Wednesday, July 19, 2017

From Dropout To Ph.D. with Dr. Shawn Berry Clark on The Dr. Will Show

On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Shawn Berry Clark and we chat about her life and the steps she took to go from high school dropout to earning a Ph.D..

After finally recognizing she belonged in education, Shawn Berry Clark entered an alternative teaching certification program. As an alumna of the University of South Carolina, Shawn’s academic degrees include a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, a Master's of Education in Early Childhood, a Master's of Education in Education Administration, and a PhD in Education Administration. Her career moves include being a teacher at USC Children's Center and Webber Elementary School, and an administrator at Saluda Middle School for 11 years. Shawn was Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Saluda County Schools for almost 5 years and currently serves as a Transformation Coach for the South Carolina Department of Education.

Shawn is the co-author of the book Using Quality Feedback to Guide Professional Learning: A Framework for Instructional Leaders. and she consults with Daniel Venables for the Center for Authentic PLCs and Grapple Institutes.  As a two-time high school dropout, Shawn knows the meaning of not having a quality education and has devoted her life to making school the best possible experience for all students.
Shawn and her husband live in Johnston, South Carolina and she is the mother of 2 incredible adults, Peyton Love and Dana Kippel. Shawn can be reached at or via Twitter

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Going Digital with Canvas with Mandy Froehlich

On this episode, I hangout with Mandy Froehlich and we chat about going digital with Canvas.

Mandy Froehlich is the Director of Innovation and Technology for the Ripon Area School District in Ripon, Wisconsin where she supports and encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. She consults with school districts around the state in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, as a Google for Education Certified Trainer, and has presented on similar topics at conferences such as Midwest Google Summit, TIES in Minnesota, the Wisconsin Technology Initiative, and ISTE. Currently, one of her favorite projects includes the NEW IT Alliance Committee which works with IT professionals in the public and private sectors to create a focus on IT careers.

Standing Out In The Digital Age with Ginain Grayes, MBA

On this episode, I hangout with Ginain Grayes, MBA and we chat about educators leveraging social to market and brand themselves

Ginain Grayes brings more than 15 years of experience in marketing, communications, public relations, and design to her role in the communications office at the nation’s eighth largest school district, Hillsborough County Public Schools. 

Ginain’s primary focus has been to continually increase the district’s brand awareness and to promote and position schools as effectively as possible. She has daily oversight of online communication platforms, marketing campaigns, social media, digital content, and various district initiatives. She plays a vital role in launching various district-led programs and initiatives including culture building and strategic planning. Her creativity allows her to successfully position senior staff as thought leaders and content experts at conferences and speaking engagements for educators and community stakeholders.

Her career includes extensive and successful experience in corporate communications, graphic design, marketing and public relations in industrial, non-profits and business management industries.

Ginain holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Advertising & Design from the Academy of Design & Technology and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. A true creative and designer at heart, she enjoys visual arts and retouching old photos in Photoshop, her favorite software! 

She treasures spending time with her husband and three daughters. Ginain is quick to tell anyone, she has a crazy hectic life, but it’s a very blessed one indeed.

Fact From Fiction: The Real About Healthy Eating with Samina Qureshi, RDN LD

On this episode, I hangout with Samina Qureshi, RDN, LDN and we chat about the truth behind healthy eating

Samina Qureshi is a registered and licensed dietitian, nutritionist (RDN, LD) and the owner of Wholesome Start, her private practice. She has experience with providing hundreds of clients with one-on-one coaching in disease prevention and management, intuitive eating, sustainable weight loss, navigating food allergies and intolerances, gastrointestinal disorders and more. Samina received her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics from the University of Texas at Austin where she also completed her dietetic internship to become an RDN. Samina combines the science and art of integrative and functional medicine and believes that wellness is not a one-size-fits-all approach. She provides a holistic approach to wellness that encompasses evidence-based nutrition therapy, mind-body practice, physical activity, sleep hygiene, stress management, and other lifestyle interventions to help you feel your best. Through her nutrition counseling sessions, Samina’s clients learn how to rediscover their body’s natural response to food to ditch diets for good and live a happy and wholesome life. In her free time, Samina enjoys experimenting with new recipes, exploring the best restaurants in town, practicing yoga, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. 

Visit to learn more about how Samina can help you feel your best!

Connect with Samina on social media:
Twitter: @wholesomestart
Instagram: @wholesomestartrd

Saturday, July 8, 2017

So You Wanna Teach Abroad with Carlie Stigler on The Dr. Will Show

On this episode, I hangout with Carlie Stigler and we chat about her experiences with teaching abroad in the Czech Republic. 

Before her international adventure, Carlie Stigler was a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade multi-age teacher at Fond du Lac STEM Academy in Fond du Lac Wisconsin.  She attended Carroll University and received her bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Special Education with a minor in Early Childhood. During her student teaching experience, Carlie participated in a yearlong residency program within the Hartland Lakeside School District.  This opportunity allowed her to engage and grow in working with teachers and students, developing habits of a reflective and collaborative educator.  As Carlie continues to grow as an educator and learner, she is excited to be a part of the changes in our education system that need to occur to meet the interests and demands of our world.  

Connect with Carlie on Twitter: @cstigler28.

Communication Is Everything with Jennifer Abrams

On this episode, I hangout with Jennifer Abrams and we chat about communication and how effective communication can move people and organizations forward.

Jennifer Abrams, a former English teacher and new teacher coach, is currently a communications consultant who works with educators, health care personnel and others on new employee support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills, having hard conversations and creating identity safe workplaces. Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs.  Her upcoming book is tentatively titled Swimming in the Deep End: Leadership Skills for Aspiring and Emerging Leaders. Jennifer is featured in ASCD’s video series, “Master Class,” and in the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Education’s “Leadership Matters: Supporting Open-to-Learning Conversations” video series.  She was one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know” featured in the blog ‘Finding Common Ground’’ from Education Week and was also awarded the International Educational Entrepreneur Award for 2015 by the International Academy for Educational Entrepreneurs.  Jennifer’s monthly newsletter, Voice Lessons, is at and she can be found on Twitter @jenniferabrams.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

From The Favela To The Valley with Nana Maia on The Dr. Will Show

On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Nana Maia and we chat about the experiences that led her to immigrate to America and the work she is doing now as an entrepreneur. During the interview, Nana drop gems about ownership, empowerment, and becoming the protagonist in your story. 

You can connect with Nana on Twitter

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Living Your Life in Color: Dream Chasing with Abdul Rahman Ibn Muhammad on The Dr. Will Show

On this episode, I hangout with Abdul Rahman Ibn Muhammad and we chat about dream chasing.

Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad aka Dream Chaser #1 lives by the motto, “Never Stop Dreaming”.  After spending two years on dialysis due to kidney failure, he vowed that if ever given the opportunity to chase his dreams again, he would never waste another day.  Three hours a day, for three days per week in a dialysis center provides an individual with a lot of time to think about all the things they wish they had done with their life.  Since receiving a kidney from his sister, Ayesha on August 8, 2001, Dream Chaser #1 has enjoyed traveling to China, Africa, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Mexico to name a few countries, going on adventures like bungee jumping, skydiving, jet packing and bull riding, writing books and recording spoken word CD's and starting businesses; namely, My People Clinical Services .  

In 2011, The Dream Support Network was developed as a new business to take dream chasing to the next level by helping other individuals to chase their dreams and support them in the process of making their dreams reality.  The Dream Support Network conducts The Dream Chasers Workshop, Dream Consultations and opportunities for Dream Chasing Adventures.  Each initiative supports our mission, "To support, encourage and inspire individuals to live the life of their dreams".  Since The Dream Support Network began, Dream Chaser #1 has encouraged and help cultivate  hundreds of Dream Chasers through The Dream Chasers Workshop, continues to chase his dreams and support other Dream Chasers in there dream chase.

Muhammad received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tougaloo College, in Tougaloo, Mississippi and received his Masters in Social Work degree from Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. Muhammad is married to his beautiful wife, Dayeshell and is the proud father of three children, Aminah, Amirah and Amir.

The Power Of One with Dr. Gail Thompson On The Dr. Will Show

On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Gail Thompson and we chat about The Power Of One, a book on educating Black children.

Dr. Gail L. Thompson, an Illuminate Education Equity and Professional Development Specialist, is the former Fayetteville State University “Wells Fargo Endowed Professor of Education,” creator and former director of the “Black Men Teaching Program,” and former member of the California State Board of Education's “African American Advisory Committee.” Dr. Thompson's work has been published in many books, USA Today, other newspapers, and academic journals. She has appeared on PBS television's Tony Brown's Journal, other television programs, and radio programs. Dr. Thompson has served as a reviewer for academic journals and educational organizations, and has done presentations, keynote addresses, workshops, and consultant work throughout the U.S., two presentations in Canada, and one in Jamaica. Dr. Thompson taught at a public junior high school for three years, and at a public high school for 11 years. She created and implemented “The Literacy Club,” an after-school reading incentive program for struggling readers at several schools. Dr. Thompson is married to Rufus, who is also an Illuminator and author, and they have three children, Dr. Nafissa Thompson-Spires, NaChe' Thompson, a high school teacher & entrepreneur, Stephen Thompson, an executive with Target Stores, and grandsons Iveren & Isaiah.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Getting To Know Codeverse with Katy Lynch on The Dr. Will Show

On this episode, I hangout with Katy Lynch and we chat about her company Codeverse and the importance for children to learn how to code at a younger age.

Katy Lynch is a serial entrepreneur and tech powerhouse. She recently launched what she and her husband, Craig Ulliott, call their “legacy company,” a disruptive concept in education and technology called Codeverse, which has a mission to teach one billion children to code internationally. Destined to live a transatlantic life, Lynch was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Soon after, her father’s job moved her family to England, then stateside to Connecticut and later to the Midwest in suburban Wisconsin. After graduating from University of Manchester, Lynch soon moved back to the States, where she became fascinated by the impact and purpose of Facebook. She began as a Community Manager at a Facebook app company, Where I’ve Been, unknowingly interviewing in a room with her future husband, Ulliott, the creator of the app. Lynch ultimately worked for Where I’ve Been for two years before TripAdvisor acquired the company and she launched SocialKaty, her explosively popular digital media consulting business. With over 70 clients including large national brands such as Firestone, Shopkins and Beanie Babies, Lynch grew the business into the largest Social Media marketing agency in the Midwest before being acquired. Her successes positioned her to become the first female CEO of Techweek, the nation’s leading technology conference and festival. Having created eight companies between the two of them, Lynch and Ulliott are thrilled to be working towards the mission to teach one billion children to code through Codeverse.