In this episode of the Meet Education Project, I talk to Azul Terronez, an educator and writing coach. He has been in education for the last 15-20 years, and is now a writing coach helping really productive, successful entrepreneurs and business owners to write their book.
Azul Terronez is a national and international leader in educational entrepreneurship, project-based learning and innovative learning practices. His undergrad and graduate education at UCLA helped prepare him to serve as a coach to schools and organizations worldwide including China, Israel, India, Canada, Spain and Chile. His love of learning led him to write the book, The Art of Apprenticeship, and help people make career transitions and pursue their passions. He has served in education for over 20 years as a principal, assistant program officer, a trainer, adjunct faculty member at HTH Graduate School of Education and the Curator of Media for the Southwest Museum.
When he is not writing or teaching he is participating in Slam Storytelling, connecting with like minded entrepreneurs and traveling the world with his partner and two teenage children. He currently lives in San Diego, California where spends his time building a community of individuals dedicated to igniting their passions and making a living doing what they love.
(02:15) Azul’s background
(04:30) So you’re a pretty curious guy. That curiosity, I feel like that is such a key trait of lifelong learning.
(05:38) You mentioned these different paths you went on in high school, undergrad, master’s degree and some extra curricular activities like film, theater and sports. What was your mother‘s and father’s professions and their outlook in pushing you in certain directions or just letting you find your passions?
(07:03) What led you into becoming an education professional? What led you to that point of your journey?
(10:05) I’m interested to get your feedback on High Tech High and that model for the future of learning because I’m interested in all types of education, formal and informal. Do you see that, they are being held in high regard at being forward-thinking, forward-looking, action-oriented in the space. Do you think that is the model for the future of formalized learning? What are your thoughts?
Rather than protecting people from the world, you get them to do the work of the world. They need a lot more help because they don’t know much but they have a lot to offer if you give them a chance.
(13:33) You are a bestselling author…Now you’re a sought-after writing coach. So you’re continuing your education background and ability to influence people and help others, helping people become authors. How do you believe your experience leading up to this point has prepared you for it?
Everyone needs someone in their corner.
(16:14) The way I look at it is in athletics. There’s a lot of ways you can attempt to improve yourself in athletics. The most targeted way to improve in a given sport is to have a private coach.
(16:57) Is there a moment that you point to or series of moments that began to reshape your vision on this next phase of your career? Now you’re an entrepreneur. You’re own your own, you’re building a business. That’s a big shift. Is there a moment or series of moments that prepared you for this?
(19:08) Can you let the audience in on a failure that you’ve experienced and how you were able to grow from it?
No matter how long you travel down the wrong path, it’s always the right time to turn around.
(21:44) What is it about the writing process that causes the most problems with your clients and why?
(22:38) So in identifying fear as the big problem, can you give one actual tidbit to someone listening in the audience who may be interested in writing a book, who has writer’s block, what would that actionable tip be to help them overcome that fear?
(25:40) What is the book that’s most influenced you and why?
(26:50) Do you watch documentaries? And if so, what’s your favorite?
(28:09) If you could have dinner with one person you admire past or present, who would it be and why?