Former Teacher

Forever Educator

I help educators gain clarity about what they need to be more happy, healthy, and whole in and out of the classroom.

In 2012, I started my teaching career. I was excited to make connections with students and empower them to step into their best selves. 

Even, then I knew teaching wasn't my forever career but I was determined to make an impact for students during my time in the classroom.

By my 4th year, I was burned out and miserable but I didn't believe I deserved more or that better was possible. I thought "this is just how it is." 

Like so many teachers who experience the frustration and isolation of burnout, I struggled through that year as a shadow of who I really am. 

A couple of years later, I experienced burnout again, but this time I knew something had to change. So, I started to rethink the stories I had been telling myself about what it takes to teach well and for the first time, I thought more intentionally about how I really wanted to spend my time and energy. 

In 2018, I started The AfroEducator with the hope of sharing my experience and showing other teachers that they deserve and can attain better.

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My Journey 

Becoming Beyond Burnout

I've learned that burnout can be a path to becoming the best version of yourself, but that didn't happen all at once. 10 years & several burnouts have shifted my perspective of burnout from a linear battle to a  cycle of growth. Here's my story...

2012

Started my teaching career, determined to change lives!

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Gotta love recess duty with 2nd graders!

2014

  • Started graduate school

  • Had a tough class of 2nd graders 

  • Still tried to show up as the perfect teacher and struggled

2015

  • Assigned to new grade level-Hello 4th Grade!

  • I had some of the same challenging students I taught 2 years prior

  • Exhausted, overwhelmed,  miserable

  • No time for anything or anyone

  • Spent of my time at school or working on school.  My solution? "This is what you signed up for. Push through for the kids."

  • Got Engaged!

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My original attempt at a logo..not bad!

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2016

  • Moved with my fiance & changed  school districts

  • Assigned back to 2nd grade

  • Struggled to learn new district, settle into new town, readjust to 2nd grade, do graduate school, and plan wedding

  • Broke down in my parents living room

  • Finished graduate school!

2017

  • Got married 

  • Reassigned to new grade-Hello again 4th grade!

  • Opportunity appeared in the form of a job outside of the classroom, I thought it signaled time for transition!

  • Applied for 6 or 7 roles outside of the classroom even as I struggled to identify my marketable skills outside of the classroom.  

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2018

  • Cried on my friend's couch that summer at the thought of teaching for another year. 

  • I knew something had to change, so I

  • Created The AfroEducator on Twitter to connect with other educators & share experiences

  • Started learning about self-care

  • Shared my story of burnout and selfcare that was published on The Educators Room

  • First guest podcast appearance

  • Discovered passion for teacher wellness

2019

  • 6 podcast guest appearances about teacher self-care

  • Presented at 4 Teacher Self-Care Conferences

  • Discovered the "Teacher Types"

  • Transitioned to teaching middle school, and loved it!

  • Began positioning myself as a thought leader in teacher wellness 

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Helping other teachers reflect

on self-care

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2020

  • 4 more podcast guest appearances

  • Presented with 5 conferences including Educators2Educators

  • Aaron + I bought a house!

  • Experienced burnout again

We moved 9 days before COVID caused the world to shut down!

2021

  • Launched #standwitheducators collaboration with Kind Cotton

  • Started The AfroEducator Podcast

  • Got invited to present with Teach Your Heart Out ! 

  • Left the classroom

  • Started new job as admissions counselor!

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2022

  • Began new role as admissions counselor

  • Presented with TYHO

  • Celebrated 5 years of marriage

  • Invited to be featured speaker for 2022 Teach Better Conference

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Journey

...and  start becoming through your burnout!

Begin Your

Treats Just for Teachers

The FREE Guide

Career Clarity for Educators

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Gain the confidence to step boldly into the next phase of your career

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Burnout  +Becoming

The Mini Course

 Don't battle burnout, learn how you can become through it instead.

Guide to  Wellness in the Classroom

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Establish a wellness routine for your classroom

Impact Statement Template

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Define

what matters most & act based on your values

I'M READY.
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