Welcome to If You Give a Principal a Podcast, a podcast production of the Harrah Elementary School Associated Student Body  and the Mt. Adams School District. I’m your host, and Principal, at Harrah Elementary, Rob McCracken. 

Today’s episode is the second part of a two part series originally created with the purpose of being shared with our staff as part of a recent professional development session regarding Social and Emotional Learning and equity in education. 

The resulting conversations were too good not to share and reflected the type of content we hoped to capture when we set out to create this podcast. 

Our guest today is Francisco Xavier Tzintzun. He is a 2020 White Swan High School graduate. During his time at White Swan, he created the district’s first Gender Sexuality Alliance. The goals of the alliance is to: 

  • ...provide an opportunity for participants to increase their breadth and depth of LGBTQ+ vocabulary. 
  • ...increase participant exposure and knowledge of a variety of terminology. 
  • ...to emphasize how powerful language is. 
  • ...clear up any misconceptions or questions about terminology or common phrases.

Francisco is on track to graduate from the University of Washington in 2024 with a degree in Business with a focus on Entrepreneurship. Francisco is a talented photographer and filmmaker and is unapologetic about his inability to turn down a good tamale. 

This episode was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing guidelines were maintained as all participants joined from the safe confines of their homes, offices, classrooms, or cars via Zoom. We apologize ahead of time for any audio irregularities caused by bandwidth limitations. 

A big shout out goes to Cesar Hernandez, DeeDee Gasseling, and Hayley storm for making this interview a reality.

If this is your first time listening to the podcast, welcome to the show and if you’re a returning listener thanks for coming back. So, pull up a chair and see what happens when you give a principal a podcast.

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Welcome to If You Give a Principal a Podcast, a podcast production of the Harrah Elementary School Associated Student Body  and the Mt. Adams School District. I’m your host, and Principal, at Harrah Elementary, Rob McCracken. 

Today’s episode was originally created with the purpose of being shared with our staff as part of a recent professional development session regarding Social and Emotional Learning and equity in education. 

The resulting conversation was too good not to share and reflected the type of content we hoped to capture when we set out to create this podcast. 

Our guest today is Alex Craig. Alex is a self-described movie buff and a 2011 White Swan High School graduate. 

He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2016 with a Bachelors Degree in Visual Communication Design with an emphasis on print design and web design. 

He is currently the program director for the First Nations MESA Program at Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington. 

Up First Nations MESA engages high school, middle school and elementary schools in the Yakima Valley in math and science-based activities to prepare underrepresented students for STEM based careers. 

This episode was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing guidelines were maintained as all participants joined from the safe confines of their homes, offices, classrooms, or cars via Zoom. We apologize ahead of time for any audio irregularities caused by bandwidth limitations. 

A big shout out goes to Cesar Hernandez, DeeDee Gasseling, and Hayley storm for making this interview happen. 

We do want to let you know this episode does contain a singular reference of a word used as a term of abuse and disparagement towards members of the LGBTQ+ community that may be disturbing or triggering to some. Although we do not condone the use of these terms, we felt it was appropriate in the context of this discussion. 

If this is your first time listening to the podcast, welcome to the show and if you’re a returning listener thanks for coming back. So, pull up a chair and see what happens when you give a principal a podcast. 

 

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Welcome to If You Give a Principal a Podcast, a podcast production of the Harrah Elementary School Associated Student Body  and the Mt. Adams School District. I’m your host, and Principal, at Harrah Elementary, Rob McCracken. 

Today’s episode takes a look at our current effort to improve teaching and learning at Harrah Elementary. 

Through a series of state and federal accountability measures, schools in Washington State are identified for three tiers of support.  

Foundational (Tier 1)

Targeted (Tier 2) 

Comprehensive (Tier 3) 

Harrah Elementary has been identified as a Tier 3 or Comprehensive school. Schools at this level are in need of the most intensive supports, including coaching, priority access to professional development opportunities, and additional funding, among others.

Our guests today are the members of our Instructional Leadership Team. The ILT is composed of  teacher representatives from each grade level, Special Education teachers, support staff, specialists, and administrators. 

What you will hear is a candid and unguarded conversation between this team of professionals as they discuss their experiences - good and bad -  navigating the school improvement process. 

This episode was recorded at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing guidelines were maintained as all participants joined from the safe confines of their homes, offices, classrooms, or cars via Zoom. We apologize ahead of time for any audio irregularities caused by bandwidth limitations. 

If this is your first time listening to the podcast, welcome to the show and if you’re a returning listener thanks for coming back. So, pull up a chair and see what happens when you give a principal a podcast.

Today, we have the opportunity to meet another member of the Microsoft team, Ayuna Vogel. 

  • Ayuna is currently the technical product manager for Microsoft in Redmond, WA. 
  • She has worked as an IOS Engineer for LinkedIn, an IOS developer for Vimeo, been a translator for the United Nations, founded an independent educational project that welcomes volunteers from all over the world to teach at the rural schools in Russian Siberia, taught intensive Russian language course to college students in Malaysia, wrote for Look-At Media, and has traveled to Germany, Russia, Mongolia, China, Viet Nam, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Laos
  • She is a co-founder and a developer of Neverlate, a self-improvement iOS app for people who are often late. 
  • She was selected one of 30, out of 620, applicants to become an iOS Fellow at the Access Code, an intensive, project based iOS Mobile App Development program in New York City. During her time at Access Code, she worked with leading iOS engineers from Google, Yahoo, Artsy, and Betaworks.
  • Ayuna is a co-organizer of the iOSoho meetup, the largest iOS meetup in NYC. She also founded the Women in iOS meetup. the only NYC meetup focused on highlighting the work female iOS developers do in the industry.

In her free time, she volunteers with Coder Dojo and helps kids learn the basics of HTML & CSS, and with Women Who Code where she helps beginner programmers and provides mentorship to women looking to enter the tech field.

Today’s episode was made possible by a partnership with the Mt. Adams High School STEM/CTE program and and the Microsoft TEALS program. The TEALS program is designed to help high schools build and grow sustainable computer science (CS) programs. They pair volunteer CS professionals across the US with classroom teachers looking to make a lasting impact in their students’ lives. TEALS volunteers help shape students’ futures and career opportunities by providing them with computational knowledge and skills they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

In this episode, we meet RJ Ray, a member of Microsoft’s Indigenous team. The Indigenous team seeks to honour, share and celebrate Indigenous cultures within Microsoft and across Mother Earth while shaping inclusive technology to empower future generations. 

RJ was born on Whidbey Island, Washington. From an early age, RJ was interested in electronics, from home and car stereos to video game consoles. RJ attended Portland State University and received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & B.S. in Physics.

RJ interned at Hewlett-Packard’s Imaging and Printing Division in Vancouver, WA. This internship led to a 10-year job designing hardware and traveling the world supporting the transitions of designs from prototype to production manufacturing. 

RJ left HP to join Microsoft where he worked on the original Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X and the yet to be released Xbox Series X|S 

Today’s episode was made possible by a partnership with the Mt. Adams High School STEM/CTE program and and the Microsoft TEALS program. The TEALS program is designed to help high schools build and grow sustainable computer science (CS) programs. They pair volunteer CS professionals across the US with classroom teachers looking to make a lasting impact in their students’ lives. TEALS volunteers help shape students’ futures and career opportunities by providing them with computational knowledge and skills they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

 

Welcome to If You Give a Principal a Podcast, a podcast production of the Harrah Elementary School Associated Student Body  and the Mt. Adams School District. I’m your host, and Principal, at Harrah Elementary, Rob McCracken. 

Today’s episode takes a little different approach.

Your host today is Dallas Wilson, the Computer Science teacher at Harrah Elementary. Her guest today is Gracie Ermi, a Software engineer from Seattle. 

In addition to being a knitting and outdoors enthusiast, Gracie is a software engineer that develops and builds machine learning technology that saves endangered wildlife and preserves ocean biodiversity. She works for Vulcan Inc. in Seattle, where they’ve developed artificial intelligence models that help scientists count and study elephants in their natural habitats. They have also developed a machine learning model for the Global FinPrint Project that helps identify oceanic species. Her work saves researchers’ time in interpreting and collecting data, so that they can work more efficiently! Gracie hopes that her work can inspire others, especially women and girls, to pursue computer science as a way to create change in their communities and in the world.

If this is your first time listening to the podcast, welcome to the show and if you’re a returning listener thanks for coming back. So, pull up a chair and see what happens when you give a principal a a podcast.

Welcome to If You Give a Principal a Podcast, a podcast production of the Harrah Elementary School Associated Student Body and the Mt. Adams School District. I'm your host, and Principal, at Harrah Elementary, Rob McCracken.

Our guests today are three members of the Harrah Elementary teaching staff:

  • Veteran and current 4th grade teacher, Mr. Guy Galland
  • First year Special Education Teacher, Mr. Emery Lohrasbi
  • Retiring teacher and current librarian, Mrs. Sonya Merz

On this episode, my guests and I talk about their journey to becoming an educator, changes in education, and the Cougar/Husky rivalry.

Along the way we'll hear from some of Mrs. Merz's friends and colleagues as they celebrate her nearly 30 years in education!

If this is your first time listening to the podcast, welcome to the show and if you're a returning listener, thanks for coming back. So, put up a chair and see what happens when you give a principal a podcast.

Welcome to If You Give a Principal a Podcast, a podcast production of the Harrah Elementary School Associated Student Body  and the Mt. Adams School District. I’m your host, and Principal, at Harrah Elementary, Rob McCracken. 

Our guests today are three members of the Harrah Elementary teaching staff: 

Gloria Widener, Vice Principal, DeeDee Gasseling, Social-Emotional Learning teacher, and Cesar Hernandez, Counselor. 

If this is your first time listening to the podcast, welcome to the show and if you’re a returning listener thanks for coming back. So, pull up a chair and see what happens when you give a principal a podcast.

Welcome to If You Give a Principal a Podcast, a podcast production of the Harrah Elementary School Associated Student Body  and the Mt. Adams School District. I’m your host, and Principal, at Harrah Elementary, Rob McCracken. 

Our guest today is the current superintendent of our very own Mt. Adams School District. He is entering his 4th year as the district superintendent.  

In June of 2016, he received a unanimous vote from the Mt. Adams school board to become the next Superintendent and is now entering his 4th year.  

Prior to becoming the Mt. Adams School District Superintendent, Mr. Guaglianone

  • ...started as a high school teacher in California in 1981.
  • ..was Cal State Bakersfield’s College of Education dean. 
  • ...served as superintendent at Linns Valley-Poso Flat School District in California 
  • ...was an interim superintendent at Elk Hills School District in California in 2009
  • ...was vice president for strategic planning, provost and chief academic at Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington. 

Please welcome Dr. Curt Guaglianone. 

If this is your first time listening to the podcast, welcome to the show and if you’re a returning listener thanks for coming back. So, pull up a chair and see what happens when you give a principal a podcast.

August 9, 2019

Short-Stuff: Nayeli

The staff and students have gone home for the summer. Until our return in August, we will have a series of weekly episodes featuring short, but intriguing interviews with some of our very own students.

On today's episode, we sit down with my friend Nayeli. We talk about what pets would really tell, the importance of doing your own work and more.

*Due to technical issues, this episode ends abruptly.  

I hope you find some of these students’ answers as interesting as I did.

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