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“Once you’ve abandoned the process of getting better you have resigned yourself to become worse.”  A friend and mentor introduced me to this mantra many years ago. Think about it.
Without at least attempting to get better, you remain the same. By remaining the same in an ever-changing and improving world, you will by comparison become worse than your surroundings.
Admittedly being a creature of habit, it took me a while to embrace this motto. Reflecting on my life, I have tried to live these words, often without even being aware of it.

Bettering one’s self can come in many forms. Obviously pursuing an education is one of those ways. I am so fortunate to have enjoyed many great teachers. Beginning in high school I was blessed to attend John Marshall High School in San Antonio. While there I enjoyed the regular classes that are required of all students. They gave me the basics that allow me to function in society. Undoubtedly though, the two most valuable classes that I enrolled in were Naval Junior ROTC and Theater Arts. While in these classes I learned about attention to detail, discipline, and that rewards come only after hard work. This hard work often takes the form of challenges.
By embracing challenges, one can begin transforming something that was once difficult into something that is second nature and enjoyable. I am forever grateful to the three high school teachers who educated me on these intangible concepts that have helped lead me to
many successes.

Continuing my education at the college and university level allowed me to improve my thinking and learn many things. In my TV journalism and speech pathology classes, I learned the theories behind many things that I had always been intrigued about but couldn’t quite thoroughly grasp the deeper concepts.  After deciding on a degree in psychology I buckled down and concentrated on one topic that helped prepare me for my current job as a whale and dolphin trainer at SeaWorld San Antonio. Let’s not forget, however, that conventional education is not the only way to become better. There are many pearls of wisdom that come from outside a text book.

My post-academia education continued as I began my SeaWorld career. Before getting my awesome job, I had a huge obstacle... I could not swim! Obviously one must be able to hold his own when swimming with whales and dolphins. Floundering in a pool afraid to put my head underwater for many months, my swimming skills slowly went from non-existent to quite good. After becoming an animal trainer, I was educated not only by my human mentors but by my animal colleagues.
A big part of getting an education is soaking in your environment and obtaining from it many lessons. I am blessed to have “studied” under some the most interesting teachers ever. Although they offer no lectures, you can best believe that beluga whales, dolphins, and sea lions can educate us and help us to become better. Better thinkers.  Better animal trainers. Better people.

My education and drive to become better has opened many doors for me. I am fortunate to have worked for SeaWorld San Antonio for 20 years meeting and learning from many incredible people and animals along the way. Fifteen years ago I began an additional career as a professional actor. Since then I have appeared in countless TV commercials, television shows (Trading Spaces: Boys versus Girls, Skunked TV, The All New Captain Kangaroo Show), and feature films (The Life of David Gale). The learning opportunities that came along with these experiences were immeasurable. Just this past year, I took a step out of my comfort zone and became an announcer for the San Antonio Spurs basketball team. Once again, I was treading unfamiliar waters. Prior to getting the job I knew nothing about the sport! My crash course in Basketball 101 continues each game as I learn the ins and outs from the best seat in the house, court-side at the scorer's table.
I’m getting quite and education!

As I continue on in my quest to become better, I look for many different ways to educate myself.
I will continue to better myself by learning from the experiences and wise words of others. I will seek out advice and wise counsel from people I admire and trust. One of these mentors taught me that the key to life is relationships. With knowledge you have potential. However with knowledge and the right relationships, you can do anything. Hopefully I am using my education and forging relationships that will ultimately allow me to live each moment with the intention of using my skills and talents to create happiness for myself and others. After all, I believe that is what I was meant to do.

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College Call-In 2009
Airs Thurs., Feb. 26 at 8:00 PM
Presented in collaboration with the San Antonio Education Partnership, KLRN’s College Call-In 2009 connects parents and students with college admissions and financial aid counselors during a live, televised event. During the broadcast, parents, students, teachers, and school counselors are encouraged to use the call-in number to learn answers to their college-related questions. New this year, questions can also be emailed. The program includes interviews with leaders from local colleges and universities, current college students, and professionals. Additional support for College Call-In 2009 is provided by Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio Credit Union, Schreiner University, Texas A&M Kingsville System Center San Antonio, the University of Incarnate Word, and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Roadtrip Nation

It all started with four friends and one dilemma—“What do I want to do with my life?"
Fresh out of college and unsure about the career paths in front of them, they were determined to expose themselves to more than just the traditional life roads. They hopped in an old RV, painted
it green, and hit the road to talk with inspiring people from all walks of life to find out how they
came to do what they love for a living.

Today, Roadtrip Nation has evolved into a PBS series, three books, an online community, and a student movement. Every year, a new group of students are sent on the road to explore the world outside their comfort zone, talk with individuals who chose to define their own road in life, and share their experiences.

GED Connection

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PBS TeacherLine of Texas

Have you thought about taking an online course, but wondered if online learning is right for you?
PBS TeacherLine of Texas offers a FREE Orientation Course, "Practice Learning Online with TeacherLine" to prepare for online learning.

At the end of this course, you will be familiar with:

  • The importance of time management and the self-discipline required to be a successful
    online learner.
  • Skills for navigating course content quickly and efficiently.
  • Strategies to improve the quality of your participation in an online learning community.
  • Where to go for help.
  • Resources available through PBS TeacherLine.

*In order to take the course, you must first join PBS TeacherLine. Click to Join for free.

PBS interviews Directors of Instructional Technology, Bruce Ellis (Dallas Independent School District) and Miguel Guhlin (San Antonio Independent School District) about the PBS TeacherLine programs they've implemented in their districts.

PBS TeacherLine courses are approved by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and count towards required CPE hours.

District course licensing and ELL/ESL courses are now available! Contact us for more information: or 512-232-9406.

Special station pricing is available for individual course registrations. Call Malinda McCormick at 210-270-9000, to register for your course at lower rates than nationally advertised!

Free Orientation Course

Take our free, two-hour orientation course, "Practice Learning Online with TeacherLine" to prepare for online learning. Enter the course through your My Courses page.
At the end of this course, you will be familiar with:

  • The importance of time management and the self-discipline required to be a
    successful online learner.
  • Skills for navigating course content quickly and efficiently.
  • Strategies to improve the quality of your participation in an online learning community.
  • Where to go for help.
  • Resources available through PBS TeacherLine.

*In order to take the course, you must first join PBS TeacherLine. Join for free.

PBS TeacherLine Courses

If you’ve never taken an online course, now is the time! PBS TeacherLine's high quality, standards-based graduate-level courses offer teachers the professional development opportunities in an accessible online format that makes learning fun, flexible and collaborative. Earn training or graduate credit while gaining strategies and resources to bring directly to your classroom.
Fall Term courses are open for enrollment, so browse our catalog to choose the one that's right
for you! Below are two favorites:

Teacher Favorite = Teacher Favorite
Classroom Link = Classroom Link

TECH522 Online Facilitator Training I: Mastering the Skills of Online Teaching Teacher Favorite
Subjects: Instructional Technology
Grades: Kindergarten-12th
Hours: 45
Online facilitators take on many important roles and, thus, wear different managerial, technical, social, and pedagogical hats. Effective facilitators must know how to provide formative feedback,
offer technical guidance, foster community, and communicate 'from the side' in a way that encourages learners to construct knowledge together. This course will formally introduce you to
those roles and provide you with the opportunity to try on and practice wearing several of these hats. Through research-based articles and readings, discussions, collaborative projects, and other interactive experiences, you will have multiple opportunities to build and master online facilitation skills. A simulation environment (Facilitator Training Lab) will give you an opportunity to practice specific facilitator skills. To synthesize all your learning, you will create a case study based on the experiences of a hypothetical online facilitator as your final project.


PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection

Get Connected!
In the drive to improve teaching practice and student achievement, many schools and districts are turning to instructional coaches to support school-wide improvement and enhance classroom
practice. Coaches require high level resources and professional development so they can lead the way in reform initiatives and deliver on specific district instructional and student performance goals.
At PBS TeacherLine, we support professional development from the classroom forward. Our new
PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection service will help you build a customized, practical professional development program for your teachers by providing sustained and targeted support for coaches.

PBS Teachers

Lesson Plans and other resources for the classroom

Are you looking for ways to incorporate digital media into your teaching?
PBS Teachers is introducing a series of FREE monthly webinars featuring leading education technology experts, authors, or producers of PBS programs who will share ideas on using digital media to engage students in rich learning experiences.

Join us this month to explore “Teaching and Learning with Digital Natives” presented by John Palfrey, author of Born Digital. Register for the webinar at Date and Time
to be announced.

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Log-in to KLRN Connect and start using these great classroom resources today! (In order to view you must be logged in to KLRN Connect)
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Ensure Your Teachers are Associated with the Correct School
Do you have teachers that moved to a new school within your district over the summer months? 
How do you ensure their KLRN Connect usernames and passwords are assigned to the correct schools? One way is to shuffle them from one school to another. In the past, this required someone with administrative access, but that is not the case anymore!  Teachers can
shuffle themselves from one school to another - in five easy steps. They are as follows: 

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the Passcode Login tab 
  3. Enter the new school's passcode  (get the passcode from your school’s
    admin or email
  4. Enter in your existing DE streaming username/password 
  5. Click the login box

PowerPoint link that walks you through the steps above - screenshot by screenshot.
Want to Get More Involved with Your Use of KLRN Connect in the Classroom?
Click here to go to the KLRN Connect page or click on the links below. Login required.

Getting Started: Step-by-Step is a new site that provides easy to follow instructions for new users to help them log-in, learn the functionality of DE streaming and/or DE Science, and encourage them to use it frequently.  With videos, training resources, integration ideas and professional development opportunities, Getting Started was built and packaged for you to pass right along to your teachers.

Get more involved with your use of KLRN Connect in the classroom with these fantastic Language Arts teaching tips from Discovery Education streaming.

 Are you new to KLRN Connect or do you need a refresher? Try the online Getting Started Guide

Click here to go to the page in KLRN Connect or click on the links below. Login required.

Prewriting: A Visit to the Fire Station
A segment of Discovering Language Arts: Writing (Grades K-2)

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Assignment Discovery: Careers in Television   (55:34)
This episode explores the deeper side of careers in television. Everyone knows that there are actors and directors, but this episode features more on behind the scene careers. Throughout this program you will learn about the nightly news and who produces it, cooking shows and food stylists, game shows and the people who find contestants, cartoons and who are the voices behind the characters, and finally, kids shows featuring puppets and their puppeteers.
Grade(s) : 6-8, 9-12       Editable       © 2006      
This video contains 7 segments
Curriculum Standards


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Careers for the 21st Century: Engineering Occupations
"Careers For the 21st Century" is the most comprehensive series for career exploration on the market today. It offers viewers the opportunity to go out on 170 "job shadow" assignments to see and hear what hundreds of workplaces are like. Includes: ·Aerospace Engineers ·Mechanical Engineers ·Civil Engineers ·Electrical & Electronics Engineers ·Petroleum Engineers ·Chemical Engineers ·Metallurgical Engineers ·Mining Engineers
Grade(s) : 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary   image   © 1997      

United Learning  
This video contains 9 segments

Teacher's Guide      


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Women in Science
Providing excellent role models for young women, this program chronicles the work activities, goals, and educational backgrounds of three accomplished female scientists. Each of the women -- a marine biologist, an industrial forester and an astronomer -- describes her professional responsibilities and shares personal insights about the motivations behind her career choice. Filled with intriguing images of the environments these scientists study -- the breathtaking underwater world of the ocean, flourishing forests, and the majesty and mystery of the heavens -- this program is sure to motivate and inspire. An exciting visual supplement to Life Skills units on career orientation; also useful as a concise media insight for Biology, Earth Science, and Space Science courses.
Grade(s) : 6-8, 9-12       image       classic       © 1992     Aims Multimedia      
This video contains 4 segments
Curriculum Standards

This video is from the following Additional Media Pack(s):
1200 Titles: AIMS Multimedia


Discovery Educator Network Webinar Series

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is a global community of educators passionate about teaching with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating, and networking. With over 25,000 members providing professional development to over 250,000 educators worldwide, the DEN connects teachers both on-line and in-person. Discovery Educators have exclusive access to a wide range of resources, professional development activities, networking opportunities, exclusive Discovery Educator events
and more!

Voted the best professional development website in 2007 by the Association of Educational Publishers, this website is a place to connect to other educators across the globe. Here, all users can read the blogs and discussion boards. Discovery Educators (any educator that has a Discovery account) have the ability to comment on the blogs, post to the discussion boards, and register for Discovery Educator Network events.

Date and time:

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We need to tell someone else a story that describes our experience because the process of creating the story also creates the memory structure that contains the gist of the story for the rest of our lives. Roger Shank, Tell Me a Story is a weblog that explores how new technology and Internet culture affect how educators teach and children learn. It will offer a continuing look at how new technology such as wikis, blogs, vlogs, RSS, podcasts, social networking sites, and the always-on culture of the Internet are impacting teacher and students' lives both inside and out of the classroom. also wants to hear from you, and welcomes your participation on the site and your feedback.

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Wings Over the Alamo

The Wings Over the Alamo Educator’s Guide— Teachers interested in San Antonio History
in their lessons on Texas history will find the Wings Over the Alamo documentary
produced by KLRN to be packed with a lot of great information surrounding San Antonio’s
long history in military aviation.

Visit the Wings Over the Alamo website!

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Early ON Family Event
Meet Sesame Street’s “Walk Around Grover” and share in fun family activities with Early ON’s free educational event on Sat., Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Park Mall, 2310 SW Military Dr. Families can enjoy literacy-based learning activities, music, and lots of give aways. This event is free and open to the public. Visit or contact Elisa Resendiz at 210.270.9000, ext. 2246 or for more information.

Fresh Cut

The much anticipated annual high school video competition is back and now with a
new theme! This year students from area high schools and home schools are invited to
compete in Fresh Cut 2009 to tell us about “Change.” Twelve videos will be selected
from all the qualifying entries to be featured in an hour-long documentary on KLRN.
Also this year, judging will include a public round with videos available online for voting!
So, get your production gear out and get ready for “Change!”

Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest

It’s almost time for your students to get their pencils sharpened and their crayons ready!
KLRN’s 15th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest runs from
Jan. 12, 2009 to April 3, 2009.

The Contest provides the perfect opportunity to encourage young writers in kindergarten through third grade to create and illustrate their own stories. Official entry forms (required) and complete contest rules will be available at local H-E-B stores and online beginning Jan. 12. All participants will be invited to the Celebration of Writers, where they will receive a certificate and fun give-aways.
Prizes for the top three finishers in each grade category (Kinder – Third) include Dell Laptop Computers (first place), LeapFrog Learning Systems (second place), and Reading Rainbow Gift Packs (third place). Questions? Contact Lisa McGrath at 210.270.9000, ext. 2254.

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Article written by: Chuck Cureau

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