The New Teacher Podcast

The New Teacher Podcast features interviews with nationally recognized teachers, the latest authors, and researchers to inspire you in the classroom. Hear the stories of their success and failure.
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Hear the stories of successes and failures by nationally recognized teachers and become inspired.

Apr 28, 2019

Sia is an art teacher who has also been nominated for the National title of Teacher of the Year.  

Sia tells about her background of not having any interest in teaching as an adult, until she filled in for a friend who ran a Saturday morning art class for low income children inside a neighborhood garage.

Jan 22, 2019

Mandy Manning, a Washington State teacher who teaches refugee and immigrant students is the 2018 National Teacher of the Year.

An 18-year teaching veteran, Manning has taught at the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School for seven years, where she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to students who are adjusting to life in their new community. “Every student in this country deserves access to a teacher who is committed to their success,” said Carissa Moffat Miller, executive director of CCSSO, and Manning embodies that dedication and spirit.

Manning began her teaching career in the Peace Corps, and has taught in Japan and in schools across the U.S.   In her current position, Manning’s students come to the U.S. from all over the world and she is usually their first line experience in the American educational system. Most of them are seeking safety, “but they don’t always feel safe here,” said Manning. The current political climate has only increased fear and anxiety, making it hard for newcomers to share and learn from others. Manning says her role in the classroom is to “help them understand current events, know their rights, and provide a safe and welcoming environment.”


Sep 29, 2018

Ralph Fletcher is a pioneer when it comes to teaching writing to both teachers and students. He began his teaching career at Teachers College as a student of Lucy Calkins in the early days of The Writing Project, and he popularized the Writer’s Notebook. To date, he’s written over 40 books ranging from getting boys to enjoy writing to craft lessons.

Join host Anthony Arno as he talks with Ralph Fletcher about his entire career, beginning with his interest in taking careful notes while traveling to the South Pacific as a college student to his latest interest in photography- which is sort of like a Writer’s Notebook as described by Ralph.

May 19, 2018

Melyssa Ferro is a middle school science teacher and the Idaho Teacher of the Year.  Prior to being named Idaho Teacher of the Year, Melyssa received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.


The New Teacher Podcast features Anthony Arno interviewing nationally recognized Teachers of the Year and the latest educational authors.  Become inspired by hearing the stories of their success and failures.  Each episode features The Final Period before the Final Bell, where guests share personal preferences during the final minutes of the show.


Mar 19, 2018

Amy Andersen is a New Jersey American Sign Language (ASL) Teacher who teaches sign language to regular education students as part of her high school's World Language program.  Amy is just one of four teachers being considered for the National Teacher of the Year title.


The New Teacher Podcast features Anthony Arno interviewing nationally recognized Teachers of the Year and the latest educational authors.  Become inspired by hearing the stories of their success and failures.  Each episode features The Final Minute before the bell, where guests share personal preferences during the final minute of the show.

Jan 22, 2018

Daniel Jocz is not only the California Teacher of the Year, but also a finalist for the national title of Teacher of the Year.  Daniel is a high school social studies teacher, and has created a highly popular YouTube channel featuring a wide variety of reviews for students of Advanced Placement US History with almost 200 videos and 40,000 followers at the time of this podcast recording.


Dec 12, 2017

The New Teacher Podcast host Anthony Arno talks with Annie Brock, author of The Growth Mindset Coach.

Created by teachers for teachers, this is the ultimate guide for unleashing students’ potential through creative lessons, empowering messages and innovative teaching. The Growth Mindset Coach provides all you need to foster a growth mindset

classroom, including:

• A Month-by-Month Program
• Research-Based Activities
• Hands-On Lesson Plans
• Real-Life Educator Stories
• Constructive Feedback
• Sample Parent Letters

Studies show that growth mindsets result in higher test scores, improved grades and more in-class involvement. When your students understand that their intelligence is not limited, they succeed like never before. With the tools in this book, you can motivate your students to believe in themselves and achieve anything.

Sep 26, 2017

It all started with one simple question…

One day, third grade teacher Kyle Schwartz asked her students to complete the following sentence, I wish my teacher knew…  The results astounded her. 

After posting her students responses online, the post went viral and a national movement was created.  Her book, simply titled, I wish my teacher knew, is the story behind that movement.


Aug 20, 2017
Jennifer Brown originally wanted to play professional basketball in the WNBA, but things didn’t work out.  Instead, she studied nursing in college where she fell in love with science, which is what led her into teaching.  Join Anthony Arno as he talks to Jennifer about her teaching career as a high school science teacher.
May 28, 2017

What would be the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Education that comes with a $1 million dollar award? The Global Teacher Prize. The ten finalists were announced by Dr. Stephen Hawking, and the grand prize winner was announced in Dubai by his holiness, Pope Francis.

Join The New Teacher Podcast host, Anthony Arno, on the 23rd episode as he talks with Michael Soskil, a 2016 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize. Michael is also athe 2017 Pennsylvania state Teacher of the Year and past recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.

Michael will talk about his teaching experience, including how he has connected online with students in over 70 different countries, including the International Space Station, and his visit to the slums of Kenya where he successfully raised funds for to purchase water filters.

What would you do with one million dollars?

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