Hey there! I’m Kate and like you, I wear a lot of different hats.
I’m a writer and product creator, an avid declutterer and not-so-good gardener, a happy wife, and an empty-nest mom with two furbabies to fill the gaps.
I’m also a teacher.
In fact, I’ve been a teacher for the last 20 years, and in that time I’ve seen a LOT of changes.
I got into teaching because I believed it would enable me to have an enjoyable lifestyle while doing meaningful and rewarding work.
And for a long time, it did exactly that – not just for me, but for many of my colleagues.
However as years passed, I saw more and more teachers burnt out by the profession, overwhelmed by the demands of endless administration, pointless meetings and excessive accountability.
More than half of the teachers in New Zealand (where I’m from) leave the profession in the first five years.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
While I do believe some fundamental aspects of the education system need to change, I also believe it’s possible to thrive as a teacher even now through the choices we make and actions we take.
Want to know how I can help?
Life is not merely being alive, but being well.marcus aurelius
My mission is to help teachers manage their time, organize their lives, and practice self-care so they can bring their best selves to their jobs and beyond.
I have over 20 years experience in teaching and have been involved in senior leadership since 2015. As part of this role, I’ve had the privilege of developing wellbeing initiatives for both staff and students.
I have a love of learning, and as well as my B.A Hons (Social Anthropology), Diploma in Arts (English) and Graduate Diploma in Teaching, I also have a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership which I gained with Distinction.
I’m also currently enrolled in a Diploma in Positive Psychology with a focus on wellbeing in education and coaching.
This qualification is providing me with the knowledge and skill necessary to increase both individual and institutional wellbeing – as well as the practical tools to make a significant and positive difference in people’s lives.
I’ve long loved organization, wellbeing and personal growth but it’s only been in recent years that these interests have intersected with my profession.
This was spurred by my personal observations of competent, capable human beings struggling to make teaching work for them.
I could see that the struggle could be made easier if these teachers were equipped with some tools such as:
- time management tips to keep school work from creeping into every facet of life
- organizational practices to help their lives running smoothly so they could rest and rejuvenate when not at work
- self-care ideas so they could keep their body, mind and spirit at optimal levels
I also believe in the power of words and the power of appreciation – which is why you’ll find sections on teacher quotes and teacher appreciation here too.
Head to the home page to see which scenario matches you right now.
Any questions? Get in touch here.