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Erin King’s favorite time of year is the Fall. While the air turns crisp and the leaves turn colors, the best part of this time of year is the excitement towards back to school. She loves the sight of bright colored pens, the latest and greatest pop culture backpacks, and the promise of a great school year just by picking the perfect notebook.
It is not surprising that one of her favorite lines in a movie is from You’ve Got Mail when Tom Hanks says to Meg Ryan, “Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”
With a Masters in Teaching, Erin King has taught secondary education, chaired an English Language Arts Department, and mentored student-teachers.
Erin is currently a program specialist for a school district while independently supporting teachers with inspiration via her InspirED blog at inspirededucation.info, the podcast Teacher’s Pep Rally, and a workshop series called The Happy Teacher.
“A creative life is a happier life, a healthier life, and ultimately, a more successful life.”
Pete’s earliest memories of growing up on the Jersey Shore and near New York City all involve experiencing and later organizing various live performances. From directing an impromptu staging of Springsteen’s “Glory Days” with his sister and cousins on a dock overlooking the Toms River to writing and performing an original musical at the local community college: this spark grew to a passion for working with people of all ages and all abilities. Pete believes that creativity is the currency of the future and his mission is to help people learn life skills and grow through life-enriching, performing arts experiences.
Reinforcing his view that the arts are essential and should be accessible to everyone, Pete has been teaching music in the metro Atlanta area for over 15 years.
He is also the founder of PSBcreative, a theatrical production company which supports arts programs in schools.
Outside of the classroom, Pete co-wrote the musical THE GRIM TWINS, is the host of The P.S. Be Creative Podcast and the author of two ebooks: “So You HAVE to Put On a School Show?!?” and “101 Creative Ideas for Your Next PTA Program.”
With his songwriting partner, David Recchione of djrmusic.com, Pete continues making music.
Pete is thrilled to be part of The Teacher’s Pep Rally team!
Leticia is often quoted as saying, “Education Saved My Life.” It was the warm hug of Mrs. Ruth on the first day of Kindergarten that established her love of school. The chaos of her home-life and the Bronx streets seemed to melt away during school hours. At a very early age she realized that education would be her way towards a better life and a powerful educated mind and heart..
Leticia is often quoted as saying, “Education Saved My Life.” It was the warm hug of Mrs. Ruth on the first day of Kindergarten that established her love of school. The chaos of her homelife and the Bronx streets seemed to melt away during school hours. At a very early age she realized that education would be her way towards a better life and a powerful educated mind and heart.
Leticia’s early years in school were not marked by academic awards those would come much later. In 2000, she graduated with honors and set-out for Atlanta, GA to launch her teaching career. Unwavering in her resolve to educate the whole-child and give to her students what Mrs. Ruth gave her all those years ago. A sense of love, safety, and power!
Her career took a pleasantly surprising turn after 13 years in the classroom. She became Teacher of the Year. An accomplishment that she was humbled by and used to encourage and empower all students but especially those that looked like her. This platform opened the doors to work on compensation reform for teachers, redesign student teaching, and travel the country recruiting teachers.
Beyond the classroom, Leticia has published articles in several magazines, most notably Worthwhile Magazine’s Premiere Issue. As an educator and therapist, she quickly learned the need for a healthy teaching workforce and launched, reignitED ( Projectreignited.com ). A community that helps teachers with attaining the strategies needed to prioritize their well-being and develop self-care as a way of life. Her legacy and service to the profession is now focused on supporting all the Mrs. Ruth’s of the world.
Leticia is honored to share her space with the Teacher’s Pep Rally team to bring hope, encouragement, and celebration to its beloved listeners.
Fred’s (aka Mr. Fred as his students know him) journey into education is not one that he planned. Seeing Star Wars in 1977 put him on a course desiring to be an astronaut and learn anything about technology while growing up. His journey took him to study computer science/math and ultimately accepting a commission as a U.S. Marine Officer where he traveled the globe.
Upon separating from the active duty military, his path to becoming an educator at Penn State University began one evening after leaving his day job as a software developer and visiting his former computer science professor. There he learned and then accepted an evening teaching job which then evolved into a 20 plus year, full-time teaching position helping the next generation of computing technologists develop their skills.
Along the way he was humbled by receiving multiple teaching awards and continues to help inspire not only his students but young people with his efforts with GetMeCoding.com and a number of free course at Courses.GetMeCoding.com. It is here Fred ignites interest in technology and inspires young people to begin learning how to code while having some fun along the way.
As teachers, Fred believes we master our content. But as teachers we should always be striving to improve our abilities to engage our students and meet them where they are for them to excel in the classroom but more importantly, in life.
To do this it takes creativity, patience, persistence and a passion to serve others.
Being part of this podcast has not only been inspiration for him, but it has also been educational showing him learning truly is lifelong.
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