Monday, July 31, 2017

Video, Business, Branding, and Fried Chicken with Suzanne Nguyen



On this episode, I hangout with Suzanne Nguyen, AKA StringStory, and we chat about video, business, branding, and fried chicken. 

Suzanne “String” Nguyen  is a curious geek of the future, online she is known as StringStory, where she threads the dots of communication and tech. So far, she has visited over 3 continents and over 15 cities. “String” is also the producer of this year’s Shorty Awards Best Snapchat channel “Women In Tech”

String is a creative tech strategist and video producer, and in 2017, has created over 200 videos. Follow String as she travels around the world for tech and fried chicken.

Facebook: StringStory
Snapchat: StringStory
Twitter: @StringStory


Saturday, July 29, 2017

#TeachlikeTED with Rachael Mann



On this episode, I hangout with Rachael Mann and we chat about her launch of TeachlikeTED.

Rachael Mann is a speaker, TEDx coach, education consultant, and founder of #TeachlikeTED, an organization that provides teachers, leaders, and students with tools for presentation literacy. Rachael uses her voice and her expertise to broaden the conversation around education reform and to amplify the voices of teachers and students. Prior to #TeachlikeTED, Rachael was the STEM and Technology Professional Learning Director for Northern Arizona University's AZK12 Center and State Director for Educators Rising Arizona. A former high school Career and Technical Education teacher and hailing from a family of educators, she has 14 years of classroom teaching experience. Rachael is a Google Certified Educator with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

STEM and Diversity with Dr. Julie Cwikla





On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Julie Cwikla and we chat about increasing diversity in STEM.

Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM at the University of Southern Mississippi, housed in the Office of the Vice President for Research. The mission of her work is to investigate questions of national and international significance, by bringing research funds into the region to benefit and improve STEM learning opportunities.

Dr. Cwikla holds a doctoral degree in Mathematics Education, with a minor in Applied Mathematics from the University of Delaware and studied under the direction of Dr. James Hiebert. She also holds a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from Fairfield University. Julie has been awarded over $12 million dollars in external funds to support her ongoing research in STEM education and research from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, NASA, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, among others. 



Going All In with Dr. Natalia Wiechowski



On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Think Natalia, and we chat about going all in and living a life of your true calling.

Natalia Wiechowski (aka Think Natalia) is a Dubai based, award-winning, bilingual Public Speaker, Coach and Influencer who radically changed her life(style) and career after a self-imposed sabbatical.

After studying human behavior for over 13 years and spending almost nine months in isolation to find her purpose, the German social scientist (M.A.) and prospective DPhil came to the conclusion that her mission is to cultivate striking personal brands & great, positive minds. This insight encouraged Think Natalia to develop a new, unique training program, which combines the most successful elements out of performance coaching, personal branding and social media strategies.

Besides this, the Edutainer enjoys spreading her inspiring message of hope and empowerment on public stages.

So You Wanna Be A Consultant with Dr. Char




On today's episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Dr. Rousseau about her experiences as a consultant. She shares information valuable to teachers who have an interest in taking the leap to consulting.

Dr. Rousseau earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University, her Master of Science degree in the same field from Carlos Albizu University, and her Bachelor of Arts General Psychology degree from Florida Atlantic University. Her research interest areas are Adult Learning, Distance and Online Education, Training and Development, Learning and Organizational Development, Diversity and Inclusion, and Work Life Balance. Her published work, Balancing Work, Family, and Student Roles: A Phenomenological Study of the Adult Female Online Learner includes research examining a combination of the aforementioned topics.

Dr. Rousseau has clocked over 30,000 hours in curriculum design and has over 13 years training, facilitation, speaking, coaching, and L&OD consulting experience in multiple industries including Corporate Settings, Automotive, Sales, Finance, Insurance, Government/ Military, University Education, and Call Centers to list a few. Her learning and organizational development programs have led to the development of over 10,000 professionals over the past 13 years.

As President of Envisionary Development Consulting, LLC, a thriving performance management consultancy, Dr. Rousseau partners with her clients to deliver impeccable, top quality L&OD solutions that minimize turnover and maximize performance saving her clients time, money, and resources.

Dr. Rousseau conducts executive coaching, provides learning and organizational development consulting, facilitates executive training sessions and team building initiatives, manages training curricula design, and has led complex L&OD projects for the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Food Safety Inspection Services, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Office of Personnel Management Center for Leadership Development, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, US Army Corps of Engineers, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Florida Small Business Development Center, National Guard Bureau, JM Family Enterprises, International Movement Network, SonicLoop and other government and private sector clientele both locally and internationally.

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 shawnbclark@gmail.com 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 www.wholesomestart.com 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 www.jenniferabrams.com 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.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning with Dr. Langer and Dr. Colton on The Dr. Will Show




On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Amy Colton and Dr. Georgea Langer and we chat about their book Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning.


Georgea M. Langer has a long history of work with teachers’ professional development. In her 24 years with the Eastern Michigan University Department of Teacher Education, she led several initiatives to improve teacher preparation and assessment, and was a middle school teacher.

In the 1980s, Georgea joined with Amy Colton to study and develop classroom teachers’ ability to define, assess, analyze, and reflect upon their pupils' learning as displayed in student work samples. This work culminated in the 2003 bestseller, Collaborative Analysis of Student Work: Improving Teaching and Learning, published by the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)Their most recent book, Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning, was published in 2015 by Corwin Press.


Georgea received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Research on Teaching) from Stanford University. She has published extensively in the areas of staff development (as Georgea M. Sparks), teacher education, and teachers’ reflective inquiry in journals such as the Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership, The Journal of Teacher Education, and The Journal of Staff Development. She is the co-author of two undergraduate teaching methods textbooks.

Amy Colton is a senior consultant for Learning Forward and Executive Director of Learning Forward Michigan. Amy’s work is influenced by her experience as a special education teacher and a district professional learning consultant. As a teacher-in-residence for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, she coordinated the development of the Board’s first teaching certificate. She engages district staff in a variety of learning experiences in support of their journey to cultural. In addition, Amy facilitates professional learning in the areas of: Collaborative Inquiry, Teacher Leadership, PLC development and the Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Professional Learning. Amy is the co-creator of the Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning, a collaborative inquiry process that engages teachers in the study of student work to improve their practice. Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning, was published in 2015 by Corwin PressHer work appears in publications including the The Learning Professional, ASCD, and Corwin Press. 


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Getting Jiggy with Social with Nika Stewart on The Dr. Will Show




On this episode, I hangout with Nika Stewart and we chat about making the right moves with social media.
Social Media Trailblazer, National Speaker, and CEO of GhostTweeting.com, Nika Stewart has built a reputation for turning entrepreneurs and thought leaders into social media superstars. Her company has been building social communities and amplifying the visibility of celebrities and those who should be. Nika helps clients leverage the awesome power of social media to spread their messages and maximize brand awareness.
Authors, speakers, entrepreneurs, executives, politicians, and celebrities have all enjoyed increased social media popularity through the expertise of Nika and her world-class Ghost Tweeting team. Nika is a contributor to the Huffington Post, and she and her company have been featured by the global media including the BBC, NBC NY, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, and USA Today.
Connect with Nika on Twitter: @nikastewart

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Courageous Edventures with Jennie Magiera on The Dr. Will Show




On this episode, I hangout with Jennie Magiera and we chat about her book Courageous Edventures.

Jennie Magiera is the Chief Innovation Officer for Des Plaines Public School District 62 on the North side of Chicago, IL. Previously the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Chicago Public Schools teacher, Jennie uses her classroom experiences to inform her work supporting educators to create new and better opportunities for their students. She believes that despite the many challenges facing schools today, every classroom can be a place for “edventures”: student-centered, passion-based experiential learning. Her work centers around acknowledging problems and finding innovative ways to navigate them so as to allow teachers and students dive into these classroom edventures.

Jennie is also passionate about reimagining professional learning to facilitate more relevant teacher support. She has served on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founded various new conference concepts such as PLAYDATE. She has been recognized for her work as a White House Champion for Change, Chicago Public Schools Innovator of the Year, TEDx Speaker, Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator, and featured on various programs such as NBC’s Education Nation, C-SPAN’s Reimagining Education and NPR.

Jennie shares her experiences taking risks in the classroom and helping others to feel comfortable doing the same in her book, Courageous Edventures. You can follow her on Twitter at @MsMagiera and learn more about her work and her book at bit.ly/edventuresbook.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Disruption of Blended Learning with Michael Horn on The Dr. Will Show



On this episode, I hangout with Michael Horn and we chat about the disruption of innovation and blended learning
Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Entangled Ventures, an education technology studio, and as a principal consultant for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions. He is also the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank.
Horn is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, he serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations.
He serves as an advisor to PedagoKnodAltSchoolDegreedEmotuitSchoolCNXTReUp Education, the Adult Literacy XPRIZEASU Prep Digital, and the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University, and he is an executive editor at Education Next. He is also a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners.
Horn was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea, and Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Horn holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Making Shhh Happen with Sunny Lenarduzzi on The Dr. Will Show




On this episode, I hangout with Sunny Lenarduzzi and we chat about making things happen and using video to brand your business.

Sunny has almost a decade of experience as an award winning video, social media and online business strategist. From tech start up’s to authors, Sunny has worked with clients across industries – helping Hootsuite develop a YouTube series that increased subscriptions by 75% and Applebee’s hit 1 billion impressions in 1 day. Sunny is also the creator of Boss Video Branding, a digital course on how to leverage social video from Snapchat to YouTube, for your brand or business. Speaking internationally, from NATO’s Headquarters in Brussels to Creative Live in San Francisco, Sunny is passionate about helping brands and businesses leverage social video for increased leads and awareness. Sunny has been featured on national and international radio, television and online publications like Entrepreneur.com , Forbes, and  The Huffington Post. You can also catch her weekly YouTube show talking about social media trends and the latest digital news.

Sunny took home the award for 'Best in Social Media' for Western Canada in 2014, given to her by Notable, an organization that recognizes young professionals across Canada.

For the Boss YouTube Channel Checklist mentioned in the podcast, please click here.

You can learn more about Sunny on her website.