The Guiding Principals Podcast

The Guiding Principals Podcast

By Robert Breyer
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The Guiding Principals Podcast focuses on the work of visionary educational leaders, in an effort to leave all listeners inspired and imparting upon them fresh new ideas and strategies, as they continue to expand their own leadership toolbox.

It is my hope that this show allows us to connect and grow our educational leadership community.
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The Guiding Principals Podcast focuses on the work of visionary educational leaders, in an effort to leave all listeners inspired and imparting upon them fresh new ideas and strategies, as they continue to expand their own leadership toolbox.

It is my hope that this show allows us to connect and grow our educational leadership community.
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Episode #18: People Focused Leadership
My name is Stephanie Leonard and it is my honor to serve as principal of this wonderful school.  Each year it is a priority of mine to build relationships with students, parents and staff. I have been in education for 20 years and began my career as a high school science teacher. Since that point I have been an Assistant Principal at two elementary schools and have worked in the Curriculum Department for the district for 5 years before coming to McGee’s. I am originally from Four Oaks and graduated from South Johnston High School.  After attending UNC Chapel Hill (B.S. in Biology) and NCSU (B.S. in Secondary Science Education), I returned to South Johnston to teach science.  While teaching, I obtained my National Boards for Science Education. I returned to school a few years later for my Masters in Administration from ECU through the Principal Fellows Program. My husband Brian and I have been married 22 years and we have three wonderful daughters, ages 20, 17, and 5.  In my free time, these three keep me very busy spending time with them and attending their activities. I believe teachers and school staff have the power to change the lives of students each and every day, and we want to make sure we are a positive influence that they can carry with them throughout their lives. Twitter: @stephanieleo8 Please use the hashtag #TGPP to continue the conversation, make suggestions, provide feedback, and ask questions.  Connect with me directly by tweeting me at @rbreyer51.  And, please remember to subscribe, like, and leave a comment on whatever platform you are listening in order to help me connect more school leaders to the show. Are you interested in sharing your stories about being a visionary leader?  Check out my website www.byeondthedeskleadership.com and fill out the form in the podcast section.
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November 11, 2019
Episode 17: The Administrators Lens
Kyle Hamstra is honored to be the husband of Leann Hamstra and the father of their two-year-old son, Myals. At Davis Drive Elementary, Kyle taught fifth grade math and science for 14 years and STEM for 4 years. He has served in several leadership roles, including After School Director. Kyle’s passionate about leadership, curriculum, and STEM. He enjoys learning from his professional networks every day. Currently, Kyle is earning his Masters in School Administration (MSA) degree from East Carolina University. Twitter: @kylehamstra Hashtags: #hashtag180 & #gridplans Chat: #LeadUpChat with Jeff Veal @heffrey at 9:30AM EST.  Books:  Dare to Lead by Brene Brown & QBQ: The Question Behind the Question by John Miller Please use the hashtag #TGPP to continue the conversation, make suggestions, provide feedback, and ask questions.  Connect with me directly by tweeting me at @rbreyer51.  And, please remember to subscribe, like, and leave a comment on whatever platform you are listening in order to help me connect more school leaders to the show. Are you interested in sharing your stories about being a visionary leader?  Check out my website www.byeondthedeskleadership.com and fill out the form in the podcast section.
36:46
November 4, 2019
Episode #16: I Think, Therefore I Slam
Currently serving as building principal of McHenry High School - East Campus, Prickett served as middle school principal for five years, as well as principal at the elementary level for eight years. In addition, Prickett also has experience as an assistant principal, dean of students, and classroom teacher.  Entering his 23rd year in public education, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Judson University, a Master’s degree from Aurora University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. Books:  Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek Legacy by James Kerr Contact Information: Twitter @jdprickett Blog - notesfromtheprincipal.blogspot.com Please use the hashtag #TGPP to continue the conversation, make suggestions, provide feedback, and ask questions.  Connect with me directly by tweeting me at @rbreyer51.  And, please remember to subscribe, like, and leave a comment on whatever platform you are listening in order to help me connect more school leaders to the show. Are you interested in sharing your stories about being a visionary leader?  Check out my website www.byeondthedeskleadership.com and fill out the form in the podcast section.
36:52
October 28, 2019
Episode 15: Vulnerable Leadership
A seasoned international educator, Eileen began her career as a Mathematics teacher in New York in the mid 90’s. She has worked in private and public schools, American, British and international schools, in Europe, Asia, the US and in Africa. She has two masters degrees and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy. In 2007, Eileen transitioned into school leadership and is passionate about helping educators reflect often and grow in their teaching. Eileen and her husband Brown live in Qingdao, China where Eileen serves as the Deputy Head at a British International School. Simon Sinek Quote: "The goal is not to be perfect by the end. The goal is to be better today." Audible - Listen to books online Brene Brown -  Dare to Lead Twitter @EileenCouncil Email: Eileen.Council@gmail.com
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October 21, 2019
Episode #14: Inspire Leadership
Guest: Joël McLean Joël is presently the principal of 2 schools (elementary and secondary), as well as a Certified Provincial Leadership Coach. He is the founder of Inspire Leadership Coaching, and the host of Inspire Leadership Podcast. Contact via Twitter @jprofNB Please use the hashtag #TGPP to continue the conversation, make suggestions, provide feedback, and ask questions.  Connect with me directly by tweeting me at @rbreyer51.  And, please remember to subscribe, like, and leave a comment on whatever platform you are listening in order to help me connect more school leaders to the show. Are you interested in sharing your stories about being a visionary leader?  Check out my website www.byeondthedeskleadership.com and fill out the form in the podcast section.
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October 14, 2019
Episode #13: The Town Crier
Dr. Christina Podraza is a principal and former instructional coach with 20 years of experience in the classroom from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Deeply passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences that empower students, she works daily to build a positive school culture focused on growing the strengths of those around her. Stay connected with Dr. Podraza by checking out her blog! Connect with Dr. Podraza: drcpodraza@gmail.com @christinapod Please use the hashtag #TGPP to continue the conversation, make suggestions, provide feedback, and ask questions.  Connect with me directly by tweeting me at @rbreyer51.  And, please remember to subscribe, like, and leave a comment on whatever platform you are listening in order to help me connect more school leaders to the show. Are you interested in sharing your stories about being a visionary leader?  Check out my website www.byeondthedeskleadership.com and fill out the form in the podcast section.
39:36
October 7, 2019
Episode #12 - Whack-A-Mole Leadership
Dr. Steven Weber is the Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Fayetteville Public Schools in Arkansas.  He brings more than 20 years of experience to the district having previously served as the Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (NC). Dr. Weber also held the position of Director of Secondary Instruction for Orange County Schools (NC) for six years. Weber started his career as an elementary teacher in West Memphis School District. Weber has served as a curriculum director with the Arkansas Department of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. During his career, he has served as an elementary teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of secondary, and executive director of curriculum and instruction. Weber serves on the Executive Cabinet for Fayetteville Public Schools and provides leadership by working with teachers, administrators, and staff.  He works with teachers from each of the district’s sixteen schools to review programs, develop curriculum, and analyze district inputs and outputs. Weber leads the Office of Teaching and Learning and works with building principals to support continuous improvement.  His areas of leadership include academic achievement, instructional strategies, formative assessment, leadership development, professional learning, and collaborating with families to support students.  Weber joined Fayetteville Public Schools in 2016. Dr. Weber received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Master of Science in Education in Educational  Administration from Arkansas State University, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the East Carolina University. Recognitions and Leadership Selected to serve on ASCD Instructional Leadership and Coaching Design Team (2018-2019) Selected to serve as a board member on Arkansas Association of Curriculum & Instruction Administrators (2018 - Present) Selected to serve on North Carolina ASCD Board of Directors (2015) Bammy Award Finalist (2015) Selected as a member of PDK Emerging Leader Class (2013-2014) Named to 25 North Carolina Educators To Follow on Twitter (2013) Named to the Top Ten ASCD Whole Child Blogs in (2011) Council of State Social Studies Specialists (2001–2006) Connect with Steven Weber on Twitter @curriculumblog Check out The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization by John Maxwell Please use the hashtag #TGPP to continue the conversation, make suggestions, provide feedback, and ask questions.  Connect with me directly by tweeting me at @rbreyer51.  And, please remember to subscribe, like, and leave a comment on whatever platform you are listening in order to help me connect more school leaders to the show. Are you interested in sharing your stories about being a visionary leader?  Check out my website www.byeondthedeskleadership.com and fill out the form.
34:32
September 30, 2019
Episode #11: Getting Outside The Box
Robert started his educational career as a school psychologist, working with students in grades K-12.  After spending 8 years in that role, and seeking out lots of opportunities for leadership, he took the jump to serve as an elementary principal at Panther Valley School District in Pennsylvania.  Over the past three years, his focus has been on creating a positive and welcoming school community where students and families feel safe, supported, and loved.   The school's Cool Cats program recognizes students often for being safe, responsible, and respectful through a variety of ways.  Together with the community, the school was able to build a brand new playground.  In just under a year we raised $50,000.  We are also continuing to work on improving our literacy instruction to reach a goal of having all students reading proficient by the end of 3rd grade. As a leader, Robert believes you need to have fun every day.  Even if that means eating bugs or getting slimed! Show Highlights: Raising money for a new playground. Eat the mealworms as the crickets legs get stuck in your teeth.  Cool Cats Program for PBIS Sending behavior expectations home Developing a love of literacy. The Go Giver Leader by Bob Burg and John David Mann Mark French - @PrincipalFrench Robert Palazzo - @palazzopves Please use the hashtag #TGPP to continue the conversation, make suggestions, provide feedback, and ask questions.  Connect with me directly by tweeting me at @rbreyer51.  And, please remember to subscribe, like, and leave a comment on whatever platform you are listening in order to help me connect more school leaders to the show. Are you interested in sharing your stories about being a visionary leader?  Check out my website www.byeondthedeskleadership.com and fill out the form.
35:39
September 23, 2019
Episode #10 - We Got Each Other
Alma Henry began her career in the Hutchinson Public School District as a seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at Hutchinson Middle School-7. Mrs. Henry spent six years teaching before becoming an instructional coach. After two years, she accepted her first principal position at Hutchinson STEM Magnet School at Allen. As a building leader, Mrs. Henry feels systems work best when teams come together to build culture. She believes leadership is shared; it’s about bringing the greatness out in others. Her educational experiences have given her the opportunity to collaborate with a group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. Mrs. Henry’s educational philosophy is based on her uncompromising belief that all students can learn-- given an adult champion who is relentless about the success of that child. Connect on Twitter: @alma_henry Please use the hashtag #TGPP to continue the conversation, make suggestions, provide feedback, and ask questions.  Connect with me directly by tweeting me at @rbreyer51.  And, please remember to subscribe, like, and leave a comment on whatever platform you are listening in order to help me connect more school leaders to the show.
40:17
September 16, 2019
Episode #9: What You Don't Address, You Bless!
Noelle Leslie serves as an Assistant Principal in Greensboro North Carolina. She has served as an AP for four years at the same middle school. Ms. Leslie completed her principal internship in a Title I high school in the district.  Prior to that she has served as a 4th and 5th grade teacher and a K-2 ELA curriculum facilitator both at the same school. Noelle has been an educator for over a decade.
40:18
September 2, 2019
Episode #8: Success Is Not A Destination
Chris Jones has been an educator in Massachusetts for 18.5 years.  He has just finished his 11th year as a building administrator.  True to his "why" of improving the educational experience for as many people as possible, he is currently the Principal of Whitman-Hanson Regional High School in Whitman, Massachusetts. Chris is passionate about continuous improvement and the idea that success is not a destination, but a process.  Chris is a teacher centered Principal and his beliefs around the importance of a positive work environment, continuous growth, and a healthy family work life integration can be seen in the presentations/workshops he has given for the Massachusetts School Administrators Association (MSAA), Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE), Massachusetts Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (MASCD), the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP); and his participation in the Better Leaders Better Schools Mastermind group. Chris is described by his past Superintendent as being “...wholly invested in the success of the school…a creative problem-solver who is able to deliberate yet be decisive, be creative yet accountable…calm and clear-headed even under the most trying of times…has built a strong collaborative and collegial school culture…he is a positive influence on teachers, teaching, and learning.”  Chris blogs, is active on Twitter, and vlogs on a weekly basis as a way to reflect on his progress, share his story, and get others to think about different perspectives.  His overarching goal is to positively model continuous improvement in all facets of life by being purposeful, acting with integrity, and building character.  Show Highlights: Success is not a destination, but a process. Weekly Video Blogs to reach communities about character development WeVideo to create "Our Story" via Twitter hashtag (#WHPantherPride) Communication with stakeholders Union Relationships Using Voxer for teacher feedback Twitter: @DrCSJones Blog:  DrCSJones.blog  Books:  Empower: What Happens When Student Own Their Learning               LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student   Please use the hashtag #TGPP to continue the conversation, make suggestions, provide feedback, and ask questions.  Connect with me directly by tweeting me at @rbreyer51.  And, please remember to subscribe, like, and leave a comment on whatever platform you are listening in order to help me connect more school leaders to the show. 
45:45
August 19, 2019
Episode #7: It Begins With Us!
  Kristen Rhodes Beland is a 4th grade teacher at the Suzanne M. Henseler Quidnessett Elementary School in North Kingstown, RI. She previously served as an Integration Specialist implementing the SmART program developed by Brown University and has been involved in the integration of technology into the district, providing PD at their annual Google Summit. Over 14 years she was the lead theatrical director for schools theatrical productions, bringing together groups of 75 students to gain confidence and voice through acting. In 2013, she was a Golden Apple Award Recipient. Recently, Kristen was a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Through this experience she testified to the Commissioner of Ed to revamp teacher education programs, led a Trauma Informed Committee at her school, and has begun writing. Kristen is passionate teacher leader always thinking about the scope of education and its effects on all students.  Twitter: @RhodesBeland
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August 12, 2019
Episode 6: Changer of Worlds
Guest: Chris Smith Chris Smith is a difference maker.  This comes through in a variety of ways as a father of 2 amazing kids, a husband of one fabulous bride, and elementary school principal to 900 of the most extraordinary students and 100 exceptional staff members. He has accepted the challenge to quit changing the world and to be a changer of worlds. He loves deeply, laughs freely, and tries to always see the best in people and our world.   He has taught elementary school for 9 years, served as a Middle School assistant principal for 2 years, and has been an Elementary principal for past 7 years. He loves Cubs baseball, UNC Tarheel basketball, fishing with his son, dancing with his daughter, and eating great food with his wife and family. Show highlights: Being a difference maker Being a changer of worlds How school experiences shaped our futures. Stay true to your vision and mission Make your school a home "It takes time to turn your ship" and "Fight the right battles" Books Mentioned in Podcast: Culture Code:  The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff Contact Chris Smith on Twitter: @cashwellcs Please use the hashtag #TGPP to continue the conversation, make suggestions, provide feedback, and ask questions.  Connect with me directly by tweeting me at @rbreyer51.  And, please remember to subscribe, like, and leave a comment on whatever platform you are listening in order to help me connect more school leaders to the show. 
34:24
August 5, 2019
Episode #5: Educational Eye Exam
Alicia Ray is a veteran educator of 13 years from North Carolina. She has taught PreK-8th grade students and currently serves as a digital learning coach and media coordinator in a STEM magnet middle school. She is the author of Educational Eye Exam: Creating Your Vision for Education, which will be available in September from Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. She blogs frequently at aliciaray.com and is active on Twitter as @iluveducating.  Holli Hudson on Alicia Ray: Alicia Ray is a ray of sunshine who sprinkles a bit of sparkle wherever she goes. In fact, I have given her the nickname #tinkerbell because she is always smiling, with a bit of an attitude. I approach her with an idea for a math lesson that I am planning and she just makes it better infusing the idea with technology and real-world connections. Her ideas and encouragement that she gives make me want to be a better teacher. Our school, students, and staff are lucky to have her. She is constantly working on making the media center a better learning space for all. I look forward to her media professional developments, where I leave with new ideas and refreshed energy.   Show Highlights: #NCDLCN via The Friday Institute New Book Educational Eye Exam: Creating Your Vision for Education coming in September. DBC 50 Challenge Create mutual trust First Followers Video - Be the lone nut for your followers The Four O'clock Faculty by Rich Czyz 
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July 29, 2019
Episode 4: Start with Love
Rita Platt (@ritaplatt) is a Nationally Board Certified teacher and  self-described edu-dork who loves all things teaching and learning. Her experience includes teaching learners of all levels from kindergarten to graduate student in locations including off-road villages in Alaska, inner city Las Vegas, and everywhere in between. She has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and school librarian. She currently is the principal of St. Croix Falls and Dresser Elementary Schools in northwest Wisconsin. Rita teaches graduate courses for the Professional Development Institute, writes for MiddleWeb, and just published her first book with Routledge Eye on Education and Middleweb called, Working Hard, Working Happy: Cultivating a Climate of Effort and Joy in the Classroom.  Show highlights: Begins and ends with love Confront with care
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July 22, 2019
Episode #3: Restorative Practices
In Episode #3 I get to talk with Kathy Jo Standefer.  Kathy Standefer is an Assistant Principal working with students from Kindergarten to fourth grade.  She has been an educator for 28 years and has taught 1st grade to 6th grade, a Gifted and Talented Specialist, Administrator and Instructional Leader.  Her primary focus has been in educating staff and parents on the benefits of a second language and understanding the process in the public school system and most recently training staff in the process of restorative practices and training students and families in life-long skills.    Show Highlights: Second Language Restorative Practices  Continuously Filling Toolbox Walk The Walk Importance of Coaching Twitter: @twt_standeferkj Facebook: Kathy Standefer
24:41
July 15, 2019
Episode #2 - Fired Up
Brent Bogan has been an educator for 13 years.  He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with 3 degrees (Bachelor’s Degree in Geosciences, Master’s Degree in School Administration & Supervision and an Education Specialist Degree in School Administration & Supervision).  He has experience in teaching World History, World Geography, United States Government, and Dual Credit Sociology at the high school level.  Bogan has served as a Dean of Students at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Currently, he serves as the vice-principal of Christiana Elementary in Christiana, Tennessee.  He has authored 7 books on education including “Flipping the Classroom” and “Unconventional Classroom Management.”  He is passionate about integrating technology within the classroom and connecting lessons to real-world experiences. He is also a speaker through his professional development company, Unconventional Teaching.  You can learn more about Brent Bogan by visiting UnconventionalTeaching.com  Show Highlights: - Book "Flipping The Classroom" - Take time to explore your passion - The Unconventional Path To Leadership - Be A Catalyst For Learning - Failure Is An Option - Meetings Where People Want To Listen - Michael Jordan Quote - Twitter: @BrentBogan   Please take a moment to subscribe and review the podcast on whatever platform you are listening on.  I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, so please connect with me on Twitter @rbreyer51
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July 8, 2019
Episode #1 - Ruckus Makers
Episode 1 of The Guiding Principals Podcast Special Guest: Daniel Bauer Daniel Bauer is the founder of Better Leaders Better Schools, a trusted blog and category-defining podcast for ruckus makers in education. He helps school leaders fight isolation and frustration through his leadership community, “The Mastermind,” in order to gain clarity and find solutions to their greatest challenges. Daniel is also the author of The Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap.  www.betterleadersbetterschools.com Show Highlights What is a Rukus Maker How do you "Level Up"? The power of relationships. Investing in yourself. “Isolation is a choice...Everybody can grow.”  Twitter: @alienearbud Please take a moment to subscribe and review the podcast on whatever platform you are listening on.  I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, so please connect with me on Twitter @rbreyer51  
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July 2, 2019
Introduction to The Guiding Principals Podcast
This short podcast will give listeners some insight to what they can expect to hear every week.  New episodes will be released every Monday.  
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June 26, 2019
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