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Tech & Learning’s Honor Role Podcast

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Tech & Learning presents the Honor Role podcast (#TLHonorRole) celebrating fierce and formidable women in education. Education veterans Drs. Kecia Ray and Frances Gipson talk with inspiring role models who have shaped the educational landscape by overcoming obstacles, connecting with mentors to guide them through their journey, and leading future generations of women through the glass ceiling and beyond. 

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Carolyn  McKanders

Carolyn  McKanders

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Did you ever aspire to be that cool, calm, collected, and oh so creative leader? Well, that is exemplified in Carolyn McKanders! Be prepared to think deeply to unpack your greatest gifts. Carolyn is the ultimate “podcast coach” as she challenges us to be the LIGHT in this phenomenal episode.

Listen to the episode here.

Noreen Bush

Dr. Bush is a true homegrown hometown leader, and her influence has been recognized and revered nationally as the AASA (The School Superintendents Association) Women Superintendent of the Year 2021. Noreen is a bold leader that leads with incredible wisdom in community. She has sat in every “chair” of leadership and always leads with a bold culture of caring--something that is continually reflected back to her. Partnership and innovation clearly flourishes with this Cedar Rapids Superintendent. 

Listen to the episode here.


Marie Izquierdo 

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If you want to hear from a mover and shaker in the education space, then listen to our podcast with Marie Izquierdo. Known as the "superintendent" whisperer, she holds key strategy positions in one of the largest school districts in the U.S. and is widely recognized for her innovation and integrity.

Listen to the episode here.

Jackie Jodl

Jackie Jodl

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Authenticity and action are bold words that speak to shero Jackie Jodl. Dr. Jodl has impacted the field of education with one of the most critical endeavors of the Aspen Institute with the Nation at Hope report focusing on the Whole Child, and now leads the world as the VP of Global Youth and Education at the Special Olympics. Bursting with passion for serving underserved youth you will be inspired on many levels. This is thought leadership not to be missed!

Listen to the episode here.

Kendra Wallace

Kendra Wallace

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Self-described as not always a “compliant learner,” Kendra recognized the value and impact that a trusted and credible adult has on a child.  Her work with Crimson Outreach while she was an undergraduate at Harvard led her to Teach for America and what remains as her fierce commitment to children. In her career, she has demonstrated uncommon, but successful strategies that enable her to find non-traditional solutions to problems.  With a strong belief that the answers and talent are within the community, she has embraced the leadership within those around her to support the change and shift to uplift and empower youth.

Listen to the episode here.

Margo Day

Margo Day

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Have you ever been inspired to change the world? Would you quit your top level job to do it? Well, that's exactly what Margo Day did to help young girls in Kenya. Hear about her amazing journey from executive at Microsoft to inspirer of young girls in Kenya and around the world. Hear her incredible story and discover a new world of hope and rejuvenation. 

Listen to the episode here.

Jennie Magiera

Jennie Magiera

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Be inspired to create your own edventure after hearing our latest Honor Role member, Jennie Mageira. Jennie shares her career journey that landed her an esteemed role at Google and her personal journey that inspires her to be an incredible mother to her adorable toddler. Juggle life through Jennie's world by setting standards for mothering at the workplace. Listen today and use her strategies tomorrow.

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Cynthia Lim

Cynthia Lim

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Author and leader extraordinaire, Dr. Cynthia Lim, challenges us contemplate, what makes a life worth living? Love, voice, and determination weave together in this exceptional interview. Listen and read Dr. Lim’s book, before her next one drops, to answer and ask the questions that make us all wonder about our own strength, bravery, legacy, and path to joy.

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Nzingha Sonya Dugas 

Nzingha Sonya Dugas

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Nzingha Dugas is the Executive Director of the Umoja Community Education Foundation (UCEF). She is a powerful community leader who uplifts voice and stands in her strength. Inspired by many educators, this leader is further inspired to lift the voice of black girls and women. Listen and lean into her grace and spirit  with this coaching question, “how might you learn to stand in the process of illumination, and set your intentions in doing so?”

Listen to the episode here.

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Dannelle Walker Whiteside

Dannelle F. Walker Whiteside

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Dr. Dannelle Whiteside's appointment by the APSU Board of Trustees made her the first Black president of the more than 90-year-old institution. Dannelle Walker Whiteside has accomplished more in her less than 40 years than many accomplish in a lifetime. Listen to this inspiring story of dedication, commitment, and destiny. 

Listen to the episode here.

Christi Barrett 

Christi Barrett

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Pushing boundaries, Dr. Christi Barrett is graceful, strong, and determined as a superintendent. Christi chronicles stories from her own childhood, to stories that she learns from her children today. Mentors have shaped her to find her WHY and she challenges our listeners to own their why, or what if’s, in service to others.

Listen to the episode here.

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Torie Weiston-Serdan

Torie Weiston-Serdan

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Are you a critical mentor, if not it is TIME!  This is a journey not to be missed with Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan. Torie helps us realize our inner “queen” while gaining an understanding, and amplified appreciation, for liberatory practices that change mindsets-- with action! Her research and practice will leave you inspired to do more for yourself and community. SHE is the change! How might you be a critical mentor to youth in your role? 

Listen to the episode here.

Carol Jago 

Carol Jago

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Thirty-two years of inspirational teaching in the classroom may say it all, but there is even more when it comes to the love of education for Carol Jago.  A treasured author, she wrote a weekly column where we all agree she walked the talk, and now she leads across the nation in any capacity she can to make a difference for youth, community, leaders, and extraordinary educators. Enjoy the “chapters” Jago unfolds as this fierce (and what she calls “bossy”) female creates new headlines for us to consider. 

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Maria Armstrong

Maria Armstrong

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From the boardroom to the classroom, Dr. Maria Armstrong inspires hearts and minds. Maria started her education career at the age of 7 when she gathered neighborhood kids and “taught” them reading and math after school. Today, Maria is a highly sought-after consultant and speaker, sharing her experiences of assessing education programs and student progress to recommend curriculum advancement from Puerto Rico to Sacramento, California. Her work is now leading the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents at a national level. She shares her journey and reflections during our time together!

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Mónica García

Mónica García

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Mónica García proudly represents Board District 2 in the Los Angeles Unified School District. This shero LEADS through and through with every inspirational word and accompanying action. Honorable Board Member Garcia is an equity champion for the largest district in the nation with an elected Board of Education—Los Angeles Unified. With deep childhood roots in community and a transformative education experience at Berkeley, she “changes conversations” inspired by family wisdom. Learn how to motivate ALL to read, write, think, believe, and graduate with Monica!

Listen to the episode here.

Cheryl Ney 

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A brilliant mind, a brilliant STEM story: Cheryl Ney, is a social justice leader in higher education who is changing the trajectory of students, educators, and leaders on the eastside of Los Angeles. Her passion and experience as Dean at California State University, Los Angeles is influenced by pioneering women in the sciences. 

Hear how Dr. Ney's work to reform education is working to prepare high school graduates with college and career ready outcomes in the episode here

Debra Duardo

Debra Duardo

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Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo is a lifelong social worker and educator. Her life-altering message drives the importance of reaching all “at promise” learners and inspires all listeners. Debra shares her journey from dropout to superintendent of one of the most diverse counties in America;  in doing so, it reflects her very personal and professional mission. 

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Angela Maiers 

Angela Maiers

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In the inaugural Tech & Learning Honor Role podcast, Drs. Kecia Ray and Frances Gipson talk with Angela Maiers, a world-renowned author, entrepreneur, international keynote speaker, and educator, whose transformative message of the importance of mattering has the power to unleash the genius in us all. In this episode, Ms. Maiers shares her passion to inspire others. 

Listen to the episode here

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Tanzy Kilcrease

Tanzy Kilcrease

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Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease is a dedicated and passionate educator who has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for the Bibb County School District for the past six years and now has transitioned to the Chief of Staff. Her love for children inspires her work in education. In fact, she left the field of journalism in order to return to school and realize her true calling in education.  

Dr. Kilcrease began her career as a middle school teacher then moved into leadership positions, becoming an assistant principal and serving as a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She served as the Director of School Improvement in Peach County then returned to the Bibb County School District in 2011 as an Associate Superintendent.  As a principal, her work was published in two books: Are We There Yet: Continuing to Close the Achievement Gap and Creating School Cultures that Embrace Learning: What Successful Leaders Do. Two schools she served became Title I Distinguished Schools, and the high school was recognized in the Professional Association of Georgia Educators’ magazine, PAGE One, for having a 46% change in graduation rate since 2011.  She also was the recipient of the Education Celebrity Award for the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) for the significant increase in reading and math scores.

She is the proud mother of three Bibb County School District graduates, and has two grandchildren. 

Cheryl Logan

Cheryl Logan

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Cheryl Logan has served as Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools since 2018.  Logan has spent her career in education working in school districts with large immigrant populations from around the world, including with students from significant English language learner populations.  She has previously served as Assistant Superintendent in Philadelphia Public Schools, and various roles at Prince George’s Public Schools and Howard County Public Schools. 

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