Are you in the trenches as an educator? You're not alone. Hear from those who have been in the trenches and managed to come out intact. Hear their stories!
Episode #288: Dr. Kristina Mattis
Dr. Kristina V. Mattis advises statewide educational technology efforts as the Digital Equity Broadband Coordinator for the California Department of Education addressing Superintendent Thurmond’s Closing the Digital Divide Initiative. Kristina’s experience in education spans roles from classroom teaching to executive director to leading change and project management across public and private schools. She is an ESL multilingual speaker and published author. Kristina’s expansive expertise fosters her collaborative and holistic approach to propel instructional opportunities so that “we prepare students to live, work, and thrive in a multicultural, multilingual, and highly connected world” as per the CA DOE mission.
Find Kristina online: @ConsultED Development (google.com)
Episode #287: Dr. Terrance Ruth
Dr. Terrance Ruth received his PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida. He received his Master's in education from Nova Southeastern University and his BA from Oglethorpe University. He completed a national fellowship through Boston College with a certification in nonprofit leadership. Dr. Ruth is an advocate for public education, once serving as a teacher, principal and the parent of a son who attends public schools in Wake County. As a former Administrator for Wake County Public Schools who now serves as an Education Consultant to numerous nonprofits, he sits on several statewide boards.
Terrance is a Raleigh, NC-based educator, community activist, podcast host, and dad. Son of two veterans, he has an amazing family story to share as well as how he balances being a dad with his busy career. Additional topics he loves to speak about are elementary education, social work, social justice, affordable housing, and how to make a big impact at a local level in your community. In 2022, Terrance ran for Mayor of Raleigh and sadly lost to the incumbent mayor. He’s happy to chat about that experience as well. Since ending the race, he has doubled down on his commitment to the Raleigh area and the causes he is passionate about.
Find him online: @truthforraleigh on FB, X, IG. His podcast is Illogical by Truth.
Episode #286: Smith Minard
Smith Minard teaches Spanish at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, where she also coaches tennis and helps lead outdoor and international trips. She earned her B.A. in Spanish and Sociology at Furman University, where she spent a semester abroad in Spain, completed undergraduate research on second language acquisition, and did an internship at the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in D.C.
Her most recent accolade is becoming a bestselling author of her debut book “Embrace Your Story: A Young Woman’s Guide to Discover Who You Are, Where to Go, And Why You Matter.” A mentor for almost a decade and honorary big sister, Smith has logged thousands of hours spent with young women, hearing their stories, and helping guide them through life with tips and practical wisdom. She wants readers to know that they have what it takes to embrace their own story, no matter how messy it may seem. Smith is a Georgia native, loving life currently in the Pacific Northwest.
When she’s not teaching or writing, she is finding joy in her journey by reveling in the little moments, like enjoying a great sunset, a good book in the sunshine, or a hike through the Cascades with her fiancé or closest friends.
Find Smith online: https://www.amazon.com/Embrace-Your-Story
Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@smithminard
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Episode #285: Dr. Rachel Edoho-Eket
Dr. Rachel Edoho-Eket is a wife, mother, principal, public speaker, and author. With decades as a teacher and leader in public education, she has earned the reputation as a strong instructional leader, passionate educational advocate, and dedicated mentor. As the Principal of a top ranked school in Maryland, she is a life-long learner who strives for excellence not only for herself, but also for everyone she serves.
Dr. Edoho-Eket’s belief in fostering meaningful relationships serves as the foundation for everything she does, and her highly effective teaching and leadership style continues to inspire up and coming aspiring teacher leaders. During her educational career, she has proudly served as a classroom teacher, instructional team leader, mentor teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Her book, “The Principal’s Journey: Navigating the Path to School Leadership” provides a helpful and practical blueprint for educators to follow as they transition into new leadership roles.
Dr. Edoho-Eket holds a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Temple University, a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College, and a Doctorate in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University.
Find Rachel on Twitter/X @racheledohoechet
Episode #284: Becky Schnekser
Becky first joined the teaching world in 2006 as a fifth grade inclusion classroom teacher. She has always believed that authentic experiences yield the best and most effective learning opportunities. She is passionate about experiential learning, especially in the style of expeditions, hence why she teaches the way she teaches, wrote the book Expedition Science: Empowering learners through exploration and completes field expeditions annually.
Find Becky online: www.expeditionschneckser.com
@schnekser IG in reels, stories, X.
Episode #283: Kathy Magnusson
Kathy Magnusson is the owner of Wildewood Learning As a trainer, coach, and speaker, Kathy has worked with educators and youth service professionals worldwide. She is a licensed public school teacher, social and emotional learning specialist, and certified Sources of Strength trainer. She has supported young people and the professionals serving them for over 25 years. Kathy has a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota and advanced training in adverse childhood experiences, creating trauma-sensitive practices, non-violent communication, and strengths-based education and leadership. She supports educators and youth service professionals in cultivating trauma-sensitive strength-based environments for all learners. Still works in schools 1/day a week.
Find Kathy on her website www.wildewoodlearning.com
YouTube/FB @wildewoodlearning LinkedIn@kathrynmagnusson
A Reminder that YOU aren’t alone!
As an educator we can often feel that we are alone, but this podcast reminds us that isn’t the case! Dana and her guests share their story in a way that creates a community you get to be a part of! Any episode will provide you insight and strategies you can immediately implement today!
Great back and forth.
I love the back and forth of this show. Dana makes guests feel welcome and they open right up. I really enjoyed the experience of being on the show and the content she brings to her listeners. We need more of these stories to help those still in the trenches. Great show!
Dr. Goodier fuels connection!
In asking her guests about their real, relatable stories of struggle and success all the way to sharing each episode with her community of educators and educational leaders, Dana connects educators with others. This serves so many purposes from reducing feelings of isolation to sharing actionable takeaways from guest stories. As a former guest, she’s also a fantastic host who made me feel welcome on her show.