Skip to main content
Spotify for Podcasters
Inspiration, Influence and Impact

Inspiration, Influence and Impact

By Karen Caswell

Inspiration, Influence and Impact surround us daily. Listen as guests from all walks of life share where they have found inspiration, who has influenced them in their lives and what impact they hope to have on the lives of others. These stories not only connect us, but inspire, influence and impact those around us, often more than we’ll ever know.
Available on
Apple Podcasts Logo
Google Podcasts Logo
Pocket Casts Logo
RadioPublic Logo
Spotify Logo
Currently playing episode

#29. Amy Green: Elevating Wellness

Inspiration, Influence and Impact Dec 22, 2022

#37. Chuck Anderson: Inspiring Thriving

#37. Chuck Anderson: Inspiring Thriving

My guest this episode, Chuck Anderson, discusses the impact of his lived experiences with mental illness and his goal to support others to thrive by sharing through storytelling and connection.

Chuck's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

Person - Sue Langley
Book - The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris
Cause - A cause you find meaningful and aligns with your values
Dream Travel Destination - Manly Beach

Connect with Chuck:

Email -
Website - Living To Thrive
LinkedIn - Chuck Anderson
Instagram -

Chuck Anderson is the co-founder and principal consultant of Living to Thrive that specialises in workplace mental health and psychological safety. His background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Diploma of Positive Psychology and Well-Being and Diploma of Risk Management. He has worked with a number of major clients across Australia including WeWork, Charles Stuart University, Australian Red Cross Life Blood, nbn and more.
Chuck is also a freelance well-being columnist writing newspapers such as the North Sydney Sun. He has had the pleasure of interviewing some of the world's foremost experts in the field of psychology including Dr Kristin Neff, Dr Ellen Langer and Dr Rick Hanson.
Over the last 22 years, he has worked across multiple sectors and industries, both in Australia and overseas, where he gained a wealth of diverse experience and knowledge. This includes seven years in defense where he was an intelligence specialist for the U.S. Navy.
Sep 29, 202351:10
#36. Sue Langley: The Impact of Positive Psychology

#36. Sue Langley: The Impact of Positive Psychology

My guest this episode, Sue Langley, shares her passion for guiding and supporting others to be their best selves through practical application of neuroscience, emotional intelligence and positive psychology.

Sue's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

  • Person - people who inspire you
  • Books - Social: Why Our Brains are Wired to Connect by Matthew Lieberman; J.D Robb and Robert Galbraith
  • Podcast - Learn with Sue: Walk and Talk with Sue Langley; Audiobook - 4000 Weeks by Oliver Burkeman
  • Cause - Support what you believe in
  • Dream Travel Destination - Italy

Connect with Sue:

Sue Langley is a keynote speaker, global consultant and positive

leadership expert. Sue specialises in the practical applications of

neuroscience, emotional intelligence and positive psychology,

synthesising the science and research into simple, practical tools

that anyone can use.

As the CEO and Founder of the Langley Group, Sue has taught

thousands of business leaders, coaches and consultants how to

create positive work cultures and harness the brain's potential. As

Academic Director of the Langley Group Institute, Sue created the

world’s first nationally recognised Diploma of Positive Psychology

and Wellbeing. She has a Masters in Neuroscience of Leadership

and was a featured expert in the hit ABC TV series Redesign My

Brain and in the award-winning documentary Make Me a Leader.

Sep 15, 202344:33
#35. Kari Sutton: Inspiring Resilience

#35. Kari Sutton: Inspiring Resilience

Aug 31, 202301:04:04
#34. Kelly Chase: Historical Contributions
Aug 17, 202344:59
#33. Keelie Allen: A Kindness Movement

#33. Keelie Allen: A Kindness Movement

My guest this episode, Keelie Allen, shares her passion for making the world a better place and the life experiences that have inspired her to create a kindness movement.

Keelie's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

Person - Someone you haven't connected with for a while.

Book - Atomic Habits by James Clear

Podcast - Brene Brown's podcasts

Cause - Kindness

Dream Travel Destination - Anywhere with sunshine and beautiful beaches

Connect with Keelie:

Instagram - @randomactsofkeelie

Facebook - Random Acts of Keelie

Linkedin- Keelie Allen

Keelie Allen is a creator of kindness, and loves making a positive impact in the lives of others by helping them become the best version of themselves. With a passion for positive psychology, believing that there is power in numbers and that kindness has the power to change the world, had led her to where she is today, starting a kindness movement. 

Aug 03, 202339:54
#32. Jane Taylor: The Impact of Unlearning

#32. Jane Taylor: The Impact of Unlearning

My guest this episode, Jane Taylor, shares how her life experiences led to her passion for connecting and building relationships with others, and how her journey of unlearning led to her own self-discoveries. She talks about how this knowledge and understanding now guide her as she supports people to change the way they see themselves in order to be whole-heartedly themselves. 

Jane's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations: 

Connect with Jane:

Jane Taylor is a certified and registered ICF PCC coach, mentor, author of 4 journals, facilitator and registered teacher who is committed to helping support people to change the way they see themselves through "(Un)Learning, so You Can Reconnect, Realign and Reclaim Your Inner Resources and BE Whole-Heartedly YOU... One Habit at a Time!", so we can live in peace and harmony.

Jane began her career as a professional athlete competing on the world tennis stage before finding her passion – learning (or unlearning may be more accurate) and building relationships. This passion evolved in to a career in education as well as facilitating national coaching programs for Tennis Australia and co-ordinating national initiatives for education, before starting Habits for Wellbeing. Jane has supported and worked with over 33000 adults in leadership, coaching, education, emotional intelligence, mindfulness meditation, self-compassion, mental health promotion and prevention and organisational wellbeing.

Feb 09, 202335:09
#31. Sarah Donaldson: International Influence

#31. Sarah Donaldson: International Influence

My guest this episode, Sarah Donaldson, shares her passion for empowering people to be their authentic selves and for all people to feel seen, heard and valued, which is complemented and supported by her belief that education can and should be an act of social justice and an opportunity to nurture global citizens that embrace diversity and bring people in from the margins. She talks about her vision for deconstructing the status quo and recreating a more equitable society, as belonging and equity benefits us all, and the influence working in international schools had had on her beliefs and practice. 

Sarah's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

  • People - Kathleen Naglee, Alysa Perraras, Emily Meadows, Bettina Love, Lee Ann Jung
  • Book - 'Caste: The Origins of our Discontent' by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Podcast - Unhinged Collaboration
  • Cause - Nyaka Aids Orphanage - education and empowerment for children and educators in Uganda.
  • Dream Travel Destination - The Amazon Rainforest

Connect with Sarah: 

Sarah Donaldson is currently the elementary associate principal at the International School of Curitiba, and has been in education for 20 years as an elementary classroom teacher, an EAL teacher, and a literacy coach.  Sarah stands up firmly on the side of human rights, equity, diversity, social justice, and belonging.  She believes that education can and should be an act of social justice, an opportunity to nurture global citizens that embrace diversity and bring people in from the margins in order to collaborate in solving the world's problems.  In fact, Sarah’s Master’s thesis led her and a group of 17 inspiring 3rd graders to research and write a 300 page book on the topic.

Jan 21, 202334:21
#30. Lisa Baylis: Inspiring Self-Compassion

#30. Lisa Baylis: Inspiring Self-Compassion

My guest this episode, Lisa Baylis, shares her journey towards self-compassion and how kindness and mindfulness practices have influenced her own well-being and inspired her to support other educators with their own well-being, building resiliency and restoring the joy of teaching.

Lisa's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

Person - Start within...
Book - 'Self-Compassion for Educators: Mindful Practices to Awaken Your Well-Being and Grow Resilience' by Lisa Baylis
Podcast - Dare to Lead with Brene Brown; Work Life and ReThinking with Adam Grant
Cause - Reconciliation; Kindness
Dream Travel Destination - Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific

Connect with Lisa:

Twitter - Lisa_Baylis
Instagram - Lisa Baylis
Website - Lisa Baylis
Facebook - Lisa Baylis Educator
YouTube - @lisabayliseducator
LinkedIn - Lisa Baylis

Lisa Baylis has been sharing wellbeing strategies for the last 20 years. A natural born connector with an innate ability to make people feel valued and heard, she is an instructor, a counsellor, a facilitator, and a mother. Lisa is a published author of Self-Compassion for Educators as well as, the creator of the AWE Method — Awakening the Wellbeing for Educators — which merges self-care, mindfulness, and self-compassion.
Jan 05, 202337:28
#29. Amy Green: Elevating Wellness

#29. Amy Green: Elevating Wellness

My guest this episode, Amy Green, shares her vision for helping educators thrive both in and outside the classroom, her mission to support schools to identify effective systems to ensure the wellness of staff, and how her own wellness journey has inspired and influenced her work. 

Amy's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

Connect with Amy:

Amy is founder of The Wellness Strategy, a published author, speaker, facilitator, and coach, and a leader in improving workplace culture and wellbeing in schools and organisations. As a past teacher and school leader, Amy is determined to change the way we view wellbeing to support our everyday and workplace needs. With a background in teaching and leadership and having studied human behaviour and positive psychology, Amy brings to the wellbeing space a fresh approach to what can be a sensitive topic.

Amy guides workplaces to understand the difference between individual and collective wellbeing to ensure all employees feel safe, valued, and fulfilled, and to bring about a workplace culture in which all staff thrive and flourish.

Dec 22, 202232:40
#28. Brett Salakas: Inspiring Connections

#28. Brett Salakas: Inspiring Connections

My guest this episode, Brett Salakas, shares his wide and varied educational journey and its impact on his teaching pedagogy and practice. He talks about his passion for turning educational theory into real classroom practice, and supporting other educators to do the same. Brett's mission for connection, collaboration and inspiration drives his work and the influence and impact he hopes to have. 

Brett's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

Connect with Brett:

Uniquely experienced, Brett’s innovation, curriculum insight and passion to deliver results set him apart. His reputation for innovation in the education industry is truly global. He has been the keynote speaker at multiple international conferences, in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America and has run Professional Learning for schools and systems both in Australia and in North America.

Brett is a teacher, leader, poet and the founder of #aussieED (the largest online network of teachers in Australia) and the co-founder of both the ED Poets Society and #TheWalkingED.

Brett has leadership experience within the Public Education System, Catholic and Independent systems as well as being a Curriculum and Digital Technologies Officer while teaching in Singapore. Couple that with the rare experience of having taught from Kindergarten to Year 10 and you will find that Brett brings a blend of deep pedagogical awareness and flexibility that allows him to rapidly adapt to and understand complex educational contexts.

Dec 09, 202255:30
#27. Allyson Apsey: The Impact of Serendipity

#27. Allyson Apsey: The Impact of Serendipity

My guest this episode, Allyson Apsey, shares her mission to bring joy to the lives of others and the origins and impact of her serendipity journey, and how that guides the work she does with educators and students. She discusses her goal of hope for creating schools where teachers can feel both fulfilled and have energy for their lives beyond school. Allyson loves supporting educators as everyone works to be happy and effective people for the benefit of all, as when our teachers thrive our students thrive.

Allyson's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations:

Person - Jessica Gomez
Book - Stolen Focus by Johann Hari
Podcasts - Super Soul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey; Brene Brown
Cause - support our educators
Dream Travel Destination - England, Scotland, Ireland

Connect with Allyson:

Twitter - @AllysonApsey
Instagram - @allysonapsey
Facebook - Allyson Apsey
LinkedIn - Allyson Apsey
TikTok - @allysonapsey19
Website - Serendipity In Education

Allyson Apsey has been an educator for 24 years; an award-winning school leader for 19 of those years. She is passionate about students and staff and leads others through their strengths. She tries to be transparent, vulnerable and supportive, and she doesn’t ask questions unless she wants the answers.
Nov 24, 202226:57
#26. Rachael Lehr: The Influence of Ideas
Nov 10, 202254:04
#25. Tammy Robinson: Inspiring A Community

#25. Tammy Robinson: Inspiring A Community

My guest this episode, Tammy Robinson, shares how in the midst of grief she discovered her life's purpose and, in the process, healed her heart. She talks of her desire to empower young people and show them they are important, valued and respected. Tammy's goal is for the young people she supports to know that kindness is free, and to teach them that, as a community, we can create a ripple effect of kindness. 

Tammy's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

Connect with Tammy:

Tammy runs Formally Ever After, a community program in Logan, Queensland. She is a mother of four (three adult children and her 12 year old daughter), and her partner enthusiastically helps with the program. Tammy works in the Aged Care industry as a Lifestyle Carer, and working with our elderly has always been her passion. In 2019 she lost three very important people in her life, and in 2020 she lost a fourth loved one. These tragic losses reminded her how precious life is and how important it is to be kind to one another. It also reminded her that if time is we have to give another, then we should give our time. Tammy believes we need to use our experiences in life to help lift others and to show our children and young adults that kindness is free.  

Oct 27, 202240:05
#24. Tammy Baart: The Impact of Identity

#24. Tammy Baart: The Impact of Identity

My guest this episode, Tammy Baart, shares how identity has impacted her own life and learning journey, and her hope to be role model and provide a platform to celebrate Indigenous success. She talks about her passion for ensuring all children achieve success and exceed their own expectations, and her mission to support young people to know who they are and where they belong in the world. Learning about and reconnecting with her culture, has Influenced Tammy's sense of belonging and view of the world. 

Tammy's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

Connect with Tammy:

A proud Dharug woman, Tammy, has grown up reconnecting with her culture; firmly believing that we must harness the power of education and its ability to create future opportunities.  As the first in her family to graduate high school, Tammy is the epitome of a lifelong learner and acknowledges that we all play a role to play in shaping future leaders.

With over two decades of educational leadership – in School Executive roles and Curriculum Writing – Tammy uses her experience in both the Government and Independent sectors to advocate and enable change, prioritising student needs so children and youth can be empowered to write their own narratives. Ignited by a passion and drive to find the gaps in the education system, Tammy firmly believes and advocates for all students to have access to authentic and sustainable learning pathways.

Modeling learning and leading in two worlds, Tammy is a bold and courageous Indigenous woman who has foresight and vision to challenge herself and in turn those she works with to greater heights. Understanding the bigger picture while knowing the little things matter is Tammy’s superpower.

Leading with love and compassion, Tammy brings people together to commit to creating a new and higher standard of what is possible for our children.

Oct 13, 202240:52
#23. Alice Vigors: The Thinking Classroom

#23. Alice Vigors: The Thinking Classroom

My guest this episode, Alice Vigors, shares her passion for creating a culture of thinking, visible learning and inquiry in teaching, leading and learning, and discusses the inspiration and influences that have helped fuel the fire on her journey. She also talks about her belief that all students should be known, valued and cared for in our schools; and that the teachers in our school are our greatest resource.  Alice's inspiration, influential and impactful recommendations: People - Rebecca West from Talkin' Chalk, Aaron Johnston from Mr J’s Learning Space Book - The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros Podcast - Cold Coffee, No Gluesticks with Katey Street Cause - Student well-being Dream Travel Destination - Canada and Alaska Connect with Alice: Twitter - @alice_vigors Instagram - @thinkingpathways Website or Blog - thinkingpathwayz Facebook Page - Thinking Pathways Podcast - Teacher Takeaway Podcast Linkedin - Alice Vigors Alice Vigors is a dedicated and passionate assistant principal: curriculum and instruction, who uses her creativity, innovation and dedication to inspire others and build their capacity to make a positive difference to the education of all students. She has been a teacher and leader for 14 years, working in both the NSW Public and Catholic education systems. Alice has developed a website, blog and professional learning network called ‘Thinking Pathways’, a resource and information hub for sharing her knowledge and examples of classroom practice around the explicit teaching and scaffolding of critical and creative thinking skills, the implementation of visible learning practices and understanding the role of inquiry learning in teaching, learning and leading. Alice launched and co-hosts an educational podcast in March 2021 called the ‘Teacher Takeaway’ podcast to provide educators with practical takeaway ideas across a range of educational topics with three other prominent educational leaders. Alice has just written a book called the ‘Thinking Classroom: supporting educators to embed critical and creative thinking’ which is being released on the 26th October 2022.

Sep 29, 202257:57
#22. Sarah Johnson: A Full Life Focus

#22. Sarah Johnson: A Full Life Focus

My guest this episode, Sarah Johnson, shares how she uses her three core values of balance, resilience and faith to live her own full life. She talks about her aim to serve and guide others live their own full life focus through her passions and work. Sarah discusses how her own life journey has had a significant impact on developing her passions, skills and mission to rise and reach the masses.
Sarah's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

People - Latrese Younger; Megan Anderson; Neil Gupta
Books - 'The Path Back to You' by Ian Cron Suzanne Sstabile; 'Gift of Imperfection' by Brene Brown
Podcasts - Aspire Leadership Development Podcast with Joshua Stamper; Dare to Lead with Brene Brown
Cause - Youth Mental Health First Aid and American
Dream Travel Destination - Paris

Connect with Sarah:

Twitter - @SarahSajohnson
Instagram - @sarahsajohnson
Website -
Facebook - Sarah Johnson Consulting
Podcast - In AWE Podcast

Sarah Johnson is a former teacher and school principal, turned author, speaker, and podcaster. She is passionate about assisting others in seeking greater satisfaction in all areas of their full lives by helping them go beyond work-life balance as well as develop strong leadership foundations. [Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Master of Science in Educational Administration, a Certificate for Women in Leadership from Cornell University, and is in a Doctoral Studies program for Leadership, Learning, and Service.] She hosts the weekly In AWE Podcast where she is proud to amplify women’s stories every week. She lives her own full life focus by pursuing passions such as running, writing, focusing on family, while also honing her leadership skills through networking, teaching, and learning.
Sep 15, 202242:23
#21. Catherine Williams: The Impact of Connection
Sep 01, 202235:09
#20. Monique Maguire: The Impact of Martial Arts

#20. Monique Maguire: The Impact of Martial Arts

Our Episode 20 guest, Monique Maguire, shares how martial arts helped her build self-confidence and emotional resilience initially after experiencing trauma, but also through all life’s challenges. Her drive for competing is also matched by her passion for teaching and empowering others, and she is firm believer in building people up rather than stripping them down. Monique also discusses her mental health struggles, and how she hopes that by being vulnerable and open, she can inspire others.

Monique's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

Person: Nick Atkins
Book: A New Earth; Awakening Your Life's Purpose by Eckart Tolle
Podcast: Gary Vee
Cause: Push for Better Push Up Challenge
Dream Travel Destination: Japan

Connect with Monique:

Instagram: @cutting_edge_martial_arts and @monique_maguire
Website: Cutting Edge Martial Arts Centre

Jul 01, 202238:20
#19. Paul Taylor: Tranforming Teaching and Learning

#19. Paul Taylor: Tranforming Teaching and Learning

Our guest this episode, Paul Taylor, shares his educational journey as a learner, leader and innovator, whose passion for creating a better world drives him to seek and implement transformative learning that empowers students, and educators, to be their best selves. He discusses how the two big questions, "Do I understand?" and "How do I do this well?" guide him as a learner and leader. Paul's belief in supporting staff to empower learners to take responsibility for the development of both their own character and academic growth and to contribute to a better world, drives his work as a leader.

Paul's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

People - Educators outside your own school who do things that you want to know more about
Book - An Ethic of Excellence by Ron Berger
Podcast - John Hattie
Cause - Domestic Violence; Ration Challenge: Raising Funds for Refugees
Dream Travel Destination - Switzerland

Connect with Paul:

Banora Point Primary School - 07 5524 1444
Twitter - @pdtaylor73 @i_on_the_Future
Deeper Learning -

Paul Taylor is Principal of Banora Point PS (enrolment 590) on the far North Coast of NSW. Over a 27-year career Paul has taught all grades, held all executive roles in NSW DoE schools and worked internationally as a classroom teacher in West Yorkshire.
Paul was fortunate to be the recipient of two NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships in 2004 and 2005 and was a state finalist in the 2015 Australian Teaching Awards. Paul was named in The Educator Magazine ‘Top 40 Hotlist’ in 2016 and has sat on the judging panel of these awards since 2018.
Paul is the founder and leader of iOnTheFuture Events. iOTF conferences grew rapidly in the 20 teens, with 900 teachers from 210 schools attending the 2019 iOTF6 event. Over the years the annual iOTF conference has hosted luminaries such as Ron Berger, Larry Rosenstock, Eric Mazur, Scott Hartl, Bob Lenz, Stephen Harris and Mark Scott. For the 2020 year, Paul has moved the focus of iOTF Events away from ‘the why’ of education change and a one day conference, to ‘the how’ with practical three day institutes (in partnership with PBL Works and EL Education) that drill deep down into the learning design and instructional practice required to help students develop ownership of and purpose for learning.
Under Paul’s leadership, the Banora Point PS staff team have transformed teaching and learning, pioneering the introduction of student engaged assessment practices as found in EL Education’s Leaders Of Their Own Learning materials. Through this work, staff have empowered learners to take responsibility for the development of both their own character and academic growth and to contribute to a better world.
Jun 17, 202201:01:18
#18. Laurie McIntosh: A Journey of Affirmation

#18. Laurie McIntosh: A Journey of Affirmation

Our guest this episode, Laurie McIntosh, shares the role affirmation has played in her journey as an educator. She talks of her belief that schools should be a place of connection, community and healing, and her hope to be a teacher who leaves a legacy and who her students tell their grandchildren about. Laurie is most excited about, and proud of, the fact that she is helping nurture students who are 'really good people' who dream and plan really big; as well as seeing and supporting teachers to know they are 'enough'.

Laurie's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

People - Dr Jody Carrington; Barbara Gruener
Books - Kids These Days by Jody Carrington; Teachers These Days by Jody Carrington and Laurie McIntosh; What Happened to You by Bruce D Perry and Oprah Winfrey
Podcasts - Mr D Times 3 with Joe Dombrowski; and We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle
Cause - Blankets of Hope
Dream Travel Destination - Australia; Hawaii

Connect with Laurie:

Twitter - @lauriesmcintosh and @MrsMacsKinders
Instagram - @mrsmacskinders

Some of the best lessons are taught in the moments between literacy and numeracy. These golden moments based on kindness, connection and community are the moments this kindergarten teacher and author lives for.
With compassion and thoughtfulness, Laurie has an incredible way of acknowledging the accomplishments of educators and affirms them as they journey on their paths, cheering them on as they use connection and relationship to revolutionize their practice.
Storyteller, light bringer and dreamer, Laurie uses her 20+ years in education to forge new paths. With the stories she held writing ‘Teachers These Days’ with Dr. Jody Carrington and her 2 appearances on The Ellen Show Laurie strives to bring teachers together in community and to define and exemplify what it truly means to be a ‘teacher these days’.
Jun 03, 202242:57
#17. Ryan Persaud: Embracing Diversity

#17. Ryan Persaud: Embracing Diversity

Our guest this episode, Ryan Persaud, shares his passion for diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice and how as a leader his goal is to collaboratively create a school community where all belong. He talks about his experiences in international schools and how he hopes to inspire others to be change makers, and to support those who don't have a voice to find theirs.

Ryan's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

People - Alysa Perreras - DEIJ Consultant; Darnell Fine - DEIJ Consultant; Jennifer Abrams Coaching, Mindset, Hard Conversations; Tonya Gilchrist/Erin Kent - RWW Workshop/Literacy; Dr Derrick Gay - Intercultural Competency; Dr Doug Fisher - Science of Learning; Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning
Books - Neuroteach (Whitman), The Motive (Lencioni), Dare to Lead (Brown), Me and White Supremacy (Saad)
Podcasts - Cult of Pedagogy (Jennifer Gonzalez), Ignite Edtech Podcast (Craig Kemp), At the Table (Lencioni)
Cause - Ukraine; Nyaka Aids Orphan Project - Uganda
Dream Travel Destination - Home (Canada)

Connect with Ryan:

Twitter - @ryanpersaud23
LinkedIn -

Ryan is an experienced educational leader with a demonstrated history of working in the education sector (20 years). He is skilled in K-12 Educational Leadership, DEIJ, Systems Thinking, Curriculum Design, Educational Business and Finance, and Innovation. Ryan is a strong leadership professional with a Master’s Degree focused in Education from the University of Toronto and currently working on an Educational Doctorate from the University of Western Ontario.
May 19, 202238:37
#16. Roman Nowak: The Journey of Hope

#16. Roman Nowak: The Journey of Hope

Our guest this episode, Roman Nowak, shares his broad educational journey to his mission to centre teaching around diversity, equity and social justice. He has connected with many educators around the world through passion for kindness and gratitude. Roman's vision to foster a sense of collective hope drives his choices around pedagogy, connection and meaningful work, and his desire to inspire others.

Roman's inspirational, influential and impactful recommendations:

Person - Tyler Arnold
Book - 'Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity' by Justin Baldoni
Podcast - Man Enough with Justin Baldoni, Liz Plank and Jamey Heath; Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead with Brene Brown; Super Soul with Oprah Winfrey; A Slight Change of Plans
Cause - Support your local community
Dream Travel Destination - Hawaii; Australia; Paris; Poland

Connect with Roman:

Twitter - @NowakRo
Instagram -
Blog -

A teacher for the past 18 years, Roman has taught varying subjects from grades 7 to grade 12. A passionate ELA teacher, department chair, and leader for several years, Roman has transitioned to various roles from the classroom, to student success coach and leader, to a specialist in the integration of technology in the classroom and a coach to develop 21st-century skills. He has also completed a 3-year secondment with the Ministry of Education of Ontario to lead and champion the Student Success and Learning Until 18 Strategy. A father of two, he is passionate about pedagogy and researches strategies to increase student engagement and motivation. In the last few years, he has done meaningful work, research, and led movements to include more diversity and center teaching around equity and social justice. Presenter and speaker at various conferences in Canada and the United States, guest on various podcasts, Roman loves to collaborate with educators across the globe on various projects. An active member on Twitter and founder of the #BuildHOPEedu chat, his objective is to participate in the active changes in the education system through equity, HOPE, and student engagement. His first book, Build H.O.P.E.: the Courage to Change, to Teach, and to Lead is due out later this year.
May 05, 202234:58
#15. Rachael McPhail: The Impact Of One

#15. Rachael McPhail: The Impact Of One

Our guest this episode, Rachael McPhail, shares how her passion for social justice inspired the 'Place Names in Addresses' campaign to include traditional place names in addressing information in Australia. She discusses her mission to show that you don't need to be someone famous to start a social justice campaign, every single person has the ability to make changes that will help the world be a better, more inclusive place. Rachael hopes to inspire others to tune in to the voices of First Nations people who are making waves in their patch, so our minds will be constantly decolonising, or unlearning and relearning.
Rachael's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations:

People - Kirli Saunders; Teela Reid; Common Ground; Clothing the Gaps; Joe Williams
Books - Dark Emu - Uncle Bruce Pascoe; Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) - Anita Heiss; The White Girl - Tony Birch; Bindi - Kirli Saunders; Loving Country - Uncle Bruce Pascoe
Podcasts - Blacademia - Amy Thunig; Sobah Podcasts - Dr Clinton Schultz; Frontier War Stories - Boe Spearim; Dreamy - Common Ground; Bring Back the Warrior - Dwayne Bannon Harrison
Movies - Incarceration Nation; The Bowraville Murders; In My Blood It Runs; Will Australia Ever have a Black Prime Minister; High Ground; Servant or Slave
Causes - #Boots4Community, by Blackfit Fitness; #FreeHer campaign, by Sisters Inside/Debbie Kilroy; #WearItBlakWednesday, by Trading Blak; #NotADateToCelebrate - Abolishing Australia Day; #RaiseTheAge of criminal responsibility; Seed Mob
Dream Travel Destination - To 4WD through the top end, Darwin, Kakadu, Katharine, Fitzroy Crossing, over to Broome, and to also visit the Torres Strait islands.

Connect with Rachael:

Instagram - @place_names_in_addresses
Website -
Facebook Page - @place_names_in_addresses

Rachael McPhail is a proud Gomeroi woman, who lives on Wiradjuri Country in Coolamon, and has just completed her Bachelor of Social Work through Charles Sturt University. Rachael works for the Disability Trust as Project Manager – Reconciliation Action Plan, supporting the organisation in the development of their Reflect RAP, and working to inspire cultural change and embedding a First Nations perspective in all areas of practice. Rachael was successful in her campaign to ask Australia Post to include traditional place names in addresses. She is now campaigning for the creation of a database of traditional place names that has been verified by Elders and community leaders.
Apr 21, 202245:45
#14. Kath Murdoch: 'Wonder'-ful Impact

#14. Kath Murdoch: 'Wonder'-ful Impact

Our guest this episode, Kath Murdoch, shares her educator journey and the many experiences that led to her passion for inquiry-based learning. She talks about her joy of, and commitment to, classroom teaching, which drive her dedication to regular and ongoing work with students. Kath discusses her hope that her curiosity and hunger for learning are contagious, and that she inspires educators to discover the delight of sharing the learning journey with their students.
Kath's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations:

People - Kimberly Mitchell; Trevor MacKenzie; Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser; Yong Zhao; James Mannion
Books - 'Atlas of the Heart' by Brene Brown; 'Choice Words' by Peter Johnson
Podcast - James Mannion’s ‘Rethinking Education’ and Levi Allison’s ‘Recess Duty'
Cause - Any cause contributes to the protection of wilderness and of course dealing with climate change - Bob Brown Foundation
Dream Travel Destination - Spain

Connect with Kath:

Twitter - @kjinqiiry
Instagram - @kjinquiry
Website or Blog -
Facebook Page - Kath Murdoch Consulting

Kath Murdoch is an experienced teacher, author, university lecturer and popular consultant. She is highly regarded for her work in the field of inquiry-based learning in which she has taught, written and researched for over 35 years. Kath began her professional life as a primary classroom teacher before taking up an academic position in the Education Faculty at the University of Melbourne where she worked for a decade, Since that time, Kath has worked as an independent consultant to schools and education organisations around the world Kath is the author of over 15 books for teachers including the best-selling ‘Power of Inquiry’ and the exquisite set of inquiry coaching cards ‘The Art of Inquiry Teaching’. Kath has recently published her first children’s book, ‘The Wonder of Winsome,’ a story about curiosity and is soon to release her new book 'Getting Personal with Inquiry Learning’

Apr 07, 202252:08
#13. Tonya Gilchrist: Professional Learning Equity

#13. Tonya Gilchrist: Professional Learning Equity

Our guest this episode, Tonya Gilchrist, shares her passion for working with schools to facilitate personalised professional learning that encompasses what we know about lasting learning for not only students, but also adult learners. She also talks about how the skill of translanguaging is a foundation of working in international schools, in addition to being a world skill. Tonya's mission is to provide opportunities for all teachers to connect and collaborate, and experience those joyful, energising opportunities.

Tonya's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations.

People - Laura Robb and Evan Robb; Cornelius Minor; Nawal Casiano; Adam Grant; Inspire Citizens; Globally Reconnect
Books - Choice Words by Peter Johnston and Think Again by Adam Grant
Podcast - Recess Duty with Levi Allison
Cause - Direct Relief
Dream Travel Destination - Maldives

Connect with Tonya.

Twitter - @Mrs_Gilchrist
Instagram - @tonyagilchrist
Website / Blog -
Facebook Page - Tonya Gilchrist
Facebook Group - Tonya Gilchrist
LinkedIn - Tonya Gilchrist

Tonya Gilchrist is an international learning strategist who specializes in helping schools around the world amplify inquiry and honor agency for deep learning and transfer across languages, literacies, and disciplines. From Readers'/Writers' Workshop to Reggio to UDL to IB, Tonya works with schools to tailor professional learning just for their specific contexts and their unique needs. Previously, she enjoyed many years as an educator, instructional coach, and curriculum specialist.
Mar 24, 202250:41
#12. Beck Keough: Making Learning Stick

#12. Beck Keough: Making Learning Stick

Our guest this episode, Beck Keough, shares her passion for making learning stick, through designing and delivering authentic learning experiences that motivate learners and permit them to make connections with real life context/experiences, and that also honour their voice. Beck's mission to find a balance between instructional models that meet the needs of all learners, drives her thirst for knowledge and desire to connect with, and learn from, others.

Beck's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations:
People - Jane Hunter; Kath Murdoch; Trevor MacKenzie; Rebecca Bushby (Bathurst-Hunt); Kimberly Mitchell; The ACARA Team
Book - Inquiry Mindset: Assessment Edition by Trevor MacKenzie
Podcast - STEM Ed; Ten Minute Teacher Podcast; The Dave Burgess Show; History Detective; Edulatte
Cause - Ronald McDonald House
Dream Travel Destination - England

Connect with Beck:
Twitter - @beckkeough1
Instagram - @incuriatedbeck

Beck Keogh is an experienced educator who is engaging students in authentic learning experiences that motivate and allow them to connect with real life. She’s the founder of Edulatte - a virtual coffee lounge where educators can share, collaborate and create, and creator of the inCURiATE pedagogical model.
Mar 10, 202231:02
#11. Tara Martin: Life Is Inspiration

#11. Tara Martin: Life Is Inspiration

Our guest this episode, Tara Martin, shares how her life journey's experiences have inspired her to embrace a beginner's mindset, find her courage and challenge herself to grow. We explore how her passion for encouraging others to embrace their authentic selves, cannonball in and fulfill their true potential drives her mission to innovate, share ideas, influences and lessons learned and to inspire us to keep social-emotional learning at the heart of our work. Tara hopes to have an impact on the world by championing others and amplifying their achievements.

Tara's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations:
Person - Dave Burgess
Book - Teach Like a PIRATE by Dave Burgess; How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Podcast - Unlocking Us by Brene Brown
Cause - Anything that supports children
Dream Travel Destination - Greece

Connect with Tara:
Twitter - @TaraMartinEDU
Instagram -
Website or Blog -
Facebook Page - Tara M Martin
Podcast - The REAL Journey Show

Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, national speaker, and author who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. She has served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach for several years, and most recently, a district administrator. Tara is the author of the inspirational book, Be REAL: Educate from the Heart and Cannonball In, a motivating children's book illustrated by Genesis Kohler. Tara firmly believes machines and artificial intelligence will never replicate an individual’s REAL identity–the unique strengths, talents, and life experiences of every human. Tara's passion for education and love of writing led her to a new role where she coaches and serves educational authors as the Director of Public Relations and Communication for DBC, Inc. Tara’s ambition is to lead a culture of innovative change, keep social-emotional learning at the heart of our work, and encourage others to Cannonball In and fulfill their true potential!
Feb 24, 202254:46
#10. Lisa Currie: Kindness Ripples
Feb 10, 202234:47
#9. Jessica Vance: Curious Questioning

#9. Jessica Vance: Curious Questioning

Our guest this episode, Jessica Vance, shares her passion for student centered learning, collaboration, and coaching, which stems from the students themselves, as she finds inspiration in their natural curiosity as they authentically engage in learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Due to her strong belief in leading with a lens of inquiry, and through her open sharing, Jessica provides space for educators to collaborate and reflect, while supporting their professional growth as inquiry practitioners, as well as ways leaders need to support teachers.  Jessica's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations: Person - Michael Stone Book - Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant Podcast - Terrible, Thanks for Asking  Dream Travel Destination - someplace tropical to practise yoga Connect with Jessica:  Twitter - @jess_vanceedu Instagram - @jess_vanceedu Website or Blog - With a professional teaching and leadership background in both the private and public international schools (IB PYP Educator & PYP Coordinator), Jessica brings a unique perspective to her role as Enrichment & Environment Coordinator in Austin, Texas. Her journey and experience as an inquiry educator in IB schools and Place Based Education fuels her passion and global work in coaching both teachers and leaders in their roles, as well as supporting schools in implementing inquiry based learning. Jessica understands the power of curiosity to guide next steps, creating the space we all need as learners as we actively engage in a reflective practice. In her first book, Leading with a Lens of Inquiry, which is scheduled for release this year, she outlines the ways in which we, as leaders, need to support and facilitate our teachers in the same ways in which we want our teachers to engage with their students.
Jan 27, 202253:06
#8. Dan Jackson: Effective Impact
Jan 13, 202249:22
#7. Barbara Gruener: Connecting by Heart

#7. Barbara Gruener: Connecting by Heart

Our guest this episode, Barbara Gruener, shares her mission for connecting by heart to make a world of difference, by helping elevate empathy, compassion and kindness in everyone she meets, while modeling what it means to stay centered by and rooted in gratitude, hope and love. Her passion for people is evident in her many acts of service during her 38 years in education, and in life. Barbara is a role model for learning from life’s experiences and seeking joy every day. Her genuine connections with others brings light into the world, and her passion, enthusiasm and energy leave others feeling equipped and empowered to pay it forward and keep the ripple alive … her goal is that when those ripples eventually touch … our world will be covered in a blanket of connection and love. Barbara truly is a HOPE-dealer, who makes the world a kinder, more compassionate, empathetic and loving place.

Barbara's Inspirational, Influential or Impactful recommendations:

People - Laurie McIntosh, Roman Nowak, Vernon Wright, Michele Borba, Lisa Currie just to name a few role models.
Book - The Negativity Remedy by Nicole J. Phillips
Podcast - The Happiness Lab by Dr. Laurie Santos
Cause - Donors Choose because it helps teachers and, in turn, supports our most precious natural resource, the children
Dream Travel Destination - Australia

Connect with Barbara:

Twitter - @BarbaraGruener
Instagram - @BarbaraGruenerAuthor
Website or Blog -
Facebook Page - mrquigleyskeys
Podcast - CharacterSpeaks
Author page -

Barbara is a bilingual educator, author, mentor, coach, speaker, and veteran school counselor, who has spent 38 years in education.
Dec 16, 202148:49
#6. Stephanie Smith: Empowering Young People

#6. Stephanie Smith: Empowering Young People

Our guest this episode, Dr. Stephanie Smith, shares her passion for empowering our young people, and how she has embraced every change as a learning opportunity. Stephanie's diverse and rich experiences have not only shaped her passion and practice, but now inspire other educators to provide opportunities for learners to have their voices heard. Stephanie truly embodies the spirit and values of a life long learner.
Stephanie's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations:

People - Connect with Young People; Pivot Learning
Book - Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace; The School in the Cloud by Sugata Mitra
Podcast - Game Changers with Phil Cummins and Adriano Di Prato
Cause - The Foundation for Young Australians
Dream Travel Destination - Egypt

Connect with Stephanie:

Twitter - @SmilesStephi @MoAD_Canberra
Instagram - @Stephi_Smith_Inquirer_ @oldparliamenthouse
Website - Museum of Australian Democracy
Facebook - Inspiring Picture Book Ideas and Australian Civics Educators Network

Stephanie is an experienced primary school teacher who has tight in multiple states and territories, and has transferred her knowledge, skills and expertise into an education role at the Museum of Australian Democracy. She has a PhD in play-based learning in primary classrooms, the significance of developing 21st Century skills and teacher PD around science and mathematics.
Dec 02, 202140:28
#5. Craig Ladek: The Impact of Service

#5. Craig Ladek: The Impact of Service

Our guest this episode, Craig Ladek, shares the impact of service on his life - the inspiration the service of others provided and how his own service has influenced his own and other's lives. He also opens up about his mental health challenges and experiences with PTSD. Craig is a role model for many, who has gone from serving our country to serving our community, and has impacted many lives along the way.

Craig's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations:
Books - Exit Wounds by Major John Cantwell; The Crossroads by Mark Donaldson VC; Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
Podcast - The Unforgiving60 with Tim Curtis and Ben Pronk
Cause - Movember and the ANZAC Day Appeal
Dream travel destination - anywhere in Australia that is remote

Connect with Craig:
Instagram - @teamtemperedcoach or @crossfittemperedormeau
Facebook - Crossfit Tempered Ormeau

Craig is an Australian Defence Force veteran, and a Level 2 CrossFit Coach, who owns and runs CrossFit Tempered Ormeau. He is currently studying Clinical Exercise Physiology full time and is a dad to three amazing girls. Craig spent 15 years in total in the Australian Army, with postings in Darwin, Sydney and Albury/Wodonga, and Operational Service in Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan 2010. Prior to the Army, Craig was a heavy diesel fitter working in Melbourne, Perth, Yalara (Uluru) and in remote gold mines.
Nov 18, 202131:42
#4. Fi Morrison: STEM-spirational

#4. Fi Morrison: STEM-spirational

Our guest this episode, Fi Morrison, is a passionate advocate for STEM and the Early Years, and was named the ICTENSW Young Educator of the Year for 2020. She is an inspirational role model for taking a risk and sharing your passions with the world. Fi's passion for STEM in the Early Years and engaging student's curiosities and imaginations is evident. We thank Fi for her dedication to assisting others with STEM and inquiry integration into learning, and for highlighting others and providing platforms to connect and share ideas so we all learn and grow.

Fi's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations:
People - Trevor MacKenzie; Kath Murdoch; COUNTLESS educators (all can be found on the STEM ED podcast or in the STEM ED magazines)
Books - Inquiry Mindset by Trevor MacKenzie; Invent to Learn by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager; Daily STEM by Chris Woods
Podcasts - STEM Everyday podcast with Chris Woods; Game Changers with Phil Cummins and Adriano Di Prato; The Teacher Takeaway Podcast
Cause - Deadly Science
Travel Destination - Maldives; Europe

Connect with Fi:
Twitter - @stemedmagazine @FiMorrison2
Instagram - @stemedmagazine
Website or Blog -
Facebook Page -
Podcast - STEM ED Podcast

Fi Morrison is the Founder of STEM ED Magazine. She has 15 years of experience working with children in a range of fields and is currently a full-time Primary School Teacher in Sydney, Australia.
Fi is passionate about early years education, innovation, inquiry and implementing authentic STEM pedagogy into the classroom. She strongly believes in supporting others, and empowering teachers to further develop their skills and evolve their classroom practice.
Fi is a highly accomplished presenter and the host of a successful podcast that includes a number of international guest speakers. She frequently presents at events, as well as delivers webinars and collaborates with other educators to share her knowledge, experiences and expertise.
Nov 04, 202128:48
#3. Tamara Letter: Inspired By Kindness

#3. Tamara Letter: Inspired By Kindness

Our guest this episode, Tamara Letter, shares where she finds inspiration to be a Kindness Cultivator, and how she aims to never miss an opportunity to show compassion, empathy and gratitude, intentionally starting each day with a kindness mindset. Tamara’s passion for kindness is inspiring. Her gift for showing love, compassion and gratitude is a lesson to us all. Just like the ripples in a pond, or the seeds of a dandelion, her influence and positive impact on the world will continue to spread for many years to come.
Tamara's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations:

People - Akilah Ellison, Roman Nowak, Barbara Gruener, Cathy O’Grady, Laurie McIntosh, Kate Lapetino, Kelly Pace, Melanie Korach, Melinda Forward
Book - The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
Podcast - Ted Talks Daily and KindSight 101 with
Cause - Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Travel Destination - Australia

Connect with Tamara:

Website or Blog -
Twitter - @tamaraletter
Instagram - @tamaraletter
Facebook Page - Group: “A Passion for Kindness”
TikTok - @tamaraletter

Tamara Letter is an enthusiastic presenter, writer, and kindness cultivator who strives each day to add a little good to the world. She is a passionate educator with more than two decades of experience as an elementary teacher, differentiation specialist, technology integrator, and instructional coach. Her messages of positivity and joy inspire educators in all levels of service to create a culture of kindness through social-emotional learning and character education.
Oct 21, 202142:44
#2. Trevor MacKenzie: Inspiring Inquiry

#2. Trevor MacKenzie: Inspiring Inquiry

Our guest this episode, Trevor Mackenzie, shares the many sources of inspiration for his inquiry journey, and discusses his ‘big dream’ for all children. Trevor’s commitment to transforming education and his passion for student centred learning for children around the world is evident in all he says and does. We are grateful for Trevor’s generosity in the way he shares his time and expertise to assist others, and are confident his positive impact will continue to grow.

Trevor's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations:

Person - Fi Morrison - STEM Ed Magazine and Podcast
Book - The Self Driven Child: The Science of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives - William Stixrud, Ned Johnson
Podcast - Educational Duct Tape - Jake Miller
Cause - Mental Health
Travel Destination - Australia; The Netherlands; South Africa

Connect with Trevor:

Website -
Twitter - @trev_mackenzie
Instagram - @tntmackenzie

Trevor MacKenzie is an experienced teacher, author, keynote speaker and inquiry consultant who has worked in schools throughout Australia, Asia, North America, South Africa and Europe. Trevor’s passion is supporting schools in implementing inquiry-based learning practices. He is a highly regarded speaker known for his heartfelt storytelling, kind demeanour, and student-first philosophy.
Trevor’s graduate research focused on identifying and removing the barriers to implementing inquiry-based learning in the K-12 setting. He is an inquiry practitioner currently as a teacher with the Greater Victoria School District in Victoria, Canada. He has two publications: Dive into Inquiry and Inquiry Mindset, both published by Elevate Books Edu. He has vast experience supporting schools across several years in implementation strategies in public schools, international schools, and International Baccalaureate programmes (PYP/MYP/DP).
Oct 07, 202140:03
#1 Dave Burgess: Discover Wide

#1 Dave Burgess: Discover Wide

Our guest this episode, Dave Burgess, shares how he uses many sources to 'Discover Wide'. Dave is so inspirational and we are grateful he chose to share his manifesto, and that his influence continues as he encourages and empowers others, and amplifies their passions, stories and powerful work. We are thankful for the impact he has had on us, and the world.

Dave's Inspirational, Influential and Impactful recommendations:

People - Find a community
Books - Thrive Through the Five by Jill Siler; Ryan Holiday series
Podcasts - Ryan Holiday; Rich Roll; Tim Ferris; DBC Inc Authors
Cause - Our fellow educators
Travel Destination - Hawaii; Australia; Russia

Connect with Dave:

Website - Dave Burgess; Dave Burgess Consulting
Twitter - @burgessdave
Instagram - @dbc_inc
Podcast - The Dave Burgess Show

Dave Burgess is the New York Times Best-Selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE, co-author of P is for PIRATE, and the president of Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. which delivers powerful, inspirational, and innovative books, keynotes, and professional development.
Sep 23, 202125:59
#0. An Introduction

#0. An Introduction

Welcome to Inspiration, Influence and Impact: The Podcast. In our introductory episode, learn a little about hosts Karen and Catherine, and our passions and purpose.
Sep 16, 202102:09