Teaching Learning Leading K-12
Terrie Young, Amanda Amerson, and Margaret Higginbotham discuss IEPs and the IEP process - 246

Terrie Young, Amanda Amerson, and Margaret Higginbotham discuss IEPs and the IEP process - 246

May 17, 2019

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 Dr. Terrie Young, Amanda Amerson, and Margaret Higginbotham discuss IEP's and the IEP process with me on Teaching Learning Leading K12. Recently, I had a request from a listener to spend some time on this topic, so I want to say thank you for reaching out and here is a general discussion about IEPs and the IEP process.

Dr. Terrie Young is the Director of East Central Georgia Learning Resources System where she provides technical assistance and training on special education related topics to administrators, teachers, and support staff for the ten school districts in the Heart of Georgia RESA Region.

Amanda Amerson is a Program Specialist with East Central GLRS, where she provides professional learning on special education related topics to administrators, teachers and support staff for the ten school districts in the Heart of Georgia RESA Region.

Margaret Higginbotham is a fourth-year special education teacher at Montgomery County Elementary School. She has been teaching the Preschool Intervention Program since July 2015. She was awarded the 2016 Special Education Teacher of the Year during her first year at Montgomery County Elementary School by her peers and the 2020 Montgomery County Elementary School Teacher of the Year as well as the 2020 Montgomery County District Teacher of the Year.  Margaret credits her success in the classroom from her knowledge of raising multiple children with significant disabilities as well as her leadership roles both locally and statewide. As the mother and educator of multiple children with disabilities, Margaret’s expectations are high for all of her students.

It was a pleasure talking with Terrie, Amanda, and Margaret. As we discussed IEPs it became evident that we would need to come back together for a future second part to this talk. So look for that to happen sometime in the near future.

By the way, have an idea for a show? Let me know, I will be happy to see what I can do to cover the topics you want to hear. You can email me at stevenmiletto@gmail.com

Thanks for listening.

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Learn more:

The following are great links from our state in helping parents and teachers understand IEP development - 
Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership - http://www.parentmentors.org/


Length - 54:54

Lou Alpert - “Surrender: A Love Letter to My Daughter” - 245

Lou Alpert - “Surrender: A Love Letter to My Daughter” - 245

May 10, 2019

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Lou Alpert is the author of "Surrender: A Love Letter to My Daughter." (2019). 

Surrender (2019) is Lou's memoir. It tracks her response to her daughter’s rampant drug abuse, delinquency, and rejection of her family. It is a testament to Lou’s faith in the face of a disease that continues to ravage the lives of millions of Americans while serving as a guide for addict’s loved ones who want to protect and support them without pushing them away.

Crystal Champ’s infamous story is one of hope and redemption. In 2017, Crystal made headlines as she first surrendered her baby to a police officer as a homeless heroin addict, then radically changed her life by committing to sobriety. CNN broke the story on Dec. 1st, 2017 and it went viral, while the police officer was honored in the State of the Union address.

Lou Alpert is a native Texan who graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Over the last forty-five years, she has been a co-owner of a women’s art gallery, founder of a children’s book publishing house, founder of The Lakewood Service League and a residential realtor. First and foremost, she is a mom and advocate of children. Lou is a mother to six children, a stepdaughter, and Crystal, who came to live with her at age sixteen.

Powerful show today!

Thanks for listening!

Connect with Lou:





Length - 43:49

Joe Finkelstein: Audio-Video-Film Class, Teaching, & Stand-up Comedy -244

Joe Finkelstein: Audio-Video-Film Class, Teaching, & Stand-up Comedy -244

May 4, 2019

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Joe Finkelstein teaches Audio-Video-Film class at The Hutchings College and Career Academy in the Bibb County Public School System, Macon, GA. He is focused on helping kids develop a purpose and pursue a future path. His own career path has had some very cool twists and turns. Two of my favorites: being an 800 number support staff member who answered the questions of the Olympic torch carriers and being a stand-up comedian in New York City. Awesome!

Originally from the state of New Jersey, he attended the University of Georgia where he majored in journalism (emphasis on broadcast journalism). Joe is married to Ellen who he met at a party the night of the premiere of Michael Jackson's Thriller video on MTV. He recently celebrated his 27th wedding anniversary and has two sons.

Joe first worked in New York City for a major advertising agency (McCann-Erickson) and then shifted to the publishing field. After moving to Atlanta in 1994, he eventually focused on becoming a teacher. He has been an EIP teacher, a 1st-grade teacher, a high school computer programming teacher, the robotics team sponsor, and now the Audio-Video-Film teacher. He is currently finishing his 4th year at Hutchings. Additionally, Joe also has become the voice for many events including several sports at Mercer Unversity located in Macon, GA.

Joe's classes produce WVIP-TV and maintain a video site for the school district where all videos they produce are available on demand. 

Joe has incredible energy and a wonderful focus. I had fun talking to him and I think that you are going to enjoy listening!

Thanks for being here!


WVIP-TV website

W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy

Length - 1:05:59

Sharon Jones: Getting Girls Interested in STEM, Consulting, & the Dottie Rose Foundation

Sharon Jones: Getting Girls Interested in STEM, Consulting, & the Dottie Rose Foundation

April 27, 2019

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Sharon Jones is the founder and CEO of the dot.consulting company and The Dottie Rose Foundation, where she leads and implements technology-focused education and innovation. She is focused on getting girls interested in STEM career fields - Just check out her Dottie Rose Foundation.

Dr. Jones has found her passion in education and has served as a Career and Technical Education teacher in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Wake County Schools as well as a Senior Technical Trainer with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).

Additionally, she is a well-known industry teacher, trainer, and mentor working for organizations with like-minded missions and has taught courses in computer programming, web design, eCommerce, Computer Science Principles and SAS programming.

Sharon has presented and been published nationally and internationally on data analytics, educational practices, and technology.

Her book "A Recipe for Success Using SAS University: How to Plan Your First Analytics Project" is being used in curriculum and classrooms around the country. She has more books coming soon.

Lots to learn today!

Thanks for listening!

Please share and leave a review.



Connect with Sharon Jones:


Phone: 704.301.9397

Email: sharon@thedotconsulting.co





Length - 1:10:56

Tim Helms: Teaching, Learning, and a Family of Teachers - 242

Tim Helms: Teaching, Learning, and a Family of Teachers - 242

April 19, 2019

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Tim Helms, Sr. is in his 41st year in education in Georgia (US). He was a high school science teacher, head football coach and an athletic director. He has served as a principal at all three levels, including high school principal at Thomasville and Cairo High Schools, Georgia. He also served as the assistant superintendent of human resources for Houston County Schools in middle Georgia, and as a school improvement specialist with Middle Georgia RESA before returning to southwest Georgia.

He also is a high school football referee and a baseball umpire.

Tim is a graduate of Florida State University, received his masters in School Administration from Valdosta State University, and his Specialist Degree in Leadership from NOVA Southeastern University. He is an inaugural graduate of the Superintendent Professional Development Program with the Georgia Association of School Superintendents (GSSA) and was recognized as a distinguished principal in the state of Georgia in 2008.

Additionally, Tim is married to Lois and they have two children. Both of their children, Tim, Jr. and Kelli, are teachers. Wait till you hear Tim talk about how he discovered that his children are fifth generation teachers. Awesome!

Lots to learn from Tim.

Thanks for listening.


Length - 50:15