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Early Childhood Journeys

60 EpisodesProduced by Marissa CalderónWebsite

Join host and a First Things First Champion for Young Children recipient, Marissa Calderón as she captures the journey of educators and advocates alike by highlighting their work through interviews and candid conversations, including best practices in the early education field.A practical listen and… read more

60 Episodes | 2017 - 2020

Cute or Racist? Overdue Curriculum Conversations in Early Childhood

December 17th, 2020


Episode 57 features returning guest, Tina Wiggins Sykes and podcast guest debut of Gloria McGinty. Tina Sykes and Gloria McGinty are Arizona based …

Teaching Kindergarten Online During COVID19 thru an Equity Lens

August 15th, 2020


Episode 56 features a Kindergarten Virtual Zoom Chat that was converted to an audio podcast with light editing for clarity.

Guests, Lauren Degregorio is a K-1 teacher in New Mexico, previously a Kindergarten Teacher in …

Oppression in Education: A Conversation with #LatinasInED, Carla Rivera-Cruz from EDpiphany

July 19th, 2020


In Episode 55, Carla Rivera-Cruz is back on the podcast to talk about current events involving the oppressive policies and systems in the classroom …

Uncomfortable Topics with Lark Sontag from Will Start Small

July 14th, 2020


Episode 54 is with advocate and outspoken champion for BIPOC, Lark Sontag from the Will Start Small Collective.

Lark's points include a very honest …

Anti-Racist Work in Early Childhood: A Conversation with Tina Sykes

June 5th, 2020


Episode 53 is with guest and Arizona early childhood education colleague, Tina Sykes. Tina Sykes is a social justice advocate, a poet a wife and …

Season Debut: Homeschooling, Teaching and Social Emotional Learning with Catherine Norwood

May 13th, 2020


Season 3 debuts and podcast host, Marissa Calderón updates everyone on being on hiatus and launches the new season addressing homeschool during …

Diana Brown and Conscious Discipline

April 22nd, 2019


Episode 51 of the podcast with host Marissa Calderón and guest, Diana Brown Certified Instructor from Conscious Discipline. Diana shares a bit of her background as a classroom teacher and how she began to train for Dr. …

Ep. 50 Kim Graham Executive Director of AZ Educational Foundation

April 9th, 2019


Episode 50 marks a milestone of the podcast! Join host, Marissa chat with the Executive Director of the Arizona Educational Foundation, Kim Graham. Kim shares all of the resources and mentorship programs and initiatives …

Ep. 49 Arizona Superintendent Kathy Hoffman

March 24th, 2019


Episode 49 is with the newly elected Superintendent of Arizona's Department of Education, Kathy Hoffman. With her historic electoral win, Marissa and Kathy discuss some of the past campaign rhetoric and the current …

Ep. 48 Senior Program Manager Denisse Hernandez de Ortiz

March 6th, 2019


Episode 48, host Marissa Calderón chats with Denisse Hernandez de Ortiz, Senior Program Manager for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. United Way of Tucson has an array of services including an Early Childhood …

Ep. 47 Kindergarten Readiness Tips with Teacher Julie Decuir

February 11th, 2019


Episode 47 is the first of a series of Kindergarten Readiness Tips and Insight episodes! Joined by Sierra Vista Unified School District in Arizona, …

Ep. 46 Confessions of a High School Senior

January 29th, 2019


Episode 46 is with a very special guest. Podcast host, Marissa chats with her own daughter, Salma, who is a High School Senior. Salma shares her …

Ep. 45 Kindergarten Teacher Kristen Orton

January 14th, 2019


Episode 45 is with Kristen L. Orton! Kristen is a Kindergarten teacher at Vernon Elementary School in Vernon Arizona. Vernon is a very rural …

Ep. 44 AZ AEF Teacher of the Year Kareem Neal & the Ambassadors for Excellence

December 31st, 2018


Episode 44 with Arizona Educational Foundations 2019 Teacher of the Year, Kareem Neal and three of the four Ambassadors for Excellence, Jonathan Perrone, Sheri Loyd and Lee Ann Howell sit down with host, Marissa …

Ep. 43 Tina Martin & the ADAPT Shop

December 17th, 2018


Episode 43 with Tina Martin from Southwest Human Development, Services for Children with Disabilities. Tina has been with Southwest Human Development since 1997 and is now the Assistant Director for this department. She …

Ep. 42 Talking Autism with Dad & Comic Book Creator Led Bradshaw

December 3rd, 2018


Episode 42 is with comic book artist and creator of Jetpulse Comics, Led Bradshaw. Led is also dad to his 8 year old son, Jake who is on the autism …

Ep. 41 Alebrijes & 21st Century Skills

November 19th, 2018


Episode 41 with host Marissa Calderón reflecting on an upcoming blog post, soon to be released on the Mexican art of Alebrijes. She provides some guides on how to connect students interest authentically while …

Ep. 40 Birth to Five Helpline, Senior Program Manager, Ana Arbel

November 5th, 2018


Ep. 40 with Ana Arbel from Arizona's Southwest Human Development, Birth to Five Helpline. Ana talks about the toll-free hotline for parents of …

Ep. 39 Early Childhood Development Home Visitor Specialist, Marissa Flores

October 22nd, 2018


Ep. 39 is with Marissa Flores from the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Community, Education Division's Early Childhood department. Marissa is a parent educator and Home Visiting Specialist, serving families on the FMYN. …

Ep. 38 Hispanic Heritage Month with Mom & Candidate Raquel Terán

October 7th, 2018


Episode 38 with Legislative District 30 Arizona Candidate, Raquel Terán chats with host and past colleague, Marissa. Raquel shares her foundation in …

Ep. 37 Honoring Hispanic & Latin American Heritage with Guest Erika Argueta

September 24th, 2018


Episode 37 is in celebration of a fellow Latina Educator for Hispanic & Latin American Heritage Month, Erika Argueta. Erika is a Bilingual Arizona Department of Education Early Childhood Unit's Program Specialist …

Ep. 36 A Sister Turned Foster Care Mom & Hero, Jessica Hipskind

September 11th, 2018


Ep. 36 host Marissa Calderón has a conversation with Jessica Hipskind, a newly found foster care mom to her young 7 year old sister after a tragic …

Ep. 35 Participant Reflections from the First Things First Early Childhood Summit

August 30th, 2018


Episode 35 pre-recorded LIVE from the AZ First Things First Early Childhood Summit at the Phoenix Convention Center with participants Elsa Bonilla and daughter Stefany Paredes. Host Marissa Calderón chats with them …

Ep. 34 Christopher Lawrence with Teaching Strategies

August 26th, 2018


Ep. 34 host, Marissa Calderón chats with Christopher Lawrence from Teaching Strategies, a curriculum for Early Childhood Educators for Birth through …

Bonus Episode: #LatinasInEd & K-12 Teacher Representation

August 18th, 2018


Bonus Episode with host Marissa Calderón and Carla Rivera-Cruz from the EDphiphany Podcast. Carla and Marissa chat about the #LatinasInED upcoming twitter chat, being Latina Educators and lack of representation of …

Ep. 33 Treasures 4 Teachers Tucson Director Adrienne Ledford

August 7th, 2018


Episode 33 of Season 2! Podcast Host, Marissa Calderón is joined by Treasures 4 Teachers Tucson Director Adrienne Ledford. They chat about this 100% …

Ep. 32 Elena Estrada-A Special Ed Teachers Journey

July 16th, 2018


Episode 32 with Developmental Pre-K Educator Elena Estrada. This episode was recorded at Los Reyes de La Torta in Tempe, AZ so you'll hear some background audio from the location.

Elena works as an Educator with Isaac …

Ep. 31 Al Pajak on STEM

June 28th, 2018


Ep. 30 with Al Pajak from STEM Nation, a former Vertebrate Paleontologist AKA a working scientist...Al shares his experience as a past classroom …

Ep. 30 Summer Time For Teachers

June 7th, 2018


Podcast host, Marissa Calderón chats with Bilingual ELL Kindergarten Teacher Deb Guerrero from Yuma, AZ. Discussion includes the typical summer time teacher prep work, teacher wellness and teacher self care tips for …

Ep. 29: #RedforEd Reflections with a Kindergarten Teacher

May 3rd, 2018


Ep. 29: Host Marissa Calderón is joined by Lauren Harness, Kindergarten Teacher for Mesa Public Schools on her experience and reflections during the …

Crónicas Chilindrinas #2: Guadalupe Valenzuela

April 24th, 2018


Spanish Segment: Crónicas Chilindrinas Segmento #2 con Guadalupe Valenzuela, Proveedora de Cuidado Infantil de Hogar y participante de la beca …

Episode 28: Michael Gaffney from AZ PBS Education Outreach

April 20th, 2018


Episode 28 with Michael Gaffney a AZ PBS Regional Outreach Coordinator for the AZ Early Childhood Workforce Registry from AZ PBS Educational Outreach were he serves the White Mountains area of the state. Michael chats …

Bonus Episode: Show Low Kindergarten Readiness Event

April 13th, 2018


Special Bonus Episode with Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teachers Heather Grey, Amanda Luptak and Kristen Orton from Sequoia Village School in Show …

Episode 27: The Sub Chat w/ Kara Lyn Curtis

April 3rd, 2018


Episode 27 is with current substitute teacher, Kara Lyn Curtis who was visiting Arizona from Utah. Kara and Podcast host, Marissa chat about Kara's substitute experience, some frustrations but also insights and tips on …

Episode 26: Juliana Panqueva Camargo

March 29th, 2018


Podcast 26 es en ESPANOL! Mamá y Especialista de Finanzas con el Departamento de Educación de Arizona, invitada Juliana Panqueva Camargo y anfritióna …

Episode 25: Susana Ibarra-Johnson from First Things First

March 6th, 2018


Episode 25 with Susana Ibarra-Johnson from First Things First in Arizona. Susana is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Southeast Region of Maricopa County. Susana shares her personal background, journey in …

Ep. 24: Special Guest Host Vincent Orleck interviews Marissa

February 25th, 2018


Episode 24 with guest host, Vincent Orleck Social Media Director with Attic Salt interviews Marissa Calderón LIVE from PHX Startup Week. Podcast recorded from the ZCast Popup Podcast Studio courtesy of #yesphx. Talking …

Episode 23: HS Educator & Ed Consultant Carla Rivera-Cruz

February 22nd, 2018


Episode 23 recorded LIVE from PHX Startup Week at Basecamp at the George Washington Carver Museum and Culture Center in Phoenix with guest, Carla …

Episode 22: Reading Interventionist Catherine Norwood

February 6th, 2018


Episode 22 with Catherine Norwood a Reading Interventionist or more like a Reading "Strategist" with Mesa Public Schools at Pedro Guerrero Elementary …

Episode 21: Jessica Beresford from Father Matters

January 24th, 2018


Episode 21 with Jessica Beresford, Director of Operations with Father Matters based out of South Phoenix. Podcast Host, Marissa Calderón sits down with Jessica to have a candid conversation about the services Father …

Episode 20: Kindergarten Teacher Lauren Harness

January 15th, 2018


Episode 20 with Kindergarten Teacher Lauren Harness starts out the 2018 New Year with host Marissa Calderón. Lauren teaches out of Mesa, Arizona and shares her past experience starting as a new Kindergarten teacher, how …

Episode 19: Amy Corriveau, City of Phx Head Start Director

December 27th, 2017


Episode 19 with Amy Corriveau, the Deputy Human Services Director for City of Phoenix. Amy oversee the education components for Head Start Birth to Five Services for the city of Phoenix and sits down with host Marissa …

Episode 18: Dr. Karen Ortiz and Helios Education Foundation

December 19th, 2017


Episode 18 with host Marissa Calderón is joined by Dr. Karen Ortiz, Vice President, Early Grade Success Initiatives at Helios Education Foundation. …

Ep. 17: Co-Founder of TouchPoints, Child Advocate, Vicki Mayo

December 11th, 2017


Episode 17 with Vicki Mayo, a foster and adoptive parent, child advocate and strong believer in reducing children's ACEs score. Vicki is the …

Episode 16: AZ Dept of Education's Nicol Russell

November 20th, 2017


Nicol Russell makes her debut on the Early Childhood Journeys podcast for episode 16! Nicole is the Deputy Associate Superintendent for Early …

Episode 15: Linda Pauley from AzAEYC & the AZToolKit

November 14th, 2017


Episode 15 with Linda Pauley, Business Manager for the Arizona AEYC Board and the Director of the Early Learning Program at Risen Savior Preschool …

Episode 14: Arizona PBS and Lisa Cobb

October 31st, 2017


Episode 14: A conversation with Lisa Cobb from Arizona PBS Educational Outreach as a Regional Coordinator. Discussion regarding the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry and the incentives and benefits including …

Episode 13: Conversation over Tacos w/ Regina Sung Aldridge

October 24th, 2017


Episode 13 features a special #TacosForTeachers early childhood conversation at a local taco shop, Tacos Chiwas in Phoenix, Arizona! Early Childhood …

Episode 12: Isabel Garcia and Unlimited Potential from PHX

October 19th, 2017


In Episode 12, Early Childhood Journeys podcast host Marissa, chats with Isabel Garcia, MSW and Program Director at Unlimited Potential in South Phoenix. Unlimited Potential is a non-profit program providing ESL and GED …

Episode 11: Conversation with Oksana Beatty

October 5th, 2017


Episode 11: Join Early Childhood Consultant Marissa Calderón as she chats with local Phoenix area Preschool Teacher and future Quality First Coach …

Episode 10: Conversation with Kindergarten Teacher Stacey Heath

September 28th, 2017


Episode 10: We've made it to 10 episodes and to commemorate, Marissa shares an interview with Kindergarten teacher, Stacey Heath from Blue Ridge …

Episode 9: VSAEYC Mixer Recap, EC Resources and Havasupai

September 14th, 2017


For Episode 9, host Marissa Calderón gives a brief recap of the VSAEYC and AZAEYC State Affiliate Early Childhood Mixer event that is annually done after the first day of the First Things First Summit in Phoenix. This …

Episode 8: Kindergarten Teacher Donna Bateman

August 25th, 2017


In Episode 8, host Marissa Calderón features Kindergarten Teacher, Donna Bateman from Pendergast Elementary School District in Phoenix Arizona. Donna …

Episode 7: A Conversation with Imelda Cordova

August 15th, 2017


In this episode, Marissa sits down for a very candid conversation with fellow Arizona Children's Association Statewide Director of Permanency Services, Imelda Cordova. The conversation is filled with parenting jokes, …

Episode 6: Kindergarten Teacher Terry Duggan

August 9th, 2017


In Episode 6, Marissa Calderón chats with Kindergarten Teacher Terry Duggan from Amphi School District in Tucson, AZ. Terry talks about the 20 plus …

Episode 5: AZ K-12 Ed Tech Conference Lunch Panelists

August 7th, 2017


In this episode, we uploaded the LIVE Facebook Audio from the Lunch Panelists from the AZ Ed Tech Conference at Rio Salado College on August 5, 2017.

Episode 4: Kindergarten Teacher Jennifer Larkin

July 26th, 2017


In this episode, Marissa has a conversation with Kindergarten teacher, Jennifer L. Larkin from Amphi School District in Tucson. Jennifer has been …

Episode 3: A Conversation with Alma Quintana

July 19th, 2017


In this episode, I have a candid and humorous conversation with fellow Early Childhood Educator, Alma Quintana. Alma recently became the Quality Assurance Manager for the City of Phoenix's Human Services Department, …

Episode 2: A Conversation with Educational Director Tricia Lucas

July 15th, 2017

A conversation with Tricia Lucas, Educational Director for Desert Sun Child Development Center in Chandler, AZ. Desert Sun Child Development Center is a NAEYC(National Association for the Education of Young Children) …

Episode 1: Capturing the Kindergarten Classroom Redesign Process

July 3rd, 2017


Discussion with Consultant Debbie Everett from Alesi Group on the redesign process of "flipping" kindergarten classrooms through Arizona's "The …

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