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Welcome to the In AWE Podcast where we amplify women by sharing their unique stories and empower a community through the mission in their message. Series formats will highlight stories about seeking balance, resilience, faith, overcoming obstacles, and strategies to remove tethers that bind us from rising to our full potential. The podcast is a feature developed by Sarah Johnson, former English teacher and school principal turned author and entrepreneur. Join our community by using the #InAWEtoRISE hashtag.

In AWE Podcast Sarah Johnson

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 25 Ratings

Welcome to the In AWE Podcast where we amplify women by sharing their unique stories and empower a community through the mission in their message. Series formats will highlight stories about seeking balance, resilience, faith, overcoming obstacles, and strategies to remove tethers that bind us from rising to our full potential. The podcast is a feature developed by Sarah Johnson, former English teacher and school principal turned author and entrepreneur. Join our community by using the #InAWEtoRISE hashtag.

    Jolt 34: Awe Inspiring Moments

    Jolt 34: Awe Inspiring Moments

    Sarah shares her experiences in unlearning racism and the journey to continue to learn and become an antiracist and ally to racial reconciliation, equity, and justice. #InAWEtoRISE

    Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison
    White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
    How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    https://docs.google.com/…/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-…/mobilebasic…
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    Episode with Knikole Taylor
    Educolor Movement on Twitter
    Educolor.org
    Val Brown on Twitter
    Clear the Air Education
    Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School by Carla Shalaby


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    • 10 min
    Episode 75: In AWE of Suzie Henderson--Connectors Series

    Episode 75: In AWE of Suzie Henderson--Connectors Series

    Suzie Henderson is finishing her second year serving as principal at Alto Park Elementary School in Rome, Ga. She spent her first 14 years serving as a Speech-Language Pathologist,  and the next 7 years as an Assistant Principal. She is passionate about meeting the needs of the whole person, both the staff she is blessed to serve with and the students and families who make up Alto Park Elementary. One of her goals for Alto Park is to ensure all are learning about how trauma impacts students as it relates to them growing and becoming the amazing people they have the potential to become. She truly believes that all kids deserve our very best and it is how we relate to them and equip them that will determine their future success. She lives by the mantra that she wants to be for her teachers, students, and families who she needed when she was younger.

    In this episode, Suzie gives us great insight into her journey to becoming an intentional connector in her personal and professional life. She shares with us several practical and purposeful ways to connect with others, and illustrates for us the power she has seen in the practice, especially during the COVID19 Pandemic. I love the way Suzie shares the challenges she has faced to become a connector, and her message inspires me to remember how important our impact is on one another always, and especially now. I am honored to share with you, my friend, Suzie Henderson’s Connector story.

    Connect with Suzie:

    Suzie on Twitter
    Suzie on Voxer: shende1547
    Suzie on Instagram

    Mentioned in the show:

    Kids These Days by Jody Carrington
    In AWE Podcast Episode with Jody Carrington
    Four O’Clock Faculty by Rich Czyz


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    • 42 min
    Jolt 33: Awe Inspiring Recommendations--Kicking COVID Playlist

    Jolt 33: Awe Inspiring Recommendations--Kicking COVID Playlist

    Sarah shares the songs that keep her energy boosted, especially during COVID19. 

    Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) by Journey

    You Alone by North Point Worship Featuring Lauren Daigle

    Light of the World by Lauren Daigle

    Come Alive from The Greatest Showman

    This Is Me from The Greatest Showman

    The Greatest Show from The Greatest Showman


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    • 4 min
    Episode 74: In AWE of Latrese Younger--Connectors Series

    Episode 74: In AWE of Latrese Younger--Connectors Series

    Latrese D. Younger has over ten years of teaching experience across three different districts, as an English Language Arts and SAT Prep-Verbal teacher for grades 6-12. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts in English Education and a Masters of Educational Leadership with a concentration in Technology Education. Throughout her tenure with Dinwiddie County, Henrico County, and Richmond City Public Schools in Virginia, she received numerous awards and accolades such as Star Teacher of the Year, Teacher of the Month, and a Learning Leader recipient award. She has also been privileged to serve in several leadership capacities such as Effective School-Wide Discipline Incentive Coordinator, School Newsletter Advisor, Teacher Appreciation Committee Chair, Mentorship Director, Administrative Intern, District-Wide Professional Development Presenter, In-Service PD Coach, Cooperating Teacher of a Practicum Student, District Representative at a fall Virginia Department of Education- ELA conference, and ELA curriculum writing partner for two districts. In 2016, Mrs. Younger served as Director of Achievement in Literacy with Catapult Learning, Inc. She also served as an Instruction Assessment and Data Analysis Specialist with Richmond City Public Schools. She was promoted to serve as one of three Assistant Principals at Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School in 2017. Mrs. Younger currently serves the students of Culpeper Middle as an AP, where she’s been since the fall of 2018. She believes that the perfect recipe for teachers is a wonderful blend of empathy, resolve, content knowledge, and passion for students. Her work is driven by the virtuous quote: “Intelligence, plus character…that is the goal of true education”- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She believes that her role is to serve and attributes that to her undying faith in Christ.

    In this episode, we discuss what it is like leading a school and connecting during COVID19 with added personal challenges of loss. We discuss Latrese’s skills at being a connector in her family, her role in education, and through the community she has built to support black women educational leaders. I am deeply inspired by Latrese’s strong leadership, her big heart, and the way she connects people and ideas to higher meaning. I have no doubt that you will love this conversation, and I am honored to share wit you Latrese Younger’s Connectors story.

    Connect with Latrese:

    Latrese on Twitter

    Black Women Educational Leaders (BWEL)


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    • 32 min
    Jolt 32: AWE Inspiring Recommendations

    Jolt 32: AWE Inspiring Recommendations

    Sarah shares recommendations for people whose messages have been serving her during COVID19. Connect with them using the links below! #InAWEtoRISE



    Latasha Morrison
    Latasha on Instagram
    Be the Bridge on Facebook



    Megan Anderson on Twitter

    Neil Gupta
    Neil's Blog
    Neil's Podcast with Tom Murray

    Peter DeWitt's Website
    Peter on Instagram


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    • 8 min
    Episode 73: In AWE of Jamilah Hud-Kirk: Connectors Series

    Episode 73: In AWE of Jamilah Hud-Kirk: Connectors Series

    Mrs. Jamilah A. Hud-Kirk has served an educator for over 20 years and currently serves as Principal of Fountain Elementary School in Clayton County Public Schools, one of the largest urban school districts in Metro Atlanta for the past 10 years. Fountain Elementary is a designated Title I School serving over 600 students in Grades PreK-5th grade.  At Fountain Elementary Mrs. Hud-Kirk focuses on impacting her teachers’ instructional practices through identifying and providing high-quality professional learning experiences that are innovative, practical, and aligned with student achievement best practices.  Through impacting instructional practices her student’s academic experiences are expanding beyond the traditional classroom walls as students are developing an understanding of social justice and how social justice impacts their school community. Before serving as Principal, Mrs. Hud-Kirk served as an Elementary Language Arts School Improvement specialist for Clayton County Public Schools.

    Believing passionately in the power of education to positively affect communities, transform lives, and shape new visions for leading and learning in a globally competitive world is what drives Mrs. Hud-Kirk. Grounded in her earliest years as a classroom teacher and growing up in a home where her parents were active participants in the civil rights community, Mrs. Hud-Kirk also believes her own educational and family upbringing has shaped her ability to harvest a sense of pride and empowerment as she strives to create stronger communities while educating those who will one day lead them.

    Mrs. Hud-Kirk’s educational endeavors also include classroom teaching experience and serving as an Assistant Principal at the elementary and middle school level.  However, her greatest accomplishment includes being a wife of almost 20 years and mother to 4 boys and 1 girl ranging from 25 to 2 years of age. Being one of the most challenging and rewarding accomplishments yet, she has recently added one more “why” to her plate, empowering other female leaders to work on the work while creating balance in their own lives.  Realizing that there is much to learn from her own experiences and those of other dynamic female leaders, she has recently created a blog and other social media platforms that are reflective of those golden nuggets.  It is the desire and hope that other leaders who share similar experiences work/life balance will have a safe, honest platform in which to learn from and express their own personal journeys on how they manage to find harmony (or not) between their professional and personal lives.

    From the first moment Jamilah and I connected, I was hooked! In this episode, she shares her experiences in education, which are vast and we talk about what leading during COVID 19 remotely is like in her context. Jamilah shares great insight for us about relationships, the challenge mitigating inequities, and her passion for building leaders. Jamilah will absolutely inspire you, friends. She is full of fire and grace, and I am so excited to share with you, Jamilah Hud-Kirk’s Connector Story.

    Connect with Jamilah

    Jamilah on Instagram
    Jamilah on Facebook

    Principalcaptainkirk.com


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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Andrea Gribble ,

Stories from the heart

Sarah is an amazing woman who is on a journey to amplify the stories of other women. Her podcast features so many amazing stories - you will leave encouraged and inspired with each episode!

Aramus22 ,

Business Coach

Inspiration has no boundaries, I coach small startup companies and use a-typical methods to get out of the box results… this podcast is one of my favorites for guidance. I don’t work in the education realm, but these stories help me touch CEO’s and create success stories. This channel allows you to be put in shoes that you’d otherwise never be able too. Thank you “In Awe Podcast” for the dynamic messages!

Glules ,

Inspiration to Many

Sarah does a wonderful job to provide inspiring content through stories of trials and triumph. You need to check out this impactful podcast now!

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