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Hi There!

I'm Alexis,  a growth-obsessed, self-help junkie with the gift of gab. You can usually find me sipping sangria and binge-watching documentaries or arguing with Alexa about which song  I actually wanted her to play (is it just me?)

I'm also a wife, 'fur mama,' and former veteran teacher.

I  love cooking, creating cozy spaces, and spending quality time with my favorite people.

I left the classroom in 2021 to pursue my passion to truly support educators at every stage whether you're a newbie, veteran, or former teacher like me! I help teachers shed the guilt & build confidence to prioritize their own wellbeing so they can step into the best version of themselves yet!

I was a teacher for ten years.

It all started in 2012, when I was an enthusiastic college grad, eager to begin transforming lives and empowering students to unlock their potential. Even then, I knew teaching wouldn't be my forever career but I was determined to make an positive lasting 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 was convinced that this was "what I signed up for."

Like so many teachers, I experienced the frustration and isolation of burnout as I struggled through that year still determined to be great for my students. 

A couple of years later, I experienced burnout again. But this time I knew something had to change. I thought more intentionally about how I really wanted to spend my time and energy.


I started The AfroEducator in 2018, with 3 simple goals.

1.) Connect with other educators

2.)  Share my experiences

3.) Empower teachers to reframe the same narratives that kept me in cycles of burnout

While those goals remain years later,  now I connect and share by empowering educators to passionately pursue growth so they can step into more confident, conscious, and authentic versions of themselves in and out of the classroom!

Folks Are Saying...

..After the [self care] conference, I applied for a job with virtual school, and it was just the changed I needed! Your seminar was one of the ones that encouraged me to go after that change. Thank you!

Rose Lourdes

Teacher, Miami Self-Care Conference Attendee

I have decided to schedule my own holidays because of you! Already taken 2 of my days!

Shannon Nimmons

Elementary Teacher, South Carolina

Ready to start your journey to becoming a more conscious, confident, authentic educator?

I Got You!


Your Journey Begins Here...

The internet is chock-full of information, life hacks, and every tip you can imagine.

I don't want to be another loud voice adding to the overload and decision fatigue that so many educators already experience.

Get topically curated blog posts, podcasts, and paid downloads that support you through burnout, bureaucracy, and all the other nuances that come with being a K12 educator...
And it's FREE!

Alexis Shepard Resources for Your Wellness Journey Lessons in Self-Care httpswww.theafroed

Leave Teacher Guilt Behind

Take days off with less stress so you can show up as your very best self.

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Discover your 'Teacher Type,' how it could be fueling your burnout, and what you can do NOW to grow through it.

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Start Your Journey

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Binge The Podcast

 Get ready to be educated and challenged as we explore what it means to “become” through burnout, bureaucracy, and so much more.

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