I help school leaders retain their best teachers by building programs into the teacher training that prioritizes teacher wellbeing.
I do this by working as a school & teacher wellness coach.
It’s not enough to provide teachers with some free yoga class or once and done wellness workshop. If school leaders are serious about supporting staff, they need to integrate this support into their school culture.
This is what Teaching W.E.L.L. does.
WHO I WORK WITH: When providing coaching & consultant services, I work with:
+ School counselors
+ And anyone else who wants to prioritize wellbeing in their school system to create a better education system for all.
I prefer to work with school districts who are ready to problem solve and are willing to do the work it takes to get the rewards that are possible.
WHAT MAKES WORKING WITH ME DIFFERENT:
I taught in a public school classroom for 20 years.
I’ve been working for almost a decade trying to advocate and create change in our school systems to support teacher wellbeing.
Everything I create is to support teacher wellbeing. You can take all the materials and share them with your staff. If you did this alone it would be a great start. BUT if you want to illicit true change there needs to be more.
More follow through.
That’s where Teaching Well can help you take it to the next level.
I believe that W.E.L.L. schools will change the world. We need to stop relying on individuals to make this change and begin to integrate a culture of wellness into our school systems to support all who enter. When we do this, teaching and learning can truly happen. And then we change our world.
My system of transformation is the Teaching W.E.L.L. Framework. This is a tool that schools can to transform their system into one that prioritizes wellbeing so that the probability of teaching and learning increases.
My goal is to partner with school districts who want to transform their systems in a way that not just sustains wellbeing and increases authentic teaching and learning, but is regenerative and the outcomes are better than before.
Instead of once and done professional development that leaves teachers resentful and bitter, my work helps to creatively integrate these big ideas into the culture and fabric of a school in a systematized way.
Instead of relying on teachers to teach another expensive curriculum to students, my work is a top down approach where the adults in the school learn the tools and the framework is integrated into the system.
Instead of having to hire more and more staff each year, my work is a means for schools to create systems where staff can feel heard and supported which will decrease the probability of large staffing shortages.
Instead of teachers having to find different ways to meet the needs of this ever changing student population, my work provides tools for how to pivot, shift, and use best practices for learning to meet the needs of their current students.
The core mission behind my work is to partner with people like you to transform the system of education so that our students can become the greatest version of themselves through the inspiration, guidance, and expertise of teachers who love to teach AND leaders who know how to create those systems to allow ALL of that to happen.
HOW TO WORK WITH ME:
Visit https://calendly.com/dnuhfer/15min to schedule a call.
Looking for actionable steps to bring a little calm to your classroom? Check out The Path of the Mindful Teacher for a clear and concise guide for teachers to move from stress to serenity and chaos to calm one step at a time.
Every week, receive a Weekly Well Wish that will provide you with the support and encouragement needed to continue this teacher journey. Think of it as a way to regularly fill up your self-care bucket. You can sign up to get them here.
If you’re curious about joining the Teaching Well group mastermind, We are Teaching Well. Get on the waitlist to be the first to find out when it will be offered next.
Working with teachers through professional development sessions in larger venues like schools or conferences (both in person & virtual) is a great way to bring the message to the masses. Check out more information here.
I also hang out on Facebook, Instagram, but you can always Email me too!
If you’re interested in checking out some of the places I’ve been asked to teach this work and what teachers and schools are saying, check this out.
If you are ready to join the #weareteachingwell community and move from teaching hell to teaching well then I am ready to meet you where you are!
I have 20 years (and counting) in the classroom as a public educator in the United States.
I have an M Ed (plus lots more credits) and teach graduate courses to teachers about mindfulness and teacher self-care.
I have a graduate certificate in Mindfulness for Experienced Educators where I learned how to integrate mindfulness as a pedagogical tool for the classroom.
I earned a Positive Psychology graduate certificate which influences my intense focus on strength-building instead of only improving weaknesses. Mindfulness and positive psychology are the lens through which I built the teacher wellness coaching framework.
I am a Certified Mindful Schools Instructor which allows me to specialize in the broad field of mindfulness to the classroom and has taught me how to teach these tools to students but even more importantly how teachers can develop their own practice.
I hold a degree in Professional and Executive Coaching from Lewis University and am an ICF certified coach which will inform the way I lead both individuals and groups through my teacher wellness coaching program.
To better integrate SEL into the classroom, I hold a Certificate in School Leadership for Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development from Rutgers University.
I am also Permaculture Design Certified, extensively studied Herbalism, Aromatherapy, and earned a yoga certification from Power Yoga Works, Philadelphia. These trainings have helped to inform my approach to the interconnectedness of all parts of ourselves by using our natural systems as guides for solution-finding and regenerative living.
I have been sober for 15 years (and counting) and that process of building myself back up from the bottom up through a framework and with community has informed my entire teacher wellness journey.
In addition, I am a self-coached long distance runner and former triathlete along with an intense student of whole foods and nutrition. The intersection of these focus areas informs the wellness lens I can bring to the “plate” of the wellness journey.
I am self-taught in the fields of minimalism, habit building, financial freedom, urban homesteading, and self-compassion which has allowed me to go through my own process of letting go of that which no longer serves me and building that which does in both my personal and professional life.