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#14: A Wonderful Catastrophe

In this episode, Ritenour High School teacher and newly minted author of the blackout poetry book "A Wonderful Catastrophe", Colette Love Hilliard, joins me to discuss the creation of her first poetry book that was birthed out of a very hard time in her life. I hope that you will listen in to this amazing story and be inspired! Also, we do our first lightning round in the first 5 minutes of the interview! I can't wait for you to listen in! You can preorder "A Wonderful Catastrophe" on any of...


#13: Dani's Dreams

In this episode, New Palestine High School Environmental Science teacher Brittany Bennett joins me to talk about the organization Dani's Dreams, and how her students are taking the lead on making the community at large a better place to live. Check out Dani's Dreams here for resources and ways to contribute: Brittany Bennett Email: Donna Griffin Email:


#12: Stay in a Child's place

In this episode, Hardin Middle School teacher Jackie Sounders joins me to talk about teaching in St. Louis public school and her decision to leave a place and kids that she loves. Also, we discuss what it's like coming back from maternity leave. Here is the link for the gofundme for Porsha Owens:


#11: I am one of those Cool Moms

In this episode, Wentzville High School Science Teacher Katie Tarrants and I discuss how we have to time block our lives while we are continuing education, teaching, and being awesome at being a mom. Also, we discuss what you should do if your child yells in front of a group of strangers about their genitalia. It happens more than you would think... Also, here is the link for the GoFundMe for Portia Owens, the DSO, and mother of 3 who was killed Monday. If you would like to contribute to...


Episode 10: Kristen Gallagher: One-room schoolhouse teacher extraordinaire! (Part 2)

In part 2 of my interview with teacher Kristen Gallagher, Kristen and I discuss how she collaborates with other educators despite their unique school setting. We also tackle some misconceptions that people have about teaching and learning in a one-room schoolhouse! It is quite a "Strange " story that you will want to hear!


Episode 9: Bounce Back (Part 2)

In the second part of my conversation with Kevin Haar and Joel Krato, Joel spends some time discusses how he has bounced back despite the trials that he has faced in the last six months. I hope that this episode gives you hope and the ability to "bounce back".


Episode 8: Bounce Back (Part 1)

In this episode, teachers Kevin Haar, Joel Krato, and I discuss some of the difficulties of finding that first job and processing some of the emotions that come with the process, including what it feels like to be rejected. This is part one of a two-part episode that highlights these struggles, as well as Joel's story of resiliency through all of the trials of life during the last six months. This is an episode you don't want to miss!


Episode 7: What to do with your summer

In this episode, we describe 5 different ways to spend your summer, including how to get yourself published! Yes, there is an acronym included, but it sort of doesn't work unless you are really into crafting.... Enjoy!


Episode 6: Getting Stoned and Winning the Lottery

In our second "This week in education" segment, Zed from the Daily Circus podcast and I discuss the school voucher program, why winning the lottery can get you stoned, and senior pranks we should all admire!


Episode 5: Kristan Gallagher...One-room school house teacher extraordinaire(Part 1)

In the first part of my interview with Kristen Gallagher, we discuss how she handles teaching in a one-room schoolhouse and what makes it SO much different than the traditional school setting! Don't miss out on part 1 of this interview!


Episode 4: Memorial Day Madness

I hope you enjoy Rachael Tripp and I talking about Memorial Day eats drinks, and what to do with your kids when you're at the beach, dock, or wherever! For those of you still in the classroom, keep going strong! For those of you yet to finish, you can do it! Also, don't forget what Memorial Day is about. Please remember all of the servicemen and women who have given up their lives for us to live in this country and enjoy all of its wonderful freedoms! Happy Memorial Day everyone!


Episode 3:Small Potatos in a one-room schoolhouse

In our first, "This week in education", Red from the @dailycircus podcast and I discuss, one room school houses, why the government wants you to fill out paperwork wrong, and if potato skins should be an entree and not be regulated to an appetizer! I am getting hungry just thinking about it....


Episode 2: Ah Sheep! (Our summer reading lists)

In this episode, Kevin Harr and I discuss some of our favorite summer reads, as well as a couple selections for you to check out that your students might be reading! We suggest becoming a shepherd, moving to Barcelona, building a catherdral, or maybe even seeing how many turtles you can stack on top of each other!...*No turtles or sheep were harmed in the making of this podcast.* You will find out summer reading lists Below as well as links to which you can subscribe to the podcast....


Episode 1: Surviving the end...of the school year

In the first ever episode of the podcast, join Kelly and I as we discuss ways to make it through the end of the school year. And Yes, wine can be an acceptable answer, but we prefer dancing!