: My name is Torrie C. Achan. I grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. I am a 1996 graduate of LR J.A. Fair High School. I obtained a BSE in Elementary Education from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 2000. While a student at Henderson, I became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc in 1998. I obtained a MSE in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Arkansas is 2002. Currently, I live in Conway, Arkansas with my sweet husband of 20 years, Joey Achan, a fellow educator. We have two children, Madison (16) and Josiah (11). We attend Rock Solid Church in Conway, Arkansas. This fall, I will begin my 21st year in the classroom. I am a teacher in the Conway Public School District. I taught at Theodore Jones Elementary for 10 years (7 years in 4th grade and 3 years in 1st grade). I am beginning my 11th year at Woodrow Cummins Elementary (all in 3rd grade). I am very excited to have the opportunity to share my journey with you!!
About This Episode: 21 year early childhood educator (Torrie Acan of Conway, Arkansas), discusses the benefits of living in the neighborhood and community in which you teach and the importance of fostering good relationships with your parents. She also reminds us that teaching is a marathon not a sprint, that change and improvement come over time and that pacing and balance are necessities in this profession.
For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for more information about the host, this podcast or for scheduling inquiries. To find out more information about the guest or the resources she mentioned, contact her directly via https://www.facebook.com/torrie.achan.
Guest Bio: Leron Charles McAdoo, aka Ron Mc The HipHoptimist, is a nationally recognized spoken word poet, sought out personality, exhibiting professional artist, motivational speaker, actor, author, and seasoned educator. In addition to being a lifelong community instructor in the Little Rock School District since 1994 and activist, he is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Inc. and the co-founder of Backyard Enterprises from 1992. He has participated in numerous programs and events that deal with the issue of race relations and urban needs, some of which include the Healing Racism Institute, Too Cool 4 School, and the Kuumba Summer Art Academy. As a Hip Hop advocate and supporter, McAdoo uses the culture of Hip Hop as a vehicle to educate both young and old in the fields of music, writing and art. This can be seen through his annual independently released albums, his many articles for various publications (The Writeous, Fusion, Little Rock Free Press, Arkansas Times, The Dirty Magazine, and TheInkMag.com) his self-published projects entitled, Hip Hop Unheard: Lyrics For The Listening Eye and The HipHoptimist. He is a founding member of the nationally award winning spoken word troupe called Foreign Tongues. Additionally, his portraits, t-shirt designs, murals, comic books and commissioned artwork show his dedication to aesthetics. Ron Mc has been a radio dj (for 88.3, 98.9, and Power 92.3), co-hosted Art & Literature In Motion TV Show, created and hosted The Mind Blazin’ TV Show, engineered for the radio documentary “On The Line: Stories From Ninth Street,” produced radio programs (such as The Writeous Hour, Hope From The Hill, and The Skinny), facilitated educational workshops, and volunteered with several organizations such as The Women’s Project. Leron McAdoo is a creative, educator, and entrepreneur.
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About This Episode: Walk with a Little Rock Central High educator and learn how this art teacher of 26 years is empowered, encouraged and inspired by his students to do advocacy work in hopes of making society better for them. In this episode McAdoo also discusses being a unicorn in education, the importance of lesson planning and demonstrates why he is the Hiphoptimist.
Available for purchase by author: Sly (graphic novel), Hip Hoptimist (book), and Poems (book).
For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com to learn more about the host and to submit scheduling inquiries or general questions about the podcast. To learn more about today's guest or the resources mentioned, you may reach out to him directly via @hiphoptimist on Twitter and Instagram, Leron McAdoo on Facebook or visit www.littlerocklove.com.
Guest Bio: Ms. Sansone is a high school science teacher at Vicenza High School in Vicenza, Italy. Ms. Sansone has fourteen years’ teaching experience, ten of which have been for the Department of Defense Education Activity teaching math, science, and social studies at schools in Japan, Turkey, Germany, and now Italy. She previously taught in Chicago Public Schools. An undergraduate Environmental Science and Policy major at Clark University, Ms. Sansone has a Master of Arts from National Louis University in Secondary Science Teaching, and Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University. She a PhD candidate at Michigan State University’s Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program. Her teaching focus is on developing STEM literacy in diverse learning contexts and her goal is to help students develop an identity as scientists and historians in her classroom through collaborative learning, real-world applications, and inquiry-based instruction, bringing the classroom into the community and the community into the classroom.
About This Episode: Chicago. Japan. Turkey. Germany. And now Italy. Walk a mile with us and find our how Anna Sansone, a Chi Town educator (who was an undergraduate Environmental Science major and Spanish minor from rural Northern California) ends up as a world wide educator teaching math, science and social studies for the Department of Defense Education and one of the best cell rappers in education!
For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com to learn more about the host and to submit scheduling inquiries or general questions about the podcast. To learn more about today's guest or the resources mentioned, you may reach out her directly via @sansonesan on Twitter and Instagram.
Guest Bio: First Grade Teacher at Don Roberts / 17 years in education / Former pre-k teacher at Terry Elementary and Roberts! / Graduate of UA-Little Rock / Arkansas native born and raised / Wife to Kevin / Doggie mom to Boston and Fenway! / Cancer Survivor
About this episode: Come walk with an Arkansas native whose sweet spot is 1st grade. Listen as this fierce and fun loving cancer survivor discusses teaching students about compassion, the power of words, and loving people who don’t look like them. Walk a mile with us and see if you can guess what Molly has in her pocket.
For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com to learn more about the host and to submit scheduling inquiries or general questions about the podcast. To learn more about today's guest or the resources mentioned, you may reach out to her directly via @fabfirstiesin116 on Instagram, @mollymstorm on Twitter or Molly McKnight Strom on Facebook.
Guest Bio: Roxie Hannah Browning is a native of Arkadelphia. She has been an educator since 2001 and currently serves as the proud Principal at Bale Elementary School in the Little Rock School District. Roxie currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of Miss Heritage and Miss Heritage's Outstanding Teen, Volunteer Coordinator for the Miss Arkansas and Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen stage competition, a member of UCA and Henderson's Black Alumni Association, Saint Mark Baptist Church and the Little Rock Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Roxie enjoys mentoring youth, volunteering in the community, bringing awareness to social justice matters, singing, reading, and traveling. Roxie lives in Alexander with her husband Jeff and two children.
About This Episode: Join us for a walk with an Arkadelphia, Arkansas native and discover how Girls Scouts and the world of pageantry helped prepare her for principalship. In this episode, Roxie Browning talks about the importance, value, and necessity of giving back. She also shares how community walks, voting initiatives and fundraisers helped build a community within her building. Stay tuned in to the end to be blessed by an extraordinary rendition of "His Eyes Are On The Sparrow."
For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com to learn more about the host and to submit scheduling inquiries or general questions about the podcast. To learn more about today's guest or the resources mentioned, you may reach out to her directly via @RHBrowning on Twitter and Instagram or @roxiehannahbrowning on Facebook.
Guest Bio: Spencer Kiper is a regional and global STEM education and Ed Tech advocate who believes in empowering students through culturally-enriched and industry-based connections. His investment in the Whole Child Approach is bolstered by his background rooted in liberal arts, technology, and science education. As a STEM enrichment educator and educational technologist, Spencer’s efforts to build a pipeline for STEM and Career/Technical Education have resulted in a STEM Lab that enriched the lives of over one-hundred students each year. Spencer’s reach resonates deep within his community in Northwest Louisiana and extends far outside of his classroom, impacting education on a global scale. His work as a Professional Development Specialist for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and STEM Revolution has impacted the practice of educators from over thirty different countries. Spencer is passionate about sharing innovative practices and has presented regionally and nationally on topics that build innovative educational technology and STEM education capacities in other educators. With advanced degrees in educational technology, cyber education, and educational leadership, Spencer works to impact the teacher pipeline in his region by serving as an adjunct professor and school partner to the teacher preparation and alternative certification programs at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. As the 2019 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year, Spencer is proudest of the network of educators that he was able to establish and the efforts spent putting educator voice at the forefront of educational policy and change.
About This Episode: While sharing his origin story, this science-fiction loving 2019 Louisiana Teacher of the Year (@SpencerKiper) discusses the difficulty of losing your first student and the stress, trauma, and disservice caused to everyone when you hide who you are. The importance of storytelling, elevating teacher voice, and policy work are also discussed.
For More Info: Visit www.stillstacey.com to learn more about the host and to submit scheduling inquiries or general questions about the podcast. To learn more about today’s guest or the resources mentioned, visit www.spencerkiper.com or @SpencerKiper on Twitter and Instagram.
Guest Bio: I have been teaching since 1997. I have taught in three school districts beginning in Helena/West Helena Public School District, then moving to Pulaski County Special School District to my current location with Conway Public Schools. I have taught grades 4 - 8. My current subject area of teaching is Reading and English Language Arts.
About This Episode: Walk with us as Janie (a 23-year educator who has a deep love of poetry, words, and 4th-8th grade students) talks about a season of growth, the power of poetry, and offers her predictions about the future of education. Listeners will even be blessed with a poetry recitation!
For More Info: Visit www.stillstacey.com to learn more about the host and to submit scheduling inquiries or general questions about the podcast. To learn more about today’s guest or the resources mentioned, you may reach out to her directly via @ICUWalburn on Twitter, @Soar2BGR8 on Instagram, or Janie Walburn on Facebook.
National Writing Project.org
Moe’s Cafe by Mark H. Larson and Robert S. Boone
BearsWrite: Pens to Pixels Writing Camp at University of Central Arkansas
Guest Bio: I am Johnny Laine, Jr. I am from Dayton, Ohio by way of Louisville, KY. I attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science. I began teaching science after graduating from the university. After teaching and coaching basketball for years, I earned my Masters in Urban and Rural school leadership soon after I became the K-12 Academic Facilitator and Athletic Director at my current school.
About this episode: Curious about the correlation between Animal Science and Urban & Rural Leadership or how band, a senior project, and a summer job with the City of the Little Rock changed the course of Johnny’s life? Tune in to find out the answers as Johnny (a middle school science teacher, basketball coach, and building leader) discusses those things and lots more.
For More Info: Visit www.stillstacey.com to learn more about the host, submit scheduling inquiries, or for general questions about the podcast. To learn more about today’s guest or the resources mentioned, you may reach out to him directly via @JALonderwyser on Twitter or @Tailored.Teacher on Instagram.
Guest Bio: Joe Hennessey is a high school English teacher in Guilford, Maine, and is the 2018 Piscataquis County Teacher of the Year, the 2019 Maine State Teacher of the Year, and the 2020 Maine Sanford Teacher Awardee. Additionally, he was selected by his students as the Faculty Speaker in 2015 and 2018 and received the Yearbook Dedication in 2016 and 2018. Prior to moving to Maine, in 2013-2014, he received the Yearbook Dedication and was named the Teacher of the Year at Collegiate Academy of Colorado. Mr. Hennessey is a Graduate with Distinction in Humanities from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa-- Alpha Chapter.
About This Episode: Meet Joe Hennessey – a pensive, adventurous, and quiet rural educator who believes the purpose of education is to cultivate one’s intellect. Walk with us along the coast of Brooklin, Maine, and learn about the power of positive male role models, diversity, friendship, travel, and engaging curriculum within the educational system.
For More Info: Visit www.stillstacey.com to learn more about the host, submit scheduling inquiries, or for general questions about the podcast. To learn more about today’s guest or the resources mentioned, you may reach out to them directly via @METOY19 on Twitter.
Chronic Absenteeism op-ed: https://bangordailynews.com/2019/02/06/opinion/chronic-absenteeism-diminishes-learning/
Functional literacy op-ed: https://www.pressherald.com/2019/03/24/maine-voices-we-all-should-work-to-light-the-literacy-flame-and-keep-it-burning/
Recruiting and retaining rural teachers article: https://thelinek12.com/teacher-voices-attracting-retaining-qualified-teachers/
The value of educational travel essay: https://www.educationdive.com/news/educational-travel-develops-critical-observation-skills/569889/
The Importance of Voting op-ed: https://bangordailynews.com/2020/05/12/opinion/if-you-want-a-say-in-policies-that-impact-your-life-be-sure-to-vote/
CountMEIn!-- Absenteeism Nonprofit in Maine https://countmeinmaine.org/newsite/
Educate Maine-- Educational Nonprofit in Maine https://www.educatemaine.org/
Guest Bio: Dr. Charlie E. McAdoo II has seventeen years of Career and Technical Education teaching experience. He has taught middle school, high school, and on the post-secondary level. Currently, he teaches Business Education in the City Schools of Decatur located minutes outside Atlanta, GA. He has served in various leadership capacities throughout his education career. He is a 2019 Georgia CTAE LEAD (Leadership, Exploration, and Advocacy, and Development) Fellow. Charlie completed his Bachelor of Arts at Clark Atlanta University; his Masters in Education from the University of West Georgia; and has a Doctorate of Education from Valdosta State University in Adult and Career Education. He has experience presenting to school systems, regional education conferences, and state-level CTE organizations. His professional interests include identifying professional development priorities for the CTE program improvement and identifying best practices for CTE instruction. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he has been married 18 years to his wife Dr. Billynda McAdoo. They have two children (Charlie 14 and Billy 10). They live in Atlanta Georgia and represent Little Rock, AR every chance they get. He is a graduate of the Historic Little Rock Central High School and was active in the Little Rock independent hip hop scene for years, after co-founding Backyard Enterprises in 1992 with his brother, Leron "Ron Mc" McAdoo.
About This Episode: Today’s walk is with a humble two percenter (times two)! In this episode, Dr. McAdoo, breaks down the silver bullets of teaching, time affluency, and pays homage to the tenets of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (brotherhood, scholarship, and service).
For More Info: Visit www.stillstacey.com to learn more about the host and to submit scheduling inquiries or general questions about the podcast. To learn more about today's guest or the resources mentioned, you may reach out to him directly via @501_Mack on Instagram.
Guest Bio: Erica Boomsma is the 2019 South Dakota Teacher of the Year and teaches 4th grade in the Huron School District. Passionate and driven to teach from a young age, she was inspired by excellent teachers. For 18 years, she has had the honor of empowering all students to become life long learners and to strive for their dreams. With bachelors and masters degrees in education, Boomsma’s greatest joy and accomplishment is found in her students’ enthusiasm to learn and their success as they achieve things they never thought they could all while learning as a family. Erica loves her profession and even more, the students she teaches. She believes that every child regardless of race, gender, creed, or socio-economic status can learn. There is nothing in this world that she would rather do. For Erica, it is her dream come true. Her life long goal fulfilled – she is a teacher!
About This Episode: Come take a stroll with us through the middle of the flats with a really quiet little girl who grew up to become a 4th grade teacher. In this episode, Erica Boomsma (the 2019 South Dakota Teacher of the Year) shares with us how she found teaching, what she believes every student deserves and how lessons can come from everything and everyone around us. #ATOY19 #AskMeWhy #AMileInMyShoes
For More Info: Visit www.stillstacey.com to learn more about the host and to submit scheduling inquiries or general questions about the podcast. To learn more about today's guest or the resources mentioned, you may also reach out to them directly via the following social media platforms: @ericaboomsma (Twitter), @erica.boomsma (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/erica.boomsma.1.
Guest Bio: House Killmonger. First of her name. The Unbothered. Queen of Gravity-Defying Hair. Breaker of Patriarchy. A Girl Has No President.
About This Episode: Ear hustle on a conversation with a Game of Thrones, Black Panther loving history teacher who enjoys studying the way people change the environment and the way the environment changes people. In this episode Rachel discusses the role and impact that expectations and trust have student work ethic, the importance of loving what you do and how to avoid teacher burn-out. #ATOY19 #AskMeWhy #AMileInMyShoes
For More Info: Visit www.stillstacey.com to learn more about the host and to submit scheduling inquiries or general questions about the podcast. To learn more about today's guest or the resources mentioned, you may also reach out to them directly via the following social media platforms: @rigsbyrachel (Twitter) and @raerigsby (Instagram).