High Performing Educator Podcast

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High Performing Educator Podcast

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About The High Performing Educator Podcast

The High Performing Educator Podcast was brought to life during the outbreak of COVID-19 to provide you with inspirational stories and practical advice from your colleagues in education.  By tuning in, you will hear the stories and ideas of the world’s brightest and most ambitious educators.  You can expect interviews with Principals, Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, National Student Association, Directors and anybody that works with youth.

Each episode will leave you feeling refreshed and reminded as to why you got into your work in education while providing you with cutting-edge ideas that you can implement with your students.

Since 2020, we have completed over 150 interviews.  In each episode, we break down the beliefs and philosophies of highly effective educators from all over the globe to distill the resources and practices that you can use to improve your practice.  This includes the advice they wish they heard, tangible resources like books and courses, personal routines and much more.

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Show Notes, Links, Transcripts, and Resources for All Episodes

Below are the most recent episodes!  Click on the title to find all the associated show notes, resources, and full transcripts of each episode on the podcast.

All Episodes (Newest to Oldest)

Shane Chisholm — Principal of Father Henri Voisin School in Red Deer, Alberta

Ted Temertzoglou — Highly sought-out speaker and lead author on health,  physical literacy and well-being

Alain Cyr-Russo —Senior Manager of Student Life at Algonquin Students’ Association

Daniette Terlesky  — Student Leadership Teacher at Our Lady of Mount Pleasant School in Camrose, Alberta

Kevin Baker — Executive Dean, Faculty of Business at Durham College

Rick Gilson – Executive Director of Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium

Keri-Ellen Walcer — Professor and Program Coordinator of Entrepreneurship and Small Business at Durham College

Jeevan Dhami – High school teacher and current Leadership Department Head at Panorama Ridge Secondary School in Surrey, British Colombia

Martin Tshibwabwa – K-12 Educator passionate about Special Education, Social Sciences, and Languages

Patrick Bohnet – Executive Director of the Central Alberta Regional Consortium (CARC)

Connie Shepherd – Ontario Educator of over 20 years

Mitchell Duram – Learning Support Lead at F.P. Walshe School in Fort Macleod and Student Leadership Advisor

Jairek Robbins – Performance Coach, Best-Selling Author, International Speaker

Alison Fantin – Principal of Kirkland Lake District Composite School

Karl Fernandes – Teacher, Coach, Writer, Guest Speaker and Life Long Learner

Suzanne Imhoff – Art Teacher at St. Croix Falls High School and Student Leadership Advisor

Dr. Ivan Joseph – TED talk (21 million views), Speaker, Author and Self-Confidence Expert

Sarah Wells – Olympic Athlete, Speaker and Founder of the Believe Initiative

Chapter One: Empty Your Backpack (Read Along)

Hoi Leung – Principal of Pickering High School

Jeremy and Lynn Hayes – Two Incredible Humans Pioneering the Allie Sunshine Project

Jason Kupery – Director of Learning for the Palliser School Division

Paolo Morrone – Principal at St Andrew Catholic School

A Powerful Idea for the Start of a New Semester

Tracy Beaulieu – Administrative Support Leader

Darrell Glenn – Head coach of the University of Prince Edward Men’s Varsity Basketball Team

Chris Andrew – Teacher, Administrator and Coach with the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division for Over 30 years

Brent Dickson – A masterclass on events, engagement ideas and becoming the least popular teacher in your school (It’s not what you think…)

Anita Bondy is the Team Lead of the International Cohort-Based Master Admissions at the University of Windsor

Empty Your Backpack (Spoken Word Poem)

Sweet Caroline on a Gondola – an unexpected Leadership lesson (From Brent Dickson)

Alexis Epp – 3rd Year Student at the University of Regina (Bachelor of Social Work)

James Trodden – Assistant Superintendent of Learning at Buffalo Trail Public School

Donald Mulligan – Principal at Kensington Intermediate Senior High School and President of the Prince Edward Island Association of School Administrators

Jennifer Bradbury – Executive Director of the Taco Bell Foundation

Vickie Morgado – Elementary Guidance Experiential Learning Teacher

Terry Jordens, Brooklyn Lund and Jasmine Lund – Three Passionate Educators in the Holy Family Catholic School Division

Don Middleton – Assistant Principal at Lester B.Pearson High School in Calgary

Sheri Lowrie – Communications and Events Coordinator at the University of Windsor

Amy Andrew – Education Assistant at Red Deer Catholic and Red Deer Public School Divisions

Dave Levy – Language Arts Teacher at Green Acres School and Passionate Athletic Director

Dr. Elaina Guilmette – Wellness Coordinator in Sun West School Division

Dr. Ann Hawkins – Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer at Health Karma Group

Dr. Sunaina Sharma – Program Leader at the Halton District School Board & Practicum Advisor at Brock University

John (João) Linhares – Vice Principal at St.André Bessette Catholic School in Ajax, Ontario

Tom Stones – Grade 8 Teacher at Innisfail Middle School in Alberta

Small Consistent Actions Sam Demma – TEDxYouth@Toronto

Char Andrew – Health & Wellness Coordinator at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

Richard Karikari – Former CFL Athlete and Co-Founder of Complete Performance Centre

Eric Keunne – Program Lead, Youth Settlement (K-12), Equity and Inclusive Education at the Halton District School Board

Jesse Macdonald – Prince Edward Island’s Chef of the Year

Lorne “ABE” Abramson – Provincial Advisor for the Nova Scotia Secondary Students Association and Historian

Atul Temurnikar – Co-Founder and Chairman, Global Schools Foundation (Singapore)

Dan Wolfe – Assistant Principal at Sunray Elementary School in Pasco County, Florida

Scott Johnson – Principal at Bowmanville High School

Jennifer Meeker – Principal of Special Education K-12 at the Upper Grand District School Board

Dawn Thompson – Strait Area Regional Advisor of the Nova Scotia Secondary School Students’ Association (NSSSA)

Dr. Quintin Shepherd – Superintendent of the Victoria Independent School District and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston, Victoria

Melanie Randall – Dance, English, Canadian & World Studies Teacher at Chatham Kent Secondary School

Laurent (Larry) Paquette – Principal at Northern Secondary School in Sturgeon Falls

Tara Connor, Ed.D. – Principal, Abbey Park High School in the Halton District School Board

Reg Lavergne – Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation and Adolescent Learning and Student Success at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Steph Pearson – Learning Technology Consultant, e-Learning Lead, Ottawa Catholic School Board, Ottawa ON Canada

Jacqueline Newton – Superintendent of Education Innovation & Ingenuity School Operations, VSS & Gary Allan Learning Centres

Josh Windsor – Principal at Grand River Collegiate in the Waterloo Region District School Board

Curtis Carmichael – “CC the Futurist”

Jeannie Armstrong – Superintendent of Learning: Special Education Services, Faith/Equity & Indigenous Education at the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic School Board

Kathleen Moro – Principal at Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School

Shane Beckett – Principal at Donald Young School/Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program

Heather Pierce – Principal at Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute

Robyn Hollohan, B.Sc, B.Ed, M.Ed – Junior High Science Teacher at Roland Michener Secondary School

Laura Briscoe – Learning Coordinator of Innovation at the Thames Valley District School Board

Julie Mathé – Principal at St. Mother Teresa High School

Chris St. Amand – Leader of Experiential Learning at the St. Clair Catholic District School Board

Peter Bowman – Principal of Orillia Secondary School

Ryan McDonnell – Principal at Superior CVI in Thunder Bay

Brian McKenzie – Principal at Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School

Mark Cossarin – Principal at Lindsay Collegiate & VocationaI Institute

Cassandra Tenbergen – Principal at Marymount Academy (SCDSB)

Andrew Boon – Principal at Notre Dame College School

Carl Cini – Principal at Iona Catholic Secondary School (DPCDSB)

Sean Ruddy – Principal of Student Success and Specialized Programs at Near North District School Board

Staci Whittle – Principal at Niagara Children’s Centre School Authority

Michelina Battaglini – Principal at Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School

Paul DeVuono – Vice Principal at St. Anthony’s Catholic School (BGCDSB)

Rebecca Newcombe – Principal at Aldershot School (HDSB)

Jacquie Pece – Principal at Craig Kielburger Secondary School (HDSB)

Sarah Caldwell-Bennett – Leader of Experiential Learning for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB)

Dave Ryan – Mayor of the City of Pickering (Fifth term)

Jason Pratt – Principal at St. Martin Catholic Secondary School

Tina Noel – Experiential Learning Coordinator Renfrew County Catholic DSB

Maren Abuzukar and Bryanna Rentz – Two Student Leaders from Buffalo Trail Public Schools

Eleanor McIntosh – Founding member of the Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators (ONABSE) and the Principal of Ajax High School

Andrea Taylor – Principal at Gary Allan Learning Centres for Adult, Alternative & Continuing Education

Peter LeBlanc – Author and Retired Ontario and International principal

Nicola Whitehouse – Vice-Principal at St. Peter High School (OCSB)

Glenn Gifford – Principal at Saint Michael Catholic High School

Valerie Dumoulin – Proud Principal of Ecole Secondaire Cochrane High School

Annibale Larossi – Principal at St. Marcellinus Secondary School

Coral Klein – Principal of Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute (LDSB)

Rob Gilmour – Principal of Loyola School of Adult and Continuing Education

Al Mclean – Principal at Timmins High & Vocational School

Andrea Holwegner – CEO of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc “The Chocoholic Nutritionist TM”

Phebe Lam – Associate Vice-President, Student Experience UWindsor (Acting) 

Alana Principe – Grade One Teacher with the Halton Catholic District School Board

Karen Kettle – Retired Science Teacher, Speaker and Author of Countdown To Camp

Greg McLean – Principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School in Bruce Grey County

Cathy Beauchamp – Principal at Englehart High School in North Eastern Ontario

Mike Thiessen – Instruction, Curriculum, & Technology Coordinator at Fort La Bosse School Division

Natasha Daniel – Program Coordinator at MCG Careers Inc and Certified Career Development Practitioner

Pamela Pereyra – CEO & Founder of Media Savvy Citizens and Media Education Expert

Larry Tomiyama – Consultant and Retired Administrator with 32 Years of Experience in Education

Erika Rath – Director of Student Services at The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (part 2)

Tali Aziza M.S.W., R.S.W. – School Counsellor at Netivot HaTorah Day School

Elijah Johnson – Secondary Division National President Business Professionals of America

Dr. Leslie D. Sukup – Associate Professor of Management at Ferris State University College of Business

John Lucas Guimaraes – Post-secondary National President of Business Professionals of America

Mike O’Neil – Superintendent of Education at the Durham Catholic District School Board

Dr. Bridget Weiss – TIME featured Educator and Superintendent of the Juneau School District

Michelle Lemaire – System Principal at the Halton District School Board Welcome Centre

Robert Legace – Creator and Lead Teacher of the GENESIS Program

Becky Stewart – Music Director at Yuba Gardens Intermediate School

Nicole Philp – Consultant, Ministry of Education

Dave Barrett – Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) Coordinator for the Bluewater District School Board and the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board

Kirstin Johnson – Vice President of Competitive Events, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Sara Daddario – English Teacher and Director of Student Activities at Kennedy High School

Scott Mclnnis – Leadership Teacher and Teacher Librarian at Selkirk Secondary School

Mike Loudfoot – Former Educator with over 30 years of experience.

Tracey Klinkhammer – Management Co-op at The University of Toronto Scarborough Campus

Tom D’Amico – Director of Education with the Ottawa Catholic School Board

Tina Edwards – President of the Saskatchewan Association of Student Council Advisors

Leslie Loewen – Campus Culture Manager at Fresno Unified School District

Pat Riddlesprigger – Athletic Manager at the Fresno Unified School District

Lesleigh Dye – Proud Director of the District School Board Ontario North East

Manny Figueiredo – Director of Education at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Michelle Strube-Hauser – Vice-Principal and Student Council Advisor at Melfort Comprehensive School

Bridgit Moore – Leadership Teacher and Student Activity Director at Grace Davis High School

Scott Kirkness – Classroom Teacher in the Southeast Cornerstone Public School Division

Kelly Weaver – Director of Student Activities at Iolani School & Founder of Soulvivor808

Aubrey Patterson – 30-Year Teacher, Principal, Superintendent & Founder of Warm Demanders

Alexandra (Allie) Raper – Signature Programs, Senior Specialist at Canadian Cancer Society

Shonna Barth – Principal of Crescent Heights High School

Dulcie Belchior-Demedeiros – Principal of Student Success at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Peter Prochilo – Superintendent of School Effectiveness, SCDSB

Eric Windeler – Founder & Executive Director of Jack.org

Douglas L. Gleddie, Ph.D. – President of Physical and Health Education Canada and Professor at the University of Alberta

Kevin Wendling – Elementary School Principal at Northeastern Catholic District School Board

Paulette Lippert – Experiential Learning Leader for Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board

Michelle Dittmer – President and Co-Founder at Canadian Gap Year Association (Part 2)

Andy Speers – Intermediate teacher at Elora Public School and Co-Creator of Empowerment Day

Brent Mattix – Activities Director for Roseville High School in California

Jerell Maneja – Activities Director for Milpitas High School

Lisa Nichols – Vice Principal on Special Assignment GOAL 2 Office/ School Leadership

Debbie Hawkins – Campus Culture Director at Sunnyside High School in Fresno Unified

Kevin Fochs – Executive Director of Alaska FFA

Terresa Amidei – Activities Director for Desert Ridge Academy

Arielle Ben-Zaken – Clinical Social Worker at CIUSSS

Derek Hill – New York FFA State Director

Christina Raso – Experiential Learning Consultant for Sudbury Catholic School Board

Kelly Karius – Founder of No Such Thing As A Bully

Lynda Burgess – Education Manager with Alberta Education

Tracy Lockwood – Owner of PLAY Education Consulting

Katrin Heim – Innovation Coach with Buffalo Trail Public Schools

Karen O’Brien – Re-Engagement Counsellor

Dr. Adam Browning – Director of Learning Palliser School Division

Lewis Keys – Lead Child & Youth Coordinator California National Guard

Bluefield Leadership Class **Student Interview**

Michael Straile – Assistant Principal Bonnyville Centralized High School

Mark Brown – Assistant Principal and Author

Liat Benzacar – Student Wellness Officer at St. Michael’s College School

Tina McInenly – Cognitive Lead Teacher in Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

Sarah Hernholm – Educator turned Entrepreneur, Founder of WIT

Julie Hunt Gibbons – Superintendent of Secondary Program & Student Success at Halton District School Board

Ryan Laughlin – Leadership Teacher at Bluefield High School

Cody Huseby – Teacher at Red Deer Catholic Schools

Joyce Sunada – Wellness Speaker, Coach and Facilitator

Natasha Bathgate – Director of Learning and Innovation at West Island College

Katie Lewis-Prieur & Sarah Abrams – Consultants at the Ottawa Catholic School Board

Dr. Kirk Linton – K-9 Principal, EdD in Learning Sciences & Music teacher/trumpet player

Suz Jeffreys – Stress Management Consultant, Tai Chi Instructor & Certified Nutrition Therapist

Dov Shapiro – CEO of ConnectU Program Inc.

Marco LeBlanc – Vice President of the New-Brunswick Student Leadership Association.

Brandi Rai – President of the Alberta School Councils’ Association

Jason Schilling – President of the Alberta Teachers Association

Doug Primrose – Leadership Teacher & President of President of BC Association of Student Activity Advisors

Camille Loken – High School Principal & Executive Coach

Anthony Perrotta – Vice Principal, MEd Student, AQ Instructor & Filmmaker

Chad Ostrowski, Jeff Gargas and Rae Hughart – The Teach Better Team

Lori Wagner – Coordinator of Student Supports

Christopher Antilope – Secondary school teacher with the Halton Catholic District School Board

Martin Tshibwabwa – Resource teacher from grade 9 to 12 at Notre Dame

Tomy Valookaran – Chaplain at St. Mary C.S.S

Jamie Stewart – Teacher and Founder of Elite Basketball Training Academy

Christine Bays – Executive Director at the Unsinkable Organization

Karen Dancy – Parent Council Chair & Parent Engagement Advocate

Jim Rieder B.Ed M.A – Head of Institutes and Strategic Development

Tim Cavey – Founder of Teachers on Fire, 8th-grade teacher and assistant principal

Janessa Nevill and Hailey Babcock – Teachers at Ecole Plamondon School

Jackie Groat – Student Leadership Advisor, Teacher & Basketball Coach

Jennifer Lemieux – Teacher, Guidance Counselor and Student Leadership Advisor

Kristina Willing – 38-year teaching veteran (Lessons Learned)

Tom Yonge – Leadership Teacher and Speaker at Edmonton Public Schools

Chris McCullough – Teacher and Vice-Principal in Red Deer, Alberta

Breanne Oakie – Teacher at Wolf Creek Public Schools

Nadia Irshad – Co-founder of Glarea Elevated Learning and the future of education

Darrell Bergmann – Athletic Director at Boyle Secondary School

Lisa Spencer – Student Success, Gap-Closing and Experiential Learning

Margot Arnold – Entrepreneurship Teacher & Women of the Year Workplace Excellence Award

Alina Deja-Grygierczyk – Founder and Executive Director of Polish Academy of Canada, Educator and Passionate Canadianist

Michael Kelly – Catholic Educator, Coach, World Traveller, Hockey Fan and Student Leadership Advisor

Lara Spiers – Secondary Vice-Principal at Durham Catholic District School Board

Avni Soni – Secondary Science Teacher at Centennial High School

Trevor Small – Drama Teacher at St. Mary C.S.S

Andrew Hall – Chaplaincy Leader at St. Johns College

Cortnie Freeman – Dance Teacher & How to Adjust Virtually

Matteo Cianfrone – OCT, Physical Education Teacher & Soccer Coach

Sarah Daintrey – Teacher, Activities Advisor, Bear Wrestler and Service Education Advocate

Diana Speranza – Catholic Educator & Life Long Learner

Nicholas McCowan – Lenovo’s Visionary Teachers Award Recipient

Karl Mercuri – Social and Emotional Learning Coordinator at The Priory Elementary School

Jade Bilodeau – Former President OSTA-AECO & Student at Western University

Greg Firth – Coach and Department Head of the Career Path Regional Program

Brent Dickson – Leadership & P.E. Teacher at Centennial High School

Michelle Lowey – Teacher Physical Education & Sports Medicine

Ash Baer – Mental Health Advocate and speaker

Ian Howcroft – CEO of Skills Ontario

Katherine Luellen – Executive Dean, Enrollment Management, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Antonio Morra – Leadership Teacher at All Saints Catholic Secondary School

Steve Bristol – Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and Strategic Planning

Tania Vincent – Chaplain at St. Michael Catholic Secondary School

Michael Booth – Principal of Blyth Academy’s Yorkville and Orbit Campuses

Ren Lukoni – Teacher and student leadership advisor at L.P. Miller Comprehensive High School

Jason Eduful – Teacher, Basketball Coach, Youth Minister and Mental Health Advocate

Ryan Keliher BA, BEd, MBA, – Teacher, Author, Coach and Teenage Motivator

Mike Anderson – Principal of the Grand River Otters Elementary Remote School (4200 students)

Melanie Headley – Teacher and student council advisor at Bluefield High School

Joanna Severino – CEO and Founder of PrepSkills and the US College Expo

Deb Lawlor – Coordinator, Intermediate/Secondary Student Success OCSB

Christa Ray – Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator at ALCDSB

Nicole Haire – BC Program Head Hayat Universal School Qatar

Julie Champagne – Co-Founder at the English Tutor and Teacher

Paola Di Fonzo – Chaplain All Saints Catholic Secondary School

Dr. Seth Goldsweig – Vice Principal at The Leo Baeck Day School and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

Catherine Hogan – English teacher and Student Leadership Advisor

Matt Sanders – Experiential Lead Learner at the Lambton Kent District School Board

Daniel Steckley – Physical Education and Leadership Teacher (SJAM)

Abbey Gingerich – Teacher and Student Leadership Advisor (KCI)

Daniel Horgan – CEO and Founder of CoLabl and the Talent Accelerator

Richard Vissers – Director of Admissions at Holy Trinity School

Darrin M Peppard Ed.D – school district superintendent, speaker, author, and leadership consultant

Adrian Del Monte – English Department Head & Leadership Coordinator

Dr. LouAnn Ross – Executive Director of Business Professionals America

Brent McDonald – Superintendent of Education and Information Technology UGDSB

Hugues Bertrand – Social Studies & Leadership Teacher

Brian Dunn – Chaplain at St. Francis Xaiver C.S.S

John Dennison – Student Success Teacher at Corner Brook Regional High

Heather McCaig – President of AASCA & Student Leadership Advisor

Lenora Poulin – English teacher, Librarian and Student Leadership Advisor

Merle Gonsalvez – TCDSB Teacher and Dancer

Chelle Travis – Executive Director of SkillsUSA

Jeff Gerber – Speaker, Teacher, Relationship Advocate

Marc England – Teacher and Leadership Advisor

Maddie Campbell – CSLA Operations Coordinator

Erika Rath – Director of Student Services The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

Bob Kline – Leadership Teacher, Speaker and Advisor of the year (2019)

Angelo Minardi – High Energy Educator, Chaplain and Student Council Advisor

Michelle Dittmer: Founder and CEO of the Gap Year Association

Melissa Wright – New Brunswick Student Leadership Association President

Michael Consul – TCDSB Student Leadership Coordinator & 7 Habits Trainer

Joshua Sable – Student Activity Director at TanenbaumCHAT

Lisa Galay – Experiential Lead Learner at HDSB

Jana Fisher – 2020 SRC Advisor of the Year

Agi Mete – Author and Teacher of over 20 years

Dave Conlon – Program Director for the Canadian Student Leadership Association