Episode #108: Aspire to Lead with Empathy, Creativity, and Passion with Joshua Stamper

By Barbara Bray

Join Barbara Bray in conversations with awesome educators, leaders, and influencers as they talk about their passion and purpose for planting seeds for change. Each podcast has a link to a related blog post with more information and resources.

Joshua (Josh) Stamper, a middle school administrator in North Texas, is passionate about community and engagement. He provides strategies on trauma-informed practices and how to develop a restorative mindset. Josh hosts the Leadership Development Podcast and created the A.S.P.I.R.E. model, which is the staple in his new book, “Aspire to Lead”.
Joshua graduated from college with a Fine Arts degree and initially worked in the graphic design field for a number of years. He was always passionate about encouraging students to achieve their goals, initially coaching traveling soccer teams when he wasn’t working. Desiring to further his impact on students, Joshua returned to school to attain his teaching certificate, then worked as an Art teacher and coach at the middle school level for 6 years. Inspired to affect change at the campus level, Joshua completed his Masters in Educational Administration and has spent the past 8 years as a Middle School Administrator.
Joshua has had the amazing opportunity to work at four campuses, two districts, and hundreds of students, teachers, and administrators. Prior to Joshua’s current position, he was a classroom educator and athletic coach for 6 years working with students in grades 6-8.
In addition to his administrative position, Joshua is a podcaster, Teach Better Podcast Network Manager, author, blogger, leadership coach, and education presenter.
Your Family
Joshua is married to Leslie and the father of five. Joshua and Leslie became foster parents in 2011 and had the privilege of adopting three of their children from foster care.

Joshua and Leslie are trained in trauma-informed practices for meeting the emotional, social, and behavioral needs of children who have been through adverse childhood experiences, which Joshua also applies to his role as administrator. Josh and Leslie have co-written the following blog posts to help and support other educators and parents with Trauma-Informed practices:

In the Face of Trauma
The Language of Behavior
History of Trauma

Aspire to Lead Podcast #aspirelead

The Aspire podcast (The Leadership Development Podcast) provides those who are looking to build their leadership capacity an opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced and accomplished educational leaders. As we grow in our leadership skills, it’s imperative we learn from other leader’s experiences, successes, trials, and misconceptions.
Teach Better Speakers Network
Speakers Network – Joshua Stamper

The Teach Better Speakers Network covers a variety of educational topics and services. Joshua supports educators in the field toward creating and maintaining a progressive leadership journey. 
Joshua’s Contact Information
Website: https://joshstamper.com