Keeping the Joy in Teaching

New Jersey Education Association

Welcome to the Jersey Educator Podcast, a show created by NJEA members, for NJEA members. Whether you are a teacher, an educational support professional, or a New Jersey Student Education Association member, this show will serve as a platform to help YOU bring out the best in your students each and every day in your schools. The shows are hosted by Jeff Bradbury of (@TeacherCast) and Jim Boice, a field representative with NJEA (@boiceinthehood). For more information, please visit and email us at

About Our Guest Host

Kim Crane is a 19-year educator and current Student and Staff Support Teacher in the Highland Park School District. She has a Masters in Teaching. Kim taught elementary art in the district for 15 years and is the former president and current 1st vice president of the Highland Park Education Association.

Kim's work as a Communications Consultant takes her across the state where she assists locals with their public relations needs. She contributes regular articles to the NJEA Review and other publications. Keeping joy in her work is an everyday focus.

About Our Guest

Kristina Phelan is a K-2 reading teacher at Mahala F. Atchison School in Tinton Falls, NJ. She applies research-based strategies to help all of her K-2 students reach their reading potential. She instills a passion for books and learning in all of her students — especially those who find reading difficult. Kristina has given dozens of workshops on literacy instruction at local and national venues for both teachers and parents. She co-wrote a chapter on fluency in Best Practices in Early Literacy Instruction and has received numerous grants to enhance classroom-based programs.

Kristina is in her 18th year of public school teaching and has taught students in both poor and affluent districts. Kristina earned an M.Ed. from Rutgers University in Reading Education, an M.A. from Teachers College/Columbia University in Curriculum and Teaching, and a B.A. from Colgate University in Psychology and French.

During Kim and Kristina’s conversation, NJEA Hipp Grants came up. Learn more about these grants here on

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Show Hosts

Jeffrey Bradbury, author of Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging With Your Students, is the creator of and Educational Podcasting Today, is an ASCD Emerging Leader, Google Certified Teacher, Google Education Trainer, PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator, speaker, writer, broadcaster, consultant and educational media specialist. He is currently the Coordinator for Technology Integration for the Westwood Regional School District in New Jersey. In 2012, Jeff was recognized as one of top 50 educators using social media at the first ever Bammy Awards and has been nominated three times in the category of Innovator of the Year. Jeff has Keynoted for the Pearson Authentic Learning Conference, EdTechNJ and most recently at Columbia University’s Teacher College and Podcast Mid-Atlantic.

Jim Boice is a field representative with the New Jersey Education Association. Prior to joining NJEA in 2012, Jim was a high school English teacher for ten years in the Pennsauken Township School District of Camden County, NJ.

About the author, Jeffrey Bradbury

Jeff Bradbury, creator of TeacherCast, and father of the famous @EduTriplets Thanks for checking out TeacherCast today. Please take a moment to find me on all of my Social Media channels!