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Conversations about the challenges Military-Connected Children face as they navigate multiple education systems from birth through high school. For the Sake of the Child.

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Conversations about the challenges Military-Connected Children face as they navigate multiple education systems from birth through high school. For the Sake of the Child.

    We Have More Love to Give

    We Have More Love to Give

    Description: Listen as one military family shares their journey with fostering and adoption. 

    Show notes: 

    The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children 


    This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous support from the

    Scott Spouses’ Club 



    Bio: Jessica Chung 

    Jessica Chung, A veteran, a military spouse, and a mother of four. Jessica is an advocate for foster care and the foster to adopt process. She also helps support those with children who have special needs.  Jessica has dedicated her life to service. Starting as a teenager volunteering a retirement home. At age 18 Jessica join the United States Army.

     She married her husband of almost 13 years, Timothy Chung, in 2009. The two of them have two biological children, one adopted child, and one foster child. When she is not taking children to extracurricular activities and doctor's appointments you can find Jessica volunteering in her current community. Jessica has served on many military installations as a FRG leader, AFTB instructor, master resiliency trainer, and spouses club president. She has also served as foster parent support group leader and has taken pride in helping other military foster families go through the ICBC process. Jessica’s whole goal in life is to make sure she makes a difference in every community that she touches period. Leave the world a better place than you found it. 

    • 19 min
    In Honor of Native American Heritage Month: “Intentional Connections with Family and Tribal Members”

    In Honor of Native American Heritage Month: “Intentional Connections with Family and Tribal Members”

    Kansas Representative Sharice Davids, former Military Child and member Ho-Chunk Nation, shares how maintaining connections to her tribal members and military community shaped her views of the world.


    Show Notes:  





    This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous funding from the

    Ft Hood Spouses Club.




    Bio: Sharice Davids

     Representative Davids was raised by a single mother, who served in the Army for 20 years. After graduating from Leavenworth High School, she worked her way through Johnson County Community College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City before earning a law degree from Cornell Law School. As a first generation college student who worked the entire time she was in college, Rep. Davids understands the importance of quality public schools and affordable higher education. It is that foundation that allowed her to go on to a successful career, focused on economic and community development, which included time as a White House Fellow under President Barack Obama.


    When she was sworn into the 116th Congress, Rep. Davids became one of the first two Native American women to serve in Congress. Rep. Davids has centered her work in office on putting Kansans first, fighting to limit the influence of special interests and make health care more affordable and accessible to everyone. She is a resident of Roeland Park.


    Guest Host: Anna Startzell

    Anna Startzell is an Army spouse and mom to four military-connected children. She is the Grant Writer for the Fund Development team at the Military Child Education Coalition. Prior to joining MCEC, she worked with veterans and military spouses to help them seek civilian employment. She has also held several roles in higher education and nonprofits, including the West Point Association of Graduates, Old Dominion University, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, she served as an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team member and leader. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she is a proud citizen of the Cherokee and Chickasaw nations. Anna holds a BA from Vassar College in History and an MPA from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.


    • 23 min
    We are all connected to our military community and see the importance of supporting military students to find success academically.

    We are all connected to our military community and see the importance of supporting military students to find success academically.

    Description: Oklahoma is helping military students successfully transition through Purple Star Initiative. Oklahoma’s Senator John Montgomery and Representative Daniel Pae chat with Andi Janoe, Director of Implementation at MCEC, about Bill SB 54 and its impact on military families.

    This podcast was brought to you by the generous support of the Offutt Officers’ Spouses’ Club.



    Show Notes:






    Bio: Daniel Pae


    Daniel Pae currently serves as the state representative for House District 62. Before he was elected to the state legislature, Daniel worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Lawton City Manager’s Office. Born and raised in Lawton, Daniel is a proud graduate of Lawton High School’s Class of 2013. During his time at LHS, Daniel served in Student Council, Media Productions, and National Honor Society. He was the state champion for the Lions Club Speech Contest and the recipient of the Hugh Bish Award, which is given to the top student in each graduating class. Daniel graduated from the University of Oklahoma with two majors in economics and political science, two minors in history and international area studies, and a master’s degree in public administration. Daniel served as OU’s Student Body President, along with volunteering his time with The Oklahoma Group, Loveworks Afterschool Leadership, and Generation Citizen. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average. Daniel received numerous scholarships, honors, and awards during his college career, including the Carl Albert Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Carl Albert Capitol Scholars, and Henderson Scholarship. He was named to PE-ET Top Ten Senior Honor Society, OU Homecoming Royalty, and as a Big Man on Campus. Daniel also received the President’s Award for Outstanding Sophomores, the Regents’ Award for Outstanding Juniors, and the Outstanding Senior Man Award. He was named the recipient of the 2017 Carl Albert Award, which is the most prestigious award given to a student by the OU College of Arts and Sciences based on academics, moral force of character, and promise of future service to the state and nation. In his hometown, Daniel serves on the Young Professionals of Lawton Board of Directors, Leadership Lawton Fort Sill Board of Directors, and Marie Detty Youth & Family Services Board of Trustees. Additionally, he serves on the Autism Foundation of Oklahoma Board and The Oklahoma Academy Advisory Council. He is a graduate of Leadership Lawton Fort Sill Class 28, the 2019 Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills, the inaugural City of Lawton’s Citizens Academy, and Leadership Oklahoma Class 33. Whenever he has free time, he enjoys going on unexpected adventures with family and friends, working out at the gym, and reading books from the Lawton Public Library. Daniel regularly goes to the movie theater, especially if there is a new Disney-Pixar film that is released


    Bio: John Montgomery


    “John Michael Montgomery was born and raised in Lawton and graduated from Eisenhower High School. He began college at Cameron University before transferring to the University of Oklahoma and completed a B.A. in International Studies. Montgomery finished work at OU for his M.A. in Global Affairs in summer 2019. Montgomery works in the financial services industry and founded his own investment advisory firm, Invictus Investment Advisors in 2019.

    Prior to election to the Senate in 2018, Montgomery served four years in the House beginning in 2014. Montgomery currently serves in the Senate as Vice Chair for the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation.

    Montgomery continues to live in L

    • 20 min
    Stable Educational Opportunities for Military Families

    Stable Educational Opportunities for Military Families

    We chat with Lisa Molinari, Vice President of Operations at Orion Military Scholarship, about the opportunity for military kids to experience a stable high school experience through boarding school. Then we will have Riley, an Orion Scholar, share why he decided to try boarding school and how being a military kid has made this transition easier.

    Show Notes:




    Lisa Molinari - VICE PRESIDENT, Operations

    Lisa is a licensed attorney and military family columnist for Stars and Stripes, the newspaper for the US Armed Forces at home and abroad. As Navy spouse to Francis for 24 years, and as a mother of three, Lisa understands the impact of frequent PCS moves on military children, and the challenges of finding good educational opportunities.



    Attends St. George’s School (Newport, RI) beginning Fall 2021

    Active-duty Army family

    Currently stationed in Cuba

    Moved seven times, attended eight schools

    Science enthusiast, interested in Microbiology

    Interests include distance running, skiing, guitar, surfing, sailing, mountain biking, stock market

    This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous support from the Mildenhall Spouses' Association and Military Spouses' Association 29 Palms.



    • 15 min
    Are Your Teenagers’ Friends Real or Virtual?

    Are Your Teenagers’ Friends Real or Virtual?

    Chance McGlothlin, a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC) and licensed high school counselor, has a candid conversation about today’s teenagers and how as parents we need to find a way in so we can build conversations around emotional health and the importance of real friends.

    Show Notes:

    Military OneSource: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/health-wellness/mental-health/suicide/

    Barry Robinson: https://www.barryrobinson.org/

    Stephen Cohen: https://www.cohenveteransnetwork.org/

    Jason Foundation: https://jasonfoundation.com/



    Chance has 14 years of experience in the education setting. He has worked as a high school math teacher, business teacher, and for the past five years he has worked as a high school counselor. While in this role as School Counselor, Chance served as the sponsor for the Student 2 Student program at Leesville High School. Chance has worked side by side with Military Transition Consultants, Military Family Life Counselors, and served on a range of committees aimed at bettering the overall experiences military dependents have as they transition from high school to high school. Creating a sense of belongingness, 100% acceptance, and an overall sense of community has been the primary objectives that has driven Chance’s 14-year career in education. Chance earned his Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis on School Counseling. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor and is a certified K-12 Counselor in Louisiana and Texas.

    This podcast has been brought to you thanks to the generous support from:

    Fort Lee Area Spouses' Club


    • 19 min
    Use the Power of Media to Support Your Parenting

    Use the Power of Media to Support Your Parenting

    Dr. Yalda Uhls will discuss the importance of storytelling and how it relates to our children and how parents can use the power of media to support their parenting.

    Show Notes:




    Yalda T. Uhls is an internationally recognized, award-winning research scientist, educator and author, studying how media affect young people. Her peer reviewed research has been featured in many news outlets including NPR and the NY Times. As a big believer in bridging research and practice, along with many years of translational work for lay audiences, Uhls recently founded The Center for Scholars & Storytellers, affiliated with UCLA. Uhls is also an adjunct professor at UCLA where she does research on how media affect the social behavior of tweens and teens and teaches a class on Digital Media and Human Development and is the author of the parenting book Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact not Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age. In her former career, she was a senior movie executive at MGM and Sony. Dr. Uhls knowledge of how media content is created and the science of how media affect children inform her unique perspective.

    This Podcast was brought to you through the generous funding from the Academy Spouses’ Club.




    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

BenKilloy ,

Great show

I love how they take lesson learned from others and bring actionable advice to help guide Mother’s and fathers through the journey of being a military family.


Military Family Member

What a great way to share important information for military families! Frankly, professionals and non-military can learn a LOT from these podcasts.

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