Teaching Tales w/ Brent Coley

What’s better than a good story? A story with a message! Join Brent and a different guest each episode as they each share a story or two from their experiences in education, along with the lessons they've learned that have helped them grow as educators.
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Aug 1, 2018

Toby is a former elementary school teacher and current Principal of Richland Upper Elementary School in Richland, Mississippi. He is a passionate educator who actively shares encouragement, resources, and expertise through his blog and on Twitter. As his Twitter profile reads, he loves his wife, kids, tweeting about tech, teaching, #parenting, #comics, #autism, books & #StarWars. In this episode, Toby and Brent chat about the importance of knowing our "why." 

Jun 11, 2018

Mandy is a Director of Innovation and Technology where she provides professional development and teacher coaching as well as co-teaching in the area of technology integration. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer and an ambassador for Canvas LMS. She is the author of The Fire Within: Lessons From Defeat That Have Ignited a Passion for Learning, a compilation of stories from educators who have faced personal adversity head on and have become stronger people for it. In this broadcast, Mandy shares stories of how negative experiences from our past can help us become stronger educators.

May 28, 2018

Brian is a Digital Innovation Specialist, Google Certified Innovator/Trainer, author of the book The Teacher's Journey, and host of a podcast by the same name. He shares a multitude of resources on his website at Costello's Corner, and in this episode, Brian shares stories of the positive impact a mentor had on his career.

May 14, 2018

Jon is currently the assistant principal at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Cambridge, Maryland. A firm believer in the power of educators sharing their stories, he hosts the podcast "My Bad" where teachers and administrators share stories of mistakes they've made and the lessons learned from those mistakes. In this episode, Jon and Brent share stories of times they missed the mark and how they're now better educators because of those experiences.

Apr 28, 2018

Sarah is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince Georges County, MD. She is passionate about blended learning, gamification, and helping educators connect globally. Sarah founded EduMatch in September 2014, an online resource designed to leverage the power of social media to help foster collaboration and connections among educators around the globe. In this broadcast, Sarah shares stories of how tools like EduMatch can transform your practice by connecting with like-minded educators around the world.

Apr 22, 2018

Ryan is currently a Teacher on Special Assignment and high school video production teacher in Northern California. An educator since 1997, Ryan is an advocate for all things tech. He is on the board of CapCUE and is also the co-host of the "Check This Out" podcast where he and Brian Briggs chat weekly about new ed tech resources and ideas. You can find his blog and other great resources on his website at In this episode, Ryan and Brent share stories about the importance of building grit in students and ourselves.

Apr 9, 2018

Mark has been an educator for 36 years, the last 21 as a site principal. He is a past president of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association and in 2015 was named a National Distinguished Principal. You can follow Mark on Twitter at @PrincipalFrench and at his blog at In this broadcast, Mark shares stories of how simple it is to improve school culture through actions like a Good News Call of the Day.

Mar 24, 2018

Angela has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 31 years, teaching every level of school from grade school to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world. She founded Choose2Matter to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. Initially launched to challenge and inspire students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems, Choose2Matter has evolved into a movement that support parents, educators, and employees around the world. In this broadcast, Angela shares powerful stories of the incredible impact we can have when we notice and communicate the value in others.

Mar 10, 2018

Shawn currently serves as an assistant principal in Selma, California. Before moving into administration, he taught high school Spanish for 17 years in San Diego. He is a Google Certified Educator (Level One), one of the moderators of #CAedchat (Sundays, 8pm), and blogs at In this episode, Shawn shares stories reminding us that reflecting on our past practices, even the ones we're not proud of, is necessary in order to grow as educators. 

Mar 6, 2018

Kyle is currently a high school physical education teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada. He previously taught US Government, US History, and AP US History, was a technology learning strategist, and served as a middle school Dean of Students. Kyle is also a Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2, a Remind Connected Educator, and Vice President of CUE Nevada. In this episode, Kyle shares his personal story of how taking risks throughout his career has helped him grow as an educator.

Feb 4, 2018

Pam is the superintendent/principal of the San Antonio Union School District in Northern California, serving students in a small, rural community. She is also the Vice President of San Louis Obispo ACSA and a board member for SLOCUE. In this broadcast, Pam shares several powerful stories about the impact building a culture of love and care can have on students.

Jan 28, 2018

Joe is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. He co-hosts the Successful Schools Podcast and co-authored The Power of Branding--Telling Your School's Story, Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students and Parents Love. In this broadcast, Joe shares some powerful stories to encourage educators in any position and at any level that we must be intentional about building relationships with those we serve.

Jan 11, 2018

Dave is the New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a Pirate and a highly sought after keynote speaker well known for his outrageously energetic performance style and inspirational, yet practical, message. He is also the president of Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc., a disruptive publishing company specializing in innovative, creative books and professional development programs designed to transform education and uplift educators to reach their full potential. In this broadcast, Dave shares stories of how teachers can make their lessons sizzle by "preheating the grill," rather than simply introducing content to a "cold" group of students.

Jan 8, 2018

How can teachers and administrators make school a can't-miss experience for students? In this episode, Brent goes to the experts for an answer, as he is joined by Jillian and Zavian, two of the amazing 5th grade students at his school. In this broadcast, you'll hear about what really matters to students, as Jillian and Zavian each share stories of their favorite memories of elementary school.