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Justin Birckbichler's goal is to bridge the technology gap for his students at an early age.   His creative, project based, tech implemented lessons, provide his students with a high level of autonomy to instill confidence and experience based outcomes.  However, it's not all about technology.  Students sitting and bouncing on yoga balls for seats and implementing "Hunger Game" for test reviews provide a window into a vibrant learning atmosphere this young educator has created and shared through his popular blog.

Our inspiring educator today is an energetic 4th Grade Teacher from Front Royal, Virginia.  Mr. B is an aspiring technology coach, Google Educator, WCPS leader in technology, and a Bammy Award Nominee in the category of Elementary School Teacher of The Year by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.  

Direct download: IE43_Justin_Birckbichler.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT

Jennifer Gonzalez is a National Board Certified educator and the creator of the popular education website, "Cult of Pedagogy." Having taught and inspired her students for eight years, Jennifer eventually left teaching to raise a family.  Once a teacher, always a teacher.  Jennifer continued to pursue her passion in teaching by guiding future educators at the collegiate level, ensuring her expertise is continued in good hands.  An educator who has always been reinventing herself, Jennifer's talent and knowledge would eventually reach far greater audience.

If you build it, they will come!  "I hope to create what I did not have myself: a vibrant, encouraging, stimulating community of teachers, supporting each other toward excellence.  I believe if we can reach across the limits of geography and find each other, there’s no limit to the amazing things we can accomplish."  The Cult of Pedagogy was born.

Join us and listen to our inspiring educator, Jennifer Gonzalez, as she explains her journey and how the Cult is educating, sharing, and connecting educators worldwide.

Direct download: IE42_Jennifer_Gonzalez.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 12:47am EDT

Our Inspiring Educator today is a high school physics teacher at the Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois.  Mr. Tom Henderson has been teaching physics and chemistry since 1989 and a pioneering developer of an online tutorial guide for students and educators.  As the creator of the popular physics site, "The Physics Classroom",  Tom has been working tirelessly on the development of the website since 1996. When not teaching and not working on The Physics Classroom, Tom enjoys time with his family, gardening, home projects, reading, and outdoor activities.  

Tom joins Inspiring Educators to share his journey as a teacher and his approach and philosophy on engaging and motivating his students.  

Direct download: IE41_Tom_Henderson.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

In 2006, I took a leave of absence, a gap year, from teaching to travel and explore the world.  It was a pause in my teaching career to reassess my life and to this day, the single most important decision I have made for myself in my adult life.  

In this episode, I discuss my reasons for pursuing a leave of absence, the process with my district, and life on the road.  

It's "between classes" and time to shoot the breeze!

Direct download: IE40_My_Gap_Year.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT

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