In this highlight clip from ClassCast Podcast Ep.012, host Ryan Tibbens and world traveler Sierra Wharton discuss her experiences attending college abroad, how it can actually save money, and how credentials earned in foreign countries can (or can't) function in the United States.
In ClassCast Episode 008, host Ryan Tibbens discusses running for office, school priorities, and general goals with Melanie Turner, a candidate to represent the Algonkian District on the Loudoun County School Board. Though Ms. Turner generally avoids specifics, the discussion is still enlightening -- we get to hear about her own educational experiences, her motivations and concerns, and how her role as a parent is informing her campaign and platform.
Watch for additional discussions with school board candidates over the next few weeks as everyone prepares for elections on November 5!
ClassCast Podcast Episode 007 features Donna Fortier, the founder and CEO of Mobile Hope. Donna is engaging, intelligent, and inimitably compassionate -- her story of leaving a six-figure salary to start the only non-profit focused on youth homelessness and crisis care in Loudoun County, VA, one of the wealthiest places in the world but with a surprising youth homelessness problem, well, this story is not to be missed.
Ryan Tibbens, our host, has a personal introduction for this episode:
I've been teaching in Loudoun County for 14 years, and I first heard about Mobile Hope just last spring. One of my favorite former students let me know that his mother had kicked him out of his house -- for no real reason aside from her own substance abuse issues -- and that he would be moving back to [another state] to live with an old friend and be closer to his semi-estranged father. This young man was two months from graduation, worked over 40 hours per week after school and on weekends, had good grades, and was clearly the kind of person who should be attending college or starting his own business; yet at that moment, he was homeless. He didn't ask for help; he just told me he was leaving. I immediately began asking around the school and the community to see what we could do. One of the assistant principals at the school, Chad Runfola, suggested that I contact Mobile Hope. He said that he worked with them some times and that they could probably help. (I learned last week that Chad Runfola, in addition to being an excellent school administrator and a champion for both students and teachers, is actually a board member along with a handful of other people I've met throughout my career. Somehow, I still hadn't heard about Mobile Hope, though.)
Fast forward -- that student graduated and is doing fine, in part because members of his community were willing to help him. After I was named to the Loudoun 40 Under 40 this year, Donna Fortier sent me a small congratulatory note with a Mobile Hope business card inside. I'm sure she sends one to all the winners because she's smart. She knows that operations like Mobile Hope depend on wide-reaching and diverse supporters throughout the community. Donna has been named to the Loudoun 100 in 2019, and though she denies seeing it as a networking opportunity, all event attendees should make a point to speak with her and find out how to get involved. We ALL should speak with her and find out how to get involved. No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you can serve in your community, and Mobile Hope offers an incredible opportunity for you and for those in need. Check them out. And now, enjoy ClassCast Episode 007 with Donna Fortier!
Ryan Tibbens, the creator and host of the ClassCast Podcast, has had a big year. In 2019, he's been recognized in the Loudoun 40 Under 40, Loudoun 100, and Best of Loudoun -- Best Teacher. The Loudoun 40 Under 40 event was hosted at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Virginia the evening of 9/12/2019. Because of Mr. Tibbens' increased visibility, we're taking this opportunity to share a compilation of short clips from the first six episodes of the ClassCast Podcast as a way to invite and initiate new listeners. Now that the 2019-2020 school year is underway, we plan to record and post a new episode approximately every three weeks (more when possible). Watch for the release of the full audio of Episode 006 -- US Army Sergeant Brandon Middleton -- later this week. (And remember -- ClassCast episodes are now available to stream on YouTube, via ReadThinkWriteSpeak.com, AND FOR DOWNLOAD. Save your data -- download on wifi and listen later!)
Check out a few highlights from ClassCast -- Episode 002 -- Esther Kim. These shorter segments help new listeners get acquainted with the podcast and help loyal listeners to review key selections.
Don't forget to checkout:
ClassCast -- Episode 002.1 -- Esther Kim...
Unwanted Job Interviews & Google U.
ClassCast -- Episode 002.2 -- Esther Kim...
Side Jobs: Saying No, Community, & Pricing
ClassCast -- Episode 002.3 -- Esther Kim...
Student Loans & Family Planning
ClassCast -- Episode 002.4 -- Esther Kim...
Teacher Motivation & Pay
ClassCast -- Episode 002.5 -- Esther Kim...
Waiting on Crazy Spoon Mom
Check out this teaser of the second episode of the ClassCast podcast, which includes the standard intro and three short segments from the discussion with Esther Kim, a promising young graphic designer and artist. A former student and teacher's assistant of Mr. Tibbens, Esther's journey through school, early jobs, and now a budding career offers useful insights to high school and college students, teachers, and young artists everywhere. Be sure to check out her (not fully up-to-date) webpage, and definitely follow her art account on Instagram! Follow Read.Think.Write.Speak. on Facebook and Twitter for updates about ClassCast and other content. Full episodes of ClassCast will be available later this week!
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