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[Episode 53] Helping Dyslexic Students in Schools

October 8th, 2017

In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews Mike T. Dunn, Director of College Counseling at AIM Academy, a school for students with dyslexia. In this interview Mike discusses the following: 

  • how schools can best support students they suspect may have dyslexia
  • what are some of the signs that teachers miss that indicate dyslexia 
  • strategies for schools to be literacy havens beyond the typical tools
  • what parents can do to help support their children with learning disabilities around print. 

To learn more about AIM Academy, please click here. 

You can email Mike at 

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[Episode 52] Teaching Controversial Topics in Elementary School

October 3rd, 2017

"You can start teaching social justice to students when they're young enough to suffer from social ills."

In this episode of The Educator's Room podcast, we talk to two elementary school teachers, LaNesha from Education From An Apron and Naomi from Read Like a Rockstar about teaching K-5 students about controversial topics. From Charlottesville to Hispanic Heritage month, these teachers have decided that it's not only important to teach social studies from a social justice lens, but also make sure that all students understand why various cultures are important. From creating resources that speak to students to engaging in difficult conversations about why social studies is so important in the  K-5 curriculum, these teachers are ready to teach to the heart of all students. 

During this podcast we cover: 

  • the need for social studies in all K-5 classrooms
  • how they create resources without biases for their K-5 students
  • how teachers can advocate for their students without solely focusing on Black History Month in February
  • and much more. 

For more information on how to reach Naomi and LaNesha, please look below. 

Read Like a Rockstar: 


Education with an Apron

Mindfulness in the Classroom: What is it?

August 26th, 2017

In this episode of The Educator's Room podcast, we interview Lee-Ann Meredith about the use of mindfulness in the classroom and how it can be used to engage the neediest students and teachers. In this lesson we discuss: 

  • what is mindfulness in the classroom
  • some easy strategies for implementation
  • how it helps teachers who are struggling with classroom management
  • the difference between mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning 

and much more...


[Episode 51} From Full-Time Middle School Teacher to Full-Time (Paid) Writer

August 5th, 2017

In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews Britni Danielle, former middle school teacher and current full-time writer for publications including EBONY, ESSENCE, TakePart, Vibe, Teen Vogue, and Heart & Soul. In this raw, eye-opening episode, Britni talks about how/why she left after being a teacher for six years and decided to live her dream of being a teacher. In addition, she gives readers clear steps if they're interested in making the 2017-2018 school year into the year you say YES.

To connect with Britni, please follow her below.
Online Course:
Twitter: @BritniDWrites



[Episode 50] Being Black at School

July 23rd, 2017

in this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews Kelly Hurst, Executive Director of Being Black at School, as we discussed the realities of being black at school-the good, bad, and ugly. This episode doesn't do the obligatory talk about "race" but they go "deep" into not only the realities but what teachers can do to really do the work. In this episode, we discuss...

  • the background of how being Black in School was started
  • the bias that many teachers have towards students of color
  • why the work of Being in Black in School is needed
  • why being colorblind does not help a situation
  • three things for educators to do TODAY to start the work of deconstructing an educational system that swallows our most vulnerable students. 

Resources Discussed in this episode:

Here's how to connect to Kelly:
10 Things Schools Can Do Today for Black Students on our Medium channel



[Episode 49] How the Healthcare Bill Affects You As a Teacher

June 24th, 2017

cIn this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews John Palmer from, T.R.A.G.I.C, as we discuss why teachers should be concerned about what's in this "new" health care bill and why teachers must fight political party partisan when it comes to our livelihood. During the interview the following topics are discussed:

  • how T.R.A.G.I.C. changed the face of healthcare in Georgia when teachers were faced with
  • how this new medical bill has the potential to severely change how students in our classroom are serviced 
  • why teachers must put aside partisan and vote for their livelihood


To learn more about T.R.A.G.I.C., please contact John at any of the following contacts.




[Episode 48] Training Teachers to Be Students

June 24th, 2017

In this episode, Franchesca interviews Adrian Layne, a veteran English/Language Arts teacher who runs a magnet program that trains students to be teachers. In this conversation we discuss: 

  • the inception of her teacher training program
  • the increase and/or decline of student enrollment 
  • the collaboration between elementary teachers and the students

and everything in between! If you've been considering some ways that teachers can train up the next generation of teachers, this is a great episode to listen to and leave us feedback on! 

To get in contact with Adrian, click here.



[Episode 47] Living Your Best Life: A Teacher’s Story on Being Fit and Finally Free

June 23rd, 2017

In this episode, Franchesca Warren, interviews Almetria Turner from Fit and Finally Free about her journey from being 347 pounds to losing 177 pounds- without pills, teas, or surgery. In this episode, Almetria not only discusses her journey but the round blocks she encountered and why teachers have to be physically healthy. Note: Almetria will be a workshop presenter at the Teacher Self-Care One-Day Workshop in Memphis, October 7th, 2017! 

To register for this conference, click HERE


Facebook: and Finally Free
Linked in and FB-Almetria Turner



[Episode 46] Teaching With Mr. D! Social Media Is Not the Enemy

May 19th, 2017

Ever since I saw Mr. D's clip on The Ellen Show, I have been in love with his infectious smile and bubbly personality! Since Social Media is such a huge deal in every school, we thought it would be interesting to discuss how one teacher makes it work for his fourth-grade students.

Mr. Dombrowski has built a pretty influential social media following documenting his every move with his 4th-grade class. In this episode, Mr. D shares his thoughts on teachers using social media in the classroom. We discuss everything from how he ended up on The Ellen Show, the appropriate use of social media in the classroom, gaining parental permission, etc. 

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[Episode 45] Why Every Teacher Should Get a Career Counselor

April 18th, 2017

Statistics show that during the first five years of teaching, the majority of new teachers will leave the profession. What's even more staggering is trying to figure out what do these teachers end up doing after they leave the field of education? 

In the opening of Season 3 of our podcast, we interview Andrea Holyfield from LiveWellCPS as she gives some honest advice not only for teachers trying to leave the profession but those who want to stay in the profession. Andrea presented at our Teacher Self-Care Conference and attendees were BLOWN away with the practical advice she gave for teachers to transition to other careers.


During this conversation we discuss: 

  • the biggest mistakes teachers make when looking for jobs. 
  • the types of jobs that are actively looking for teachers
  • how to transfer your skills from being a classroom teacher into corporate America
  • and much more! 

Take your time to not only listen to this podcast, but subscribe and share with a friend who may need this! 

To get ahold of Andrea, please check out her website ( and tell her found her on our podcast!