Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jamie Ellman

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 8th 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 9th & 10th grade English, Police Academy, World Geography, and multiple senior English electives. It was in this first job of mine where I began my involvement in curriculum and instruction design. In addition, I also hold a Master’s of the Arts in Teaching."

Ways to Connect with Jamie



Friday, April 16, 2021

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jonathan Redeker

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 connect: 

Twitter @jonredeker

iTunes Episode:  HERE

Rumble Version:  HERE

Audio only Podcast HERE

Monday, February 15, 2021

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Alicia Blankenship

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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

2020 a Year In Review!

Yes, 2020 was quite a year.  When you're a blogger you have the opportunity to reflect on your year based on the posts you create.  My goal for every year is to interview a person at least once a month.  Once the Covid Pandemic hit, honestly I ran into a rut.  Partially it was due to the increased demands and changes that are part of my job as a technology integrator.  The other part is was just a small feeling of depression.   I'm guessing we all went through a mixture of emotions.  Needless to say, I found inspiration and energy from my social media friends and eventually got back into the swing by interviewing some fantastic people educators and artists.  

Here is my chronicle of interviews for the 2020 Year.  Hope you'll enjoy the amazing people that I get to talk to.  Their work and ideas are truly inspirational and motivating!


Technology Guru Ryan McGinnis-  Ryan has an amazing grasp of the latest and greatest of EdTech.  I loved chatting with Ryan about all things tech and ways to engage learners.

Music Education Teacher and Musician- Dr. Jill Reese.  I loved chatting with Jill about her work and her wonderful Ukulele YouTube Channel.  Jill really embodies innovative education and highly engaging best practices.


Educator and Technology Expert Mamta Narula:  The Pandemic hit worldwide so this was the first opportunity to talk to Mamta from India from a Global perspective.  She is a wealth of ideas and knowledge for Edtech!


Artist Fiona Fei:  The virtual world, Second Life has always amazed me.  While the educational possibilities have never materialized, there is an explosion of amazing Artistic Talent.  Fiona is one of the finest Artists I have met!  So honored to chat with her via Avatars surrounded by her work!  


Teacher and Author Rachelle Dene Poth:  Rachelle is such an innovator on so many levels.  She is the first 2nd Time Guest on this project and it was well worth it.  She is so knowledgeable.  She was the perfect guest to talk to after my Covid Break!  


Educator and Artist Tim Needles:  Tim is a fellow NY State Educator and amazing talent.  I love getting Tim's thoughts and ideas about Art, Education, and Remote learning.  He is a true Rennaissance Man!


Professor of Education Dr. Sam Fecich.  What a great way to end the #CWAG year with such an upbeat and positive educator, author and podcaster.  Sam's energy positive attitude is so contagious.  Fun and inspiring interview.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Dr. Sam Fecich


When:  December 9th, 2020

To Listen to the Audio Version:  Click HERE
To Watch Rumble Version go HERE
Apple Podcast Version HERE 
Listen to Audio only:  HERE

Scanning the amazing educators on Twitter always brings me to amazing educators. Dr. Sam Fecich (@Sfecich) always brings some thoughtful posts and commentary. I reached out to chat and was so happy to discuss the state of education, educational technology, and pre-service teacher prep. A little about Sam in her own words: Professor of education at Grove City College. She is the Author of Edumagic a Guide for Preservice Teachers Co author of Edumagic Shine on a guide for new teachers Host of the Edumagic podcast And she is a Pumpkin spice latte fan !

Video Recorded using Zoom
Editing done with Apple's iMovie
Bumper Music by Andrew Wheelock

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Tim Needles


WHEN:  October 28th, 2020

Podcast Link HERE

In time of trouble and strife, seek comforts and inspiration in the arts. I had a great conversation with artist, educator, and author, Tim Needles. I connected with Tim through ISTE's STEAM PLN and was amazed at his work and innovative ideas. A little bit out Tim in his own words: Tim Needles is an artist, educator and author of STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum. He teaches art/media at Smithtown School District, is a TEDx Talk speaker, and his work has been featured on NPR, in the New York Times, Columbus Museum of Art, Norman Rockwell Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, Katonah Museum of Art, and Cape Cod Museum of Art. He’s the recipient of ISTE’s Technology in Action Award and Creativity Award, NAEA’s AET Outstanding Teaching Award, and The Rauschenberg Power of Art Award. He’s a National Geographic Certified Teacher, PBS Digital Innovator, an ISTE Arts & Technology and STEM PLN leader, NAEA ArtEdTech interest Group leader, and Adobe Creative Educator and Education Leader Emeritus. He’s active on social media at @timneedles. @TimNeedles on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tiktok

Get Tim's Book! HERE

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Rachelle Dene Poth

iTunes Podcast URL HERE  Spotify HERE

A Coffee with a Geek first!  I am going to interview an amazing educator for the 2nd time!  Rachelle Dene Poth is an amazingly dynamic teacher, presenter, and author!  I'm going to ask her about her edtech adventures since the last time we chatted and discuss her new book, Chart a New Course:  A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s WorldI'll also ask her about her ideas and thoughts regarding solutions for schools as we navigate through the challenges of a pandemic.  

A little about Rachelle in her own words:  "Rachelle Dene is a Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology Teacher at Riverview Junior-Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. Rachelle is also an attorney with a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law and a Master’s in Instructional Technology. She is a Consultant and Speaker, owner of ThriveinEDU LLC Consulting. She serves as the President of the ISTE Teacher Education Network. Rachelle is the author of four books, ‘In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking,” “Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU” and “The Future is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead,” Rachelle Dene’s latest book is with ISTE “Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World is now available. Follow Rachelle on Twitter @Rdene915 and on Instagram @Rdene915 . Rachelle has a podcast, ThriveinEDU available at"

How to connect with Rachelle: