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Join host and a First Things First Champion for Young Children recipient, Marissa Calderón as she captures the journey of educators and advocates alike by highlighting their work through interviews and candid conversations, including best practices in the early education field. A practical listen and brain nugget for the early education practitioner, child advocate, parent and community alike. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Alesi Group presents Early Foundations with Dr. Garcia, a birth through 3rd grade early education podcast based out of Arizona. Dr. Garcia has worked with young children for over 25 years and shares her background, knowledge and philosophy on how to make children's learning real, relevant and meaningful while using strategies that are centered in brain research to support the whole child. To learn more about Dr. Isela Garcia and the Alesi Group Early Childhood Consultants visit: https://www. ...
 
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Episode 57 features returning guest, Tina Wiggins Sykes and podcast guest debut of Gloria McGinty. Tina Sykes and Gloria McGinty are Arizona based Early Childhood Professionals, ECE Coaches, Trainers, College Instructors, Equity Specialists amongst their past or current roles. They are also long-time friends and colleagues of host, Marissa Calderón…
 
Episode 56 features a Kindergarten Virtual Zoom Chat that was converted to an audio podcast with light editing for clarity. Guests, Lauren Degregorio is a K-1 teacher in New Mexico, previously a Kindergarten Teacher in Arizona. Catherine Norwood is an Arizona Instructional Coach for an Arizona school district. Both Educators are connected thru AZ's…
 
In Episode 55, Carla Rivera-Cruz is back on the podcast to talk about current events involving the oppressive policies and systems in the classroom and at the school board level. The conversation includes the reference of the video, The Four I's of Oppression and how it connects to her work in Education. Carla is a former classroom teacher and scho…
 
Episode 54 is with advocate and outspoken champion for BIPOC, Lark Sontag from the Will Start Small Collective. Lark's points include a very honest and uncomfortable array of topics regarding the current injustices of COVID, how child care is rooted in oppressive policies and how much of the programming in early childhood is for the benefit of whit…
 
Episode 53 is with guest and Arizona early childhood education colleague, Tina Sykes. Tina Sykes is a social justice advocate, a poet a wife and parent to three children. Our conversations about the recent murder of #GeorgeFloyd online sparked an opportunity to have a candid conversation on the podcast about racism, white centric views in early chi…
 
Season 3 debuts and podcast host, Marissa Calderón updates everyone on being on hiatus and launches the new season addressing homeschool during COVID19 with past guest and K-6 Instructional Coach in Arizona, Catherine Norwood. Catherine and Marissa discuss what the focus should be for teachers during the last weeks of virtual school, what parents c…
 
Episode 51 of the podcast with host Marissa Calderón and guest, Diana Brown Certified Instructor from Conscious Discipline. Diana shares a bit of her background as a classroom teacher and how she began to train for Dr. Becky Baileys, Conscious Discipline philosophy. Conscious Discipline is a "Transformational Social-Emotional Learning and Classroom…
 
Episode 50 marks a milestone of the podcast! Join host, Marissa chat with the Executive Director of the Arizona Educational Foundation, Kim Graham. Kim shares all of the resources and mentorship programs and initiatives available for incoming teachers and seasoned educators overall. AEF believes that "amazing things happen in schools every day. The…
 
Episode 49 is with the newly elected Superintendent of Arizona's Department of Education, Kathy Hoffman. With her historic electoral win, Marissa and Kathy discuss some of the past campaign rhetoric and the current legislative progress for education she's helped with. We get some additional information on the current education policy focus and what…
 
Episode 48, host Marissa Calderón chats with Denisse Hernandez de Ortiz, Senior Program Manager for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. United Way of Tucson has an array of services including an Early Childhood Component and grant initiatives for the region. Denisse is not only a parent of a Kindergartner but her background in supporting ear…
 
Episode 47 is the first of a series of Kindergarten Readiness Tips and Insight episodes! Joined by Sierra Vista Unified School District in Arizona, Kindergarten Teacher, Julie Decuir. Podcast host, Marissa and Julie chat about the true skills future kindergartners need vs what some parents may think their child needs to master for school. Julie has…
 
Episode 46 is with a very special guest. Podcast host, Marissa chats with her own daughter, Salma, who is a High School Senior. Salma shares her confessions about her destain feelings on homework packets, math and other high school frustrations. She can't wait for graduation and shares her plans for the future. A connection with Early Childhood and…
 
Episode 45 is with Kristen L. Orton! Kristen is a Kindergarten teacher at Vernon Elementary School in Vernon Arizona. Vernon is a very rural community in Apache County, in the White Mountains area of Northern Arizona. She was recently hired last year to teach Kindergarten and if she wasn't busy enough finishing her Masters, she had the vision that …
 
Episode 44 with Arizona Educational Foundations 2019 Teacher of the Year, Kareem Neal and three of the four Ambassadors for Excellence, Jonathan Perrone, Sheri Loyd and Lee Ann Howell sit down with host, Marissa Calderón. The interview took place at the Highway 85 Creative podcast studio in Peoria Arizona and they chat about their journey in receiv…
 
Episode 43 with Tina Martin from Southwest Human Development, Services for Children with Disabilities. Tina has been with Southwest Human Development since 1997 and is now the Assistant Director for this department. She provides us with her story on how she came across the Early Intervention field as well as a tour of the Birth to Five ADAPT Shop. …
 
Episode 42 is with comic book artist and creator of Jetpulse Comics, Led Bradshaw. Led is also dad to his 8 year old son, Jake who is on the autism spectrum and the inspiration of his phenomenal comic book hero Jake Jetpulse. In this conversation with host, Marissa Calderón, they discuss parenting, how his son Jake created the initial character of …
 
Episode 41 with host Marissa Calderón reflecting on an upcoming blog post, soon to be released on the Mexican art of Alebrijes. She provides some guides on how to connect students interest authentically while incorporating 21st Century Skills in the classroom. For the full blog post on lesson guides for Alebrijes & 21st Century Skills in the Early …
 
Ep. 40 with Ana Arbel from Arizona's Southwest Human Development, Birth to Five Helpline. Ana talks about the toll-free hotline for parents of children birth to five, describing it as having a professional friend... who is well-informed and trained in all things Child Development and keeps your conversation confidential! The hotline is toll-free AN…
 
Ep. 39 is with Marissa Flores from the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Community, Education Division's Early Childhood department. Marissa is a parent educator and Home Visiting Specialist, serving families on the FMYN. Host, Marissa Calderón chats with Marissa Flores about her role on the nation, living with her 8 siblings, being raised by her mom an…
 
Episode 38 with Legislative District 30 Arizona Candidate, Raquel Terán chats with host and past colleague, Marissa. Raquel shares her foundation in early education when she first started years ago in the classroom, then to roles in the early childhood sector and now at Planned Parenthood in Arizona. As a wife, a mom of a toddler and now a local ca…
 
Ep. 10. In this podcast, Dr. Garcia talks about administrators that fall into leadership positions without any support or strategy and often come short in knowing how to support their staff. Listen to her advice and insights on how you can authentically support your early childhood staff and program from your leadership position. This podcast was o…
 
Episode 37 is in celebration of a fellow Latina Educator for Hispanic & Latin American Heritage Month, Erika Argueta. Erika is a Bilingual Arizona Department of Education Early Childhood Unit's Program Specialist for Yuma, La Paz and Mohave County, and a bit of Maricopa County too! Erika talks about the work that the Early Childhood Unit does, her …
 
Ep. 36 host Marissa Calderón has a conversation with Jessica Hipskind, a newly found foster care mom to her young 7 year old sister after a tragic death occurs in their family. Get ready to be inspired, meet a new hero, and grab some tissue for some possible tears too! Excerpt: "Take your whole family to the special needs classes...so that your who…
 
Episode 35 pre-recorded LIVE from the AZ First Things First Early Childhood Summit at the Phoenix Convention Center with participants Elsa Bonilla and daughter Stefany Paredes. Host Marissa Calderón chats with them after the conference for their summit reflections including how they will use the content in their practice. Connect with Elsa Bonilla,…
 
Ep. 34 host, Marissa Calderón chats with Christopher Lawrence from Teaching Strategies, a curriculum for Early Childhood Educators for Birth through 3rd grade. Christopher and Marissa chat about his practice, family and the importance of the male early childhood teacher including the common misconceptions about their role in the classroom. Connect …
 
Bonus Episode with host Marissa Calderón and Carla Rivera-Cruz from the EDphiphany Podcast. Carla and Marissa chat about the #LatinasInED upcoming twitter chat, being Latina Educators and lack of representation of classroom teachers in the K-12 space over some bomb-ass Tequila in the beautiful Studio 85 Podcast Studios in Peoria, AZ. Warning: curse…
 
Episode 33 of Season 2! Podcast Host, Marissa Calderón is joined by Treasures 4 Teachers Tucson Director Adrienne Ledford. They chat about this 100% volunteer run non-profit teacher resource and how they also provide a high-school volunteer job program for Special Ed youth. More about all the good things this Tucson gem provides visit their website…
 
Episode 32 with Developmental Pre-K Educator Elena Estrada. This episode was recorded at Los Reyes de La Torta in Tempe, AZ so you'll hear some background audio from the location. Elena works as an Educator with Isaac School District in Phoenix AZ where she supervises and supports preschool children and their families who have a preschool age child…
 
Ep. 30 with Al Pajak from STEM Nation, a former Vertebrate Paleontologist AKA a working scientist...Al shares his experience as a past classroom teacher and his new journey as a PH.D student in the science field. Al also provides STEM workshops and trainings for K-12 grade classrooms and stresses the importance of student-driven learning and trusti…
 
Podcast host, Marissa Calderón chats with Bilingual ELL Kindergarten Teacher Deb Guerrero from Yuma, AZ. Discussion includes the typical summer time teacher prep work, teacher wellness and teacher self care tips for incoming new teachers. Great info for parents and those not familiar with background work teachers complete to prepare themselves and …
 
Episode 8 continues with Dr. Garcia's series for this past years, Week of the Young Child from her Facebook LIVE posts with Artsy Thursday. The importance of open-ended art expression in the classroom and how artsy similar pre-cut classroom crafts are not open-ended activities for expression and development. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and op…
 
Ep. 6 Dr. Garcia shares her thoughts on food experiences for children to celebrate Tasty Tuesday in early childhood programs. The benefits of these experiences and how children and their families can benefit. This is part of the LIVE Streams for Week of the Young Child theme days she did on the Alesi Group Facebook Page. See acast.com/privacy for p…
 
Ep. 5 with Dr. Garcia is about Music Monday, a theme day in celebration of the Week of The Young Child(WOYC) from NAEYC. Dr. Garcia discussed the WOYC and music in the classroom as the first installment of the daily Facebook LIVE podcast to give more feedback on appropriate uses of music with children. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out …
 
Ep. 3: Dr. Garcia shares some dates for several upcoming virtual sessions on Facebook for Educators and Leaders in the field. She provides some sneak peaks on the content of the specified topics. More about the Facebook Upcoming Virtual Sessions here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Spanish Segment: Crónicas Chilindrinas Segmento #2 con Guadalupe Valenzuela, Proveedora de Cuidado Infantil de Hogar y participante de la beca llamado PDG o el Preschool Development Grant de Arizona. Platicamos con ella durante la conferencia en Yuma, AZ para Educadores del Aprendizaje a Temprana Edad patrocinado por AZ PBS y First Things First. No…
 
Episode 28 with Michael Gaffney a AZ PBS Regional Outreach Coordinator for the AZ Early Childhood Workforce Registry from AZ PBS Educational Outreach were he serves the White Mountains area of the state. Michael chats about how he landed his current position, parenting and how the registry provides scholarship opportunities for parents and the earl…
 
Special Bonus Episode with Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teachers Heather Grey, Amanda Luptak and Kristen Orton from Sequoia Village School in Show Low Arizona discussing their Kindergarten Readiness Regional Event held on April 12th for kinder bound kids and their families. The event included several regional Early Childhood partners as well as …
 
Episode 27 is with current substitute teacher, Kara Lyn Curtis who was visiting Arizona from Utah. Kara and Podcast host, Marissa chat about Kara's substitute experience, some frustrations but also insights and tips on how both full-time and sub teachers can support the classroom child. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Podcast 26 es en ESPANOL! Mamá y Especialista de Finanzas con el Departamento de Educación de Arizona, invitada Juliana Panqueva Camargo y anfritióna de podcast, Marissa Calderón platican sobre los comportamientos de sus hijos y dan sugerencias. Este show es parte de los segmentos en Español de Crónicas Chilindrinas. Más sobre el grupo de Crónicas …
 
Episode 3: Dr. Garcia talks about telling children to "keep their hands to themselves" and other things we should not tell children and don't actually mean, how we are in the presence of children and saying what we actually mean to children, role-modeling to establish better brain neurons amongst her talk from a Facebook LIVE cast on the Alesi Grou…
 
Episode 25 with Susana Ibarra-Johnson from First Things First in Arizona. Susana is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Southeast Region of Maricopa County. Susana shares her personal background, journey in helping and connecting with families and underserved communities as well as insights for parents of children birth through 5. You don't …
 
Episode 24 with guest host, Vincent Orleck Social Media Director with Attic Salt interviews Marissa Calderón LIVE from PHX Startup Week. Podcast recorded from the ZCast Popup Podcast Studio courtesy of #yesphx. Talking Early Childhood, tech, parenting and the joy of podcasts. For more about the appropriate use of technology with young children visi…
 
Episode 23 recorded LIVE from PHX Startup Week at Basecamp at the George Washington Carver Museum and Culture Center in Phoenix with guest, Carla Rivera-Cruz. Carla is a High School Educator and Ed Consultant. Podcast recorded with the assistance of ZCast with podcast tech, Raz! #phxstartupweek #yesphx More about Carla and her CRC Ed Services, LLC …
 
Episode 22 with Catherine Norwood a Reading Interventionist or more like a Reading "Strategist" with Mesa Public Schools at Pedro Guerrero Elementary School in Arizona. Catherine sits down with host, Marissa Calderón to chat about her practice, passions, advice for parents and misconceptions about the work of Early Childhood Educators and those in …
 
Episode 21 with Jessica Beresford, Director of Operations with Father Matters based out of South Phoenix. Podcast Host, Marissa Calderón sits down with Jessica to have a candid conversation about the services Father Matters provides, common misconceptions about the agency, parenting talk and the importance of supporting people of color. More info a…
 
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