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2021 A Year of Coffee with a Geek

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  Image Created with Buncee! Another year has gone by and I'm so happy and grateful to have been able to interview some amazing thought leaders in education.  Hope you'll take a listen to some of these wonderful guests. February:  Literacy Teacher Alicia Blankenship April:  Educator Jon Redeker May:  Educator Jamie Ellman  July:  Assistant Principal JaVonda Tucker August:  Social Studies Teacher Stevie Frank September- Pine Valley Superintendent Bryna Moritz October KIPP NYC Superintendent and lifelong friend Jim Manly November- IT Asset Manager and Author Al Kingsley

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Al Kingsley

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To Listen to the Show through your favorite Podcast App. Go HERE This month's guest comes from across the Atlantic Ocean! Al Kingsley ( https://alkingsley.com/ ) offers some of his amazing insight into his 30 year journey of Edtech expertise.  In this episode, I ask Al about his vast experience, his recent presentation at the NYSCATE 21 Conference, and his new book, " My Secret #EdTech Diary ". Al's insight carries across the miles and translates into almost any educational enterprise. A little bit about Al in his own words:   Al Kingsley has spent the last 30 years in the EdTech space and 20 of those as a school trustee and governor. He is Group CEO of NetSupport Ltd, an internationally acclaimed EdTech vendor, and has lived and worked in both the UK and US. His latest book, My Secret #EdTech Diary, released in July under the imprint of John Catt Educational Publishers. He is an expert in digital strategy, security, and education technology." Al's vast exp

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Superintendent Jim Manly

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 Coffee with a Geek Interview with Superintendent Jim Manly- KIPP NYC Listen and Subscribe on your favorite Podcast App HERE Rumble Version:  HERE It's a huge honor and a pleasure to interview a longtime friend Jim Manly, the Superintendent of Kipp NYC.  Jim and I grew up together in Fredonia New York, and after high school we went our separate ways.  Both of us took a circuitous route to education.  This is a great way to connect across the miles!  Jim was featured in the 2010 movie, The Lottery when he was a Principal for a Success Academy Charter school in NYC.  I'll ask him about his journey through education, his lessons learned over the years through his experiences and background, and we may even chat about "The good old days" of our youth!. A little about Jim and his background:   Jim Manly serves as Superintendent of KIPP NYC, a network public charter schools (18 schools as of summer 2021) in New York City. Jim came to KIPP NYC in 2015 with 30 years of experi

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Bryna Moritz

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September 2021 Rumble Version:  HERE Listen to the Podcast HERE Bryna Moritz is a young and energetic Superintendent at Pine Valley Central School , in Western New York. A rural district, Bryna was a year into her superintendency when the Covid Pandemic hit. I ask Bryna about her vision of leadership during that trying time and her thoughts on moving forward into the future.  A little about Bryna's background: After starting her education in Law, she soon discovered a passion for teaching. She received her Bachelors degree at SUNY Fredonia. She then got her first teaching job as a 4th Grade Teacher at Sherman Central School. She went on to have several administrative positions at Sherman ending with the K12 Principal. She is now in her 3rd year as Superintendent at Pine Valley. She has completed a circle from Kindergarten student to Superintendent at Pine Valley. Notable info:  Her Mother, Kim Moritz is also a superintendent and past guest on the Coffee with a Geek show. (She was

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Stevie Frank

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  Audio Version:  HERE Rumble Version HERE DATE:  August 23rd, 2021 Stevie is a really dynamic 5th grade teacher who puts podcasting to work with her students to create magical learning! I had a great conversation with her about her favorite cup of coffee, her podcasting work, and even her bucket list. A little about Stevie in her own words: Stevie Frank just finished her 12th year of teaching. She’s currently teaching 5th grade Humanities at Zionsville West Middle School. She’s department chair and one of the equity coaches for her school. Her passions include news literacy with critical thinking, social justice, and podcasting! Ways to Connect with Stevie:   Twitter:   @StevieFrank23   Connect with Stevie: Twitter:  @steviefrank23 Programs Discussed for Podcasting HERE Digital Sketchnoting Resources Article about Herrera Digital Sketchnoting for Beginners Sketchnoting Resources Wakelet

Coffee with a Geek Interview with JaVonda Tucker

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To Listen on iTunes Podcast App click HERE Listen on Other Podcast Platforms click HERE Video on Rumble HERE This month's guest is the ever inspirational JaVonda Tucker.  I started following her on Twitter and have really enjoyed reading her thoughtful comments and successful school strategies!  With her contagious optimism and vision I feel she is a school leader to watch!  I will ask her about her educational journey, her thoughts on leading through a pandemic, and her future goals and ideas. A little about JaVonda in her own words:   JaVonda Tucker is from Chesterfield County, Virginia. She is a graduate of Virginia State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Grand Canyon University. JaVonda holds degrees in Criminal Justice and Administration and Supervision. Currently, she is a middle school assistant principal with Dinwiddie County Public Schools. She is the proud mom of a son. How to follow JaVonda: Twitter: @JaVondaTucker

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jamie Ellman

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For iTunes Audio Only Click HERE Rumble Link HERE This Month  I was able to chat with another Tech Savvy History Teacher.  Jamie Ellman was recently showcased in  Edtech Magazine  discussing her favorite edtech tools for history.   I'm looking forward to chatting with her about a range of issues from her favorite tech tools and thoughts on education!  A little bit about Jamie in her own words:  " As a Level III instructor/leader, I started my career in education in 1993. I have taught for 17 years, and am currently teaching US and World History at Johnson High School in Buda.  Last year, I taught AP US History and World Geography History at the best high school in New Mexico - nationally ranked, La Cueva High School. Prior to teaching at La Cueva, I taught 8 th grade US History for six years at Eisenhower Middle School-- another one of New Mexico’s best schools. My first teaching experience was at Longmont High School in Colorado where I taught 9 th & 10 th grade Englis

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jonathan Redeker

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When:  April 13th, 2021 Great edtech interviews and commentary over a good cup of coffee... Coffee optional.    I had a great opportunity to chat with Technology Coordinator, Jonathan Redeker from Goshen Central Schools.  A little about Jonathan in his own words:  " Helping educators learn and grow is a passion which drives me to think differently, lead boldly, and grow continually.  The fast-paced, ever changing age of acceleration of our modern culture effects our young people in tremendous ways and I am inspired to help teachers and leaders reach students in new ways.  I consider myself an "educational disruptor" through my focus on using instructional technology, rethinking pedagogy, and implementing effective leadership strategies.  I believe that educational technologies, STEAM initiatives, and cross-curricular lessons can change the world and build empathetic young people.  Join me in moving from "best practices" to "next practices ."   Ways to

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Alicia Blankenship

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iTunes Podcast Link HERE DATE:   February 13th, 2021 TIME:  9am Eastern As usual, my main source of interview inspiration comes from my social media feeds.  Especially Twitter.  This first interview of 2021 is no different.  I have been following Alicia Blankenship for quite some time and enjoy her thoughtful posts and analysis.  She is an "in the trenches" teacher so I really wanted to get her perspectives from field!   A little about Alicia in her own words:   A literacy educator who uses her education and experience to improve the literacy and skills of her students. She began her career teaching 2nd grade and has taught at the primary and secondary level. I genuinely enjoyed and was inspired by Alicia's thoughts on education, Literacy, and making a difference during a Pandemic. This is the 4th week of the six weeks.. My student messages me, “How do I have a zero?” I replied, “because you don’t attend class and don’t do any assignments” Should I edit before pressing