Monday, October 23, 2017

Culturally Responsive Teaching with Karla Vigil

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On this episode, I Zoom in Karla Vigil and we chat about culturally responsive teaching and the work she does with EduLeaders R.I.

Karla E. Vigil is an Education Strategies Specialist at Highlander Institute where she supports the implementation of blended and personalized learning initiatives in classrooms across Rhode Island. Prior to joining Highlander Institute, Karla served as a 4th grade classroom teacher dedicated to broadening students' perspectives through multicultural education.

Karla is a social justice advocate committed to promoting equity in education. She recently helped found EduLeaders of Color Rhode Island - a statewide initiative that aims to challenge inequities in education, strengthen local organizations led by people of color, and foster community partnerships. She also regularly leads workshops on culturally responsive teaching and diversity and equity in education.

Karla earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching with a focus on social justice and multicultural education from Roger Williams University through the Gordon Teacher Residency Program. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Karla was born in El Salvador and now lives in East Providence with her partner and sons- Taliq Tillman, Reuben Tillman IV and baby Kamil Howard-Vigil.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Edupreneur with Gretchen Schultek

On this episode, I hangout with Gretchen Schultek and we chat about her journey to becoming an edupreneur. 

Gretchen (Schultek) Bridgers is author of Always A Lesson. In German translation, Gretchen’s last name “Schultek” means ‘Teacher.’ It must have been fate that she is an educator today!

She was a general education teacher for 8 years. She has taught grades 2, 3, and 5 at both low and high performing elementary schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. She currently works for The New Teacher Project in multiple roles, but most often a Teacher Development Coach for first year teachers.

In 2006, she received her Bachelor’s degree at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. In 2010, she received her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In the fall of 2012, Gretchen received her National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist.

In 2014, Gretchen published her first book for new teachers called “Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College.” Click here to purchase at a discount or click here to purchase at full price. She is also currently writing a children’s book.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Online Learning in K12 and Beyond with Courtney Kofeldt

On this episode, I Zoom in Courtney Kofeldt and we chat about online learning in K12 Education.

Courtney Kofeldt is the Supervisor of Educational Technology at PA Leadership Charter School. A K-12 cyber and blended learning environment. As a Supervisor of Educational Technology,  she utilizes her background in both education and technology to bring a unique vision to PALCS and its programs.  During her time in the position, PALCS has jumped into social media, adopted Google Apps for Education and added another LMS, Canvas in addition to Moodle. She helped spearhead the iPALCS (iPad) program which put 2:1 devices into the hands of K-5 and 9th grade students at PALCS.

Courtney has also presented at many conferences most recently at ISTE, iNacol, PETE and C and K12 Online. She is also a Nearpod PioNear, Google Certified Educator (Level 2), and an Alpha Squirrel. She was recently selected as a Next Generation Leader. This was awarded to me by CoSN and Edscoop. The award annually recognizes emerging K-12 school system technology leaders from across the country. She is extremely passionate and inspired by what technology can do for education, and how it can prepare students for the future and make them the problem solvers of today!

Monday, October 16, 2017

What The Tech?: Ownership, Inclusion, and Errthing with Bari A. Williams, J.D.

On this episode, I Zoom in with Bari A. Williams and we chat about the need for women and people of color to create their own opportunities, what she learned from Zuckerburg, inclusion and much more.

Bärí A. Williams is Head of Business Operations Management, North America at StubHub as of January 2017. In this role, she is responsible for business planning and operations, including cross functional work with Product, Marketing, Strategy, Partnerships, Customer Service, Trust and Safety to manage and oversee technical metrics, product innovation, key strategic partnerships and drive P&L results across the company.

Prior to StubHub, Ms. Williams was Lead Counsel for the Global Infrastructure, Development, and Operations (“Inbound”) Commercial Legal team at Facebook. In this role, she drafted and negotiated contracts supporting Facebook’s connectivity efforts, building aircrafts, satellites, and lasers, along with purchasing and procurement to keep the company running – from software and hardware for the development of new products for users, including marketing messenger bots for Tommy Hilfiger during Fashion Week, to deals for supplies and equipment needed to take care of Facebook employees worldwide. Additionally, she also successfully took on the passion project of developing strategy and implementing the launch Facebook’s Supplier Diversity Program, announced at White House Demo Day in 2015, and officially launched at NMSDC in October 2016. She also served on Facebook’s Black Employee Resource Group leadership team, which launched “Black Leadership Day” event.

Prior to joining Facebook, Ms. Williams was an attorney at CSAA Insurance Exchange, formerly known as AAA Insurance, where her work focused on commercial contracts, primarily in the IT space, data and privacy.

In addition to advising and counseling startups, Ms. Williams is a writer. Her writing has been featured in The New York TimesFortuneTheRoot.comWIRED, and Fast Company. She has been a featured speaker on panels at festivals and events, and has been featured on (online feature of ElleMagazine),, Levo League, and in Black Enterprise,  Essence, and the Sept. 2017 Most Powerful Women print edition of Fortune magazines. She is a 2015 recipient of the National Bar Association’s “40 Under 40” award, recognizing young attorneys excelling in achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal community involvement in their careers, as well as their “Excellence in Legal Innovation” award, and a 2015 recipient of the Digital Diversity Network’s “Top 40 Under 40: Tech Diversity” award.

Ms. Williams is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (BA, Mass Communications), St. Mary’s College of California (MBA), the University of California, Los Angeles (MA, African-American Studies), and the University of California, Hastings College of Law (JD). She is also very active in her community as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Links, Incorporated, and in political organizing and fundraising at the local, state, and national level. An Oakland native, she and her husband, Jaime, live in Oakland with their two children.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Women In STEM with Cassandra Reese

On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Cassandra Reese and we chat about her experiences as a woman in STEM. 

Cassandra Reese received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of San Diego in 2014. She then moved to Hattiesburg, MS in fall 2014 to pursue her Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering under the guidance of Dr. Derek Patton at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her works focuses on polymer surfaces, which can be applicable to a variety of applications (tunable adhesives, flexible electronics, antiwetting surfaces). Cassandra is strongly involved in campus and community outreach activities. Specifically, Cassandra served as the President for the Women in Science and Organization (WISE) organization at USM from 2016-2017, and the Vice President from 2017-present. The mission of WISE at USM is to retain and empower women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by offering mentoring, support, and inspiration. During her WISE presidency, she was involved in submitting a grant through USM Foundation, titled “Retention of Women in STEM”, which ultimately got funded. This grant allowed the WISE officers to host their 1st Annual WISE Conference: WISE with RISE, The Power of You!

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Business of You: Owning Your Career with Lakrisha Davis, MBA

On this episode, I hangout with Lakrisha Davis and we chat about how to take charge of your career.

As a Career Coach, Success Mentor, and Speaker, Lakrisha helps ambitious career hunters navigate the corporate landscape in order to create the life and career they’ve always dreamed of.

She has worked in the corporate arena for over 10 years, with experience in the areas of legal compliance, corporate governance, and human resources. ​

Years ago, Lakrisha felt as though her career was at a standstill. She just couldn’t find a satisfying or lucrative enough career no matter how hard she tried. She was barely making it financially, and felt empty going into work everyday because she knew she had a greater calling.

Like many other job seekers, Lakrisha had done everything right: graduated college with high honors, gained valuable experience and always made a good impression. She started to feel like her only option was to settle because life seemed to be throwing her nothing but lemons. Deep down she knew she deserved better.

Eventually, Lakrisha decided that enough is enough. She was determined to turn things around and put every ounce of her energy into creating the career and life that she loved.

In just 4 weeks, she had secured her dream position, and more than doubled her salary. She was astounded. Lakrisha knew that she wanted to share what she'd learned with other women. ​ 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Genius Hour with Jacqueline Rose

On this episode, I hangout with Jacqueline Rose and we chat about bringing Genius Hour to your classroom.

Jacqueline Rose is an Educational Technology Specialist in Fort Worth ISD. She is incredibly passionate about student-led learning, which led her to fall in love with Genius Hour. This, along with connecting teachers/students to the awesomeness the world (and its people) has to offer, has truly transformed her educational approach. She is a connected educator, a constant learner, and empathy-based practices are my jam.

You can find her on Twitter/Instagram/Periscope/Snapchat at . Hit her up with any and all questions about getting the above mentioned practices started!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The CEO of You with Koereyelle

On this episode, I hangout with Koereyelle and we chat about her journey from elementary school teacher to author, entrepreneur, podcaster, and boss!

Koereyelle made her mark in 2011 when she founded The Single Wives Club, an education and empowerment organization that inspires single ladies to become better women before becoming wives. She has truly become the voice for single women, representing the “new single woman” who wants love and marriage, but has not detoured her focus from her education and career. She's an International Speaker and educator who's been featured nationally by ESSENCE Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, MadameNoire, Rolling Out, NBC and many more for her empowerment projects. She is also the creator of the Inner Circle, a professional mentoring program for women entrepreneurs. Most recently, she's added Author to her resumé with the release of her debut title, WERK101: Get-Your-Life-Together Guide and sophomore project Confessions of a WERKaholic: Success Secrets for Fearless Female Entrepreneurs. She is on a mission to show women all over the world that they can have whatever they want

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Podcast And The Educator with Sarah Lalonde

On this episode, I hangout with Sarah Lalonde and we chat about podcasting and how podcasts are a great way to learn, connect, and expand our worldview.
Sarah Anne Lalonde is a second year Teacher Candidate studying at The University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. However, she is more than just a teacher in training... Sarah writes blogs for and broadcasts her podcast on VoicEd Radio all while being their Community Manager (@voicedcanada). She is the host of her own bilingual podcast called Que sera Sarah?  and is empowered by connecting with educators. She looks to inspire teacher candidates to get involved and educate other on the reality of being a teacher candidate in 2017. Her passions include sketchnoting and graphic design. She is also an active member of social media and would love to become a member for your PLN, follow her here: @sarahlalondee. This teacher candidate is also qualified as a Level 2 Google Educator ! To learn more about her, please check out her website here:

Blending It Up In An iPad Classroom with Kristin Ziemke

On this episode, I hangout with Kristin Ziemke and we chat about iPads in a blended learning classroom.

Kristin Ziemke is an urban educator and the author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom. Recognized as an international expert in literacy, inquiry and technology, Kristin collaborates with organizations around the world to develop learning experiences that redefine school. Currently serving as a resident teacher and learning innovation specialist for the Big Shoulders Fund, Kristin has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator, Chicago Public Schools Tech Innovator of the Year, National Board Certified Teacher and Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She is currently writing her third book and her work has been featured by Apple, EdWeek, Mindshift and Scholastic.