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The Teach Reach Inspire Podcast from Red River Radio
Monthly, the 4th wednesday of the month

Dr. Tracey Burrell interviews experts in the educational field, including teachers, principals and their support teams.

Latest Episodes
  • Each year the Louisiana Department of Education in partnership with Dream Teachers acknowledges competent, qualified, and motivated teachers through its Teacher of the Year Recognition Program. On this episode of Teach, Reach, Inspire, we will be joined by three local teachers who were recognized as state finalists.Janet McCrevan, teacher at South Highlands Elementary in Caddo and Louisiana TOY State FinalistCamille Cole, teacher at Platt Elementary School in Bossier and Louisiana New TOY State FinalistBrad Winstead, teacher at Airline High School in Bossier and Louisiana New TOY State Finalist.
  • In football, we often hear about the performance of the offense and the defense, but there is another unit of players that spends less than 20% of the game on the field, but scores roughly 35% of the team’s total points. The special teams unit made up of kickers, punts, returners, and defenders is often forgotten, but can have an enormous impact on the game itself. The Special Education Department is the school system’s special teams unit that places students in a better academic, emotional, and behavior field position in order to achieve overall success. Join Dr. Tracey Burrell along with Dr. Cassandra Williams, Assistant Professor of Special Education, LSU Shreveport, Shawne Marsala, Supervisor of Pupil Appraisal, Bossier Schools, and Ross Boyett, Assistant Principal, Waskom Middle School Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 6 PM for Teach, Reach, Inspire.
  • Airs July 26, 2023 at 6 p.m. You’ve probably heard sayings like, there’s no "I" in TEAM. Playing off of that a bit, there’s probably not an "A" and "P" in the word TEAM. But ask any school principal, and they will tell you that they would not have a strong leadership team without their APs or more formally, their Assistant Principals.
  • A recent survey found that nearly one of six Americans have never traveled outside of their home state. Sadly, many school-aged children have never ventured outside of their own city, and in many cases outside of their own neighborhood. Tonight, we will hear from three individuals who are trying to change that by providing students with real-world learning experiences that help to develop global awareness. Amy Williams, Global Studies Coordinator at Fairfield Elementary School in Caddo ParishRachel Ryan, English Teacher at Parkway High School in Bossier ParishMark Miller, Dean of Students at Centenary College
  • A 2022 survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at The University of Chicago concluded that only 18% of Americans would encourage a young person to become a K-12 teacher. Even more alarming is that more than half of teachers would discourage their own children from entering the teaching profession.You will hear a story of how one educator is crushing these statistics by cultivating the next generation of teachers right in her own home. Airs, Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 6 pm.
  • Imagine a school setting where children ages 2-21 receive both therapeutic and educational services that enhance their quality of life. A place where 2-minute hugs are the norm, and where homemade cookies and ice cream are made and shipped all over the country. That place is Holy Angels located right here in Shreveport. Hear how Holy Angels is teaching children, reaching families, and inspiring communities.Guests include:Laurie Boswell, Chief Executive OfficerRandy Davidson, Chief Operating OfficerKelly Rouse, Director of Community School
  • In honor of Black History month, we recognize one of the many amazing education initiatives at Grambling State University, an institution that emerged from the desire of African-American farmers in northern Louisiana wanting to educate Black children in their region. Grambling State University is one of 9 universities to partner with Clemson University to host a chapter of Call Me MiSTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models).
  • Alternative education has been an option for students since the 1830s. Although the definition is very broad and often includes options such as montessori, magnet, and charter schools, many believe that alternative education is designed for students who haven’t been successful in regular schools, often due to behavioral issues or learning disabilities. Here to offer an accurate description of alternative education are three educational leaders who have spent many years serving in this vineyard. Airs October 26, 2022 at 6 pm.
  • Dr. Tracey Burrell hosts another episode of Teach, Reach, Inspire, focusing on educators and education in our region. Veteran teachers, those who have 20+ years of experience, are turning in their classroom keys and officially checking out of school. But not these guests. They are what I consider Legendary Teachers. They are the rock stars that cause kids to hyperventilate when they see them in the supermarket. They are the teachers who have educated generations of families for over 30 years. Hosted by Dr. Tracey Burrell. Airs 6 pm.
  • We are all familiar with the African proverb, It takes a whole village to raise a child. This month's episode will paint a portrait of the village, an entire community of people who are present, active, and accountable in the lives of children, their families, and our schools so that kids are able to receive a quality education in a safe and healthy environment.