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Episode 9: Phil Boyte and Guest Angela Huff

Where to start with School Culture – Guest Dr. Angela Huff

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Dr. Angela Huff as they talk about where you start when it comes to building great culture on a campus. During this podcast, Angela shares simple things like how important it is to listen before making changes, why she was always at the carpool drop off each morning and how sharing her own weaknesses helped build trust within your staff. Listen in to hear some simple, but fantastic ideas you could start implementing this week.


A little about Angela:

Throughout her career, Angela Huff has been a teacher, principal, administrator, area assistant superintendent, and then spent her last four years as the Chief of Staff for the Cobb County School District a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.


During her career, Angela was chosen as the Georgia PTA Outstanding Principal of the Year and was also a contributing author for the book, 365 Meditations for Teachers by Teachers.  One of her biggest goals was to build her schools around a strong foundation of trust and working on solid relationships with her staff, students, and parents in the community.


In May 2016, Angela retired from an outstanding thirty two year career from the State of Georgia and moved to Brentwood, Tennessee to assist family members. A few months after moving, Angela began working for the Williamson County School District and is currently the Special Projects Manager.  


At home, Angela is the wife of Barry and has three children Meagan, Lauren, and Evan. She relishes the moments that she can spend with her family and friends, and enjoys reading, exercising, and taking a relaxing, leisurely ride with her husband on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.  


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Episode 8: Phil Boyte and Guest D.J. Sosnowski

Welcoming new staff and students  – Guest D.J. Sosnowski 

Do you remember your first day in a new job? All the questions swirling in your head? Did you know who to talk to or even what questions to ask?

Join Phil Boyte and his guest D.J. Sosnowski as they talk about what it means to help set a great culture with new staff and students. During this podcast, they talk about setting your new team members and students up for success. With D.J. just recently starting at a new school, he has fresh perspective on the journey. Listen in to hear ideas of what he does in his own classroom for new students and ideas for how to check-in on your new staff members in the second half of the year.

A little about D.J.: 
D.J. Sosnowski is currently an experienced teacher during his first year at a new school, Westview High School. He has taught for 17 years and spent those years at 2 high schools. He has been surrounded by education all of his life. His maternal grandparents were educators and his mother, aunt, uncle, and cousin are all teachers. He is supported daily by an incredible wife and challenged by his 3 boys.

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Episode 7: Phil Boyte with guest Stephen Amundson



Four Seasons of Leadership – Guest Stephen Amundson

Join Phil as he interviews Stephen Amundson, the Director of Activities from Tulare West High School in Tulare, California. Stephen shares about his journey creating the “Four Seasons of Leadership” and how having a dedicated focus on each semester can have tremendous impact on the momentum and passion of your students. Phil and Stephen talk about pitching new ideas, how to be persistent, but flexible and an amazing idea of engaging each and every staff member. (To the point where he got 30 staff members to voluntarily show up to a 5am rally last fall!)

Check out this podcast to hear some fresh ideas like pulling off a crazy pep rally, helping donate shoes for 700 kids and embracing your community in a big way through your leadership program!

You won’t want to miss this podcast to jump start your 2o17!

A little about Stephen:

Stephen Amundson has been in education for 17 years with the last 13 of them serving as the Director of Activities at Tulare Western High School. He has a passion for leadership and people. He is blessed with an amazing wife, 4 awesome kids, and 70 great student leaders. 

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Episode 6: Phil Boyte & Guest Majalise Tolan


Creating a great culture on and off campus – Guest Majalise Tolan

Join Phil as he interviews Majalise Tolan the principle of Taft 7-12 on the Oregon Coast. Phil and Majalise talk about creating an amazing school culture between your administration and staff, how to not water the rocks and how engaging your community can be instrumental in shaping an incredible culture.

A little about Majalise: 

Majalise Tolan has been a teacher, activity director coach and administrator for fourteen years, with nine years as an administrator in Lincoln County School District. During this time, she has made it a priority to become deeply involved in community activities, working to make the schools a centerpiece in the towns she serves. She lives on the beautiful Oregon Coast with her husband, four children, and dog, Apollo. A personal aspiration is to attend a professional baseball game in every park.

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Episode 5: Phil Boyte and Ron Severson


Building trust within your staff – Guest Ron Severson

During this podcast, Phil and Ron talk about how to build trust and re-gain trust within your staff. Ron shares how recognizing personal failures and sharing those with others can be extremely impactful to building trust. He also shares concepts like how to “run to the fire,” and learning to treasure and value the people that are always honest with you.

A little of Ron’s background: 

Ron was a social science teacher, basketball coach and a class advisor to start his career at North Monterey County High School in Castroville, CA.  He did stints as the Activities Director, Athletic Director and Assistant Principal before moving to Aptos High as principal in 1991.  After four exciting years at Aptos, he opened Granite Bay High School in 1996 as the first principal.  He worked with an incredible team as they developed the programs, culture and expectations in a new high school.  In 2006, after 15 years as a high school principal, he moved to the district office in curriculum.  He had reached his quota of supervising high school dances!  He chaperoned 193 dances while he was working at sites!   During the recession, he moved over to serve as the Assistant Superintendent in Personnel.  For the past three years he have served as the Superintendent of the Roseville Joint Union High School District.

Ron is married to Julie, a long time third grade teacher, who reminds him regularly what life is really like in the classroom.  Both of their children attended Granite Bay while he was the principal, which was a blessing for them and not a total curse on their lives.  Krissy is married and just bought her first house.  Scott is getting married next fall. 

Ron and Julie spend every summer at a summer cabin at Lake Almanor where he plays golf, loves to fish, water ski, kayak and paddleboard.  He loves snow skiing too.  Ron is a huge SF Giants fan and a disappointed niners fan.  He also has two awesome chocolate labs who require that he take them out for a run at the lake by our house every evening.  Ron also loves to read.

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