Teaching Learning Leading K-12
Ge-Anne Bolhuis Talks About Independent Reading Choice - 247

Ge-Anne Bolhuis Talks About Independent Reading Choice - 247

May 30, 2019

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We first talked with Ge-Anne Bolhuis almost a year ago on episode 205 of Teaching Learning Leading K12 where we talked about the Future Ready Librarian. Today we are focused on Independent Reading Choice.

Ge-Anne started her career in education in 1994 in Middle Tennessee.

She moved to Georgia in 2003 and immediately fell in love with professional learning. She served as a classroom teacher, computer skills teacher and later as a school-level instructional technology coach.

She holds advanced degrees in the field of curriculum and instructional technology and is certified in the service fields of Instructional Technology and as a Media Specialist.

Ge-Anne currently serves as the Instructional Technology Specialist and Media Specialist Liaison for Whitfield County Schools, Georgia.

Her heart is in building relationships and empowering teacher leaders. You can find Ge-Anne often at local Edcamps and CoffeeEDU meetups where she loves talking with and learning from other educators.

Lots to talk about and learn today.

Thanks for listening!


Connect with Ge-Anne:

Twitter: @gabolhuis

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabolhuis/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geanne.bolhuis










Length 48:36

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.

Please share.


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

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