Jennifer Klauss is currently the lead principal at Enterprise Middle School, in the Richland School District and has been in education for 18 years. After graduating from Kennewick High School, she played college basketball at Lewis and Clark College while completing her Bachelor of Science. Additionally, she obtained a Master’s Degree in education from Washington State University. In this episode, Klauss explains how character and relationships are critical to Whole Child education. Later, Macey joins Desi and Hayes to break down Klauss' grit and committment to Wildcat Nation.
David Volke is an award winning leadership teacher, Climate & Culture TOSA, and a CharacterStrong Presenter from Liberty Middle School, in Camas Washington. He was selected as the 2019 Educator of the Year for the Camas School District. With Volke’s whole child vision and the intentional service of student leaders like Madelyn and Olajuwon, LMS is creating an incredible school culture. In this episode, Madelyn, Olajuwon, and Volke share how CharacterStrong has transformed their school. Later, Elli and Brielle reflect on stand out wisdom from fellow middle schoolers.
Charles “Peanut” Tillman is a former NFL cornerback who played for the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers. Tillman helped the Bears make it to Superbowl 41. He was also selected for the Pro Bowl twice, won 2 NFC Titles and was given the honor of NFL’s “Walter Payton Man of the Year” for his charitable work. He's the author of "Middle School Rules" of Charles Peanut Tillman. Additionally, he started the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation in 2005. In this episode, Tillman shares his message for a character infused life through servant leadership. Later, Josh joins Jack and Brayden to apply Tillman’s words to their own lives.
Houston Kraft is a professional speaker, leadership consultant, and kindness advocate who speaks at schools, conferences, and events internationally. He has spoken to nearly a half a million people at nearly 800 engagements and counting. He is the co-founder of CharacterStrong -which offers Social Emotional Learning curriculum, trainings, and resources. Also, he’s the creator of the Choose Love movement which is reframing love from a feeling into a series of incredible actions. In this episode, Houston shares advice for living a life filled with purpose and passion. Later, Josh joins Brielle and Audrey as they discuss how to create a joyful world.
Dr. Matt Bellace has a Ph. D. in clinical psychology from Drexel University. He has a passion for public speaking, helping children find their “natural high”, and living a healthy life through stand-up comedy. He is the author of the book, “A Better High” and contributes to the National Geographic Kids books series “This or That” and “How To Get High Naturally.” He has dedicated his career to helping people who are in critical conditions outside and inside the hospital. Bellace is a driving force in educating kids to abstain from drugs and alcohol, helping kids find natural and happier ways to feel better about themselves and their situation. In this episode, Bellace shares the secrets to becoming a highly successful and happy renaissance man. Later, Jordan, Qurin, and Kian join Macey and Elli for a discussion on overcoming adversity and being the leader of your own life.
Jeff Kubiak is a former world-class swimmer and coach who’s now a passionate Educator, Speaker and Blogger. He’s currently, the Principal of Nelda Mundy Elementary School in Fairfield, California. He’s the Director of Kindness for Pushing Boundaries Consulting. Additionally, he is the author of a children’s book called “One Drop of Kindness.” In this episode, Kubiak shares his vision for cultures of kindness with KIDS FIRST Thinking, student voice, and a belief that ALL KIDS CAN! Later, Nicole joins Brayden and Taya to reflect on their relationship to kindness.
Mariah Rackley, is the Principal at Cedar Crest Middle School in Lebanon Pennsylvania and a passionate innovative change agent. She was the 2018 “NASSP Digital Principal of the Year.” As a lead learner she speaks, writes and magnifies her Falcon Family brand as a Wakelet Ambassador! Additionally, she is joined by Jillian, the 2018-2019 Cedar Crest “Student of the Year.” As a forward thinking educational institute, Cedar Crest is leading a future driven movement. In this episode, Rackley and Jillian share the secrets behind their school culture through community outreach and storytelling. Later, Elli joins Brielle and Jack for a deep dive into educational leadership.
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Darren Ellwein was the 2017 Digital Principal of the Year from South Middle School, in Harrisburg South Dakota and a cutting edge leader, speaker, and blogger. He’s the Co-Author of “The Revolution: It’s Time to Empower Change in our Schools.” Additionally, Alex is the Miss Mount Rushmore USA Ambassador Jr Teen for 2019. Alex is a passionate student leader from South who believes in animal rights, positivity, and personalized learning. She’s currently using her platform to raise awareness on issues that impact the world. In this episode, Ellwein and Alex talk about creating an educational revolution. Later, Brielle joins Audrey and Macey to highlight their learning from this award winning duo!
Enumclaw Middle School, in Western Washington, is a recognized hotbed of amazing educational leadership. Their Timberwolf Talk Show sets the standard for peer to peer character instruction. In this episode, Wildcat Nation is joined by Enumclaw’s Award Winning Leadership Teacher Karl Karkainen and two of his outstanding student leaders: Raegan and Natalie. Later, Hayes joins Desi and Audrey to reflect on how fellow student leaders are using their influence to impact the world.
Frank DeAngelis is an internationally reknowned speaker, consultant, and author. His new book “They Call Me Mr De” shares his incredibly powerful story as a retired principal of Colorado’s Columbine High School. DeAngelis helped lead a school, community, and nation from the horrific tragedy on April 20, 1999 through courage, love, heart, resilience, and recovery. He was selcted as the Colorado High School Principal of the Year and a finalist for National Principal of the Year. He recently recieved the Jefferson County Lifetime Achievement Award and the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Award. As a recognized expert in school safety, DeAngelis has supported communities across the country following incidents of violence and tragedy, including Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook. Mr. DeAngelis is truly a national treasure who continues to transform the school safety conversation worldwide! In this episode, DeAngelis shares the secrets to leadership, school culture, and overcoming adversity. Later, Hayes joins Taya and Josh to reflect on DeAngelis’ emotional story.
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Enterprise MiddleSchool received the 2018 ASCD Whole Child Award in Washington, for its award winning culture and the 2018 Global "Class Act Award" for Kindness. By creating a culture of kindness, service, and empathy we've taken student leadership to an epic level. We invite you to join in this student-led journey where we explore Character, Excellence, and Community with some of the best leadership minds. We'll be sharing interviews with authors, educators, experts, and even other leadership students around the country. Whether you're an educator, student, parent or just passionate about culture and leadership, we invite you into this unique platform focused on raising education to incredible heights.