Episode 29 – Hans Appel – They are the Plate!

Adam DeWittPrincipal Leadership Lab Podcast

Educator, Speaker, Writer, fellow Teach Better Team Podcaster

Hans Appel is an educator, speaker, and writer deeply committed to inspiring the whole child. He’s the author of, Award Winning Culture: Building School-Wide Intentionality and Action Through Character, Excellence, and Community. Additionally, he’s the Director of Culture for the Teach Better Team, Co-host of the Award Winning Culture podcast, and the Co-Creator of Award Winning Culture.

He’s worked as a counselor in the Richland School District for the past 19 years and at Enterprise Middle School since it opened. He’s passionate about school culture, servant leadership, and kindness. In 2018, EMS was awarded the ASCD Whole Child Award for the State of Washington and the Global “Class Act Award” for creating a culture of excellence through kindness, service, and empathy. Additionally, they were selected as a finalist in the 2019 PBIS Film Festival and took top prize in the Community, Parents, and Staff category.

In 2018, Hans launched his own blog about School Culture and rolled out a student-led leadership podcast called Award Winning Culture: Hosted by Wildcat Nation, which can be subscribed, listened or reviewed on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, PodBean, and Libsyn.

Hans’ blogs have appeared on DisruptED TV magazine, CharacterStrong, Teach Better, AIMS Network, and PBIS Rewards. He’s written social-emotional lessons for CharacterStrong. Furthermore, he has been featured on numerous educational podcasts speaking his brand of school culture into existence.

He’s been a contributor on three educational books: Define Your WHY, Teachers’ Reflective Impact Journal and ALL IN: Taking a Gamble in Education.

Hans believes that education at its highest level is about inspiring others to discover and develop their JOY.

Hans’ Story – Educator by Day

ACES home, childhood oasis, connected to teachers and adults because of this

Developed a student led podcast.

Education nerds that start the day with a walk.

School Culture blog (AWC), student podcast, Podcast, then the book

Loves the idea of educators creating content

Award Winning Culture

People wanted to know how they were getting results

School began winning awards – ASCD Whole Child

“What is the magic happening here?”

School-wide framework

Character, Excellence, Community – “House Rules”

Jen is writing the sequel; designed for the classroom

SEL & Character Ed … “They are the Plate”


Story of an assault scenario in school.

This was a veteran teacher; these kids were not enemies


A renewed focus on the whole child.

Inspire others to develop their joy.  Live out your why!

Pursue joy!

It is deeper than happiness.  “A pizza on Friday, makes me happy…maybe a beer too.”


TWITTER – Hans Appel


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