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Inspiring Educators
Last Tuesday of Every Month at 7:30pm

Inspiring Educators is a radio show from the ISU College of Education. This half-hour show featuring conversations with alumni, students, and supporters of the Idaho State College of Education is hosted by Dean Jean McGivney Burelle, PhD

ISU College of Education https://www.isu.edu/education/

The College of Education prepares students for meaningful careers focused on improving the lives of others. Our graduates go on to serve and lead in diverse contexts, including K-12 schools, businesses, community organizations, higher education, and more. In addition to providing a range of programs at the bachelors, masters and doctoral level, the College of Education offers minors and certificates to help students strengthen their resumes and prepare them for the workplace. With a focus on learning by doing and reflective practice, our students graduate ready to excel and to change lives.

Latest Episodes
  • Join our hosts for this episode of Inspiring Educators, to interview Jim & Dr. Karen Johnston who were generous enough to create the James & Dr. Karen Johnston scholarship for students involved with the college of education.
  • Dean Jean and Tabatha of the ISU College of Education speak with Tip and Andy from Lookout Credit Union about their organization's support of Educator Appreciation Week and the scholarships provided to aspiring teachers. Christa Gessaman, a former recipient of a Lookout Credit Union scholarship, is the guest in the second half of the show.
  • For this episode of Inspiring Educators, join Tabatha Butler and Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle as they speak with Dr. Valerie Martin Conley, Idaho State University Provost.
  • Host Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle interviews Kyle and Brett Siemen's about their parents, Gail and Nannette Sieman’s impressive legacy with ISU and Pocatello. Host Dean Jean also interviews Kristi Trulson, Nannette and Gail Siemen Early Childhood 2020 Scholarship Recipient. Kristi is currently a Head Start teacher and actually had the opportunity to be with Nannette early in her career.
  • Host Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle interviews Roger Michener about his career start in education and why he believes education is so important in our communities. Host Dean Jean also interviews Tasha Degiulio, the 2022 recipient of Roger and Barbara Michener's scholarship about what this scholarship means to her as a future deaf education teacher.
  • Host Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle interviews Roger and Nancy Wheeler about their careers in the Pocatello School District. They share how important it is to them to help future educators get into a career that they both felt was extremely rewarding. Host Dean Jean also interviews Karina Vega, the 2021 recipient of Roger and Nancy's scholarship about the educators who inspired her to teach and her gratitude for their scholarship.
  • Host Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle interviews Rita Haggart, born and raised in Pocatello to Greek immigrant parents. Rita and her late husband, Terry, were educators in the Pocatello School District for over 30 years. Rita shares her experiences at ISU, meeting Terry, working as an educator, and why she started an endowment with the College of Education. Host Dean Jean also interviews Cheri Kerr, the recipient of Rita and Terry's scholarship about how she decided to become a teacher and what this scholarship means to her.
  • Host Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle interviews Brian Armes about his impressive career in education in Idaho starting as a 2nd grade teacher to supporting school safety statewide. Brain shares how he and Julie's endowment is the way that they pay it forward for the transformational education experience he experienced at ISU so future teachers can go out to make our communities better and stronger.
  • Host Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle interviews Helen and Donald Nielson, both originally from southeast Idaho and alumni of ISU. Helen and Donald reflect on the teachers that inspired them and their careers outside of Idaho. Both have a passion for education and started their scholarship to give the gift of education to others. Host Dean Jean also interviews Allende Pacheco, the recipient of Helen and Donald's scholarship for the last 2 years, about how he decided to become a teacher and how grateful he is for their generous scholarship.
  • Host Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle meets with guests that include scholarship donor and ISU alumnus Bob Myers in addition to Dexter Gunter, the first recipient of Myers’ endowed scholarship, the Dr. Robert Myers & Mrs. Lavoy Riley scholarship.