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042: Allyson Apsey | Take Care of Teachers, Have Fun with Students

Relationship Centered Learning

Our awesome guest for today is Allyson Apsey. Allyson was a school leader for 15 years, which is only a part of her decades-worth of experience in the education space spanning over 20 years now.Today, she will talk about the cornerstone of relationships in the campus context, her philosophy as a school administrator, and a program that changed their view on discipline. Allyson will also give us a sneak peek into her books and tell us her inspiring thoughts about this 11-letter word. Let’s listen to Allyson and learn how to take care of teachers and have fun with students! [00:01 – 12:17] Opening SegmentI introduce and welcome our guest, Allyson ApseyWe take turns asking five GTKY questions[12:18 – 22:11] The Cornerstone of RelationshipsLearn more GTKY questions!Link belowWhat’s Allyson doing right now?Build adult connections in the campus Listen to Allyson’s tips [22:12 – 39:18] Take Care of Teachers, Have Fun with StudentsAllyson’s philosophy as a school principal Why Allyson wants to take care of teachers first How schools can deal with the COVID-19 pandemic [39:19 – 50:43] Benefits of Restorative Recess  Allyson talks about the benefits of restorative recess We share our observations about students and parents today What are the “4 F’s” you should know? [50:44 – 01:04:10] Looking For Happy Accidents and Beautiful LessonsWe talk about the power of experience in the learning process Listen to Allyson’s passion that you’d want to follow too!What is serendipity for Allyson and why is it her favorite word? Allyson breaks down what her books are all about [01:04:11 – 01:06:46] Closing SegmentConnect with Allyson. Links below Final thoughts Tweetable Quotes:“Trust is the cornerstone of relationships.” – Allyson Apsey“If we look for happy accidents and beautiful lessons, we’re gonna live richer, more fulfilled, wiser lives.” – Allyson Apsey Resources Mentioned:Tap-In / Tap-Out: Giving Teachers Time to RechargeBook: Don′t Suspend Me!Allyson’s books:The Path to SerendipityThrough the Lens of SerendipityThe Serendipity JournalThe Princes of SerendipMy Serendipity Journal Connect with Allyson on her website and social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Listen to her podcast.  Visit www.Rclfirst.com to join the Educator Circle Calls that happen three times a week! Join our Facebook Group for more stories and communication about our work.  Want a FREE download of 25 GTKY questions? Visit www.rclfirst.com and sign up for our newsletter!

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11 Feb 2021

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2020 Principal with Allyson Apsey

Cup of Joe

Episode 22's #EducatorCoffeeTalk is focused on the role of the 2020 principal -- a job that must balance the chaos in the world, the personal stress, the anxiety of others, and the weight of making the right decision.  Allyson, along with all the other principals out there doing this unbelievable work, is somehow accomplishing each day with a smile behind her mask and gentleness in her conversations.  The secret? A serendipity mindset.


16 Nov 2020

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WEP 174: Serendipity, An Interview with Allyson Apsey

The Wired Educator Podcast

In this 174th episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, I interview an amazing educational leader, author of four best selling educational books, and difference-maker, Allyson Apsey. Allyson Apsey is passionate about students and staff and leads others through their strengths. In her role as an elementary principal, she tries to be transparent, vulnerable, and supportive. She is an author, national speaker, and mom to two boys. Despite the fact that she never wanted to set foot in a school again after high school graduation, there is nowhere else she’d rather spend her days than in classrooms. In fact, she doesn’t even have a chair at her desk because she is moving around the school all day long. The challenges and delights of being a principal fill her days with joy. She enjoys nothing more than helping others be the very best they can be. She is so proud of her school district and the Zeeland, MI community, and she loves being the principal of Quincy Elementary. She cannot imagine a more dedicated, passionate, and skilled group of teachers. They elicit wonder, excitement and a love for learning in their students.  Recognizing the significant impact trauma has had on many of our students, staff, and families, Allyson became a Certified Trauma Practitioner in Education. The support students affected by trauma need are beneficial to all students because they are grounded in a foundational core of strong, positive relationships based on trust. She is honored to serve on the Executive Board of Directors for MEMSPA (Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association) as State and Federal Relations Co-coordinator.  Allyson writes on a blog called Serendipity in Education and has authored several books--The Path to Serendipity, Through the Lens of Serendipity: Helping Others Discover the Best in Themselves, the picture book The Princes of Serendip, and a middle-grade chapter book called The Serendipity Journal. She also loves speaking to passionate groups of educators as everyone works to be happy and effective people for the benefit of everyone. She is married to Jim and has two amazing sons with him, Laine and Tyson. She is blessed. Mentioned in this Podcast:  Allyson's website: allysonapsey.com Allyson's books: You can find all of her books at this link.  Here's a link to my new children's book, it's the perfect back-to-school bedtime book:  Unthink Before Bed: A Children's Book on Mindfulness Have a great school year. Please subscribe to my newsletter and podcast.  Sign-up for Kelly’s newsletter here. Kelly Croy is an author, speaker, and educator. If you’d like to learn more about Kelly or invite him to your school or conference to speak please send him an email. • Listen to Kelly’s other podcast, The Future Focused Podcast and subscribe. • Subscribe to The Wired Educator Podcast with over 174 episodes of interviews and professional development. • Visit Kelly’s website at www.KellyCroy.com. • Looking for a dynamic speaker for your school’s opening day? • Consider Kelly Croy at www.KellyCroy.com • Order Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader for a school book study or your personal library. • Follow Kelly Croy on Facebook.  • Follow Kelly Croy on Twitter.  •  Follow Kelly Croy on Instagram  [


24 Aug 2020

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Episode 112- Allyson Apsey, shares her serendipitous journey to success and happiness.

Lasting Learning

Check out all things Allyson at: https://allysonapsey.com/ Sign up today for the Lasting Learning newsletter. E-mails are sent out on the 15th of each month. Simply by signing up, you will be in the running for monthly giveaways for books, merchandise, and swag. Sign up today: http://eepurl.com/cQwHA1 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/david-schmittou/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/david-schmittou/support


17 Jun 2020

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The Path to Serendipity - A Conversation with Allyson Apsey - #InnovatorsMindset Podcast S1 EP22B

The Innovator's Mindset (The Podcast)

Leadership is hard and it is crucial that we lift our colleagues and students up through the journey. In this conversation with Allyson Apsey, we discuss some of the challenges of leadership, the importance of serendipity, and how we can better take care of one another during challenging times.You can follow Allyson Apsey on Twitter - https://twitter.com/AllysonApseyAllyson Apsey Check-In Blog Post - https://allysonapsey.com/2020/02/10/the-power-and-simplicity-of-a-weekly-staff-check-in/ Alyson Apsey Blog Post COVID-19 Edition of the Monday Morning Staff Check-In - https://allysonapsey.com/2020/03/15/covid-19-edition-of-the-monday-morning-staff-check-in/The Serendipity Journal on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Serendipity-Journal-Allyson-Apsey/dp/1950714101/ref=pd_lpo_14_img_1/138-1665973-6987359?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1950714101&pd_rd_r=f5583802-9244-4e27-ba10-8f515acd507c&pd_rd_w=DuNlF&pd_rd_wg=riSsG&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-6...Through the Lens of Serendipity: Helping Others Discover the Best in Themselves--Even if Life has Shown Them Its Worst - https://www.amazon.com/Through-Lens-Serendipity-Discover-Themselves-Even/dp/1949595226/ref=pd_sbs_14_3/138-1665973-6987359?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1949595226&pd_rd_r=c20bfbf3-cff1-47e4-bddb-c603d97ac394&pd_rd_w=CjVtA&pd_rd_wg=fbvNr&pf_rd_p=12b8d3e2-e203-4b23-a8bc-68a7d2806477&pf_rd_r=SF56EE5HR5DA05HNWJW0&psc=1&refRID=SF56EE5HR5DA05HNWJW0The Path to Serendipity: Discover the Gifts along Life's Journey - https://www.amazon.com/Path-Serendipity-Discover-Gifts-Journey/dp/1946444715/ref=pd_sbs_14_1/138-1665973-6987359?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1946444715&pd_rd_r=978d1035-377f-4544-99c3-27f4251f1d78&pd_rd_w=01TqA&pd_rd_wg=XrfZZ&pf_rd_p=12b8d3e2-e203-4b23-a8bc...Obvious to You, Amazing to Others YouTube Video - https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwji5dak_dfpAhUQPK0KHSBuDcsQwqsBMAB6BAgJEAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DxcmI5SSQLmE&usg=AOvVaw2pk95ok_B68ufYm9FtRWmtPlease share your thoughts with us on Twitter or Instagram at #InnovatorsMindset. More at georgecouros.ca George Couros on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gcouros George Couros on Instagram: https://instagram.com/gcouros For the full audio podcast: https://linktr.ee/gcouros The Innovator's Mindset:https://www.amazon.com/Innovators-Mindset-Empower-Learning-Creativity/dp/0986155497/ref=zg_bs_69830_7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=ARY8KZTA242NVFMHF9X0 Innovate Inside the Box: https://www.amazon.com/Innovate-Inside-Box-Empowering-Innovators/dp/1948334127/ref=zg_bs_69830_12?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=75E0ZS6R2J330FAM9Y0A


4 Jun 2020

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4. The REAL Journey of Allyson Apsey and "COVID-19 Training"

The REAL Journey Show

Allyson is a dynamic educator, proud principal of Quincy Elementary, an author of several books, and a national speaker who fills the room with positive energy. However, do you know about her most recent 75-day challenge and how it helped prepare her mindset for the COVID-19 crisis?In This Episode, We Discuss:Mental and Physical "rebooting"Allyson's Experience with the Andy Frisella's 75 Hard ProgramPersonal and Professional Outcomes of a Hard ResetHindsight for How the 75 Hard Challenge was Covid-19 Training+More beautiful Lessons Learned Through Life from Allyson Follow Allyson Apsey:Twitter: @AllysonApseyWebsite: allysonapsey.comAbout Allyson Apsey:Allyson Apsey has been an educator for more than twenty years; a school leader for sixteen of those years. She is passionate about having a serendipity mindset, looking for the beautiful lessons that every experience holds. She tries to be transparent, vulnerable and supportive, and she doesn't ask questions unless she wants the answers.Allyson is the author of a blog called Serendipity in Education, (allysonapsey.com) has written four books: a middle grades chapter book called The Serendipity Journal, a picture book called The Princes of Serendip, and two professional learning books for educators called The Path to Serendipity and Through the Lens of Serendipity. She loves speaking to passionate groups as they work to be happy and effective people for the benefit of themselves and everyone around them.She is married to Jim, that man she met at the Orbit Room dance club all those years ago, and she has two amazing sons with him, Laine and Tyson.Follow the Host, Tara M. MartinTwitter: @TaraMartinEDUInstagram: tarammartin.realFacebook: Tara M MartinLinkedin: Tara MartinSubscribe: The REAL Journey ShowI'd love to have you share your thoughts of the show using the hashtags #RealJourneyShow and #RealEdu on social media. Also, if you enjoyed the show, please consider leaving a review and rating to help us connect, inspire, and empower even more listeners through the REAL Journey Show.


3 Apr 2020

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The Trauma Informed Transformation: Featuring Allyson Apsey

Aspire: The Leadership Development Podcast

For anyone who has heard me present or speak as a guest on another podcast, you have heard that I’m extremely passionate about trauma informed and restorative practices. My wife and I have been foster parents for over 6 years and we had the amazing opportunity to learn from Karen Pervis and her Trust Based Relational Interventions, which has really shaped my views as an educational leader. After having the opportunity to meet my guest in person and learn what she is doing on her campus, I had to have her return to the Aspire Podcast. This week’s guest, Allyson Apsey, shares how she used her knowledge of Choice Theory and Trauma Informed practices to reshape her school’s culture.   Tweet This In this Episode, we discuss: Trauma Informed and Restorative PracticesChoice Theory ImplementedMorning Check-ins and SEL ProceduresThe Lens of SerendipityAnd #dbcPIRATEcon Follow Allyson Apsey: Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllysonApseyWebsite: https://allysonapsey.com/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1946444715/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1946444715&linkCode=as2&tag=aspirewebsite-20&linkId=1c9eea26d68a92a1548b006e070f3ad3 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1949595226/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1949595226&linkCode=as2&tag=aspirewebsite-20&linkId=1c40bbc70870f5b4aa7a326f510df11a Go Community! [caption id="attachment_2270" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Better Leaders Better Schools[/caption] This community is one of my favorite one-stop-shop tools to engage with other amazing school leaders. I use this online resource to gain insight, gather resources, and develop my leadership capacity. The #1 Leadership Online community is generous and authentic, an antidote to the clutter and noise that other social media sites have become. What makes this community different is that it is: An investment, not freeA private community with the same goalA conversation, not a variety of self-promoting presentationsEvergreen, not ephemeralFocused on serving school leaders, not advertisers, companies, or investors I highly recommend using Go! Community to enhance your leadership skills! Click Here to Try Go! Community [caption id="attachment_2347" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Todd Nesloney, Celebrate Your Story[/caption] I’m so excited to announce that the Aspire podcast is now an official sponsor of Todd Nesloney’s “Celebrate Your Story” event! If you are in Texas, this is going to be the ultimate PD event!  I want to invite you to an event that was just announced by Todd Nesloney, called “Celebrate Your Story”. This two day event will be January 24th and 25th, in Brenham TX. I will be speaking at the event with some of my Texas friends and it is going to be an incredible experience! This event is truly to provide enriching professional development for those who are looking to grow in their craft. If you want more details, CLICK HERE! This post contains affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, The Aspire Podcast gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Tweet This Need a Presenter for a conference or school PD? Contact Joshua Stamper  for presentations on Restorative Practices, Leadership Development, and Innovative campus systems. Follow the Host, Joshua Stamper: Contact: https://joshstamper.com/contact/Twitter: www.twitter.com/Joshua__StamperInstagram: www.instagram.com/joshua__stamperLinkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-stamperFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/AspirePodcastSubscribe: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/aspire-the-leadership-development-podcast/id1384210762?mt=2 Join the Conversation My favorite part of recording a podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on social media and in our comments section. Please use the #AspireLead hashtag as you continue the conversation on social media.  If you’ve gotten any value from this show at all, please subscribe and leave a rating and review wherever you’re listening. The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help us reach more school leaders by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review.


29 Dec 2019

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121: Enjoy the day. - Allyson Apsey chats with us about navigating the challenges and joys of being an educator, being  yourself, and making the decision to enjoy the day.

Teach Better Talk

Allyson Apsey chats with us about navigating the challenges and joys of being an educator, being  yourself, and making the decision to enjoy the day. Allyson shares why we need to value what our students value, not being afraid to ask questions, and how loving kids is a prerequisite for teaching. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/allysonapsey2 Episode Highlights 1:34 - Discussing the November #TeachBetter Challenge on social media. 4:13 - Jeff gives his answer for Day 2 of the challenge. Shout out to Matt White (@matthew_j_white) Check out Matt's book at www.stopsellingstarthelping.com. 6:03 - Previewing the episode with Allyson Apsey. 10:54 - Allyson introduces herself See how Allyson answered this way back on Episode #5! 12:16 - Allyson's failure: Failing at communication and hurting relationships. Shoutout to Tara Martin and "Cannonball In!" 14:53 - Allyson's success: Publishing a book. People having an interest in what she writes. 16:09 - Allyson shares the books she has published: The Path to Serendipity The Princes of Serendip Through the Lens of Serendipity 17:38 - Allyson talks about her next book! 20:33 - What's keeping Allyson excited about education: Working on a multi-tiered system of support for student behavior. 24:09 - Allyson's advice to new teachers: Value what students value. Don't be afraid to ask questions. 29:08 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 34:36 - We review Allyson's answers from episode 5. 37:06 - How to connect with Allyson. Guest's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Lapel microphone. Book: "America’s First Daughter" by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. Who to Follow on Instagram: Tamara Letter, Jon Wennstrom, Hans Appel, and Jennifer Appel. YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Real Rap with Reynolds Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Every morning, tell yourself that you a--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message


19 Nov 2019

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Allyson Apsey

Award Winning Culture: Hosted By Wildcat Nation

Allyson Apsey is the principal at Quincy Elementary School in Zeeland, Michigan.  She's a national speaker including a TEDx talk.  Furthermore, she's the author of three amazing books, The Path to Serendipity, Through the Lens of Serendipity, and The Princes of Serendip.  Apsey has been in education for over 20 years and 15 of those years as a school leader.  Apsey recognizes the impact that trauma has on students, staff, and the community. She is dedicated to creating a foundation for strong, positive relationships that are based on trust.  Apsey loves learning, laughter, and family. In this episode, Apsey talks about her passion for serendipity and how that has guided her life. Later, Macie joins Qurin and Jordan to discuss the importance of gratitude in your life and how to show empathy towards each other. CONNECT WITH ​Allyson: ​INSTAGRAM TWITTER FACEBOOK Follow Award Winning Culture : Twitter Instagram **Award Winning Culture is Sponsored by: CharacterStrong Use the Code AWC and get $200 off the Advisory Curriculum or $100 off the Leadership Curriculum


2 Nov 2019

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#TellYourStory With Allyson Apsey

Tell Your Story

#TellYourStory With Allyson Apsey


19 Jun 2019