December 10, 2014
an age old profession that should be attractive to people who have a knack for
business (managing resources, purchasing, marketing, selling, accounting, and
running a money making operation) and like to be surrounded by nature.
You may get
dirty, be surrounded by some amazing machinery and even have a few run-ins with
the wildlife that calls the trees and the brush their home.
Mike is the
VP of Stuckey Timberland. His world is the forest. He is a graduate of the
University of Georgia’s Forestry program. Forestry is a life career that is in
his family lineage.
hear Mike reflect on his career and his desire to be in the outdoors. He talks
about the business and the misconceptions that those looking in often have
about the business of growing trees for wood products.
I think that
you will find this interview interesting as well as it might make you a little
envious about Mike’s ability to be outside many of his work days.
If you know
a young person who is thinking about future careers, ask them to take a look
into forestry. It has a definite place in our future world, trained foresters
are needed, and the profession offers opportunities to be engaged outside of a
typical corporate office!
some links that can provide you further information:
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
University of Georgia: Forestry
Forestry (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College-Forestry)
Georgia Forestry Association
May 9, 2014
Kristie is a former special education teacher who eventually
became a Special Education Director for a school system. She now is a Georgia
Account Executive for Classworks.
Classworks is a web-based tool for assisting students in
achieving more during their education. It has tools for assessment and
instruction that are used to personalize learning and to support teachers as
they help students achieve academic goals.
Kristie and I explore the following questions and many more…
How can software programs go beyond the “computer
lab” to impact classroom teaching and student engagement?
How does Classworks use student data to form
individualized plans? How can a teacher use this tool to help with
What do you think is the greatest challenge for
teachers working with kids? How can Classworks assist with these challenges?
Hope that you enjoy the conversation.
Spend some time at their website or contact Kristie if you have any questions.
For more information go to…
or contact Kristie at
April 9, 2014
Carl has been working at The ACT now for the last eight
years and is assigned to both secondary and post-secondary schools.
He helps secondary schools understand what their data is
telling them and how to respond.
With post-secondary schools he assists them in looking at the student
data with a focus on what admissions and scholarship decisions could be made
from that data.
We discuss everything from understanding about the organization
known as ACT, what the organization offers besides the college entrance test,
what the ACT test scores mean, and what the fundamental differences are between
the ACT and the SAT.
Carl states, “The ACT is focused on college and career
readiness but also work preparedness.”
He explains the ACT standards and benchmarks and what they
mean to an educator, parent, and a student taking the test. As Carl recalls, These
components help “you understand what the scores on the ACT tell you about what
you are ready to do.”
He also shared that there are ACT apps that students can use
with their Smart phones and tablets.
We had an awesome conversation!
I think that you will learn so much whether a teacher,
administrator, student, or parent you will want to listen again and then share
this podcast with others. You will also want to take time to explore the ACT on the