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The Emotional Intelligent Leader: Featuring Dr. Adam Saenz

Dr. Adam Saenz, Joshua Stamper, Aspire: The Leadership Development Podcast, Teach Better Team, The EQ Intervention

As educators, we know what an IQ is but what is an EQ? This week’s guests, Dr. Adam Saenz shares the critical value of practicing Social Emotional Learning skills in the classroom, for both students and faculty, to decrease negative behavior and increase student academic performance, social skills, and relational engagement.    

In this Episode, we discuss:

  • The Importance of Developing a Emotional Intelligence 
  • Strategies for Teachers to Improve Their Emotional Health
  • The Impact of Trauma on the Brain
  • And Dr. Saenz’s books, The Power of a Teacher” and “The EQ Intervention

About Dr. Adam Saenz:

Dr. Adam Sáenz earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Texas A&M University as a United States Department of Education doctoral fellow.  He completed his predoctoral clinical training under a fellowship appointment to Harvard Medical School, and he has a post doctorate in clinical psychology from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Dr. Sáenz also earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Graduate Theological Foundation with residency at Christ Church college of Oxford University.

Dr. Sáenz is the author of the best selling book, The Power of a Teacher, and his most recent book, The EQ Intervention: Shaping a Self-Aware Generation Through Social and Emotional Learning  was released through Greenleaf Press in the spring of 2020 and won the Independent Publishers Gold Medal award in Psychology. 

He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Oakwood Collaborative, the counseling and assessment clinic he founded in 2003, and he consults with school systems internationally in the areas of emotional intelligence, self-care, and the dynamics of relationship-based learning.  In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Saenz serves as a high school track and field, coach.  He is a member of the Association for Applied Sports Psychology, and he is a lifetime member of the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association. 

Dr. Sáenz and his wife, Kim, have been married 25 years, and they have four children: Alisa, Mya, Isaiah, and Andrew.

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About the author, Joshua

Joshua Stamper is a middle school Assistant Principal for a North Texas School District, where he's had the amazing opportunity to work at four campuses, two districts, and with 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, blogger, leadership coach and education presenter.

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