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Here you’ll find practical advice on tackling student loan debt, paying down your higher education expenses and inspiring stories about paying off student loans.

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About The Student Loan Podcast brings The Student Loan Podcast to listeners as its source for the latest news on the rising cost of higher education, tips and tricks for tacking student loans and paying for school, and inspirational stories from listeners like you.

Even though student loan debt and tuition costs continue to rise we, we don’t believe that should impact your ability to make life decisions for your family, career and community. We are working together to change the landscape and narrative surrounding student loans and the cost of higher education.


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Episode 40: Mike Kleba

Cartoon Graphic of Mike Kleba for Episode 40 of the Student Loan Podcast

Mike Kleba ( is a public high school English teacher and theatre director who has served for more than 20 years in the classroom. Co-author of Otherful: How to Change the World (and Your School)Through Other People (with Dr. Ryan O’Hara, Candido Press, 2020), he is a school culture expert who has been invited to speak about educational leadership around the world.

This episode discusses:

  • How finding what motivates your students and peers is foundational to changing the culture of the classroom;
  • Why being “otherful” is actually a better form of leadership for long term success; and
  • much more…

Season 1, Episode 40 | Show Notes

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Daphné Vanessa

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Shamil and Daphné started the Student Loan Podcast in 2017 to address the exploding need to have conversations about a major issue impacting youth in today’s generation – student loan debt.  Join us on a journey to unpack student loan debt, and find solutions to get everyone closer to being student loan-debt free!

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