Want to make a difference? Make the difference YOU.
Want to make a difference? Make the difference YOU.
EXPERT COACHING for the "inner work" that leads you into the powerful "outer work" of making a difference in your students' lives. Learn the Road Map for uncovering hidden beliefs and habits that prevent you from becoming the strong, compassionate, and resilient teacher you want to be.
You've taken tons of classes and workshops to improve your teaching, right? But have you ever gotten professional development that supports YOU as the person who's teaching?
You give so much time and energy toward helping others. And you're doing even more, now that school life has been completely upended by the Covid-19 virus. The energy boost you used to get from seeing your students in person or colleagues in the hall is now gone.
Do you feel like -- no matter what you try and no matter how many workshops you take -- you are still spinning in the same space of confusion, frustration, self-doubt, and fatigue? Chances are, you have certain beliefs running in the background of your consciousness (like apps on your phone) and habits of mind and behavior that are wearing you down. The fact that you feel this way is a signal that those systems are no longer serving you.
When you identify what's happening, you are able to transform from the inside-out, into the next iteration of who you are as a teacher and who you want to be. The B.E.S.T. Formula(TM) is your guide for this process, and you can use it over and over again.
THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR.
During any part of your research and writing process:
Getting an advanced degree sounds so sexy! But it's also confounding and exhausting ~ REALLY TOUGH ~ when when you're teaching at the same time. You want to do a good job, yet feel the pressure of saving time and money so you can get moving into your new life as a specialist as fast as possible.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO IT ALONE.
Get the traction you need with any aspect of your thesis or dissertation, and wherever you are in the process.
I have over 20 years of experience, mentoring graduate students logistically and emotionally through beginning, middle and end phases of research and writing.
Sometimes your graduate committee members cannot give you the logistical and emotional support you need. Maybe one of them suddenly disappears from your group, or starts squabbles within. The further you go into your research and writing, the lonelier it can be. Sometimes it gets competitive. Even your friends, spouse, or Significant Other don't know how to support you any more. Do you want to feel the passion for your research again? Do you want to experience a consistent and improved level of focus, energy, and happiness? LET'S DO THIS.
“Genét was a valuable mentor for me, helping me set attainable goals and encouraging and challenging me to meet them. She was instrumental in helping me build my self-confidence, moving me from being overwhelmed to being a professional teacher.
I am forever grateful for the time and effort she put into helping me become the best version of myself.”
~ Jessica B.
... in 5th grade! My teacher allowed me to research special projects and present them to unsuspecting classmates. I started with the Great White Shark. Then it was the Civil Rights Movement. I was hooked. At the ripe age of 11 years, my Inner Teacher took flight.
I LOVE the excitement, the anticipation, the challenge, and the bazillion opportunities to help transform my students' lives, empowering them to grow towards the best version of themselves they can be, regardless of life circumstances.
But I also know that teaching is filled with anxiety, feelings of inadequacy, frustration, grief, and even anger ... A continuum of emotions that can confuse or overwhelm even the most seasoned among us.
I have gone through 3 college degrees and taught classes in four university teacher education programs for over 20 years. Now, I am teaching high school again.
NOT ONCE was I offered a class about how to work on my own development and growth as a human being who teaches. I mean, we change as we grow older, right?!
But there were no classes designed to showed me how to deal with the emotional aspects of the teaching life -- no seminars for how to be resilient in challenging times, and no awareness about the power of My Inner Teacher to keep me going.
That is why I have focused my entire career looking for ways to manage and direct that "inner life." I created this coaching model so I could stay sane and STAY IN this profession I love so much.
That's me in the middle. The only blonde in the picture, hanging with my Shishmaref students in 1984.
After earning my Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education (Western Washington University), I slid into my first teaching job in Shishmaref, Alaska. I taught English, Math, and cross-country skiing. On ICE.
I also learned that my relationships with students, colleagues, and families were only as good as the relationship I had with myself. Which wasn't great. And I knew that I could not stay in teaching until I figured it out. There was too much to learn in that first year and, without support, I left Shishmaref before signing a second contract.
Disheartened, I took a 7-year hiatus from teaching, but the "call to be a teacher" never left my heart and mind: I kept creeping back into tutoring, coaching sports, and teaching new hires at my workplace.
A Master's Degree and a Doctorate later, I found the missing pieces for cultivating the kinds of relationships needed to stay strong in the teaching profession. I've been teaching since 1993, including 13 years of directing a teacher education program in Washington State. I'm now teaching high school students in Seattle Public Schools, Teaching Academy/Careers in Education.
I've come full circle and I'm keepin' on going. YOU CAN TOO.
MEMOIR: "Well, we didn't learn much, but we sure had fun!" Tales From My First Year of Teaching in Shishmaref, Alaska.
BOOK: The B.E.S.T. Little Handbook for Teachers in Any Industry: Strategies for Staying Sane in the Profession You Love (Balboa Press, 2021)
Whether you're new to the profession or a veteran: This is professional development for YOU, where you need the support the most ~ from inside your heart and mind.
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