How is Informal Learning like Super Bowl Commercials?

Sunday, February 7th at 8pm Central

Kristina Peters hosts #txeduchat 



Kristina Peters is the Digital Learning Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Education where she is developing strategic plan and implementation of Nebraska’s Instructional Improvement System, curating digital learning resources and opportunities, collaborating with Nebraska Educational Service Units and school districts, advocating for school libraries, and providing professional learning opportunities in the department and across the state. Kristina brings her vivacious spirit to her presentations across the country and within the state. She is a co-organizer of EdCampOmaha, Edcamp Foundation Board Member, NETA Board Member, Google for Education Certified Trainer, Omaha Young Professional Summit Marketing Chair, Pepperdine MALT alum, and social butterfly. Connect with her @Mrskmpeters

Kristina holds a Master of Arts in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University, in addition to a Master of Science in Reading and ESL from Concordia University of Nebraska. Previously, Kristina has experience in the elementary setting; as a Kindergarten teacher, second grade teacher, and as a K-6 ELL teacher.

She blogs at kristinapeters.wordpress.com and follow her on Twitter @mrskmpeters

Comprehension Strategies for Student Success

Sunday 1/24 at 8pm Central

Join #txeduchat host @tamradollar 



Tamra graduated in 1984 from Hardin-Simmons University with a B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading. She returned to school in 2009 to earn a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. Tamra has taught at both the elementary and secondary levels and most recently as a middle school literacy coach and creative writing teacher. She is passionate about infusing interest-driven learning experiences into lesson design and student empowerment  It is her belief that all  students can learn just not on the same day and in the same way.

Tamra is currently a full-time graduate student at Texas Woman’s University pursuing a Ph.D. in Reading.  She considers herself to be a storyteller at heart and enjoys telling about the not-so-forgettable experiences in the classroom. You can read more about her classroom experiences in her blog, Confessions of a Literacy Coach.

Teacher Engagement

Sunday, January 17, 2016 on #txeduchat

Explore Teacher Engagement with @saneebell

Dr. Sanée Bell is the principal of Cimarron Elementary in Katy, TX.



She has served as an administrator since 2005 at both the elementary and secondary levels. She taught middle school and high school English and also coached girls basketball. Sanee was recognized as the 2015 Katy ISD Elementary Principal of the Year. She earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston Clear Lake. She is passionate about authentic, purposeful learning for students and teachers, and she also has a strong passion for leadership and its impact on teacher engagement, student learning and school culture. She recognizes her impact as a leader and uses her role to inspire, motivate, and empower others. Sanee has presented at conferences at the local, state and national level and has written publications focused on leadership. Sanée shares her thoughts on leadership on her blog purposelyleading.blogspot.com and via Twitter @SaneeBell.

Teacher Leadership: What Is It? Do We Need It?

January, 10, 2016 at 8pm Central 

Join #txeduchat host @shannapeeples

Teacher Leadership: What Is It? Do We Need It?

Shanna Peeples, the 2015 USA National Teacher of the Year, believes in public education.

Shanna Peeples


“Public schools,” she says, “are a stabilizing force in society and a fierce promoter and protector of our democracy. They have given so many of us a vision of ourselves and what we might become. They help us to find the most treasured thing any of us have: personal meaning and our contribution to the common good.”

Shanna is an English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas where she teaches Advanced Placement students, English Language Learners who speak a total of 27 languages, and struggling students in both day school and the school’s evening credit recovery program. Viet Tran, one of her former students, said of his teacher, “[Ms. Peeples] seems to have an innate ability to understand where her students come from, their personal stories and cultural history, and makes that a part of how she advocates for them.”

For half her school day she is an instructional coach for literacy strategies. After regular school hours, she teaches English and Speech in PDHS’s FLEX night school. Peeples’ principal, Sandy Whitlow, says of Shanna: “She does not shy away from challenges; she embraces them as an opportunity to grow and learn as a teacher, illustrating that a great teacher is first and foremost a learner.”

A former reporter for the Amarillo Globe-News, Shanna won awards for reporting on health issues, schools, and music criticism. She continues to write professionally as a blogger for the Huffington Post, and as a contributor to education publications, as well as on her website www.shannapeeples.com .

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from West Texas A&M University and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a 2016 National Education Association Global Learning Fellow, a member of the Global Teacher Prize Academy, recipient of the Texas A&M University Outstanding Educator Award, and the Texas State Teachers Association’s Instructional Advocacy Award.


Art Builds Bridges

Art Builds Bridges with @GrundlerArt 

#txeduchat Sunday January 3rd at 8pm CST

Laura Grundler


Laura Grundler is an art educator from Plano, Texas. She is a proud parent to three awesome kids, wife and partner to Matt Grundler fellow art educator. Together they guest blog for Creatubbles.com and EducationCloset.com and are the founders of the popular Twitter Chat #K12ArtChat. After teaching middle school art, high school art and working as an assistant principal, Laura has moved into the role of district Visual Arts Coordinator. Most recently Laura was nominated by a peer and member of the #K12ArtChat community to attend the Gates Foundation ECET2 Conference and was selected, she could not be more honored to attend.  Laura believes that art is essential to our educational landscape, in order to compete on a global level our education system needs to look for creative and innovative changes which must inherently include the arts.  She is passionate about raising creative kids and sharing her love of art education with fellow educators and continuing to grow everyday.  Please connect with Laura via GrundlerArt.com or on twitter and instagram @GrundlerArt