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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Oct 3, 2018

Sam is a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania who works with preservice teachers in the areas of educational technology and special education. She is also the author of EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers, a book providing positive examples, helpful tools, and plenty of encouragement for preservice teachers to learn, to dream, and to do. In this episode, Sam and Brent talk about the importance of investing in teachers before they enter the classroom.

Sep 17, 2018

Heidi is a Coordinator of Educational Technology at the Riverside County Office of Education and has a background in social studies. Taylor is working as an instructional aide while earning her credential to become a special education teacher, and she is a former student of Heidi. In this broadcast, Heidi, Taylor, and Brent share stories of what they remember from some of their favorite teachers, and how those memories have little to do with curriculum. 

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. 

Dec 13, 2017

In this short, bonus episode of Teaching Tales, there's no special guest. Just Brent sharing the powerful story of how he was reminded that while something may be simple in the eyes of adults, it can be huge in the eyes of our students.

Dec 5, 2017

Todd is the Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Novasota, Texas. He is the award-winning co-author of Kids Deserve It! and author of the soon-to-be-released Stories from Webb.  Todd has been recognized by the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch in Education," by the Center for Digital Education as one of their “Top 40 Innovators in Education,” and by the White House as a "Connected Educator Champion of Change.” Along with Adam Welcome, Todd also hosts a podcast series called “Kids Deserve It” where they interview inspiring educators and allow them to share their stories with the world. In this broadcast, Todd and Brent chat about the responsibility teachers have to share their stories and experiences, as they may be just the thing others need to hear.

Nov 13, 2017

Cate is the Director of Member Engagement for CUE, California's organization dedicated to inspiring innovative learners in all disciplines from preschool through college. A Google Certified Trainer, she is a leading innovator and passionate learner of educational technology practices and strategies to make the profession reflective of current social and emotional trends. In this episode, Cate and Brent share stories of "gamification" and how incorporating game mechanics in the classroom and professional development can increase engagement and enhance learning.

Oct 31, 2017

Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. He shares resources on his website and has authored the books Digital LeadershipUncommon LearningBrandEd, and Learning Transformed. In this episode, Eric shares his story of how giving up the need to be in total control led to transformational changes to student learning and culture in his school.

Oct 9, 2017

Rob has been a teacher, teacher on special assignment, assistant principal, and now serves as Principal of Murrieta Elementary School in Murrieta, California. His instructional leadership skills, technology expertise, and passion have helped his teachers and students excel under his leadership. In this episode, Rob and Brent share stories of how things don't always go as planned, and how as teachers and administrators, we must always keep calm and expect the unexpected.

Sep 18, 2017

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.

Sep 11, 2017

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.

Sep 4, 2017

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.

Aug 28, 2017

In this broadcast, Brent sits down with two actively involved parents at his school, Railene Flores and Cassie Lira. Where previous episodes of Teaching Tales have had teachers and administrators share their stories, this episode provides a parent's perspective on what makes a school successful. Through their stories, Railene and Cassie highlight how a teacher connecting with his/her students can make all the difference in the world.

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