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A Mile In My Shoes: The Walk & Talk Podcast

A Mile In My Shoes: The Walk & Talk Podcast

By Stacey James McAdoo
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.
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Walk & Talk With Jennifer Ceasar
Guest Bio: Proud mom of 2 daughters (19 & 15), Masters of Art in Teaching with an emphasis on Family & Consumer Science, and love teaching, Jesus, family & crocheting! Starting my life long dream of teaching in my early 40's has really allowed me to appreciate the privilege of working with students, and genuinely love what I do.  Episode Summary: Travel with us today to a little town in Northwest Arkansas called Prairie Grove. Walk down a new trail with Jennifer Ceasar and learn about the life skills this Family & Consumer Science educators teaches her students. This “dedicated, empathic and fun” educator also discusses tools that bridge language and cultural divides, resources for novice teachers and shares why “You will never see me fall”.  For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for questions about the podcast, host or scheduling inquiries. 
16:33
September 19, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Dylan Huisken
Guest Bio: Dylan teaches 6-8 social studies in Bonner, Montana next to the Blackfoot River of "A River Runs Through It" fame. He is the 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year and has a passion for teaching place-based lessons that encourage students to be local stewards of their community, knowledgable navigators of nature, and authentic humans. And of course, he loves teaching history and the skills that come with analyzing the past thoughtfully and accurately. Dylan has taught for 12 years, with two of those years as a teaching assistant at the University of Montana in Missoula while he earned his Masters in History. About This Episode: Walk with Montana’s 2019 Teacher of the Year and discover how he encourages his students to value local citizenship, original thinking, and the power of the pen. We also take a dive into detecting myths, identifying biases, creating place-based learning experiences and learn how Pink Floyd taught Dylan to be mindful of how he walks through life. For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for more information about this podcast, the host or scheduling inquiries. For questions of the guest, contact him directly on Twitter (@2019MTTOY) or visit uonnersocialstudies.weebly.com
20:28
September 17, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Zora Madison
Guest Bio: I have been teaching Kindergarten for 22 years. I received my B.A in Elementary education with an emphasis in Early Childhood from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. I got into education to change the world. About This Episode: Walk with a 22 year veteran kindergarten teacher from the Little Rock School District. Find out how coronavirus has impacted instructional practice, projections for the future and how to plan for the unknown. Failure, effort and expectations are also discussed. For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for questions about this podcast, the host or scheduling. Reach out to the guest directly on Instagram (@madisonzora) or Facebook (Zora Madison).
23:19
September 14, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Lacey Jean-Pierre
Guest Bio: After having graduated college in the midst of the Great Recession, I went to work in corporate America. Desperately searching to find purpose while working in cubicles that sucked the life out of me, I decided to go to grad school for secondary education.  The rest is history! I have now been teaching for eight years, with my time split between Arkansas and Georgia.  I began my teaching career at Little Rock Central High School where I taught for four years before moving to Atlanta, Georgia.  I currently teach in the Atlanta Metro area at Gwinnett County Public Schools.  As a Social Studies teacher, I have taught US History, World History and Psychology. About This Episode: Walk with Lacey Jean-Pierre, a Georgia history educator by way of Arkansas, who graduated in the midst of the Great Recession. Find out about understanding the historical value of an event, Teaching Tolerance and the essential skills educators need to be successful in the classroom. For More Information: For questions about this podcast, for the host or about scheduling visit www.stillstacey.com.To learn more about the guest, visit her at lacelee42 on Instagram and at Lacey JP on Facebook. 
20:34
September 12, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Nanette Patino
Guest Bio: I am a 26 yr elementary teacher. I taught most of my career as an NYC public school teacher. My area of expertise is in lower elementary /PreK-5. I have had the privilege of being a Bilingual and ESL teacher and will embark on my journey as a Spanish teacher this fall. I have participated in several leadership roles over the years as part of the School Leadership Committee, presenter at Columbia University Teachers College/Citywide PD in NYC, and ESL presentations in LRSD. I have been an LRSD Novice Teacher Mentor, LREA teacher representative, and currently an NEA Representative Assembly delegate. I am a graduate of the IMPACT Fellowship Program at the University of Arkansas, a member of the Teacher Leadership Institute, an LRSD Aspiring Leader and a Parent Facilitator. I am currently working on my ESL National Board Teacher Certification. About This Episode: Join a 26 year veteran educator, Arkansas resident (by way of New York) and Little Rock School District educator tomorrow as she discusses her transition from being an elementary ESL newcomer educator to a high school Spanish teacher at the historic Little Rock Central High School. During the walk Nanette Patino shares the importance and impact of mentorship, aspiring leaders and validating the efforts of your colleagues when trying to build a cohesive and collective team. For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for questions about the podcast, host or scheduling. Reach out to the guest directly on Facebook (@Nanette Patino) to learn more about her. Nanette's recommendated resources: Publication from Johns Hopkins University for the NNPS(National Network of Partnership Schools)Promising Partnership Practices 2018-2019
19:12
September 10, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Shelly Parks
Guest Bio: Shelly Parks is a high school English teacher in St. Charles, MO at Francis Howell North High School. Her influence goes beyond her own classroom and even her own school, where she has spent years public speaking and offering training and professional development to staff and other educational leaders. Shelly considers her greatest teaching accomplishment when students decide to join her in the education profession. Shelly is a recruiter of future teachers, an advocate for equitable learning opportunities for all students, a lover of cooperative learning, and a proponent of teachers creating greater work-life balance. She is a National Board Certified teacher who has received numerous awards, including the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award and Missouri’s Teacher of the Year for 2019 About This Episode: Walk with 2019 Missouri Teacher of the Year, Shelly Parks, and learn about her Alabama roots and Arkansas branches. Find out what she’s doing to dismantle unjust systems that disproportionately affect students of color and why she strongly believes “If we don’t take care of teachers, teachers can’t take care of students.” For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for questions about the podcast, host or scheduling inquiries. For questions of the guest, contact her directly via Twitter (@ShellyParks5), Instagram (@shellyparksteach) or Facebook (Shelly Parks-2019 Missouri Teacher of the Year).
22:34
September 8, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Juanita I. Harris
Guest Bio: Juanita Inez Harris is a 32-year-old native of Texarkana, Arkansas. She has a decade of experience in the field of education. She is the daughter of Willie and Virginia Harris of Texarkana, Arkansas, In 2006, Juanita graduated from Arkansas Senior High School. In active pursuit of furthering her education, Juanita graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, followed by a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She began her professional educational career as a second grade teacher in Strong, Arkansas. Over the course of her career, she has written grants and received financial support for various classroom projects. Continuous enhancements of her Everyday Economics program earned her the Bessie B. Moore Economics Educator Award in 2017. Also, during that school year, Juanita was recognized as Campus Teacher of the Year. In May of 2018, she was awarded Texarkana Arkansas School District's Teacher of the Year, which afforded her the opportunity to apply for the 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year award. Juanita was selected as 1 of the 14 regional finalists. As a finalist, she was recognized at a special ceremony on August 16, 2018, at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. Juanita’s passion for teaching does not stop in the classroom; she also tutors students in her district and community as well. She is also a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas where she is a youth leader and Sunday School Teacher. Juanita will continue to be a lifelong learner and an advocate for all children. In light of all that God has allowed her to accomplish to date, there are only two words that she desires to hear at the end of her life, "Well done". About This Episode: Join us for a lively walk in Texarkana, Arkansas with their 2019 Teacher of the Year. Juanita I. Harris, an early childhood education and curriculum & instruction SAU graduate, shares with us the importance of supporting fellow educators by “Encouraging the Hearts that Shape the Minds” and going beyond the curriculum in the classroom. Tune in to find out the two words she wants to hear at the end of her life and be blessed with a snippet of her favorite song. For More Information: visit www.stillstacey.com for questions about the host, podcast or scheduling inquiries. To learn more about today’s guest, reach out to her directly via ms_fijiwaterstatus on Instagram or Juanita MsHarris Harris on Facebook. Please visit her business Facebook page  @TeachersSupportTeachers2019 and support her upcoming book, The Lesson Plan: How to Handle the Classroom that's Been Handling You!
21:13
September 5, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Amanda Ahart
Guest Bio I am entering my 12th year of teaching and a product of a family full of educators. In my lifetime, I have been a part of 7 Arkansas school districts, either as a student or an educator. I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas and my master's degree from University of Central Arkansas. My husband is a brilliant mechanic, my 14-year-old step daughter has one of the biggest hearts, and my 5 year old, strong willed daughter is going to give me a run for my money as she starts her public school education this fall. I believe in integrity, value, opportunity, purpose, and building relationships in everything you do. About This Episode: 12-year master educator and dyslexia reading specialist Amanda Ahart takes us on a walk in Rogers, Arkansas and discusses being born and bred to be a teacher, valuing students, handling discipline and building relationships. For More Information: visit www.stillstacey.com for questions about the host, podcast or scheduling inquiries. To learn more about today’s guest, reach out to her directly via @alwhatl on Instagram or Amanda Whatley Ahart on Facebook. Amanda’s Suggested Resources: "The Coffee Bean" by Damon West and Jon Gordon, "The Energy Bus" by Jon Gordon, and absolutely anything endorsed by Solution Tree
20:55
September 3, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Scott McCollum
Guest Bio: I’m in my second career after spending 25 years in retail. Currently a Math teacher at Gentry Middle School for 5 years. Married for 29 years and have two wonderful children. About This Episode: Walk through the Ozark Mountains with an engaging and encouraging second career, math certified educator (Scott McCollum) in Gentry, Arkansas. Find out about his transition from the corporate world to the classroom and how opportunity, courage and learning from failure translates to success. For More Information: visit www.stillstacey.com for questions about the host, podcast or scheduling inquiries. To learn more about today’s guest, reach out to him directly via @Macdaddy316 on Instagram.
22:30
September 1, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Zestlan Simmons
Guest Bio:  Inspired to become an educator by her own teachers, Zestlan Simmons, a National Board Certified teacher, was once told by a family friend to “reconsider her options” when she shared her dream. However, for her, the joy of seeing students engaged in mastering writing skills has been the catalyst for pursuing her dream.  This love of empowering students with the awareness of their capabilities led her to return to Booker T. Washington (BTW) Magnet where she once benefited from an arts education through the Carver Creative and Performing Arts Program (CCPAC), which is now BTW. In her role as an educator at BTW, she contributes to cross-curricular planning initiatives, which encourage art and academic teachers to collaborate on special projects and classroom instruction.   In 2017, she pursued a certification in Instructional Leadership so that she could continue to mentor new teachers. Her greatest joy has been to see her former students become teachers in Montgomery, in Alabama, and in the nation.  In her spare time, which is very little, she travels, reads, and cooks all types of cuisine. About This Episode: Join two southern sistas as we stroll through the birthplace of the civil rights movement and adhere to India.Arie’s “Prayer for Humanity”. Listen and learn from a Montgomery, AL educator (who has an official day named in her honor and who also happens to be the 2019 Alabama Teacher of the Year) as Zestlan Simmons discusses dueling dragons, ELA & the performing arts, survival skills and the importance of making curriculum fit your students. Then cool down by standing up like Cynthia Erivo insists. This is an episode you won't want to miss! For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for questions about the show, host or scheduling inquiries. To learn more about the guest, contact her directly on Twitter (@ZestlanSimmons), Instagram (@zsimmons99) or on Facebook (@Zest Simmons).
24:21
August 28, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Sabrena Thacker
Guest Bio: I have been married for 17 years to a wonderful man and have the honor of raising two incredibly, funny children. I will be starting my 18 1/2 year of teaching this August. I have been teaching the last 15 years at Mayflower School District where I currently teach Psychology/Sociology and Senior Finance and Life Skills. About This Episode: “You have a gift, don’t waste it,” were the instructions that set this Mayflower, Arkansas educator on her journey to fulfill her life’s purpose. Walk with Sabrena Thacker and discover how investing in the right professional development can change your life, the power of reflection and why it is imperative to quit taking your leftovers home to your loved ones. For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for more information about the show, host or scheduling inquiries. Reach out the guest directly on Twitter at Thack Attack @ThackAttack5011 or Sabrena McEwen Thacker on Facebook.
22:33
August 27, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Amanda Ladish
Guest Bio:  I'm Amanda. I am a 7th generation Arkansan. I grew up in southern Florida until returning to Fayetteville at age 12. Reading, writing, and roller skating are how I stay sane. I have taught a variety of age groups, and right now I am serving as a junior high ESL teacher. I have four awesome daughters ranging in age from 12-25. My husband and I have been married since 2007 and he is an incredible stone mason.  We love doing house projects, taking our dog on long walks around the steep hills, reading the Sunday paper, and watching Netflix. About This Episode: Let’s face and climb hills with a seventh generation Arkansan who loves reading, writing and roller skating. Walk with us as Amanda Ladish (a Springdale, Arkansas educator) shares the parallels between roller skating and education, the importance of balance and the joys of being an English as a Second Language teacher.  To Learn More: Visit www.stillstacey.com to find out more about the host, this show or scheduling inquiries. To learn more about the host, contact her via https://excellenceforenglishlearners.wordpress.com/.
21:06
August 25, 2020
Walk & Talk With Educator Jeffery Ladd II
Guest Bio: I am Jeffery Ladd II and I live in Texarkana Arkansas. I was a Navy brat so moving around is quite natural for me. I am 25 years of age but deep inside I am eternally 12. I think of myself as a highly creative and very vibrant youthful teacher. Being a black male in teaching, I feel quite special because I know that I represent a rare demographic in this service of work. And with that great responsibility I understand that I must be intentional about what I say and conscious of what I do. I am a novice teacher who has a lot to learn, who still needs a lot of growth, and I know I have so much that I must do. I love being a student in everyday conversations. I am always looking for insight and little nuggets of wisdom from people, especially veteran teachers. There is always so much to learn from those who have experienced more life than yourself. I recently received my Master of Art in Teaching Degree in December of 2019, so that makes me a fresh candidate to be an effective advocate for the need of positive and energized filled teaching and to show that representation matters. I just want to put out the best of what I can contribute into the world and I believe my way of doing that is through teaching! About This Episode: Walk down the Texarkana Nix Trail and discover how The Toothpaste Millionaire inspired a “25 year old who is eternally 12” elementary teacher to launch a self care business with his little sister. We will also learn from Jeffrey  how having Black male educators early in his career set the standard for Black excellence. Ways of elevating the teaching profession, engaging students and increasing comprehension are also discussed. For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for questions about the host, show or scheduling inquiries. 
17:54
August 22, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Keith Noyes
Guest Bio: Keith has taught in NH for the past 21 years. As a lover of all subjects, he guided fourth graders for 13 years, but spent the past seven years teaching middle schoolers to have fun while learning math. Sounds impossible right? He is moving onto new adventures for the 2020/2021 school year, teaching  6th graders to appreciate getting lost in a novel and share his love of writing with students, hoping to build voice and confidence. Noyes was honored as the 2019 NH Teacher of the Year, and spent time traveling the country along with his cohort to reflect, grow and perfect his craft by learning from other powerful educators and experts in the field. Keith feels strong student/teacher connections and relationships are at the core of successful teaching. About This Episode: Join us on the WOW Trail with a self described "crazy, funny and energetic" elementary teacher who was inspired by his teacher-credentialed police officer father to become a classroom practitioner. In this episode Keith Noyes (the 2019 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year) talks about taking safe risks, building relationships with parents, learning through games and sharing ones personal adventures with students through the art of storytelling. Recommended Resource: Porta Portal For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for questions about the show, host or scheduling inquiries. If you have specific questions for the guest, please reach out to him on Twitter via @KeithNoyes3.
18:22
August 20, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Tamara Markey
Guest Bio: Tamara Markey is an innovative, passionate, and dynamic educator. She draws from and applies to her work in education, nearly a decade of professional experience as an Engineer with Amoco Oil and BP Pipelines. Mrs. Markey is a Woodrow Wilson STEM Teaching Fellow and a certified Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Instructor. She has taught Pre-engineering at McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology and served as a STEM/PLTW District Coach in the Lawrence Township Metropolitan School District. Tamara is presently working with the Purdue Minority Engineering Program, championing the elementary level math initiative, Algebra by 7th Grade, to address performance gaps in mathematics for underrepresented students and to increase minority interest and program eligibility in STEM majors. Tamara is the 2019 Indiana Teacher of the Year, a 2019-2020 Indiana University Armstrong Teacher Educator, a 2018 Lawrence Township Design Excellence Co-Award Winner, and in 2017 received the Engineering Technology Educators of Indiana Program Excellence Award. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Technology Education, both from Purdue University. She has served as an Advisor Lead in her school to support teachers in the areas of guidance and counseling, while also identifying and assisting students with their educational pathways, socio-emotional wellness, and life experiences. She founded the MCIT Girls in Technology program, aimed to increase exposure and interest of middle school girls in Engineering and other technology-driven fields. She has served as a member of the Indiana STEM Cadre, addressing the state’s STEM certification process and metrics, in addition to serving on the Lawrence Township STEM Coalition Task Force. Tamara is a devoted wife of thirty years and a proud mother of three children and one Golden Doodle. About this episode: Take a walk tomorrow with an engineer educator (Indiana’s 2019 Teacher of the Year) and learn about her long journey that was filled with little steps along the way, pushing her toward her life’s purpose of educating today’s youth. Listen as Tamara Markey encourages educators to be vocal about problems but solution-oriented, and no matter how hard it gets to “keep a moving”! For more information: visit www.stillstacey.com to inquire about the host or scheduling. To reach out the guest, contact her directly on Twitter via the handle @MarkeyTamara. 
22:56
August 18, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Corey Oliver
Guest Bio:  Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Central Arkansas, 1996 Master of Science in Education Degree, University of Central Arkansas, 2000  Employment: Bob and Betty Courtway Middle School, Conway, 1997-Present  Subjects Taught: 7th and 8th grade English, 7th and 8th grade Spanish  Teacher of the Year: 2000 and 2015  National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification: 2007  Milken Educator Award: 2007  National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Recertification: 2015 About This Episode: Come discover or rediscover "The Greatest Love Of All," as we walk today with a two time Teacher of the Year, Milken Award, National Board Certified, 23-year English and Spanish, Conway, Arkansas middle school educator who has traveled to 45 countries! Listen as Mr. Corey Oliver shares his approach to lesson planning and teaching, how students are often the biggest offerers of information and the secret to having longevity and staying fresh in education. For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for more information about the host, podcast, scheduling inquiries or to find out how to reach out to today's guest.
22:12
August 15, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Chassidy Caraway
Guest Bio: Wife,mother, and teacher :) About This Episode: Walk a mile with a Marion, Arkansas elementary teacher of fifteen years (Chassidy Caraway) who never thought she would be a teacher but who became one to help her daughter. Learn about the year of yes, modifying and adjusting, and the importance of having a SOS/help system and cool down time. For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for more information about the host, podcast or for scheduling inquiries. To more information on today's guest, you may contact her directly on Facebook.
19:53
August 13, 2020
Walk & Talk With Educator Dr. Marquese McFerguson
Guest Bio: Dr. Marquese McFerguson is an assistant professor within Florida Atlanta University’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. Dr. McFerguson is a Little Rock, Arkansas native.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Ouachita Baptist University, a master’s degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of South Florida. His scholarship examines art-based research methods, hip hop culture, and contemporary Black popular culture.  In particular, his research about Black popular culture explores the relationship between media scripting and everyday life. Furthermore, his scholarship analyzes how racialized gender and class representations are produced by media makers and interpreted by media audiences to make sense of Blackness. Dr. McFerguson is also an award-winning slam poet and teaching artist who has performed at academic institutions and performance venues throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. About This Episode: Dr. Marquese McFerguson is an assistant professor, award-winning slam poet and a teaching artist from Little Rock, AR. On Episode 15’s walk, Dr. McFerguson talks about ensuring every student has a mentor, following the advice you give, research & connections and the importance of making learning fun. He ends with the sharing of a snippet from Audrey Lorde about bringing your whole self to the table — especially if you are a black face in white spaces. For More Information: Visit www.stillstacey.com for information about the host, podcast or for scheduling inquiries. To learn more about the guest, reach out to Marquese McFerguson on Facebook. 
23:11
August 11, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Agnolia B. Gay
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. 
23:31
August 8, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Sarahi Monterrey
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.
20:22
August 6, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Torrie Achan
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. 
20:42
August 4, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Leron McAdoo
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. Ron McThe HipHoptimist (501)350-6646 thathiphop@gmail.com www.BACKYARDONLINE.com Ron Mc - Facebook HipHoptimist – Instagram / Twitter 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.
27:16
August 1, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Anna Sansone
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.
19:43
July 30, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Molly McKnight Storm
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.
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July 28, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Roxie Browning
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.
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July 25, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Spencer Kiper
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.
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July 23, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Janie Walburn
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. Supplemental Resources: 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
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July 21, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Johnny Laine, Jr.
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.
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July 18, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Joe Hennessey
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. Supplemental Resources: 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/
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July 16, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Dr. Charlie McAdoo, II
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.
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July 14, 2020
Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Erica Boomsma
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. 
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July 11, 2020
A Walk & Talk With Veteran Educator Rachel Rigsby
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). 
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July 8, 2020