Dennis, a Google Certified Teacher and STAR Discovery Educator, has been a cutting-edge teacher for 20 years. He is currently in his third year as Technology Coordinator at Concordia International School in Shanghai, China. Dennis is also the co-host of the Tech Talk Roundtable podcast, sharing valuable information about integrating technology in education. In this episode, Dennis joins Brent to share stories of the joys and challenges of teaching in another country.
Michelle has been a teacher for over 20 years and is currently a literacy coach in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. In addition to providing outstanding instructional support for students and teachers, Michelle is passionate about building relationships with students to build perseverance. She has helped found the nonprofit organization Project 99 to help raise awareness and prevent suicide across the nation. In this episode, Michelle shares powerful stories about the need to foster the social-emotional side of perseverance, and how doing so can literally save a life.
An educator for 10 years, George is currently an instructional coach in the Santa Clara Unified School District, helping teachers incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and Project-Based Learning into their classrooms. He is Leading Edge Certified and a Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2. In this episode, George shares stories of how we can build grit and perseverance not just in students, but in ourselves. To do so, we must learn to break out of our comfort zones, to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.