This is a guest post written by Edmentum Educator Network member, Brad Zellner, a teacher at Orleans Jr./Sr.
Brad Zellner spent 16 years coaching college basketball before entering the classroom in 2016. During his short teaching career, Brad has taught several subjects including Math, Health/PE, and Social Studies. He is currently the Corporation Test Coordinator and Online Learning Facilitator at Orleans Jr.-Sr. High School in Orleans, IN. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s in Sports Management/Coaching from the United States Sports Academy. He is still involved with basketball on a part time basis as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Indiana University Southeast. He is married to a fellow teacher, Zotaina, and they have 2 children, Clare and Will.
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You never know when or from whom you will find inspiration. Staff members at Orleans Community Schools thought they were coming into another mandatory training session. They had no idea they would see familiar faces who they had spent years trying to inspire. They also did not realize these familiar faces would be the ones doing the inspiring. Read on to see how I achieved a surprising and inspiring staff session.