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Being an Advocate For Yourself as a Teacher..A Conversation with Angela Watson

September 2nd, 2019

In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews Angela Watson from The Cornerstone for Teachers, the keynote speaker for the Teacher Self-Care Conference happening in Philadelphia on October 19, 2019. In this conversation, they discuss how teachers can reclaim their time and their self-care.

[Episode 70] Where Have We Been?

December 28th, 2018

We've been gone for 8 months. Find out what's been happening and when (and if) we're coming back. Spoiler Alert: We are! 

[Episode 69] The Ins and Out of Teacher Burnout

April 8th, 2018

In this episode, Franchesca interviews Shawnta B., as she discusses how she dealt with teacher burnout through a high-risk pregnancy, a bed rest in the hospital, and a move to a new school. During the interview we discussed:

  • what causes the March/April teacher burnout
  • how getting over burnout helped her lose over 40 pounds
  • how changing positions helped her develop as a professional
  • what's next for her in her career since her position was abolished. 

To follow Shawnta, you can find her follow her here!




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[Episode 68] Social Studies and The Need for Critical Thinking

April 4th, 2018

In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews Megan from Too Cool for Middle School about all things social studies. She starts the conversation discussing how she was able to discover a civil rights icon was part of her husband's genealogy. In addition, she discusses how:

  • social studies is a powerful to help have evidence-based discussions
  • the need for honest conversations around curriculum, etc.

To find Megan on social media, follow her on the following links:





[Episode 67] Dealing With Infertility As a Teacher

April 4th, 2018

In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews Sarah Hahn Denham, a teacher, and owner of the website Sarah Drinks Water. She discusses her battles with infertility and how she manages everything as a teacher. 

To contact Sarah, follow the following websites:

Instagram: @sarahdrinksallthewater
Twitter: @SarahPCOS
More Resources: 
National Infertility Awareness Week:

[Episode 66] What Does It Take For a Principal to Be Successful?

April 3rd, 2018

In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews Stephanie Johnson- an award-winning principal and community leader- about what it takes for a principal to be successful. During this interview we discussed:

  • what qualities you need to have to be a successful school leader
  • the biggest lessons Stephanie learned being a leader in three schools
  • what skill principals need most that they're not getting in schools. 

To reach out to Stephanie, follow her on Twitter here

[Episode 65] Mobilizing Teachers Around the Gun Debate

February 22nd, 2018

In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews Sarah Forst from the Designer Teacher and one of the creators of the Facebook group, Educators Against Gun Violence. They discuss everything from if teachers should be armed in the classroom, to real solutions to stop gun violence in schools and if mental health is to blame for the rash of gun violence in the last 20 years. 


Follow the Designer Teacher here and as always, leave a review and subscribe to our podcast.

[Episode 64] When Teachers Find Their Own Solutions

February 18th, 2018

In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews teacher/principal/instructional coach Mr. Haj Womack from Teachers in Touch as he discusses how used the common teacher problem of uninvolved parents to create an app that solved this problem. He discusses the highs (finally getting the app right) to the lows (a developer running off with his money) and how teachers don't have to be rich to find fulfill your dream. 


To learn more about Haj's app, click below. Note: We were not paid for this podcast. We've worked with Haj for the last couple of years and we think he's a pretty cool teacher doing cool things.


Episode 63: What Dr. King’s Dream Really Meant

January 15th, 2018

In this episode, Fran Warren interviews George Cassutto, social studies in the metro DC area and whose parents survived the Holocaust. In this interview, we discuss his article, The Pastor and the President: Race in the American Classroom. In addition, we discuss the real message behind Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech AND how teachers can be brave and teach students about love. In this episode, we discuss: 

  • his parent's and their experiences surviving the Jewish Holocaust and later learning to forgive
  • how to be an advocate of what Dr. King preached about and still keeping your job
  • how teachers can practice spiritual self-care while teaching in the midst of hate. 

To contact George, please visit his website found here or via email at

[Episode 62] Everyone Wants to Be An Instructional Coach

January 13th, 2018

Have you ever wanted to be an Instructional Coach but you're unsure about what you need to be an effective teacher? In this video from The Instructional Coach Academy details the five character traits needed to be an effective instructional coach AND what you can do to secure that job!