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Join host and a First Things First Champion for Young Children recipient, Marissa Calderón as she captures the journey of educators and advocates alike by highlighting their work through interviews and candid conversations, including best practices in the early education field. A practical listen and brain nugget for the early education practitioner, child advocate, parent and community alike.
 
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Episode 51 of the podcast with host Marissa Calderón and guest, Diana Brown Certified Instructor from Conscious Discipline. Diana shares a bit of her background as a classroom teacher and how she began to train for Dr. Becky Baileys, Conscious Discipline philosophy. Conscious Discipline is a "Transformational Social-Emotional Learning and Class ...…
 
Episode 50 marks a milestone of the podcast! Join host, Marissa chat with the Executive Director of the Arizona Educational Foundation, Kim Graham. Kim shares all of the resources and mentorship programs and initiatives available for incoming teachers and seasoned educators overall. AEF believes that "amazing things happen in schools every day. ...…
 
Episode 49 is with the newly elected Superintendent of Arizona's Department of Education, Kathy Hoffman. With her historic electoral win, Marissa and Kathy discuss some of the past campaign rhetoric and the current legislative progress for education she's helped with. We get some additional information on the current education policy focus and ...…
 
Episode 48, host Marissa Calderón chats with Denisse Hernandez de Ortiz, Senior Program Manager for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. United Way of Tucson has an array of services including an Early Childhood Component and grant initiatives for the region. Denisse is not only a parent of a Kindergartner but her background in supporting ...…
 
Episode 47 is the first of a series of Kindergarten Readiness Tips and Insight episodes! Joined by Sierra Vista Unified School District in Arizona, Kindergarten Teacher, Julie Decuir. Podcast host, Marissa and Julie chat about the true skills future kindergartners need vs what some parents may think their child needs to master for school. Julie ...…
 
Episode 46 is with a very special guest. Podcast host, Marissa chats with her own daughter, Salma, who is a High School Senior. Salma shares her confessions about her destain feelings on homework packets, math and other high school frustrations. She can't wait for graduation and shares her plans for the future. A connection with Early Childhood ...…
 
Episode 45 is with Kristen L. Orton! Kristen is a Kindergarten teacher at Vernon Elementary School in Vernon Arizona. Vernon is a very rural community in Apache County, in the White Mountains area of Northern Arizona. She was recently hired last year to teach Kindergarten and if she wasn't busy enough finishing her Masters, she had the vision t ...…
 
Episode 44 with Arizona Educational Foundations 2019 Teacher of the Year, Kareem Neal and three of the four Ambassadors for Excellence, Jonathan Perrone, Sheri Loyd and Lee Ann Howell sit down with host, Marissa Calderón. The interview took place at the Highway 85 Creative podcast studio in Peoria Arizona and they chat about their journey in re ...…
 
Episode 43 with Tina Martin from Southwest Human Development, Services for Children with Disabilities. Tina has been with Southwest Human Development since 1997 and is now the Assistant Director for this department. She provides us with her story on how she came across the Early Intervention field as well as a tour of the Birth to Five ADAPT Sh ...…
 
Episode 42 is with comic book artist and creator of Jetpulse Comics, Led Bradshaw. Led is also dad to his 8 year old son, Jake who is on the autism spectrum and the inspiration of his phenomenal comic book hero Jake Jetpulse. In this conversation with host, Marissa Calderón, they discuss parenting, how his son Jake created the initial character ...…
 
Episode 41 with host Marissa Calderón reflecting on an upcoming blog post, soon to be released on the Mexican art of Alebrijes. She provides some guides on how to connect students interest authentically while incorporating 21st Century Skills in the classroom. For the full blog post on lesson guides for Alebrijes & 21st Century Skills in the Ea ...…
 
Ep. 40 with Ana Arbel from Arizona's Southwest Human Development, Birth to Five Helpline. Ana talks about the toll-free hotline for parents of children birth to five, describing it as having a professional friend... who is well-informed and trained in all things Child Development and keeps your conversation confidential! The hotline is toll-fre ...…
 
Ep. 39 is with Marissa Flores from the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Community, Education Division's Early Childhood department. Marissa is a parent educator and Home Visiting Specialist, serving families on the FMYN. Host, Marissa Calderón chats with Marissa Flores about her role on the nation, living with her 8 siblings, being raised by her mo ...…
 
Episode 38 with Legislative District 30 Arizona Candidate, Raquel Terán chats with host and past colleague, Marissa. Raquel shares her foundation in early education when she first started years ago in the classroom, then to roles in the early childhood sector and now at Planned Parenthood in Arizona. As a wife, a mom of a toddler and now a loca ...…
 
Episode 37 is in celebration of a fellow Latina Educator for Hispanic & Latin American Heritage Month, Erika Argueta. Erika is a Bilingual Arizona Department of Education Early Childhood Unit's Program Specialist for Yuma, La Paz and Mohave County, and a bit of Maricopa County too! Erika talks about the work that the Early Childhood Unit does, ...…
 
Ep. 36 host Marissa Calderón has a conversation with Jessica Hipskind, a newly found foster care mom to her young 7 year old sister after a tragic death occurs in their family. Get ready to be inspired, meet a new hero, and grab some tissue for some possible tears too! Excerpt: "Take your whole family to the special needs classes...so that your ...…
 
Episode 35 pre-recorded LIVE from the AZ First Things First Early Childhood Summit at the Phoenix Convention Center with participants Elsa Bonilla and daughter Stefany Paredes. Host Marissa Calderón chats with them after the conference for their summit reflections including how they will use the content in their practice. Connect with Elsa Boni ...…
 
Ep. 34 host, Marissa Calderón chats with Christopher Lawrence from Teaching Strategies, a curriculum for Early Childhood Educators for Birth through 3rd grade. Christopher and Marissa chat about his practice, family and the importance of the male early childhood teacher including the common misconceptions about their role in the classroom. Conn ...…
 
Bonus Episode with host Marissa Calderón and Carla Rivera-Cruz from the EDphiphany Podcast. Carla and Marissa chat about the #LatinasInED upcoming twitter chat, being Latina Educators and lack of representation of classroom teachers in the K-12 space over some bomb-ass Tequila in the beautiful Studio 85 Podcast Studios in Peoria, AZ. Warning: c ...…
 
Episode 33 of Season 2! Podcast Host, Marissa Calderón is joined by Treasures 4 Teachers Tucson Director Adrienne Ledford. They chat about this 100% volunteer run non-profit teacher resource and how they also provide a high-school volunteer job program for Special Ed youth. More about all the good things this Tucson gem provides visit their web ...…
 
Episode 32 with Developmental Pre-K Educator Elena Estrada. This episode was recorded at Los Reyes de La Torta in Tempe, AZ so you'll hear some background audio from the location. Elena works as an Educator with Isaac School District in Phoenix AZ where she supervises and supports preschool children and their families who have a preschool age c ...…
 
Ep. 30 with Al Pajak from STEM Nation, a former Vertebrate Paleontologist AKA a working scientist...Al shares his experience as a past classroom teacher and his new journey as a PH.D student in the science field. Al also provides STEM workshops and trainings for K-12 grade classrooms and stresses the importance of student-driven learning and tr ...…
 
Podcast host, Marissa Calderón chats with Bilingual ELL Kindergarten Teacher Deb Guerrero from Yuma, AZ. Discussion includes the typical summer time teacher prep work, teacher wellness and teacher self care tips for incoming new teachers. Great info for parents and those not familiar with background work teachers complete to prepare themselves ...…
 
Ep. 29: Host Marissa Calderón is joined by Lauren Harness, Kindergarten Teacher for Mesa Public Schools on her experience and reflections during the #RedforEd movement in Arizona.
 
Spanish Segment: Crónicas Chilindrinas Segmento #2 con Guadalupe Valenzuela, Proveedora de Cuidado Infantil de Hogar y participante de la beca llamado PDG o el Preschool Development Grant de Arizona. Platicamos con ella durante la conferencia en Yuma, AZ para Educadores del Aprendizaje a Temprana Edad patrocinado por AZ PBS y First Things First ...…
 
Episode 28 with Michael Gaffney a AZ PBS Regional Outreach Coordinator for the AZ Early Childhood Workforce Registry from AZ PBS Educational Outreach were he serves the White Mountains area of the state. Michael chats about how he landed his current position, parenting and how the registry provides scholarship opportunities for parents and the ...…
 
Special Bonus Episode with Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teachers Heather Grey, Amanda Luptak and Kristen Orton from Sequoia Village School in Show Low Arizona discussing their Kindergarten Readiness Regional Event held on April 12th for kinder bound kids and their families. The event included several regional Early Childhood partners as well ...…
 
Episode 27 is with current substitute teacher, Kara Lyn Curtis who was visiting Arizona from Utah. Kara and Podcast host, Marissa chat about Kara's substitute experience, some frustrations but also insights and tips on how both full-time and sub teachers can support the classroom child.
 
Podcast 26 es en ESPANOL! Mamá y Especialista de Finanzas con el Departamento de Educación de Arizona, invitada Juliana Panqueva Camargo y anfritióna de podcast, Marissa Calderón platican sobre los comportamientos de sus hijos y dan sugerencias. Este show es parte de los segmentos en Español de Crónicas Chilindrinas. Más sobre el grupo de Cróni ...…
 
Episode 25 with Susana Ibarra-Johnson from First Things First in Arizona. Susana is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Southeast Region of Maricopa County. Susana shares her personal background, journey in helping and connecting with families and underserved communities as well as insights for parents of children birth through 5. You do ...…
 
Episode 24 with guest host, Vincent Orleck Social Media Director with Attic Salt interviews Marissa Calderón LIVE from PHX Startup Week. Podcast recorded from the ZCast Popup Podcast Studio courtesy of #yesphx. Talking Early Childhood, tech, parenting and the joy of podcasts. For more about the appropriate use of technology with young children ...…
 
Episode 23 recorded LIVE from PHX Startup Week at Basecamp at the George Washington Carver Museum and Culture Center in Phoenix with guest, Carla Rivera-Cruz. Carla is a High School Educator and Ed Consultant. Podcast recorded with the assistance of ZCast with podcast tech, Raz! #phxstartupweek #yesphx More about Carla and her CRC Ed Services, ...…
 
Episode 22 with Catherine Norwood a Reading Interventionist or more like a Reading "Strategist" with Mesa Public Schools at Pedro Guerrero Elementary School in Arizona. Catherine sits down with host, Marissa Calderón to chat about her practice, passions, advice for parents and misconceptions about the work of Early Childhood Educators and those ...…
 
Episode 21 with Jessica Beresford, Director of Operations with Father Matters based out of South Phoenix. Podcast Host, Marissa Calderón sits down with Jessica to have a candid conversation about the services Father Matters provides, common misconceptions about the agency, parenting talk and the importance of supporting people of color. More in ...…
 
Episode 20 with Kindergarten Teacher Lauren Harness starts out the 2018 New Year with host Marissa Calderón. Lauren teaches out of Mesa, Arizona and shares her past experience starting as a new Kindergarten teacher, how she got administrator buy-in for her classroom setup and some candid stories about her teaching journey coming from New Mexico ...…
 
Episode 19 with Amy Corriveau, the Deputy Human Services Director for City of Phoenix. Amy oversee the education components for Head Start Birth to Five Services for the city of Phoenix and sits down with host Marissa Calderón to talk about her journey in the field, how she started in the profession, advice for teachers and some holiday memorie ...…
 
Episode 18 with host Marissa Calderón is joined by Dr. Karen Ortiz, Vice President, Early Grade Success Initiatives at Helios Education Foundation. Dr. Ortiz shares her story on how she became involved in the early childhood field in Arizona, the power of parent advocacy, what Helios does in our communities and her role within it. Amongst her a ...…
 
Episode 17 with Vicki Mayo, a foster and adoptive parent, child advocate and strong believer in reducing children's ACEs score. Vicki is the Co-Founder of the TouchPoints Solutions device that we like to refer to as a game-changing tool for parents and educators. A non-invasive neuroscientific wearable device that uses patent pending BLAST tech ...…
 
Nicol Russell makes her debut on the Early Childhood Journeys podcast for episode 16! Nicole is the Deputy Associate Superintendent for Early Childhood AND Head Start State Collaboration Director with the Arizona Department of Education! Feeewww what a mouthful! Listen in on Nicol sharing her insights on how she represents Early Childhood at th ...…
 
Episode 15 with Linda Pauley, Business Manager for the Arizona AEYC Board and the Director of the Early Learning Program at Risen Savior Preschool and Kindergarten, a faith-based Early Childhood NAEYC and Quality First Accredited Program. Linda discusses her life as a child care director and the AzAEYC Toolkit and the many benefits the toolkit ...…
 
Episode 14: A conversation with Lisa Cobb from Arizona PBS Educational Outreach as a Regional Coordinator. Discussion regarding the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry and the incentives and benefits including cash stipends for those who qualify to complete college course work and how to register was discussed. Lisa Cobb's extensive back ...…
 
Episode 13 features a special #TacosForTeachers early childhood conversation at a local taco shop, Tacos Chiwas in Phoenix, Arizona! Early Childhood Consultant, Regina Sung Aldridge is a former classroom teacher who is currently working with Alesi Group with The Kindergarten Experience. Amongst the spicy salsa aftermath and delicious tacos cons ...…
 
In Episode 12, Early Childhood Journeys podcast host Marissa, chats with Isabel Garcia, MSW and Program Director at Unlimited Potential in South Phoenix. Unlimited Potential is a non-profit program providing ESL and GED classes for adults with an early childhood education component. Isabel Garcia talks about her social work journey working with ...…
 
Episode 11: Join Early Childhood Consultant Marissa Calderón as she chats with local Phoenix area Preschool Teacher and future Quality First Coach with ASCC, Oksana Beatty from Desoto Market in downtown Phoenix. Oksana shares her journey on how she became a pre-k teacher, helping her kids cope with her leaving the classroom, the importance of h ...…
 
Episode 10: We've made it to 10 episodes and to commemorate, Marissa shares an interview with Kindergarten teacher, Stacey Heath from Blue Ridge Unified School District. Stacey shares how she shifted her teaching practice of mundane worksheet and repetitive kill-joy teaching style to a more meaningful and engaging experience for both her studen ...…
 
For Episode 9, host Marissa Calderón gives a brief recap of the VSAEYC and AZAEYC State Affiliate Early Childhood Mixer event that is annually done after the first day of the First Things First Summit in Phoenix. This includes information about the Arizona Early Childhood Registry, Arizona Toolkit, upcoming Nutrition workshop called Eat, Move, ...…
 
In Episode 8, host Marissa Calderón features Kindergarten Teacher, Donna Bateman from Pendergast Elementary School District in Phoenix Arizona. Donna has been teaching for over 13 years and shares her experience and insights on how she manages to stay reflective in her work. In this candid conversation, Donna provides parents and other educator ...…
 
In this episode, Marissa sits down for a very candid conversation with fellow Arizona Children's Association Statewide Director of Permanency Services, Imelda Cordova. The conversation is filled with parenting jokes, her first position in the early childhood field working with teen moms, the experience she gained with Kith and Kin (Friends and ...…
 
In Episode 6, Marissa Calderón chats with Kindergarten Teacher Terry Duggan from Amphi School District in Tucson, AZ. Terry talks about the 20 plus years of her teaching career and how she managed to teach a different grade for six of those years! She shares her insights on how she's maintained the joy of teaching, advice for new and seasoned t ...…
 
In this episode, we uploaded the LIVE Facebook Audio from the Lunch Panelists from the AZ Ed Tech Conference at Rio Salado College on August 5, 2017. Panelists: Tim Jehl- Engineering and Advanced Tech at Perry High School in Chandler, AZ Mark Gresko- Director of Tech for Avondale School District Lennon Audrain- Recent High School Graduate, comp ...…
 
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