In this quick clip from ClassCast Podcast Ep.011, business technology consultant Ryan Orr talks with his former English teacher, our host Ryan Tibbens, about athletics, time management, and understanding purpose in education. If you don't know why you're doing something, it might be hard to figure out exactly what to do. If you enjoy this clip, check out the full episode!
ClassCast Podcast Episode 011 showcases a discussion with Ryan Orr, a technology consultant, public health enthusiast, former premed student, and the founder of Drop Dead Premed, a mentoring and support service for premed students considering academic and professional changes in lieu of medical school. A former student of our host, Ryan Patrick Tibbens, Ryan Patrick Orr (coincidence, no relation) reflects on his high school and college experiences, ways to improve school, premed, public health, bioethics, and influential reading.
One part of the discussion links public health to ethics and the famous Trolley Problem thought experiment. For listeners who are unfamiliar, we strongly recommend you both check the link above AND consider your own responses. Plus, the thought experiment goes better with visuals aids.
This episode offers great perspectives on the premed track, college transfers, finding a career, consulting, science, books, school, and much, much more! Please enjoy this wide-ranging discussion, and let us know what questions or topics you'd like us to address in the future!
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In this first clip from ClassCast Podcast Episode 011, Ryan Orr -- owner/operator of DropDeadPreMed.com, public health enthusiast, tech consultant, and former student of our host, Ryan Tibbens -- addresses the MCAT and the daunting tasks that await all who plan to become doctors. Check out this quick clip now, and watch for the full episode this weekend.
This special edition of the ClassCast Podcast features segments from Episodes 009 and 010 to help voters in Loudoun County's Blue Ridge District learn more about their candidates for the school board. Both candidates, Ram Venkatachalam (R) and Ian Serotkin (D), were gracious enough to make time in their busy campaign schedules to meet with our host, Ryan Tibbens. Listen to these highlights and check out the full episodes for an even better look at each candidate!
Episode 010 of the ClassCast Podcast features Loudoun County, Virginia school board candidate Ian Serotkin and our host, Ryan Tibbens, discussing Serotkin's schooling, career, community involvement, vision for public schools, and more. He explains his motivation for seeking office -- improving equity, efficiency, innovation, and positive experiences for students -- as well as his vision for schools -- more specialization and innovation. This is a great opportunity to learn more about both the candidate and the man as his discussion is looser and more casual than previous school board interviews on ClassCast. Serotkin and his opponent (see Episode 009) are locked in one of the tightest, most competitive races in all of Northern Virginia politics this fall, but even if you don't live in Loudoun, Ian offers ideas about the futures of schools that will interest (and perhaps inspire) all listeners. And as promised in the discussion of advocacy and recess, here is a link to Serotkin's now-famous "Cups" speech to the school board in support of recess and free play for young minds.
In ClassCast Episode 008, host Ryan Tibbens discusses running for office, school priorities, and general goals with Melanie Turner, a candidate to represent the Algonkian District on the Loudoun County School Board. Though Ms. Turner generally avoids specifics, the discussion is still enlightening -- we get to hear about her own educational experiences, her motivations and concerns, and how her role as a parent is informing her campaign and platform.
Watch for additional discussions with school board candidates over the next few weeks as everyone prepares for elections on November 5!
In this quick excerpt from ClassCast Podcast Episode 007, Donna Fortier, the founder and CEO of Mobile Hope, and host Ryan Tibbens discuss the significant roles that school bus drivers can, do, and should play in efforts to increase students' safety and security.
One way you know you've encountered a brilliant idea is that you can't believe you didn't know it, didn't see, didn't say it before. The observation seems obvious, but you missed it. Donna's understanding of school bus drivers' roles in supporting students is one such idea. This clip, less than four minutes long, is bound to reshape your views on school bus drivers. It will also have you rethinking current hiring and compensation policies that, paired with a strong economy, have led to bus driver shortages all over the country.
Remember to check out Mobile Hope and consider volunteering or donating. Enjoy!
Check out this first clip from ClassCast Episode 007; it features Donna Fortier, the founder and CEO of Mobile Hope, and our host Ryan Tibbens. In clip 007.1, they discuss the start of Mobile Hope and the important influence turtles had in that process; they also briefly discuss the creation of a Life Skills Center soon and Naked Turtle Bar later on in retirement. This brief excerpt is from the end of the full episode but gives a glimpse into Donna's personality and infectious enthusiasm. Be sure to check out Mobile Hope, and consider volunteering or donating. Enjoy!
ClassCast Podcast Episode 007 features Donna Fortier, the founder and CEO of Mobile Hope. Donna is engaging, intelligent, and inimitably compassionate -- her story of leaving a six-figure salary to start the only non-profit focused on youth homelessness and crisis care in Loudoun County, VA, one of the wealthiest places in the world but with a surprising youth homelessness problem, well, this story is not to be missed.
Ryan Tibbens, our host, has a personal introduction for this episode:
I've been teaching in Loudoun County for 14 years, and I first heard about Mobile Hope just last spring. One of my favorite former students let me know that his mother had kicked him out of his house -- for no real reason aside from her own substance abuse issues -- and that he would be moving back to [another state] to live with an old friend and be closer to his semi-estranged father. This young man was two months from graduation, worked over 40 hours per week after school and on weekends, had good grades, and was clearly the kind of person who should be attending college or starting his own business; yet at that moment, he was homeless. He didn't ask for help; he just told me he was leaving. I immediately began asking around the school and the community to see what we could do. One of the assistant principals at the school, Chad Runfola, suggested that I contact Mobile Hope. He said that he worked with them some times and that they could probably help. (I learned last week that Chad Runfola, in addition to being an excellent school administrator and a champion for both students and teachers, is actually a board member along with a handful of other people I've met throughout my career. Somehow, I still hadn't heard about Mobile Hope, though.)
Fast forward -- that student graduated and is doing fine, in part because members of his community were willing to help him. After I was named to the Loudoun 40 Under 40 this year, Donna Fortier sent me a small congratulatory note with a Mobile Hope business card inside. I'm sure she sends one to all the winners because she's smart. She knows that operations like Mobile Hope depend on wide-reaching and diverse supporters throughout the community. Donna has been named to the Loudoun 100 in 2019, and though she denies seeing it as a networking opportunity, all event attendees should make a point to speak with her and find out how to get involved. We ALL should speak with her and find out how to get involved. No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you can serve in your community, and Mobile Hope offers an incredible opportunity for you and for those in need. Check them out. And now, enjoy ClassCast Episode 007 with Donna Fortier!
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