Episode 86 - Lisa Montez Stockstad

This week I am joined by Lisa Montez Stockstad, wife and mother of three children with special needs living in Chandler, Arizona. Lisa talks about her wonderful family and how she learned early on how to advocate for them. She also shares what led her to place her child in Holy Family Catholic school and how he has exceled in that school. For more information about Lisa, please email her at montezstockstad@gmail.com.

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Episode 84 - Anne Dillon

On the first show for Season 3, I am joined by Mrs. Anne Dillon, Director of Special Education for the Archdiocese of Washington. Anne talks about all the experiences that led her to her current position as director. She talks about how she supports her teachers and students on daily basis and offers advice to dioceses interested in creating inclusive program. For more information about Anne, please email her at DillonA@adw.org.

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Episode 83 - John Petruzzelli

This week I am joined by John Petruzzelli, principal of Kolbe Academy in Bethlehem PA. John talks about his previous roles that led him to be the principal of Kolbe Academy, He also discusses the uniqueness and purpose of Kolbe Academy and how they hope to impact the lives of children of all ability levels. For more information about John or the Kolbe Academy, please email him at principal@kolbe-academy.com.

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Episode 82 - Mike Deely

This week I am joined by Mike Deely, Headmaster at Pope John Paul II High School in Nashville, TN. Mike talks about his background and what led him to become the headmaster at Pope John Paull II High School. He also discusses the school and the Hand in Hand Program and how it has changed the culture of the school. For more information about Mike, please email him at mike.deely@jp2hs.org

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Episode 81 - Michelle Tetschner

This week I am joined by Michelle Tetschner, author of Fully Included-Stories to Inspire Inclusion. Michelle talks about her role as a wife, mother, and author. She also discusses what led her to write the book, FULLY INCLUDED: Stories to Inspire Inclusion and the impact Catholic inclusive education is having for her son, Raymond. For more information about the book, please visit amazon.com or email Michelle, at mtetschner@aol.com.

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Episode 80 - Dr. Marco Clark

This week I am joined by Dr. Marco Clark, president of Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, MD. Marco talks about his background and what led him to Catholic schools and Bishop McNamara. He also shares his role as president at Bishop McNamara as well as the inclusive programs at the school which have transformed the school population. For more information about Marco, please email him at marco.clark@bmhs.org. For more information about Bishop McNamara, please visit https://www.bmhs.org

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Episode 79 - Anne Battes

This week I am joined by Anne Battes, publisher for RCL Benziger. Anne shares her background in Catholic education and what led her to RCLB. Anne also discusses the vision that RCLB has not only for Catholic education but for inclusive Catholic special education. For more information about Anne or any products that RCLB offers Catholic schools, please visit https://rclbenziger.com/.

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Episode 78 - Andrea Chavez-Kopp

This week I am joined by I am joined by Andrea Chavez-Kopp, Assistant Director for Educational and Formation Programs for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). Andrea talks about her role at NCEA and digital discipleship. She details all the great things happening at the NCEA conference as well as the inclusive communities track.

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Episode 77 - Kevin Donohue

This week I am joined by Kevin Donohue, Principal of St. Joseph Hawthorne School in Los Angeles, CA. Kevin talks about his background and what led him to St. Joseph Hawthorne. He details his blog and the inclusive programs at the school and how they are meeting the needs of these students. For more information about St. Joseph Hawthorne, please visit https://www.saintjoe.online/alumni. For more information about Kevin, please follow him on Twitter at @kmdra06 .

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Episode 76 - Paul Maestranzi

This week I am joined by Mr. Paul Maestranzi, Principal of St. Pius V school in Lynn, MA. Paul discusses the rich history of the school and the history of the city. He shares his background as well as the 8-credit certificate with Boston College’s Lynch School of Education on serving exceptional learners in Catholic Schools. He also discussed how he was able to lead his staff through this process and how they are helping meet the needs of their diverse learners. For more information about Paul, please email him at paul@stpiusvschool.org

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Episode 75 - Kristin Melley

This week I am joined by Kristin Melley, Director, Professional Development at the Roche Center for Catholic Education at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College. Kristin talks about her background and what led her to Boston College. She details the eight-credit program offered by the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. For more information about Kristin, please email her at kristin.melley@bc.edu.

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Episode 74 - Abbie Greer

This week I am joined by Ms. Abbie Greer, Director of Student Support at Bishop McNamara HS, in Forestville, Maryland. Abbie talks about the four programs at her school and how they striving to meet the needs of these students. She also discusses how these programs have influenced the Catholic identity of the school. For more information about Abbie, please email her at Abigail.Greer@bmhs.org.

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Episode 73 - Dr. Megan Burton

This week I am joined by Dr. Megan Burton, Director of Special Education for Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California. Megan discusses in detail the three-tiered special education program for the 200 plus diverse learners and how they have added to the identity of the school. For more information about Megan, please email her at MBurton@cathedralcatholic.org.

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Episode 72 - Sean Jorgensen

 This week I am joined by Mr. Sean Jorgensen, President of St. Mary Catholic Central High School in Monroe, Michigan. Sean talks about his role as President at the school and what led him to that position. Sean also discusses the St. Andre Bissett program at this school and how the inclusion of those students has increased the joy in the other students at the school. For more information about Sean, please email him at sjorgensen@smccmonroe.com

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Episode 71 - Frank Mackritis

This week I am joined by Mr. Frank Mackritis, Principal of St. Patrick Interparish School in Gainesville, FL. Frank talks about his role as principal and how he came to that position at the school. He also discussed how the Morningstar program for students with disabilities has transformed his school into an inclusive enviornment. For more information about Frank, please email him at fmackritis@stpatrickschoolgnv.org.

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Episode 70 - Elizabeth Dombrowski

This week I am joined by Mrs. Elizabeth Dombrowski, Executive Director of CLC network also known as the Christian Learning Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Elizabeth talks about how CLC developed and all the different component that make up the program. Additionally, she talks about their mission for helping to service students with special needs. For more information about Elizabeth, please email him at edombrowski@clcnetwork.org

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Episode 68 - Dr. Michelle Lia

This week I am joined by Dr. Michelle Lia, Dr. Michelle Lia, Assistant Director Professional Development, Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education at Loyola University in Chicago. Michelle talks about her work at the Greely Center and all the programs they offer. She also discusses strategies on how teachers can improve the reading skills of their students in comprehension and the other Big 5. For more information about the Greeley Center or Michelle, please email her at mlia@luc.edu.

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Episode 67 - Andy Kremer

This week I am joined by Mr. Andy Kremer, Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana. Andy talks about his journey from football coach to Associate Superintendent. He also talks about his vision for special education and the programs currently available in his diocese for exceptional learners. For more information on Andy, please email him at akremer@dol-in.org.

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Episode 66 - Dr. Tara Rolle

This week, I am joined by Dr. Tara Rolle, Associate Superintendent, Diocese of San Jose and the Executive Director, Drexel School System. Tara details her role as the assistant superintendent and the important conversations she is having with the parents to make the diocese more inclusive towards all learners. For more information about Tara, please email here at trolle@dsj.org

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