EdStories is a podcast about inspiration


EdStories captures the inspirational stories and work of people that help others. Subscribe to the podcast on the platforms below or just stream the episodes directly from the site! 

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EdStories #17 - Jeff "Woody" Woodruff

Jeff "Woody" Woodruff is a radio producer and musician in Rochester, NY. For the past 9 years he has been co-host and producer of the Sunday Night Shakedown on 98.9FM, playing and promoting local music from in and around Rochester. Follow the show on Twitter @shakedown989 or search it on Facebook. For more EdStories visit the podcast site www.mzaffuts.com/edstories. Music - Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People - Blow Out The Sun


EdStories #16 - Derek Warren

Derek Warren is an assistant principal in the Greece Central School District. Follow him on Twitter @DWarren529 Music: Bob Dylan - Main Title Theme (Billy)


Edstories #15 - Dr. Kevin McGowan

Dr. Kevin McGowan is the Superintendent of the Brighton Central School District. Home to roughly 4,000 students, BCSD is continually recognized as one of the most desirable school districts in New York State. Follow Kevin on Twitter @KCMcgowan Music: Soweto Gospel Choir - Pride (In the name of love)


EdStories #14 - Melisza Campos

Melisza Campos is the Vice President of Operations & Instruction for the Dale Carnegie Rochester office, regarded nationally as one of the company's top trainers. In addition, she served 8 years on the Rochester CSD Board of Education and is a visiting professor at RIT. Follow Melisza on Twitter @meliszacampos. Music: Birds of Tokyo - Lanterns


Archived Episodes

EdStories #13 - Don BArtalo

Don Bartalo is an instructional coach, playwright, director, and actor in Rochester, NY. He's also the former Superintendent of the Dansville School District. Don's book, Closing the Teaching Gap, is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other online book retailers. Music: The DuPont Brothers - Empty Cases

Dr. Jeff Linn is the chair of the Educational Administration Department at the College at Brockport. He is also on the steering committee of Great Schools for All in Rochester, NY. Learn more are www.gs4a.org. Music: The Shins - No Way Down

Chris Widmaier is a science teacher in the Rochester CSD and a 2016 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient. He's also co-founder of the Rochester Teacher Empowerment Network. Learn more at www.2rten.org or search them on Facebook. Follow Chris on Twitter @MrWidmaier Music: The Grateful Dead - Sugaree 

Jeff "Oz" Osborne and Jay Nichols are co-owners of the Stoneyard Brewing Company in Brockport, NY. Learn more at www.stoneyardbrewingcompany.com - you can see their events and menu on FB and Twitter

Veronica Volk is a reporter/producer for WXXI News in Rochester, NY. Her acclaimed podcast Finding Tammy Jo can be found at www.findingtammyjo.com and follow her on Twitter @VeronicaWXXI

Kathy Graupman is the Superintendent of the Greece Central School District. Greece is the 9th largest school district in New York State, housing 17 schools and over 11,000 students. Learn more atwww.greececsd.org and follow Kathy on Twitter @GCSDsuper

Tom DeRoller is a Development Manager for the American Diabetes Association in Rochester, NY. Find out more about his big eventat www.diabetes.org/rochestertour and Rochester Tour de Cure on Facebook. Follow ADA on Twitter at @ADARochester . 

Lauren Spiker is the founder and Executive Director of 13Thirty Cancer Connect, a foundation that supports adolescents and young adults living with cancer in Rochester and Buffalo, NY. Learn more at www.13thirty.org.                                                     

Dr. Matt Buffan is a licensed chiropractor specializing in soft tissue therapies with a passion for helping patients reach optimal health and achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals. Learn more at www.rocspineandsports.com . Follow EdStories on Twitter @EdStories585

David Mammano's mission in life is to help people realize their highest potential. He is the founder and CEO of the Next Step Education Group and the Avanti Summit. Learn more at www.davidmammano.com and follow him on Twitter @davidmammano

Zack and Sam DuPont are a Burlington, VT based indie-folk-americana duo. Their new album, A Riddle for You, will be available at www.dupontbrothersmusic.com in June 2016. Follow them on Twitter @DuPontBrothers                                    

Justin Murphy covers k-12 education in the Rochester, NY area for the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper. Find out more at www.democratandchronicle.com and follow him on Twitter @CitizenMurphy. Don't forget to subscribe and review EdStories on iTunes!

David Brickman is a professional violinist and owner of the bodymind Float Center in Rochester, NY. Learn more at www.bodymindfloatcenter.com and don't forget to follow EdStories on Twitter                                                                                            


Thank you to the following donors helping to bring EdStories to life

  • Joe Occhino
  • John Rowe
  • Mike Sweeney
  • Kathy Weber
  • Joe Zaffuts
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  • The Andreas
  • Kevin Bailey
  • Gary Buchholz
  • Begin From Within, LLC (www.beginfromwithin.co
  • Joe Grasso
  • The Kelso family
  • Craig Maslowski