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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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.
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.