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Recent Episodes

Episode 150: Click Record! Reasons You Should Start A Podcast

Nov. 19, 2022

Fonz and George discuss George's work as a podcaster and content creator. They talk about how George helps people overcome imposter syndrome and how he encourages people to express their creativity. Lloyd has been passionate…

Guest: Lloyd George

Episode 149: Teacher Burnout. What It Is and What It Isn’t

Nov. 5, 2022

Burnout is a very real issue for educators. It's important that we know what it isn't and how our school administration can help them combat the problem of teacher burnout so they don’t feel overworked or underserved in thei…

Episode 148: The Future Of Education: What Challenges Need To Be Addressed

Oct. 29, 2022

It's clear that education is important to our society, but it's also clear that there are some challenges that need to be addressed to make sure everyone can get a quality education. In this episode, Jon Neal shares his pers…

Guest: Jon Neale

Episode 147: Instructional Coaching: Impact People, Improve Instruction, Increase Success

Oct. 19, 2022

Do you want to help your teachers be more successful? Instructional coaching is a great way to do just that! I am excited to be joined by Ashley Hubner , an instructional coach with over 10 years of experience. Ashley will b…

Guest: Ashley Hubner

Episode 146: A Place They Love: Creating A Healthy School Culture

Oct. 8, 2022

Elijah is from a family of educators, including his grandpa and my mom. He has nine years of teaching experience, currently working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is the host of The Shut Up and Teach Podcast, and the author…

Episode 145: Healing Burnout: Work-Life Balance

Oct. 5, 2022

Maggie Perkins is a teacher advocate and a former classroom teacher of 8 years. She promotes work-life balance and healing burnout. Maggie is a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia studying teacher attrition, identity,…

Episode 144: College 1st Program! Career Exploration

Sept. 27, 2022

Ernesto is focused on developing and implementing college and career success initiatives that significantly make a difference in the lives of students and their families. In 2013, Ernesto founded the College 1st Program i…

Episode 143: Strawbees! Fungineering in Education

Sept. 17, 2022

Erik Thorstensson has a degree in mechanical engineering specializing in environmental product design and was awarded the Skapa Diploma in memory of Alfred Nobel in 2007, Sweden's most significant innovation award. He went …

Episode 142: Got Math? Making Math Viral

Sept. 10, 2022

Jordan Orosco is in his fifth year of teaching at the same high school he attended. He teaches Algebra 1 and Leadership and is also the Activities Director at his school. When Covid started, he created a YouTube channel full…

Guest: Jordan Orosco

Episode 141: Reclaim Your Passion!

Sept. 3, 2022

In this episode, I welcome Chad Pettit and Brett Colley who are the hosts of the Education Reclaimed Podcast. Chad Pettit and Brett Colley interview a variety of educators, taking on difficult issues facing public education …

Episode 140: Get Creative! Inspire, Empower and Finding Creative Solutions

Aug. 13, 2022

DuJuan Johnson is a learning experience designer who enjoys inspiring, empowering, and finding creative solutions for others. I have a demonstrated history of using creative technologies to instruct, inspire, and positively …

Episode 139: Get Inspired! Innovation Lead & Authorship

Aug. 11, 2022

Yaritza is currently an Educator Innovation Lead (EIL) at Flip, Microsoft. Her overall mission is to provide an array of strategies and resources that spark critical thinking and meaningful conversations in and out of the cl…

Episode 138: Got Language? eTwinz Spanish Academy

Aug. 6, 2022

The Herraez twins, Alberto and Mario are international consultants who left their job in Utah to focus on starting up an education company. They founded the eTwinz Academy with one intention: to provide learners around the w…

Episode 137: Get Connected! Community Engagement

Aug. 4, 2022

Dr. Roland Rios currently serves as the Edlio Brand Advocate. Prior to joining the Edlio family, Dr. Rios served as Director of Technology for the Ft. Sam Houston Independent School District. During his 30-year career in edu…

Episode 136: Got Leadership? Principalship, Podcasting and Flipboard

July 30, 2022

William Jeffery received his Bachelor's degree in Biology Pre-Med and a Master’s degree in Counseling Education from Prairie View A&M University. William earned a second Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Ste…

Episode 135: Got Leadership? Not Your Average Principal

July 23, 2022

Ashley Markham is a principal of a Jr/Sr high school in Michigan where she serves her students and staff with a different approach to leadership than most school administrators. She prides herself on uplifting and supporting…

Episode 134: Get Streamlined! Finding The Learner Within

July 22, 2022

Ian has an unconventional but extremely effective approach to excavating the incredible learner that exists in each student he works with. He’s the author of The Tutor Bible: Learning to Learn Again, where he details his phi…

Guest: Ian Siegel

Episode 133: Seeing Double! Teachers, Mentors and Conference Presentors

July 8, 2022

Morgan and Taylor are passionate about teaching and learning, not only to their students but to new and veteran teachers as well. They are mentor teachers to University education majors and enjoy speaking at conferences and …

Episode 132: Creative Leadership: Transform Possibilities Into Products That can Change Lives

July 7, 2022

Andrew's focus is on EDUCANLE LLC, his social enterprise that creates game-based interventions to enhance the communicative competence of K-12 students and help educators balance the needs of intervention and enrichment in t…

Guest: Andrew Canle

Episode 131: Get Podcasting! Helpful Tips on How to Start Podcasting and Creating Content

July 6, 2022

Dylan Schmidt is the creator of Digital Podcaster and the founder of Podcasting Academy. He helps people of all backgrounds confidently share their message with the world. Connect on Twitter! https://twitter.com/myedtechlife…

Guest: Dylan Schmidt

Episode 130: Got Leadership? Organizational Culture, Climate and Coaching Emerging Leaders

July 5, 2022

Darrin Peppard is a leadership expert focused on organizational culture and climate, and coaching growing emerging leaders. Darrin is the author of the book Road to Awesome: Empower, Lead, Change the Game. He is the host of …

Episode 129: Get Techie! Technology Can Empower, Engage and Equip.

July 4, 2022

Kevin has been an educator or serving educators for over 38 years. Kevin's undergraduate degree is from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst where he majored in Multicultural Education. His Master's Degree in Education …

Episode 128: Go Gradeless! When Students Focus On Learning, They Achieve Great Things

June 30, 2022

Dave is a husband, father, science teacher, author, blogger, and podcaster from NJ. He has been performing action research on instructional design and assessment practices for the past 7+ years. David shares district success…

Episode 127: Get Techie! Helping Educators Implement Technology

June 29, 2022

Lois Alston is an Instructional Technology Coach for the Long Branch School District in Long Branch, NJ. She completed her 5th year in this role and she has been in education for 20 years. She is passionate about implementin…

Guest: Lois Alston

Episode 126: Get Connected! Connecting Learning To The Real World

June 28, 2022

Zach Rondot is a passionate fourth-grade teacher in Troy, Michigan. His mission is to teach students the 21st-century skills, mindsets, and attributes that will help them succeed long after they leave his classroom. In 2019…

Episode 125: Get Techie! So You Want to Be An EdTech Coach?

June 27, 2022

Roxi Thompson currently serves as an EdTech Coach for the Washington Elementary School District in Glendale, Arizona. In this role, she focuses on working 1:1 with teachers to drive impactful technology use. Roxi spent the m…

Guest: Roxi Thompson

Episode 124: Get Techie! From Classroom to EdTech

June 25, 2022

Scott Nunes is an energetic ELA Teacher turned Edtech Coach, Consultant, and now district Engagement Advocate for Canva! This aspiring author has a zeal for Design, AR/VR, 3D Printing, and PBL. He builds on his 20+ years as …

Guest: Scott Nunes

Episode 123: Get Techie! Foster a Caring Classroom Community With Technology

June 18, 2022

Alex Isaacs is an 8th-grade math teacher at Red Bank Middle School with seven years of full-time teaching experience. He is passionate about providing engaging content for students and teachers alike and specializes in multi…

Episode 122: Get Googley! Google for Education Anywhere School 2022

June 7, 2022

Morgan is a Product Marketing Manager with Google for Education, launching Chrome OS, Google Workspace for Education and Google Classroom products and features. Prior to joining Google, Morgan taught kindergarten with Teach …

Episode 121: Get Techie! Serving Others and Building Relationships Through EdTech

June 4, 2022

EdTech can be so much more than just a tool to help us get our work done. It can be a powerful way to connect with others and build relationships that help us learn and grow. In this episode, John Woodward shares how he has …

Guest: John Woodward

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Fonz Mendoza M.Ed.

I am an Instructional Technologist & Google Innovator from South Texas, U.S.A. with 15 years of experience in education. I am a K-12 Instructional Technologist. I also have a Masters in Educational Technology along with a graduate certificate in E-Learning and a graduate certificate in Technology Leadership in Education. I am a servant leader and am always looking for ways to help my learning community use the power of technology.