Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - Voxing it up for Professional Development with Tammy Neil and Carlie Stigler

I chat with Tammy and Carlie about tips and best practices for using Voxer to develop a PLN.



Carlie Stigler is a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade multiage teacher at Fond du Lac STEM Academy in Fond du Lac Wisconsin.  She attended Carroll University and received her bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Special Education with a minor in Early Childhood. During her student teaching experience, Carlie participated in a yearlong residency program within the Hartland Lakeside School District.  This opportunity allowed her to engage and grow in working with teachers and students, developing habits of a reflective and collaborative educator.  As a first year teacher Carlie is on a mission to facilitate learning spaces that embody community, inclusion, collaboration, and personalizing learning amongst and between educators and students.  As Carlie continues to grow as an educator and learner, she is excited to be a part of the changes in our education system that need to occur to meet the interests and demands of our world.   

Connect with Carlie on Twitter: @cstigler28. Her school Twitter is @FDLSTEMAcademy, Carlie also has an awesome Paper.li.

Tammy Neil teaches Computer Applications and Game Design at Branford High School in Branford, FL. This is her 24th year in education. She's taught every grade from 4th to 12th. I also spent 8 years as a School Media Specialist. 

Tammy co-moderates the #FLedChat on Wednesdays at 8 pm edt, and #RuralEdChat at 8:30 pm edt on Tuesdays. She is a founding member of the FullCirclePD.org team and actively participates in their round table discussions through GHOs and Twitter. She is also a semi-regular blogger on tammyneil.com.

This year Tammy was named Branford High School's 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. She's been nominated for a Bammy (High School Teacher of the Year) as well as, Edsurge's Caring is Sharing Award. Tammy recently led the organization team for #EdcampBranford, the first Edcamp not only in her district but also in the surrounding 50 mile radius.

You can connect with Tammy on Twitter: @MathNeil

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - The Connected Educator with Kerry Gallagher


I chat with Kerry Gallagher about being a connected educator, and her thoughts on how being connected impacts one's teaching and learning inside and outside the classroom.

Kerry has taught 8-12 grade social studies in public schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for 12 years.  She has presented at conferences including MassCUE and the Blueprint for Excellence National Conference. Kerry’s classroom is paperless. Her students use mobile devices to research, create, and submit what they have learned.  She won the 2014 Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize (See her submission here) and was a speaker at the 2014 Yale Education Leadership Conference.  She teachers and is also the Mock Trial Team Coach at Reading Memorial High School in Reading, Massachusetts.  Kerry is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, has a BA in Politics and Secondary Education from Saint Anselm College, and is a Level II Professional Ski Instructor of America.

Check out Kerry's blog: Teaching HistoryTech and connect with her on Twitter @KerryHawk02And don't forget to give a peek to The Paperless Classroom (Recent institute Kerry's students and her presented to share their practice.)

Kerry is a recently named 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators award winner. 

#beyouEDU - Finding Your Voice

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - Get In Where You Fit In: The Voices of New Teachers with Carlie Stigler and Anna Zehnpfennig

I chat with, Carlie and Anna, who are new to the profession. We will chat about the generation gap, the realities of theory vs. practice, their expectations, and much more.



Anna Zehnpfennig is a 2nd/3rd grade multi age special education teacher in Waukesha, WI. She attended Carroll University and received her bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Special Education with a minor in Early Childhood. Last year, Anna participated in a year long residency program within the Hartland Lakeside School District where she began to foster her practice and experience teaching first hand. Anna's goal as an educator is to empower students to become intrinsic learners through nurturing a personalized learning environment. As Anna continues in the education field, she hopes to learn and grow in becoming an educator that creates learning environments, nurturing all students to independently discover their love for learning. 

Connect with Anna on Twitter: @anna_rosez.

Carlie Stigler is a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade multiage teacher at Fond du Lac STEM Academy in Fond du Lac Wisconsin.  She attended Carroll University and received her bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Special Education with a minor in Early Childhood. During her student teaching experience, Carlie participated in a yearlong residency program within the Hartland Lakeside School District.  This opportunity allowed her to engage and grow in working with teachers and students, developing habits of a reflective and collaborative educator.  As a first year teacher Carlie is on a mission to facilitate learning spaces that embody community, inclusion, collaboration, and personalizing learning amongst and between educators and students.  As Carlie continues to grow as an educator and learner, she is excited to be a part of the changes in our education system that need to occur to meet the interests and demands of our world.   

Connect with Carlie on Twitter: @cstigler28. Her school Twitter is @FDLSTEMAcademy, Carlie also has an awesome Paper.li.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - Mindfulness with Emily Roberts, LPC


On today's episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Emily Roberts, LPC about mindfulness and her work with teaching mindfulness to young people.

Emily Roberts is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in working with teens and young adults. Also known as The Guidance Girl , Emily has made it her to help others feel in control of their lives. She is a contributor for Dr. Drew OnCall on HLN where she educates viewers on mental health.  Her first book Express Yourself: A Teen Girl's Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are is out June 1, 2015and focuses on helping teen girls communicate with confidence and effectiveness. She practices Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and teaches groups on DBT and mindfulness to children as young as 5. She also teaches at schools and presents at conferences for parents and educators on self-esteem, mindfulness and the teen brain. Emily and her dog fluffy dog Milo split their time between the busy streets of New York City and Austin, Texas. 

Check out Emily's website: www.TheGuidanceGirl.comYou can reach out to Emily on 

Here is a great blog she wrote summing up mindfulness:



Books Emily recommends:

The Mindful Teen 
Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness  
Jon Kabat-Zinn 

Miracles Now
Gabrielle Bernstein
Mind Up Curriculum 

Wherever You Go There You Are 
Jon Kabat-Zinn 

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life 
Thich Nhat Hanh 

Monday, March 30, 2015

#beyouEDU 5 Month Challenge


Welcome to the movement. For the next five months, we are asking educators to take on the challenge of submiting a blog post, vlog, infographic, or podcast. You can email them to me or post them on your own site, and tweet them out using the hashtag #beyouEDU.


Thanks for your passion. We look forward to learning and growing with you. Please find the five topics below:

#beyouEDU topics -

  • Ownership of whom you are.
  • Finding your voice
  • Finding your niche
  • Finding your tribe
  • Defining your brand