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Mind Your Garden — The Seeds You Plant Today Become the Realities of Tomorrow – PRNewswire

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OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --It's not every day that a successful self-made entrepreneur coming from nothing, is willing to share his secrets in an easy-to-read book that shows you how to achieve your dreams.

"I believe we are here to be a contribution to one another. I hope my book will teach people how to create a life they truly love to live," said Mind Your Garden author and life coach Tony Taylor.

"The less time we spend judging, being jealous and all the other stuff that robs us of our energy, the more we can focus on what really matters in life. I literally came from nothing and it took me more than 30 years to discover the secrets that have worked to fulfill my dreams."

"I'm revealing it all in a five story series beginning with Mind Your Garden, which is a concise colorful 38-page cartoon illustrated book designed to be read and reread," said Taylor.

His mother was a single parent and couldn't afford to send him to college but he somehow made it. He has his a MBA with an emphasis on marketing and is currently enrolled in a master's program in divinity.

"I am constantly hungry for information that can help stuck people become unstuck," said Taylor.

Besides being a life coach, he owns several businesses, cares for his 77 year-old mother, who resides with him and his husband of nine years along with their three fur-babies.

"I didn't know that a person coming from my background could have the ability to create anything that they wanted. I have learned through the years that what you think about, you bring about. In my first story I want everyone to understand that thoughts are an important foundation of getting what you want in life," said Taylor.

This colorful story illustrates how to turn your thoughts into actions, so you can achieve what you want to be creating in the world. There are many 250+ page personal growth books out there but Taylor has created the smallest version, inspired by children's books, that tells a story in a fun way.

The ultimate goal of the book is to let people tap into their potential and live a life they really love. The reason Taylor became a life coach is because when he looked around, he saw people resigned and stuck within the status quo.

"They've stopped asking questions, stopped challenging themselves and just settled into a boring existence. We all have ceilings made of glass. This book is about breaking through the ceiling. The more you dream, the bigger your actions and the more you'll get out of life," said Taylor.

The character in the book is Daniel, who's always hurting people by being mean even though he doesn't want to be that way. When he realizes that it's possible to make a difference in the world, just by simply changing his thoughts, is when he becomes a more powerful and authentic person in action.

In Mind Your Garden, you'll learn not to settle for initial thoughts, discover your purpose and express yourself better. You'll also learn how to let go and live life at a higher level.

Throughout the story, you'll find highlighted coaching moments intended to give you the opportunity to reflect and think about in your own life. The colorful illustrations depict complicated content and there's also a glossary of terms with more coaching tips.

Coach Tonyhas spent years coaching clients and studying psychology, ontology, and spirituality to create this one-of-a-kind book.

Mind Your Garden will be available on September 10th for $9.99 on Amazon for softcover and $20 for hardcover or $10 for softcover at the retail shop on the Coach Tony website.

Along with the retail shop, Coach Tony offers advice on his blog postings at his website that can change your life. He's available for life coaching consultations to help individuals, couples and businesses.

Follow him on social media:

Facebook: @CoachTonyTaylor

Instagram: Coach_TonyTaylor

Twitter: @TonyBlissTaylor

For further information or to schedule an interview please contact:

Coach Tony Taylor at (402) 490-5764 or [emailprotected].


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REVEALED: Aussie coach Doug Frost’s Olympic Relay Plan That Sank The US On A Dramatic Opening Day In Sydney – Swimming World Magazine

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REVEALED: Aussie coach Doug Frosts Olympic Relay Plan That Sank The US On A Dramatic Opening Day In Sydney

The year 2000 was a dream come true for Australia with Sydney hosting its countrys second Olympics some 44 years after the joys of Melbourne in 1956.

Two Olympic Games that shaped the swimming mad country as a leader in the ideals of Olympism from its spirit to its passion and the coming together of the youth of the world to the community involvement of a special band of volunteers and the unveiling of its past and present sporting heroes.

For one young man it would be the celebration of a swimming career born in Padstow in Sydneys inner west when an eight-year-old boy followed his sister into a suburban five-lane 25m indoor pool that was Padstow Indoor.

It was a moment that would change his life and the life of his coach forever.

Sydney 2000 Day One at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre Enter 17-year-old swimmer Ian Thorpe and his coach Doug Frost the lethal combination that would stamp their sporting greatness on the nation and the world on an opening night in Sydney that brought the house down.

Frost now lives in Mollymook on the NSW South Coast where at 77 years young the coach who was voted the World Swim Coaches Coach of the last Millenium, now lives in semi-retirement, with his best mate Bonza the Labrador, while still working on his golfing handicap.

Doug till keeps his coaching hand in too when asked to step in at Camps in Queensland and NSW and with former NSW coach Gary Hollywood in New Zealand.

Here he reveals the secret planning and plotting behind the success of what many believe was the greatest highlight of the Games when Australia beat the USA smashing em like guitars in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

We had four boys in Ashley Callus, Michael Klim, Chris Fydler and Ian who could go 48 or 47in that 4100to win thatwas one of the greatest success stories we had at those Olympics, recalled Frost.

That was just incredibleI remember Ian ripping his costume and going down there (to see what was going on).

Thorpe had put his foot through his suit, ripping it, forcing him to put on the same suit he had won the 400m in and it was wet and the struggle to get that suit on saw him only just make it to the race on time.

But it was the lead up to the relay that also had its fair share of twists and turns and a decision that changed history.

Don Talbot said to me in the lead up to the Games that Gennadi Touretsky (who sadly passed away last month) would be taking over as the 4x200m relay coach and I said What are you talking about? Ive had the 4x200m the last three major championships.on every teamthats my team. recalled Frost.

Talbot told Frost that Gennadi had approached him and he wanted to handle the 4200 freestyle squad and he had agreedI eventually said, well ok. do I get a team?

And he said youve got the 4100 boysand immediately I thought to myself privately we can win the 4x100m anyway and I went about plotting the down fall of the Americans. They were the team to beat.

So I looked at it and did some research and had a look at all the times by the American boys; they were the ones were going to have to beat and so I did some assessments.

All their first 50m splits were out of this world; and I said to the boys there is no way you can match thatand said if you think you are going to win this thing in the first 50m in any of the splits, it doesnt matter what leg it isyou are mistaken.

And so what happens Klimmy goes out and breaks the world record48.12 in the opening legwow!! I said OK we can live with that

But besides that I had emphasised to them you wont win it in the first 50. But if you can grit it out I reckon we can haul them in when we get to the 100m on the splits.

Anyway thats what happened.. Chris Fydler and Ashley Callus carried out the plan to a tee and we saw Thorpie swim over the top of Gary Hall Jnr to win the gold.

When Ian dived in I gave him a chanceeven though Hall swam past him and he was a length and a half behind. But I gave him a chancebecause I knew all the previous swimmers had gone out like a bull-at-a-gate.and they were coming back and really telling

We spoke regularly about the opportunities.there was always a good chance we could get them in the back end.and thats what I said to Ian at the timewe talked about that.thats what we talked about.And when I saw the boys after the race I was beside myselfbeside myself.and why wouldnt I be?

Chris Fydler came to me and said Ive just broken a seven-year drought.thats my first PB in seven years.and I still remember him saying that to me after the race

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Service goal: ‘Improve their overall life’ – Pendleton Times-Post

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PENDLETON When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, it ushered in change for physical therapist Rachel Ferguson, who worked for a large company managing a statewide program.

Instead of accepting an offer of a different position within the company, Ferguson decided to strike out on her own. In alliance with several others, she launched Wholistic Wellness Services, a business that is home to a range of services, including physical therapy, massage therapy, yoga, dance and more.

We all coordinate in the same building, we all market from the same website, but each is doing their own individual program, Ferguson said.

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The business is located at 227 S. Pendleton Ave., in a two-story house Ferguson said has been used for commercial purposes since the mid-1900s. In recent years, its been home to The Real Estate Pros of Keller Williams and The Story Shop.

Inside Wholistic Wellness, there are three treatment rooms, an exercise/fitness area, a 10-person conference room (available for rent), a kitchenette and a bathroom.

Ferguson, a Bloomington native, has been a Pendleton resident since 2003, two years after earning a masters degree in physical therapy from the University of Evansville with certifications in ergonomic specialty and nutrition.

In addition to physical therapy and nutrition coaching, she provides spiritual and financial coaching.

Independent contractors who also provide services at Wholistic Wellness include:

Jen Angel Massage therapist

Angela Miller Speech pathologist, reiki therapist

Alisha Miller Physical therapist and nutrition coach

Katy Pearson Yoga instructor (SLO-Flow)

Nikki Witham Reiki therapist and yoga (yin) and barre instructor

Danielle McLaughlin womens worship dance and exercise, and toddler dance instructor

Danielle Brossart Essential oil instructor with Young Living

Kyra Conatser Life coach and CPR/First Aid instructor

Ferguson said there are other providers of similar services in the area, and some of the independent contractors working at Wholistic were among them.

She said and the other service providers at Wholistic are looking to grow, but theyre not necessarily in competition with other providers.

With yoga, for instance, there are many different styles, and the times classes are offered are different, partly by happenstance and partly by design.

Also, she said, she doesnt want to interrupt peoples routines if what theyre doing works for them.

Ultimately, the facility at Wholistic, were trying to provide an environment that brings an opportunity for people to come in and find any opportunity to improve their overall life, she said. So were not wanting to take away from where theyre getting enjoyment or improvement in their life already.

The business opened May 14, after state COVID-19 restrictions were lifted for massage therapy.

So far, business has been good, she said, with the biggest challenges being pandemic related, either directly or indirectly. COVID-19 and the resulting fluctuating school schedule has been a significant challenge alone, she said.

I think the biggest piece is whats the right way to get visibility out into the community and understanding how things have changed, just the approach people take to joining classes, to just setting up appointments, just trying to find the right way to market to where people are currently around COVID.

Trying to meet people where theyre at, whether they want in-person classes, small-group classes which all of our classes are going to be small groups, our fitness classes are going to be no more than 10 people in a class at a time but just trying to find what fits with peoples schedules.


Business name: Wholistic Wellness Services

Address: 227 S. Pendleton Ave.

Hours of operation: See class and appointment schedule at

Phone number: 765-360-9447

Services provided: Physical therapy, massage therapy, Reiki, nutrition coaching, small group exercise classes of yoga, barre and worship dance, and educational classes, which include Financial Peace University, CPR/First Aid, essential oil classes

Owner(s): Rachel Ferguson

Number of employees: There are eight independent business owners affiliated with the facility.

Do you own/have you ever owned another business? If so, which one(s)?

I have run and managed physical therapy outpatient and wellness clinics in the past.

How did you get into the wellness business?

A request by other business owners to partner in one location.

What aspect of the business do you like most?

Helping people come to live their life to their greatest potential in business, health, nutrition and fitness

How has COVID-19 affected your business plan?

It has made it harder to inform the community what we do; however, with our small group atmosphere for classes, we have been able to safely maintain social distancing and cleaning requirements.

What are your hopes for the business?

To be a location that brings peace and healing to people and the community.

Is there anything else you think people would want to know or find interesting about you or your business?

There is conference room space available for class, small group or even business interviewing with seating space for 10 and projection capabilities. Or the front porch is open and available for sitting and socializing.

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Ed Pepple, Hall of Fame Mercer Island basketball coach, dies at age 88 – Sports and Weather Right Now

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Longtime high school basketball coach at Mercer Island, Ed Pepple, and then-Whitworth mens basketball coach Matt Logie pose together in 2012. (DAN PELLE/The Spokesman-Review)

Ed Pepple, the Hall of Fame boys basketball coach who coached at Mercer Island High School for 42 years, died Monday of cancer at age 88, Pepples son, Kyle, confirmed to the Seattle Times.

Known as a tactician and motivator in a maroon blazer, the former Marine was synonymous with Mercer Island hoops since 1968. Pepple led the Islanders to four state championships during his 42 years coaching at the suburban Seattle public school. He accumulated 952 victories overall in 49 years as high-school coach before announcing his retirement in March 2009.

Current Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder and 10-year NBA veteran Steve Hawes were among Pepples most notable players at Mercer Island. He guided a total of 80 boys basketball players to either a community college or Division I program.

Pepple won his first state championship in 1985 after placing second three times in the previous four years.

His 1981 Islanders lost the title game to Shadle Park, a team featuring Mark Rypien, Scott Poole, Tom Peterson and Mark Anderson and coached by Dave Robertson, when the Highlanders scored what appeared to many to be a late basket.

Mercer Island won 15 KingCo titles during Pepples reign.

Born in Denver, Pepple lived in six different states because of his stepfathers position in the Army. Pepple, a 5-foot-9 point guard, graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950, playing for Hall of Fame coach Bill Nollan as a senior.

After a season suiting up for what is now Everett Community College, Pepple transferred to Utah where he was voted a team captain and helped the Utes to the NCAA tournament in 1955.

Pepple was the grandfather of former Whitworth coach Matt Logie, now at Point Loma.

My grandpa has been a father figure in my life, Logie said in a 2012 interview with The Spokesman-Review. Hes influenced my life in so many ways.

Pepple began his coaching career at Fife High School and also coached and taught at Meadowdale and Mark Morris. He was inducted to multiple halls of fame, including the National High School Coaches Association and Washington Sports Hall of Fame.

Its been a great run, Pepple told the Seattle Times in 2009 of his high-school coaching career. Obviously youd be crazy to stay at a job for 42 years and not enjoy it. Ive been blessed to do something that I love. I have a lot of great memories and its been a magnificent and rewarding experience for me.

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At the heart of the matter, sister inspires Charlie Weis Jr.’s coaching climb – Notre Dame Insider

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It was a 17-hour drive, not counting stops a transportation alternative this summer prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but a destination that very definitively tells the story of who Charlie Weis Jr. has become.

When the ascending 27-year-old coaching prodigy arrived in the town he still calls home, South Bend, from Tampa, health protocols dictated that he couldnt give his 25-year-old sister, Hannah, a hug.

And they had to communicate through a screen door at her residence at Hannah & Friends Neighborhood, a facility that provides housing and programming for adults and children with special needs.

On Saturday, hell be back in the area, walking into Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since November of 2009, days before his father, Charlie Weis Sr., was told by the ND administration that his five-year run as the schools head football coach was over.

And Charlie Jr. will do so as the University of South Floridas offensive coordinator, going up against his fathers successor, 11th-year ND coach Brian Kelly, and his seventh-ranked Irish (2:30 p.m. EDT; USA Network).

Its the younger Weis almost vertical climb in the coaching business, his fathers rep and the images of him as a teenager wearing a headset and flashing signals from the sideline, to the disapproval at the time of many in the Irish fan base, that frame his return.

It was Hannah, though, who helped inspire it.

Above all, Hannah just makes me want to be a better person, Charlie Jr. said Tuesday in a phone interview of his only sibling, who was diagnosed with global developmental delays as a toddler. And she makes me want to be extremely grateful for the life that I have and to be able to do all the things that I can do.

She can only speak so many words. She can only do so many things. But despite all that, whenever I see her, shes got a smile on her face. Shes laughing. Shes having fun. She always says she loves you.

And man, if you can be a happy person and a person whos extremely loving with all the adversity and all the things that shes been through, it makes me want to seize every moment of my life that I can.

Charlie Weis Jr. seized coaching.

The Weis family Hannah, Charlie Jr., Charlie and Maura walk the grounds of the site for Hannah & Friends Neighborhood at a 2007 groundbreaking ceremony.

Against the advice of his father. Against the forbidding of his mom, Maura, whom he nevertheless calls his best friend. And despite the boos and the insults, cyber and direct, that pocked Charlie Sr.s final three years at ND after consecutive BCS Bowl appearances in 2005-06.

The ugliness seemed to crest at Charlie Jr.s most recent trip to Notre Dame Stadium, a 33-30 double-overtime loss to UConn on Senior Day 2009 engineered by Huskies starting quarterback Zach Frazer, a player Charlie Sr. had run off a couple of years prior.

It was obviously a hard night, losing to UConn, not fun, Charlie Jr. said. You kind of know how things go and where things were heading, kind of preparing yourself for all of that.

So I just honestly remember after the game going home and being with my dad. And I thought he did a good job, in a very difficult time for him, of teaching me to keep my head up and to look forward and not worry about things.

I learned a lot that day. But of all the things I learned, thats what I remember most.

The elder Weis landed an offensive coordinator gig with the Kansas City Chiefs shortly thereafter, and the move had an unintended profound effect on the trajectory of Charlie Jr.s professional and personal life.

As much as he loved Saint Joseph High School, where he played baseball, he felt like he could make a fresh start at St. Pius X High in Kansas City, Mo. He shed 60 pounds in the offseason and went out for football for the first time, making the team as a wide receiver.

I didnt know at the time how much that it would help my coaching someday, he said. Playing the receiver position, getting a feel for it and seeing it through that lens I think was really important. As a coordinator, you have to develop the pass game and see a lot of that stuff.

So having at least some familiarity with playing the position definitely helps. And I definitely got some good coaching there, good experiences. And then just bonding with the players and being part of a team as a player was another important thing to experience.

Charlie Weis Jr. (left) is in his first season as offensive coordinator for the University of South Florida football team, which visits Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday.

Away from football, his school locker was located next to the woman who Charlie Jr., would eventually marry, Jennifer, a former figure skater who knew almost nothing about football at the time.

She didnt know who I was or who my dad was, and that was actually a good thing, he said. Id talk to her and see her every day. By the end of the year we were dating. We stayed together through college and everything.

God works in mysterious ways. Youd think my dad getting fired was the worst thing in the world. You love South Bend. You love St. Joe High School and wanted to graduate from there. Well I ended up leaving there, moving to Kansas City for my senior year, and so the high school I picked was the one where my (future) wife was.

Oh, and now she pays attention to football, but I think its mainly because of (Chiefs QB) Patrick Mahomes.

Charlie Jr. perhaps first showed signs of coaching chops and definitely audacity in the moments after Charlie Sr.s first game as NDs head coach. Standing on the sideline after Notre Dames shocking 42-21 pummeling of heavily favored and 23rd-ranked Pitt on the road in the 2005 season opener, 12-year-old Charlie Jr. leaned into his dads question about what he thought about the game and uttered, Nice game. Sloppy second half, though, huh?

Father and son still remember that exchange like it was yesterday. And they both too vividly recall moving into former Irish head coach Bob Davies house before building their own.

With a full-sized functional baseball field in the backyard.

As much as I loved playing baseball, coaching football was always my true passion, Charlie Jr. said. Those relationships that my dad has with guys like Kyle Rudolph, Jimmy Clausen, Kyle McCarthy and Golden Tate still today to me made it so cool and made it something that I wanted to do and that I wanted to have.

Charlie Weis Jr. (left) was a fixture on the Irish sidelines during father Charlie Sr.s five-year run as Notre Dames head football coach (2005-09).

And to be a positive influence on young peoples lives and help them grow and help them be the best versions of themselves, not just as players, but as people.

It was his own connection to those players that kept Charlie Jr. following Notre Dame football under Kelly, at least initially.

I feel like hes done a tremendous job at Notre Dame throughout the years, Charlie Jr. said of Kelly.

The two, though, have never crossed paths. Nor has Charlie Jr. and NDs 28-year-old offensive coordinator, Tommy Rees.

That is not since Rees was a 17-year-old high school senior quarterback that Charlie Sr. was recruiting. Oregon showed an interest in both Charlie Jr. and Rees this offseason. Rees interviewed for the offensive coordinator job there that ultimately went to Joe Moorhead.

Charlie Jr. had a chance to do the same, but stuck with the job he landed two days before Christmas as Jeff Scotts offensive coordinator at USF.

Charlie Jr.s previous two seasons were spent coordinating and revving up the offense at Florida Atlantic for Lane Kiffin. His coaching journey also includes stops with Florida and Kansas with his dad at Alabama under Nick Saban, and with pro teams Atlanta and New England.

Not always were the responsibilities glamorous or well-defined, but Charlie Jr. always found a way to make the most of those.

Driving from Tampa to South Bend and back this summer gave him plenty of time to dream, especially about where all this could be headed.

Instead, he thought about his sisters smile and enjoying a promising present.

Im just extremely grateful to be where Im at, at this point in time in my career, he said. Every day Im thankful that Im the OC at South Florida and get to work with a bunch of really good people and coach a bunch of good players here.

I havent really put too much thought into the future. I really just truly am excited to be at USF and to have the moments that I think are possible here. And every day I learn something. Thats how I dream.

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30 K12 IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2020 – EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education

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From podcasters to bloggers and speakers, these influential figures are helping school leaders, IT decision-makers and educators navigate todays uncertain educational landscape.

Theres no denying that 2020 has been a challenging year for teachers, administrators, students and their families. The coronavirus pandemic threw several curveballs at our nations schools and education systems, pushing many educators to teach and work together remotely for the first time.

Despite the hardships this year has brought on, educators were quick to adapt. They worked tirelessly to continue learning for millions of children online without forgoing authentic relationships and community. They embraced the power of technology and learned to use digital tools from collaboration platforms to the cloud in ways that support inclusive, innovative and secure learning experiences for their students.

But its clear that theres still a lot for educators to learn, especially as they likely will rely heavily on technology beyond this school year. To stay agile in a rapidly evolving world, schools and districts will need to be on top of the latest ed tech trends and offerings, even more than they were before the pandemic.

To help,EdTechhas compiled a list of influencers who are using social and digital media to inform, engage and even entertain those in the education space. Below are 30 of the savviest K12 IT leaders, bloggers, podcasters and social media personalities you should be following right now. If you're on the list, spread the news and don't forget to grab our influencer images for your social media pages or websites.

Adam Juarez is a technology integration coach for grades six to 12 at Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District in California. He leads teachers in implementing technology in their lessons through one-on-one coaching, demonstrations and professional development. Through his website, podcast and Twitter account, Juarez shares step-by-step advice on using various tools, from Zoom to Google apps.

Adam Phyall is the director of technology and media services at Newton County School System in Covington, Ga. He is also a former high school science teacher. On his social media accounts, website and podcast, Phyall shares tech-focused presentation slides and other insights and tips on educational technology.

Andrew Arevalo is a fourth grade teacher and esports director for McCabe Union Elementary School District in El Centro, Calif. Arevalo, also known by the handle Gameboydrew, discusses topics of blended learning, the power of play and human-centered design on his website and his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Amelia Vance oversees theStudent Privacy Compasswebsite (formerly FERPA|Sherpa) and reviews applicants to the Student Privacy Pledge. She advises policymakers, academics, companies, school districts and states on child and student privacy law and best practices information she also shares on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Ari Flewelling is a K12 education strategist for CDWG. She specializes in pedagogy-first technology integration to enhance practice and student achievement. Throughout her work, she ensures technology is implemented equitably to provide all students access and opportunity.

Carla Jefferson co-hosts a podcast about educational technology in the Darlington County (S.C.) School District, where she is an instructional technology coordinator. She also is the director of the Darlington County Virtual Academy.

Christopher Bugaj is an inclusive design facilitator, an author and a founding member of the assistive technology team for Loudoun County (Va.) Public Schools. He co-hosts the Talking With Tech podcast, which focuses on augmentative and alternative communication. On social media, Bugaj shares information and advice about making educational experiences accessible to all students. He and his wife have also teamed up to createNight Light Stories, a podcast of original stories for children.

David Chan is the instructional technology director at Evanston Township High School in Illinois and the project lead of his districts one-to-one digital learning initiative. Hes also a Google for Education certified innovator and trainer and regularly presents at educational technology conferences. Follow him on Twitter to stay in the know on all the latest ed tech trends especially for Googles products.

Superintendent David Miyashiro led Cajon Valley Union School Districts seamless transition to the digital age. His Twitter account and the California districts YouTube channel show examples of educators using educational technology in creative ways.

Desiree Alexander, an award-winning educator with multiple degrees, is the founder and CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting. Shes also the North Louisiana regional director for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. Through her blog, social media and YouTube channel, Alexander shares ed tech tips to empower educators.

Esther Park is a high school teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages who is passionate about integrating technology to provide equitable access to quality instruction for all learners. Through her social media accounts and YouTube channel, she shares instructional resources and tech tutorials to empower educators and students to become global citizens.

Gregory Bagby is the coordinator of instructional technology for Hamilton County (Tenn.) Schools and a professional learning specialist for theNorthwest Council for Computer Education. Bagby, a former principal, discusses educational technology on social media accounts and co-moderates #EdTechChat and #TnEdChat on Twitter.

Jake Miller is a technology integration specialist for Orange City School District in Ohio. His podcast focuses on how educators can use technology to meet their goals, address learning standards and solve problems in the classroom. He also posts helpful how-to videos on his YouTube channel.

Jennifer Williams is a professor at Saint Leo University in Florida, co-founder ofTeachSDGsandTake Action Globaland the president of ISTEs Education Leaders Professional Learning Network. As an educator and author of the ISTE book,Teach Boldly: Using Edtech for Social Good,she champions teachers to use educational technology for the benefit of people and the planet. Connect with her on social media to get a daily dose of ed tech inspiration.

A rising star in STEM education and advocacy, Justin Shaifer is a popular-science communicator with a talent for understanding and inspiring Generation Z students. He founded Fascinate, a nonprofit that partners with organizations such as Microsoft and Google to get under-represented students excited about STEM careers. Hes also known forThe Magic Cool Busand his TEDx talk,How to Speak Generation Z,and he is the host ofEscapeLab, a live science show on Twitch. He also creates animatedYouTube videosthat demystify STEM concepts for urban students.

After working as an educator for over 20 years, Ken Shelton is now a professional keynote speaker and educational technology strategist. Through his social media and The Liberated Educator podcast, Shelton engages educators in learning about digital equity, anti-bias/anti-racism, multimedia literacy, instructional design and more.

Kristina Ishmael is an educator, learner, advocate and agent of change. Currently, she is the director of primary and secondary education at the nonprofit Open Education Global. Through her work and social media accounts, Kristina shares best practices for creating inclusive and representative digital learning resources.

Kyle Pace is the instructional technology director at Lees Summit R-7 School District in Missouri. He is also the founder of EdCamp KC, an unconference for educators.

With his blog and Twitter account, veteran educator Matt Hiefield spotlights issues related to digital equity and homework, and the solutions to consider.

Matthew Lynch, a writer, activist and former university dean, uses his online publication, The Tech Edvocate, to share the latest ed tech news in the P20 education sector. He also has a podcast called The Edvocate, which is dedicated to conversations about equity, reform and innovation in education.

Melissa Lim is a technology integration specialist for Portland Public Schools in Oregon. She works collaboratively with her school community in both leadership and classroom settings to support professional learning and the integration of technology and curriculum in her district. Shes also the co-founder ofEdcampPDXand co-organizes events such asEdTech Women Portland. She shares tips for how educators can reimagine education with technology through her social media and website.

When shes not working as a technology specialist for Ladue School District in St. Louis, Mo., Patricia Brown, aka Ms. EdTechie, helps educators create meaningful tech interactions and address the digital divide by sharing practical techniques through her blog, social media and speaking engagements.

Randy Ziegenfuss is superintendent of the Salisbury Township School District in Pennsylvania. In his blog posts and podcasts, Ziegenfuss explores how to shift the K12 school system to be more learner centered, learner friendly and responsive to todays ever-changing, technology-rich world.

Shawn Beard, known to his followers as The Techy Coach, is executive director of curriculum at Sand Springs Public Schools in Oklahoma. Through his website and social media accounts, Beard shares tech tips and best practices learned over the years as a teacher, administrator and Google certified trainer.

Sarah-Jane Thomas is a regional tech coordinator at Prince Georges County Public Schools and affiliate faculty at Loyola University in Maryland. She is the founder of EduMatch, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest. She also is a co-author of the ISTE book series on digital equity strategies, Closing the Gap.

Sheldon Eakins, director of special education at Shoshone-Bannock School District in Fort Hall, Idaho, has a passion for helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools. Hes the founder of theLeading Equity Centerand host of the Leading Equity Podcast, which features interviews and stories from voices of equity in education today. Listeners can learn strategies to ensure all students have access to what they need to be successful including technology.

Sonal Patel is a digital learning innovation coordinator for San Bernardino County (Calif.) Superintendent of Schools. She provides professional learning opportunities to increase teacher capacity in blended learning pedagogy and supports teachers and administrators in several areas, such as digital citizenship and using Google and Microsoft tools for education. She uses her blog and social media to share innovative ed tech tips and collaborate with other professionals in her field.

Sophia Mendoza is director of the Instructional Technology Initiative for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nations second-largest school district. Through this role, she oversees the implementation of computer science education and digital citizenship programs across LAUSDs 1,300 schools. Her work has been recognized by the Center for Digital Education, the Learning Counsel and other educational organizations, including as CoSN and ISTE. Follow her to learn more about how to expand instructional technology opportunities for all students.

Vernon Wright is an entrepreneur, speaker, life coach and consultant. He has more than 15 years of experience in education working in large, urban school districts, and has worked as a teacher, teacher leader, campus leadership team member and in district-level support. He uses a combination of insight, storytelling, experience and humor to reach audiences around the world through social media and the Global EdTech Academy sponsored by Microsoft EDU and CUE.

If youd like to check out the Must-Read IT Blogs from previous years, view our lists from 2019,2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015.

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BAY CITY, MI An Essexville woman who suffered fatal injuries while attempting to help another woman wounded in a crash on U.S. 10 is being remembered for her selflessness and generosity to others.

Likewise, the Unionville woman she was trying help, who also died of her injuries, is being remembered for her loving and free-spirited nature.

Kimberly P. Abela, 50, died of injuries she sustained while trying to help Lisa E. Archibald, 52, on Sept. 2. About 4:35 p.m. that day, Archibald was driving a Chevrolet Equinox east on U.S. 10 through Williams Township when an altercation ensued between her and her passenger daughter, Ashley N. Katshor, police have said. Archibald ended up stopping the Equinox, exiting it, and walking along the highway. Katshor then struck her mom with the vehicle, police have said.

Abela was also driving on U.S. 10 and stopped her vehicle to get out and help Archibald. While doing so, both she and Archibald were struck by a Chevrolet Impala driven by a 43-year-old Bay City man.

Responding personnel pronounced Archibald deceased at the scene. Abela was taken to an area hospital, where she died shortly thereafter, troopers report.

Abela was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and earned a masters degree from Northwood University, her obituary states.

Kim was known for her kind nature and devoted ways, her obituary reads. She loved helping others, life coaching, boating, fishing, bike riding, gardening, playing cards, playing games, and absolutely loved animals. Above all, Kim loved her children and her husband, Anthony, and all of her family and friends with all her heart.

Abela worked as the director of marketing and business development for SYM Financial Advisors in Midland. She enjoyed her work volunteering her time with the homeless and the poor. Always concerned for others, Kim helped others improve their life and job skills out of the goodness of her heart. Her selfless ways, generous heart, warm personality, and love for all those she encountered will live on for generations to come.

Archibald, affectionately nicknamed Auntie, was known for being genuine, her obituary states. She loved just as hard as she worked. She would live life for the thrill, always basking in the moment she was in. Her fun, loving, and free-spirited personality meant a prank wasnt far behind.

Archibald had passions for cooking, camping, and helping others.

Her want to help her family never went unnoticed, her obituary continues. She always said her happiness was the children in her life. She always had her door open for them and anyone else that was in need. Her personality was a diamond in the rough, and she will forever be in our hearts. Family meant the world to Lisa; memories made with her will be cherished forever.

Katshor, 34, has been charged with two counts of manslaughter, a 15-year felony, stemming from her moms and Abelas deaths.

As of Sept. 8, Katshor remains in the Bay County Jail on a $150,000 cash-surety bond. She is due in court for a preliminary examination on Sept. 24.

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Amazon will hold a virtual Career Day 2020 on Wednesday, Sept. 16 with the goal of filling 33,000 openings along with thousands of additional hourly roles in Amazons Operations network to be announced soon.

In a news release, Amazon said it is seeking to fill corporate and tech jobs available across the country. The company also will mobilize 1,000 of its recruiters to provide 20,000 career coaching sessions to attendees in a single day.

"With many people left unemployed by the economic impact of COVID-19 and searching for new jobs, Career Day is designed to support all job seekers, regardless of their level of experience, professional field, or background or whether they are looking for a job at Amazon or another company.

On top of the 20,000 one-on-one coaching sessions, Career Day also includes three hours of mainstage programming that will feature fireside chats, panel discussions, and interviews with leading career-advice experts and Amazon executives."

Beth Galetti, Amazon senior vice president human resources said, Weve created more jobs in the U.S. over the past decade than any other company and we are continuing to hire people from all backgrounds and at all skill levels. We are glad to be able to mobilize more than 1,000 experienced recruiters and HR professionals to help job seekers across the country learn about opportunities at Amazon and elsewhere.

During career day, participants can:

According to Amazon, it has more than 875,000 employees in 40 states and 250 countries with 18 Tech Hubs, more than 150 fulfillment centers, sortation centers, delivery stations and at the retail stores, Amazon Go, 4 Star and Amazon books.

For more information about Career Day 2020 including how to register for the event, book your one-on-one session with an Amazon recruiter, and apply for open roles to


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Lola Vanderstrand spent years working in audio for major media companies like CBS and Oprah Winfrey Company, but like so many women who are born entrepreneurs she desired more meaning from her day to day life. When Vanderstand began examining some of her past relationships, she also started studying affirmations, neuro-linguistic programming, brainwave entrainment and the law of attraction. Using her background in audio production she started to produce her own pieces and thus Then Comes Love was born. Today the Great Malvern, England-based entrepreneur is a certified professional life coach, relationship expert and hypnotherapist who uses personalized audio to help facilitate change in her clients lives.

Vanderstands story, as told to The Story Exchange 1,000+ Stories Project:

Sometime ago, I seemed to have what I wanted. I worked for major media companies including CBS and the Oprah Winfrey company. But I desired a more fulfilling life and a relationship with meaning and I didnt understand what was taking so long. I got serious about myself, believing that I wouldnt have this strong yearning or desire, if it was not meant to manifest. I took responsibility for my past relationships and mistakes, forgave myself and those involved. I started to focus on my future and what I wanted. I read books about how we all function differently in relationship depending on how we were brought up, our experiences in past relationships, what we have learned and what we hold on to, the stories we tell ourselves about what happens to us and our limiting beliefs and barriers. I marvelled at the different mindsets, love languages and styles of communication. I learned and practiced letting go and forgiveness. I took responsibility, decided to stop lamenting and just get on with it. I studied affirmations, neuro-linguistic programming and work with brainwave entrainment and the law of attraction. Incorporating theses to produce my own audio featuring what I had learned, I listened to the audio every day and night and it changes my mindset and helps me to manifest my goals. Through this time of study and self-reflection, I discovered part of my purpose. I wanted to use my background in media production to help people manifest their desires. To break through the barriers that hold us back from leading the life we all want. I became certified as a Hypnotherapist and trained to be a coach. Now I produce audio to facilitate change and use coaching hypnotherapy to help others.

My definition of success entails having financial security for that is needed to fulfil my purpose. My purpose of helping my clients achieve their goals comes from a mindset of what is possible and not living from a place of lack. It is having the confidence to be visible and not worry about the fear of judgement from others. Its in realizing that people are already judging me no matter what I do. My definition of success entails working to have financial security for that is what is needed to fulfil my purpose to help my clients. It also entails being of service to my clients, even if that means sharing my stories of failure because thats how we grow. It is important to me that I help my clients become aware and acknowledge the barriers that hold them back from achieving what they are meant for. So many times we become stuck in what is comfortable and safe because we dont think we deserve anything more or because we notice the way our counterparts earn more. This is because weve lowered our standards to becoming unworthy. It is so rewarding to help a client navigate through the stages of lack to success

One of my biggest success so far is being a recipient of the Gracie Award from The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. But perhaps my biggest success is having the courage to follow in the direction I feel I am being led by the Divine.

There is something powerful about asking for help and Im so glad I did. I hired a virtual assistant and got professional help when building my website. My top challenge at the moment is coming out of the shell of an introvert and becoming more visible in helping clients using coaching hypnotherapy in business. I pride myself on being a quiet bird, and nothing makes me happier than reverting to my quiet moments as a Quaker. The world is becoming a place where people do not feel safe and are triggered by what is a continuing pattern. In the face of violence and injustice, people need to feel safe and have a space to share and grow and contemplate on what is possible for us as a global community. If I need to come out of my quiet introvert self to help then I get to make a small impact on that possibility. To address that possibility means remembering to have faith as a human and being able to direct my mindset to positivity, to be able to look for and find what it good about the world and choosing to help others find that too.

I can be quite independent and so I am my own role model. Though I do also admire, Jen Sincero, Maxine Nwaneri, Jennifer Grace and perhaps Oprah.

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Its safe to say that Brock Roders heart has always belonged in McFarland.

He was raised there, played sports in all four years at McFarland High School including football, basketball, golf, and track and field, continued as an athlete at Madison College and eventually became general manager of Spartan Bowl. He has three children and still coaches sports. His accomplishments as a father and husband match the successes he had in athletics. Hes had a good life filled with fond memories.

I love being in McFarland and raising kids here, said Roder, who graduated from McFarland in 1999. Theres plenty you wish you could change, but its not always an option.

Football hero

McFarland High School is different compared to how it looked when Roder first walked through the doors in the mid-1990s. In his senior year, the school went through a major remodeling including construction of a new gym.

A lot has changed even from then with the new pool, auditorium and turf football field, said Roder, who displayed some exceptional talents on the football team when it was still grass in 1998.

That year, the Spartans finished with a 6-3 regular season record and advanced to the WIAA playoffs under head coach Scott Rice. Roder was dominant as a wide receiver on offense and a defensive back on defense.

Roder got the season off to a good start by returning a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown in the Spartans 34-7 win over Mount Horeb. The Spartans would go on to win their next three games including a 27-0 victory over Lodi, led by Roders five receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown. Roder returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown as McFarland moved to 4-0 with a 34-0 over Lakeside Lutheran. But the winning streak ended with two straight defeats to Wisconsin Heights and Poynette to drop the Spartans to 4-2.

McFarland recovered for a 46-6 triumph over Sugar River as Roder caught four passes for 99 yards and three touchdowns. The Spartans lost the following week to Columbus 21-14 but routed Evansville/Albany 27-6 in the regular season finale. McFarlands first round opponent in the playoffs was Jefferson. Roder did his part with a 43-yard touchdown pass, but the Spartans season ended in 31-14 loss to the Eagles.

Roder attained All-Capitol Conference first team honors on offense and defense. He finished out his high school athletic career on the boys basketball and boys golf teams.

Roder said he was fortunate to have great coaches at McFarland that helped him develop as an athlete.

Chuck Kubicek was my basketball coach. Gary Oftedahl was my golf coach and Bruce Fischer for track. I was very lucky to have the coaches I had, but Brad Minter will forever be the best coach I ever had, said Roder, referring to McFarlands long-time athletic director and assistant football coach. He held me to a higher standard and pushed me to be great. He was just an amazing guy.

Playing college roundball

After graduating from high school, Roder enrolled at Madison Area Technical College and joined the mens basketball team.

I ran into (former basketball teammate) Jon Severson in the hallway one day, and he told me he was getting ready for tryouts, Roder said. I didnt know they even had a team. We ended up going to tryouts and we both made the team. It was a great experience and I still have records on the Madison College all-time list.

Roder is the mens basketball teams second all-time career leader in assists, second all-time for steals in a season, ninth in free-throw percentage in a season, and 13th in career assists.

Roder transferred to UW-Whitewater in 2001 and made the football team, but he was sidelined by an injury.

I separated my shoulder before the season opener and never made it back, he said. I left the team halfway through the season.

A life in bowling

Yet, Roder continued at Whitewater and earned a degree in physical education in 2004. Then, came an opportunity he couldnt turn down: to be general manager of Spartan Bowl in McFarland. He remained in that position until 2016.

There werent many teaching jobs at the time so a steady income was good, Roder said.

Running Spartan Bowl was great. The best part of the job was getting to know the customers, and I have carried on those friendships with me still to this day. It was great getting to know strangers and regulars.

Managing a bowling alley requires working nights and weekends, and eventually, Roder longed for a job with normal hours. He now works in sales for Legacy Exteriors in McFarland.

Roder lives a good life with his wife Nikki and their three children: 14-year-old Braylan, 11-year-old Ava and 7-year-old Kashton.

His kids have been active in sports, and Roder, who has 15 years of coaching experience, has been supporting their different athletic interests.

I coached Braylan in baseball, basketball and football, Roder said. He is now a freshman so we have one U14 baseball tournament left that I will coach him in and then that may be it for my coaching career with him.

In July 2019, Braylan competed in the MLB Pitch, Hit and Run contest during the All-Star Game in Cleveland.

Roder also coached his daughter in softball and will soon spend his first year coaching her in basketball. He also helped Kashton with flag football and baseball.

During his college years, Roder coached McFarland High School freshman and junior varsity boys basketball and also served as a coach for the schools freshman football squad.

In several years, Roder may have another child to coach as his wife Nikki is expecting another baby in February,

I love coaching and trying to get the most out of each kid, Roder said. I am hard on the kids and want to see them succeed and when they do I am their No. 1 fan. Thats the best part.

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