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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Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 17 books including multiple best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First, The Power of Positive Leadership and The Power of a Positive Team. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, BB&T Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, Bayer, West Point Academy and more. In this episode, Gordon shares his love of leadership and how to stay positive in every aspect of your life. Later, Ellie joins Taya and Macey and they discuss difficult times in their lives and how they are learning to stay positive and to be grateful.
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Andrew McPeak is a millennial speaker and content developer with Growing Leaders. His experiences as both presenter and curriculum designer have led him to become well versed in communicating to and about the next generation. McPeak also serves as the Director of Program Excellence at Growing Leaders where he and his team work closely with schools, universities and sports teams on effectively implementing Habitudes as a tool to teach life and leadership skills. Additionally, McPeak is the co-author of an incredible teen book, “Marching Off the Map.” In this episode, McPeak shares his love of leadership and character development. Later, Brayden joins Desi and Ellen to discuss what leadership means to them.
Dave Burgess is the New York Times Best-Selling author of “Teach Like A PIRATE” and co-author of “P is for PIRATE”. He is a highly sought after professional development speaker well known for his creative, entertaining, and outrageously energetic style. His workshops, seminars, and keynotes not only motivate and inspire teachers, but also help them to develop practical ways to become more creative and engaging in the classroom. As a teacher at West Hills High School in San Diego, he was the 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple recipient and the 2007/2008 Teacher of the Year. He was voted a faculty standout for seventeen consecutive years in categories such as: Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic. At a ceremony in Washington D.C., the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences awarded him the 2014 BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year. Additionally, Burgess founded his own publishing company to support educational thought leaders around the world. In this episode, Burgess shares the secrets behind his passion for education and learning. Later, Brayden joins Josh and Taya to explore Burgess’ treasure chest of wisdom.
Aija Mayrock is a writer, actress, author and activist that is speaking out about Bullying through her own experiences as a teenager. Mayrock is the author of “The Survival Guide to Bullying” which she wrote at the age of 16. She travels the country speaking and performing spoken word rap that not only shares her bullying experience, but inspires and equips audiences with the tools to take a stand for injustice and discrimination everywhere. She has spoken to over 3 million people in the U.S. including at venues such as Madison Square Garden and the Key Arena and been featured on Good Morning America, The View, Fox News, AOL Build, Huffington Post, Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue, and many others. In this episode, Aija shares her incredible survival story and how writing helped her overcome pain as she helped others. Later, Desi joins Elli and Hayes as they discuss the impact of bullying on teens and how culture can help prevent bullying.
David Geurin is a principal and lead learner at Bolivar High School in Bolivar, Missouri. He earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri. Beyond his principalship, Geurin teaches graduate education classes for Southwest Baptist University and Regent University. In 2013, his school was named a National Blue Ribbon School and he was honored as principal of the year for his state. Additionally, he was recognized as a NASSP Digital Principal in 2017. Furthermore, Geurin is the author of a landmark book titled: “Future Driven” which focuses on empowering students to navigate an unpredictable world. In the episode, Geurin talks about compliance vs. empowered students, shares his vision for improving education, and challenges educators to use their unique gifts. Later, Brielle joins Audrey and Brayden as they reflect on teacher characteristics that they enjoy most.
Tom Thelen is one of America’s top anti-bullying speakers and the Founder of No Bullying Schools. He has spoken at over 500 schools and conferences inspiring groups of all ages to take responsibility for their choices and to make a positive impact on their local culture. He’s the creator of a social-emotional learning program called “Victimproof.” The program helps students take responsibility for their choices and create a positive culture at their school. Thelen has been on all major TV networks talking about bullying and helping students to “Be the Change” that they want to see. In this episode, Thelen talks about "Victimproof", shares his story of overcoming middle school bullying and encourages students to seek help from a trusted adult. Later, Brayden and Macey reflect on reporting bullying.
Brian Williams is a Kindness Ninja that has been practicing his craft of kindness since he was very young. Williams is a 4th degree black belt in martial arts. He is the founder of the company ThinkKindness that believes that even a small little act of kindness can have a ripple effect on a school and spread to a create a culture of kindness. He has spoken at over 250,000 students around the country and believes in not just coming to a school for a 1 hour assembly and leaving, he believes in spending time with the schools and creating a culture of kindness with a 15 day kindness challenge. He is inspiring youth to spread kindness in the little things that they do. In this episode, Williams discusses his life journey through martial arts and how that inspired him to create the kindness ninja movement. Later, Josh joins Taya and Brayden to discuss the idea of being a kindness ninja, practice mindset, and looking for kindness all around you.
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