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Join the Co-Founders of Student Fitness Experts and fitness veterans, Karen Gilbert & Farrah Zweig, as they bring you years of wisdom and experience about everything you need to understand today's students to help them become successful, strong and empowered young adults. Along with expert guests, the goal of the Student Fitness Expert podcast is to empower & educate anyone that works with kids in a way that benefits the whole child.

The Student Fitness Experts Podcast Karen Gilbert & Farrah Zweig

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Join the Co-Founders of Student Fitness Experts and fitness veterans, Karen Gilbert & Farrah Zweig, as they bring you years of wisdom and experience about everything you need to understand today's students to help them become successful, strong and empowered young adults. Along with expert guests, the goal of the Student Fitness Expert podcast is to empower & educate anyone that works with kids in a way that benefits the whole child.

    Episode 17: Founder of KidTribe and Executive Director of Kiducational, Kellee McQuinn

    Episode 17: Founder of KidTribe and Executive Director of Kiducational, Kellee McQuinn

    Kellee McQuinn Show Notes
    “I'm a vessel. And I'm a translator, and I'm the best part of myself with kids.”
    The purpose of the Student Fitness Experts Podcast series is to empower and educate anyone that works with kids, in a way that benefits the whole child to become successful, strong, and empowered young adults.
    Have you ever thought about adapting yourself to suit your kids’ nature, or bringing them to learn in a language that fits them the best? If yes, then you’re in for a treat today! Join Karen Gilbert and Farah Zweig today as they interview Kellee McQuinn (the Pied Piper with a Boom Box!), Children's Entertainment Content Creator: Producer, Director, Writer, Lyricist, Choreographer, Curriculum Author and influencer. Listen in, as Kellee discusses her heartful journey impacting and shaping kids to create things for them that she wished she’d received when she was their age, also throwing light on the need to include and translate yourself to mould to their levels of understanding. Also in store is Kellee’s anecdotes on the remarkable stage shows at the White House Easter Egg Roll throughout the entire Obama administration. The episode is a worthy listening for anybody requiring to transform their goals to making it a lifestyle!
    Tune in to revolutionize your kids’ learning methods and know how you can learn from them while also setting them up for ultimate success!
     
    About the Guest:
     
    Kellee McQuinn is the Founder, Executive Producer and Master Trainer at KidTribe- an organization that aims at creating positive programming for children to educate, empower and entertain, and also and the executive director at Kiducational. Kellee recalls being a bullied, misunderstood weirdo kid in a dysfunctional family, and thus strives hard to connect with kids who’re different or hard-to-manage. In 2010, she received the Community Leadership Award from President Obama’s Council. She also won a Broken Glass Ceiling Award from Palm Springs Women in Film for her contributions in children's television. She’s hip-hop-hooped with millions of kids around the world, including the White House Easter Egg Roll throughout the entire Obama administration and the Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play. Also an inspiring keynote speaker, Kellee shares her uplifting stories about her dedication to the youth. Carrying a powerful aura of positivity and hopefulness, her words leave a trail of sunshine in our complicated everyday lives with children.
     
    TimeStamps:
    [00:09] About Kellee McQuinn, a snippet of her Journey
    [02:01] Kellee talks about her journey
    [12:18] About creating room for every different kid
    [14:27] Kellee talks about inclusion and inclusivity
    [19:54] Kellee talks about removing the awkwardness factor out of kids
    [25:35] Kellee shares certain special memories with kids
    [39:30] Get to know Kellee’s career highlights!
    [44:00] How Kellee sees “goal-setting”
    [45:31] On her present projects and work
    [51:35] Kellee talks about what “fearless” means to her
    [54:39] Kellee talks about her favourite teachers and mentors
    [1:01:52] Closing thoughts from Kellee
     
    Quotes:
    “It's not about moving like me, it's not about moving like the person next to you. But for me, it's about the freedom within movement and how that's where you can find yourself and lose yourself all at the same time..”
    “I think that finding that tool for inclusivity and invitation is really important. I've learned so much from the children.”
    “I'm a vessel. And I'm a translator, and I'm the best part of myself with kids.”
    “Every moment is a make it or break it moment.”
    “It's not about my agenda. It's about the purpose. It's about the inclusion. It's about the seeing myself in another.”
    “For me, I've gauged in my life and my career on what I call mile markers of fear. A mile marker of fear is when you're

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 16: Creator of Award Winning Kids in Motion show: Dance Movement and Yoga Expert, Julie Markovitz

    Episode 16: Creator of Award Winning Kids in Motion show: Dance Movement and Yoga Expert, Julie Markovitz

    Julie Markovitz Show Notes
    “I believe that through movement children grow and you, you can really honor the whole child through dance and movement.”
    The purpose of the Student Fitness Experts Podcast series is to empower and educate anyone that works with kids, in a way that benefits the whole child to become successful, strong, and empowered young adults.
    In today’s remarkable episode, we have with us the very gentle Julie Markovitz, who is an experienced preschool teacher, Children's Programming Creator and Certified Yoga/ Qigong/ Meditation/ Reiki Practitioner. Julie shares with us the best advice to inculcate movement in children’s curriculum and tells us why most schools lack the finances to hire a professional for the same. Children, she says, grow via movement, and creative movements like yoga help bring down the stress levels of both children and adults alike. This episode is a promising note for educators, teachers and coaches who wish to find the best for their children, by understanding them, giving space and honoring their feelings, while also helping keep them physically fit and relaxed at all times.
    Tune in and learn to integrate movement and expression in your children’s shaping, and set them up for ultimate success!
     
    About the Guest:
    Julie Markovitz is an experienced preschool teacher, Children's Programming Creator and Certified Yoga/ Qigong/ Meditation/ Reiki Practitioner. She started dancing and practicing yoga as a young girl and also loves walking, biking, cooking, reading, and spending time with people she loves. Julie earned her BA degree in child development with an emphasis in dance from California State University, Northridge and has certifications in yoga, meditation, Qigong, and Reiki.
    At the beginning of her career, Julie created, co-wrote, co-produced and performed, the multi-award winning Kids in Motion, a creative movement and music program financed and distributed by CBS Fox video. It was on Nickelodeon and recognized by parents’ choice in good housekeeping and continues to be loved by children and parents everywhere. Julie still teaches yoga, Qigong, meditation, and creative movement at yoga studios, schools, health clubs, synagogues, churches, law firms, offices, corporations, and private homes throughout Los Angeles and has been doing this for over 30 years, reflecting totally her grounded love for the same. Julie is by all means an inspiring person who’s given us loads to take-away from today’s hearty conversation!
     
    TimeStamps:
    [00:24] About Julie Markovitz, a snippet of her Journey
    [04:56] Julie talks about her classes
    [07:03] About Julie’s learnings about kids and parents over the years
    [10:15] Julie offers tips to parents, teachers and coaches
    [13:27] Julie talks about handling difficult kids
    [16:39] Understanding yoga better
    [20:27] Understanding what “fearless” means to Julie
    [24:40] How Julie got into doing what she does today
    [29:40] On her parents’ role in helping her be where she is today
    [34:08] Julie concluding advice to educators, parents and teachers
    [43:10] Connect with Julie
     
    Quotes:
    “I believe that through movement children grow and you, you can really honor the whole child through dance and movement.”
    “I have felt my best when physical since I was a child.”
    “Fearless means taking my fear with me.”
    “I have to move every day.”
    “What I’m really appreciating now is being outside and walking.”
    “They loved us, they believed in us and they listened to us.”
    “It’s hard being vulnerable because we feel like we have to be on top of everything all the time and we’re not.”
     
    Connect with Julie :
    YouTube: Kids in Motion
    E-mail: julie@danceyoga.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/banana_moon_wellness/

    • 44 min
    Episode 15: National Facilitator for Welcoming Schools, Associate Editor at WeAreTeachers & Bullying Prevention Educator, Kimmie Fink

    Episode 15: National Facilitator for Welcoming Schools, Associate Editor at WeAreTeachers & Bullying Prevention Educator, Kimmie Fink

    Kimmie Fink Show Notes
    “I think it’s very important for coaches and all caring adults to know who is safe to talk about the child’s identity with.”
    The purpose of the Student Fitness Experts Podcast series is to empower and educate anyone that works with kids, in a way that benefits the whole child to become successful, strong, and empowered young adults. In this episode of the SFE Podcast, Karen Gilbert, alongside her co-host, Farah Zweig, interviewed veteran educator and Associate Editor of Branded Content at WeAreTeachers, Kimmie Fink.
    With Kimmie as our special guest for the day, this episode has thrown light on a lot of factors that go unnoticed throughout our teaching-learning journeys. Kimmie discusses the need to make classrooms and schools inclusive of LGBTQ families and says that it would not only strengthen the bond with the kids’ families but would also help bring a feeling of connectedness in school and make the child find an environment of emotional safety. She talks about preventing bias-based bullying in schools and the growing need to support
    Transgender and non-binary students. Kimmie, with such simplicity and honesty, tells us how to help kids understand and adapt to the diversities around them and grow in the changing world of today.
    Tune in to learn how you can plant the idea of diversity in your kids and set them up for ultimate success.
     
    About the Guest:
     
    Kimmie Fink is a veteran educator with 13 years of classroom experience. Issues of diversity, equity, and justice have always been central to Kimmie’s work with children and families. Kimmie is currently a Certified National Facilitator for Welcoming Schools, a project of the Human Rights Campaign. Kimmie also works as an associate editor at WeAreTeachers and teaches courses in for the Bullying Prevention Certificate as part of Hamline University’s Graduate Continuing Studies Program. Her writing has been featured on Romper, Scary Mommy, Mabel + Moxie, POPSUGAR, CafeMom, BLUNTmoms, NextGen MilSpouse, and Sammiches and Psych Meds.  Kimmie is also a Middle Childhood Generalist, certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Kimmie says that while on her high school days, she had decided that she wanted to be an elementary school teacher. She completed her degree in just 3 years because she was sure of what she wanted to become. Kimmie is a very determined and influential individual who gives us a lot of reasons to implement her words of advice in our day-to-day lives.
     
    TimeStamps:
     
    [00:47] About Kimmie Fink, a snippet of her Journey
    [02:08]  Kimmie Fink talks about her personal journey
    [03:05]  Kimmie on what the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification is
    [04:08]  Kimmie’s life-changing experience
    [07:15]  On deciding to make writing a source of revenue
    [09:51]  About “Welcoming Schools”
    [12:00]  Kimmie’s advice to educators or coaches on communicating the right way
    [15:37]  Kimmie talks on how to help coaches get familiar with LGBTQ families
    [16:39]  Kimmie’s take on elementary school education and how it has evolved over time 
    [20:50]  About parents who aren’t very supportive 
    [22:51]  Kimmie talks about depression among the minority kids
    [24:21]  To kids who are unaware of gender differences and changes
    [27:40]  How to ask about the family structure of kids
    [29:51]  Kimmie, to her 13 year-old self
    [31:58]  What “fearless” means to Kimmie
    [36:18]  On people who influenced Kimmie
    [42:39]  Kimmie talks about the role of fitness in her life
    [49:43]  Kimmie’s final message to coaches or educators working amid the pandemic
    [56:32]  Connect with Kimmie Fink
     
    Quotes:
     
    “Whatever my kids’ identities are, I want them to know that they are accepted and welcomed and valued.”
     
    “People are afraid of saying t

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    Episode 14: Certified Trainer in Conscious Discipline. Ida Bauer

    Episode 14: Certified Trainer in Conscious Discipline. Ida Bauer

    Ida Bauer Show Notes
    “When you bring your best to a situation, the outcome is always better and conscious discipline teaches us how to do that.”
    The purpose of the Student Fitness Experts Podcast series is to empower and educate anyone that works with kids, in a way that benefits the whole child to become successful, strong, and empowered young adults. In this episode of the SFE Podcast, Karen Gilbert, alongside her co-host, Farah Zweig, interviewed a Certified Conscious Discipline Instructor, Ida Bauer.
    Ida Bauer, in today’s podcast, talks about “Conscious Discipline” and how it can help us handle child behavior fruitfully. Ida tells us that by controlling our emotional responses, we can positively bring a change in the child’s behavior by working through the feelings the child is having, together. She talks about how conscious discipline helps us be on the same side as the parent and gets the best for the child. She makes us understand that conscious discipline is all about safety, connection and problem-solving and that nothing is right for everybody.
    Tune in to learn how you can use conscious discipline with your kids and set them up for ultimate success.
    About the Guest:
    Ida Bauer has over 30 years of experience in early childhood education, including her work as director of a campus- based early learning center and as a certified trainer in conscious discipline. She ran into this discipline accidentally and got totally into it after getting to know more about it. She had teachers who were very frustrated with children and brought them to her room so she could do something for them. She said she could perhaps do something to mitigate their behavior but not change it then. After her retirement, she went to Orlando, Florida to attend a workshop but couldn’t attend it. As that had failed, she attended another workshop and that happened to strike a resonant chord with her soul. So, she went on to attend the follow-up workshop of that session and learned that both the sessions were on conscious discipline. Ida believes that you can never have enough personal growth and continues her learning journey despite having given up her certification.
     
    TimeStamps:
    [00:47] About Ida Bauer, a snippet of her Journey
    [02:11]  Ida, on her personal journey
    [02:47]  Her retirement from the university she had been working with
    [06:12]  The “I Love You” rituals
    [08:33]  An example of what the “I Love You” ritual is
    [10:22]  How Conscious Discipline helps adults
    [10:52]  The three brain states
    [13:56]  How Ida advices parents
    [16:40]  Step One to implementing conscious discipline 
    [17:14]  The three types of relationships 
    [17:59]  What “power equal” means
    [22:59]  Special advice to coaches amid the pandemic
    [27:54]  Dealing with middle/ high school students
    [32:49]  Handling difficult situations
    [37:30]  What fearlessness is to Ida
    [38:59]  Traits or characteristics in coaches that made a difference
    [39:55]  People who had an impact on Ida’s life
    [40:44]  Role of fitness in Ida’s life
    [43:57]  Final advice to coaches, parents and instructors amid the pandemic
    [45:29]  Contact Ida
    Quotes:
     
    “Conscious discipline is based on personal connection.”
     
    “What I found was that conscious discipline was as much or more about adults than about the children.”
     
    “It teaches us first to recognise what state we are in, because the only skill we have in each state is the skill of the state we are in.”
     
    “When the need is met, the behavior disappears.”
     
    “Power equal says we both have wants and desires. Sometimes they’re met, sometimes they’re not and we have to help each other work out the difference.”
     
    “The real misconception is that learning has to be painful.”
     
    “When you bring your best to a situation, the outcome is alway

    • 47 min
    Episode 13: Co Founders: viral anti-racist allyship resource, Justice in June

    Episode 13: Co Founders: viral anti-racist allyship resource, Justice in June

    Justice in June Show Notes
    “Inclusion is where you take this to the next level and you’re listening, and you’re learning and you’re uplifting those who don’t tend to always get the opportunity and that space.”
    The purpose of the Student Fitness Experts Podcast series is to empower and educate anyone that works with kids, in a way that benefits the whole child to become successful, strong, and empowered young adults. In this episode of the SFE Podcast, Karen Gilbert, alongside her co-host, Farah Zweig, interviewed Bryanna Wallace and Autumn Gupta, who are the founders of Justice in June, a digital compilation of resources making allyship a lifestyle habit.
    The dynamic duo, in today’s special podcast, talk about inclusion and diversity and making people aware of the importance of voicing the needs of those who cannot or do not speak up. They make us realize that if it were for somebody close to us, we would not stay mum listening to the wrongs happening against the minorities. The duo are just the best voices to listen to, considering the immense strength and determination they carry and radiate throughout this episode. We also get to know how to train our kids from their early childhood days, to understand and accept diversity and the need to give and have equal opportunities for every individual.
    Tune in to learn how you can bring understanding in your kids and set them up for ultimate success.
    About the Guest:
    Bryanna Wallace and Autumn Gupta are the dynamic duo behind the viral anti- racist allyship resource, Justice in June. This resource was designed for the purpose of providing a starting place for those who wanted to become better and more active allies to the black community. Bryanna and Autumn met as freshmen at the University of Southern California in 2015. Bryanna presently works full time as the brand manager for a professional hair-products company, overseeing innovation, product development, and portfolio optimization. Autumn graduated this May and will be starting as an eighth grade Science teacher in the fall. She is the co-founder of an educational start-up called Key Learning, an app-based program aimed to enable and empower refugees with skill based learning to better their chances and employment in desired asylum countries. Bryanna says she grew up surrounded by a lot of opportunities and that her parents were the support system that helped her find her path and succeed in the choices she made. Bryanna’s dad was also Jamaican and so she could empathize with and understand people coming from a different or unique background. Autumn’s father was also an immigrant, he was from India. Autumn says she grew up in a small town and did a lot of manual labor growing up, which made her understand the importance of hard work right from childhood. The duo are two highly motivated and firm individuals who are working on their cause with a lot of sincerity, trying to spread their word across the globe.
    TimeStamps:
    [00:45] About Bryanna and Autumn, a snippet of their Journey
    [03:28]  Autumn on what teaching looks like, to her
    [04:57]  How the duo decided to start “Justice in June”
    [09:23]  Their backgrounds and coming together for “Justice in June”
    [19:39]  The duo on what influenced them to get on the path they have taken
    [31:02]  Autumn and Bryanna’s suggestions to coaches
    [31:38]  Inclusion and inclusivity
    [32:02]  Bringing kids to understand diversity
    [36:01]  The duo on how they would advise their 13-year old selves 
    [42:29]  What “fearless” means to Bryanna and Autumn 
    [45:17]  The duo talk about the role of fitness in their lives
    [46:27]  How singing and dancing made Bryanna feel like!
    [48:59]  Autumn getting away from using negative coping mechanisms to manage her emotions
    [52:17]  The duo’s special advice to educators and coaches
    [54:39] 

    • 56 min
    Episode 12: Word artist/ storyteller/ published author/ musician founder/ Director of Creative Learning Place Inc. Karan Golden

    Episode 12: Word artist/ storyteller/ published author/ musician founder/ Director of Creative Learning Place Inc. Karan Golden

    Karen Golden Show Notes
    “Don’t worry so much about the race because it’s not important. What really is important is living in the moment and finding the positivity in life right now.”
    The purpose of the Student Fitness Experts Podcast series is to empower and educate anyone that works with kids, in a way that benefits the whole child to become successful, strong, and empowered young adults. In this episode of the SFE Podcast, Karen Gilbert, alongside her co-host, Farah Zweig, interviewed Karen Golden, a professional storyteller, arts educator and community activist.
    With Karen as our special guest for the day, the episode stands out for its conversations on connecting people and ideas and Karen’s special take on home-schooling. She so powerfully radiates her positivity into everything the hosts ask about, that our minds seamlessly receive all the good that she brings out of it. With Karen also sharing her unblemished views on parenting, teaching, and learning amid the pandemic, there’s a lot to take away from today’s episode.
    Tune in to learn how you can get the best for your kids and set them up for ultimate success.
    About the Guest:
    Karen Golden is a spoken-word artist, storyteller, published author, and musician and performs in through her teaching artist residencies in schools, universities and other educational institutions. She is also the founder-director of Creative Learning Place, a unique learning center for home-schooled students. Karen says life, faith, and her personal experiences have been her biggest teacher. She also finds her mother to be her biggest and greatest influence in life. Karen is an extremely positive and benevolent individual and gives us a lot of reasons to learn from her life and thoughts.
    TimeStamps:
    [00:44] About Karen Golden, a snippet of her Journey
    [01:45]  Karen Golden talks about her personal journey
    [02:00]  How Karen decided to start Creative Learning Place
    [03:39]  About carrying out her program amid the pandemic
    [04:31]  How Karen chooses the kind of classes she takes
    [07:02]  About teaching children with different needs
    [09:11]  Karen’s advice to parents resorting to home-schooling because of Covid
    [12:12]  Karen talks about the advantages of Zoom
    [13:13]  Karen on the involvement of parents with the teachers holding Zoom classes 
    [14:14]  About Karen’s fitness experiences over time 
    [15:37]  The turning point in Karen’s fitness life
    [22:36]  On the need to find the right physical exercise for each kid
    [26:25]  Karen talks about being an avid gardener
    [27:30]  Karen on what being fearless means to her
    [27:52]  Karen’s role-models for fearlessness
    [29:13]  On people who influenced Karen
    [30:29]  The teacher who introduced her to the story-telling world
    [32:06]  Karen’s advice to the people working with kids
    [37:35]  “Expand your humanity”
    [40:35]  Connect with Karen
    Quotes:
    “Don’t worry about the epidemics and getting behind. Getting behind is unfortunately a race that many parents are involved in when it comes to education.”
    “Everybody should be going at their own pace.”
    “When you find a person who’s not competitive, it’s a different strategy.”
    “Fearless means just going for it and doing it anyway.”
    “My mother was so fearless that she ice-skated or roller-skated everyday till she was 90 years old.”
    “Don’t worry so much about the race because it’s not important. What really is important is living in the moment and finding the positivity in life right now.”
    “Expand your humanity. Because now is the opportunity to be a good kind person.”
    Connect with Karen :
    Websites : https://www.creativelearningplace.com/
                      https://www.karengolden.com

    • 41 min

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