Teaching Champions

Brian Martin

The Teaching Champions Podcast is dedicated to inspiring and bringing joy to educators who are serving others each and every day.

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Leadership, Relationships, and Looking Toward the Future of Education with Dr. Genelle Morris
May 19 2024
Leadership, Relationships, and Looking Toward the Future of Education with Dr. Genelle Morris
In this conversation I’m joined by Dr. Genelle Morris. Dr. Morris  has over 30 years in education and is currently serving the role as superintendent. She is passionate about education and has dedicated her life to ensuring each child graduates from high school ready for college or a career. And in this conversation Dr. Morris dives into leadership lessons she has learned from her various experiences, she discusses the importance of building relationships, creating trust, and being authentic. We also dive into the future of education, AI, and planning for the future. Dr. Morris is proud to serve as Superintendent of the Olean City School District. She joined the district in July of 2022. A passionate advocate for providing high-quality education for all children, Dr. Morris has spent more than 30 years in education, dedicating her life to ensuring each child graduates from high school ready for college or a career. While pursuing that goal, she worked in varying roles, including science instruction, curriculum and assessment development, and leading work in assessment, accountability, research, and evaluation at the district level.  Before joining Olean, Dr. Morris worked in Buffalo Public Schools and the Rochester City Schools. While in Rochester, she served as Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning and Deputy of Operations and Systems Innovation. Her last role in the Buffalo Public Schools was the Chief Accountability Officer/Chief Information Officer. She began her career as a Biology teacher with the Buffalo Public Schools and has also served as Assistant Superintendent of Shared Accountability, Director of Data Analysis, Supervisor of Data Analysis, principal, and assistant principal. She has a strong history of working with community, city, and county organizations and is committed to developing partnerships with the Olean community.  Dr. Morris earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University at Buffalo, receiving the prestigious “Thinking Outside the Box” award for her thesis, which studied the implementation of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) in New York State. She earned a master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership and Policy and a master’s degree in Science Education from the University at Buffalo. Her bachelor’s degree in biology was earned from Canisius College.  Dr. Morris has also served on various educational committees and boards at the local, regional, state, and national levels. She has served as an adjunct faculty member for several years and has served on various education committees and councils at the local, regional, state, and national levels. Her passion for student advocacy, diversity, and progress ignites everything she does.
Creating EFFECT, Curiosity, and Be the Cause with Josh Korb
Mar 24 2024
Creating EFFECT, Curiosity, and Be the Cause with Josh Korb
In this episode we are joined by Josh Korb. He is a dynamic and multifaceted educator who passionately strives to revolutionize the world of education. Josh is currently a director of technology and innovation. He is also an author,  a speaker, and  a consultant,And in this conversation listen as we dive into the importance of moments, ways we can positively EFFECT our classrooms, Fostering creating, Energizing the classroom, Celebrating Diversity, Being the Cause, and so much more. Josh's book "Be the Cause" will be released soon.Josh Korb's Bio:  Josh Korb, a dynamic and multifaceted educator, passionately strives to revolutionize the world of education. Beginning his career as a math teacher, Josh's innate drive to innovate led him to become a Director of Technology and Innovation. This role allowed him to merge his love for teaching with his profound experience in instructional technology, in hopes of transforming the educational landscape.As an accomplished author, educational consultant, and captivating speaker, Josh shares his insights on the intersection of technology and education, inspiring audiences and unboxing potential. His ability to communicate complex ideas with clarity and conviction has cemented his reputation as a thought leader in his educational community.In addition, Josh's entrepreneurial spirit and software engineering skills gave birth to Master3DU Inc., an EdTech startup with a mission to empower leaders, teachers, and students through mastery-based teaching and learning. This venture has positioned Josh as a pioneer in the edtech space, garnering accolades and inspiration.In addition to his many accomplishments, Josh's dedication to continuous learning is evident in his pursuit of a doctorate degree. As a doctoral candidate, he further explores the transformative power of technology in education and standards-based learning, honing his skills as a trailblazer in the industry.Throughout his career, Josh Korb has proven himself to be an unstoppable force for change in education. By empowering others to embrace innovation and harness the power of technology, he continues to ignite the potential of countless leaders, educators, and students.Connect with Josh:X: @mrjkorb and @BeTheCauseBookInstagram: @mrjoshkorbWebsites:www.youcanbethecause.comwww.joshkorb.orgwww.master3du.com
Creating Learning Spaces, Risk Taking, and the 3B's with Evan Whitehead
Mar 17 2024
Creating Learning Spaces, Risk Taking, and the 3B's with Evan Whitehead
Creating learning spaces, fostering a school atmosphere that encourages risk taking, and living with Balance, Boundary, and Breaks. These are just. a few of the topics that we dive into in this conversation.Today I'm joined by Evan Whitehead. He is the executive director of the Forte Therapeutic Day School. He is an experienced school leader, consultant, and mental health advocate.In this conversation we dive into:Taking time to be present and evaluate where you're at.Being open to feedback.Creating thriving learning spaces.Recognizing Mistakes are a part of learning.VulnerabilityTaking RisksBalance, Boundaries, and Breaks.And so much more…Connect with Evan:X: @EvanWhitehead00Bio:Evan Whitehead M.Ed., Executive DirectorEvan Whitehead brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Forte Academy.Evan has been an educator for twenty five years spanning three decades in private, public, and state level education. Over the course of his career, Evan has held positions ranging from special education paraprofessional, crisis interventionist, teacher, community outreach coordinator, director and assistant superintendent of special services.In his most recent role, prior to joining Forte Therapeutic Day School, Evan was the director of special services for a PK–8 school district in Illinois. In his previous role, Evan oversaw special education, English learners, early childhood education; multi-tiered system of support (MTSS); Federal grant writer, Title I Services, Health Services, social emotional learning, and worked on equity, diversity, and cultural competency.Evan is also National Consultant, Trainer, Presenter,International Keynote Speaker; Frequent Podcast Contributor; Mental Health Advocate; Mindfulness Practitioner; and proponent of Equity, Diversity and Intercultural competency.His 3 Bs “Balance, Boundaries, and Breaks” a mantra and system for taking care of your own mental health and well being has been implemented and adopted by the mainstream media and celebrities such as multi-platinum artists Saweetie, and shared with Mary J. Blige and Kelly Rowland, and has been highlighted in mainstream media outlets such as People Magazine.
Authentic Learning, Collaborating with Other Schools, and Teaching Gratitude with Antonio Cortés Recio
Feb 4 2024
Authentic Learning, Collaborating with Other Schools, and Teaching Gratitude with Antonio Cortés Recio
Creating authentic learning experiences that make it purposeful and meaningful for our students is pivotal. Today we are joined by an extraordinary educator who creates amazing experiences for his students. His lessons drive learning and engagement. He is also, someone who is deeply passionate about teaching and his belief in his students spurs them to do extraordinary things.Today I am joined by Antonio Cortes Recio. He has been an educator in Spain for over 30 years. He is a blogger and has presented at various workshops. In this episode Antonio shares:How to create authentic learning experiences for your students.The power of creating virtual trips for your students. The importance of teaching students about their emotions and giving them tools to handle those emotions.Creating meaningful projects to help out your community.Why we should create projects that allow students to analyze who they are, how they feel, and what are the important things in their lives.Finding magic in our days.And so much more….Antonio's blog:https://tchartantonio.com/author/acrecio/Instagram:@tchartantonioAntonio's Bio:-  I live in a town called Sanlúcar la Mayor, near the city of Seville in the south of Spain.- Proud husband and father of two children.- I’ve been a teacher at Secondary School for 30 years, working with teenagers aged 12 to 16.- Though I started teaching only English as a foreign language through the years I’ve also taught History, Literature and since three years ago I’m teaching an exciting and really helpful subject for use on helping the students develop their emotional and social skills; the subject is named “Emotional and Social Learning”.- I’m the author of two didactic resources to learn English which were awarded nationally in our country because of their innovative approach. They are both inspired by the capital city of United Kingdom, London, and its most popular means of transport, the Underground and the red double decker buses.- I post from my own blog called TchartAntonio, mainly focused on education. Besides the posts there are hundreds of materials to be used in class as I am a content creator for several subjects and share them free with every teacher who might find them helpful. One of them is the “Museum of the School”, a collection of graphic artworks depicting features of life and society in different ages of History, from Prehistory to Contemporary Times. - I’ve also featured at some Teachers Training Meetings and delivered workshops mainly on how to teach English from a communicative an innovative approach.- I have worked with international organisations and projects since 2012; currently I’m liaised with Brentford Football Club, one of the teams competing in the English Premier League, on an educative project for students both here at my school and at schools in west London.
Celebration, Acceptance, and Take Me Home with Andrea Bitner
Jan 28 2024
Celebration, Acceptance, and Take Me Home with Andrea Bitner
Get ready for an extremely important episode that dives into something that is affecting every district across the country. Today we are diving into how we can create the best learning environment for our EL students.My guest today is Andrea Bitner. She is an author, speaker,  educator, and consultant. In this episodes she shares so many takeaways on lessons that she has learned about creating amazing learning opportunities for EL students and their families.In this episode we discuss:Lack of knowledge never equaled lack of intelligence.When you meet someone learning the language for the first time treat that person as an asset not a deficit.Establish a school culture that is proactive and not reactive.Connect with the parents and ask them questions.Everyone in the building should know who the EL’s are. Think about how you connect your EL’s school wide, district wide, and county wide.Give students opportunities to showcase their gifts. And so much more!Bio: Andrea is a proud English Language Learner Educator just outside of Philadelphia, PA and in my 23rd year of teaching!  Throughout my 23 years in education, I have worked with students in grades K-12 as a HS English Teacher, Title 1 Reading Specialist, English Language Learner Teacher, and Teacher Mentor.  I currently work with EL students in grades K-12, and travel the country inspiring and supporting educators, administrators, and support staff in how to best teach, reach, connect, and communicate with bilingual students and families.    I am also the author of "Take Me Home," and a co author of "The Impact of Influence-Volume 3," and "100 No-Nonsense Things ALL School Leaders Shout Stop Doing."  Connect with Andrea:Twitter/X: @bitnerandreaInstagram: @andreabitnerbooksBook:https://www.amazon.com/Take-Me-Home-Andrea-Bitner/dp/1398418919/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?crid=1M664FDNO8W9D&keywords=take+me+home&qid=1706410771&sprefix=take+me+home%2Caps%2C158&sr=8-5
Struggle to Strength with Kip Shubert
Jan 21 2024
Struggle to Strength with Kip Shubert
Join me and Kip Shubert as we take a deep dive into a very important lesson. Taking our struggles and making them our strength.All of us have our own unique journey and have experienced  many things that have helped shape us. These experiences can help us connect with students and become a more impactful educator. In this episode Kip Shubert is going to share his amazing journey and how he's used his story to make a difference in the lives of his students and educators across the country.Listen in as we dive into: Seeing your story as a superpower.Recognizing the more we share our stories the more we can connect and make an impact.Seeing the greatest miracle in the world.A question we should all ask our students.Why we need to pay attention to the moments in our day.The importance of dreaming big.Creating a strong classroom culture through a vision, goals, your message, and accountability.Keys to connecting with students.And so much more....Kip's Book:https://www.amazon.com/Struggle-Strength-Finding-Ingredients-Secret/dp/B0C87KHTJX/ref=sr_1_1?crid=10K1EUG9R52E3&keywords=struggle+to+strength&qid=1705805845&sprefix=struggle+to+strength%2Caps%2C107&sr=8-1Bio:Kip is a speaker, author, educator, and coach with over three decades of experience. His struggle to strength story is one that empowers staff and students alike to become that greatest miracle in the world that is inside us all. From homelessness, addiction, and recovery, losing custody of his child, and his wife's battle with cancer, Kip's story gives you the blueprint in owning your own and using that as the secret sauce to build relationships and establish a thriving culture in your school, athletics program, or district community. His life mission is to help others discover and define their story so that we all leave a legacy where we are.  Kip lives in the mountains of Colorado with his wife Cindy. He is a proud father and grandfather and is working on the sequel to his book Struggle To Strength - Finding The Ingredients To Your Secret Sauce. Kip is also a high school counselor and boys’ soccer coach at Woodland Park High School. Website:https://kipshubert.com/