Around two years ago, I made the decision to hand in my notice to leave my teaching career and take the leap into the unknown.
The decision to leave wasn’t easy. I loved teaching. I had been in the world of education all of my life. I left school to train as a teacher at university, and then spent 9 years as a primary school teacher. I truly believed that it was the best job in the world!
But I also felt there was something else for me, and I didn’t have the support I needed to continue in my role having the impact I wanted to have. The balance was completely off and I wasn’t prepared to settle for a life I wasn’t happy with.
When I officially finished my teaching career a couple of months later, I was completely burnt out, disempowered and unsure of my next steps. Striving to have my greatest impact had taken it’s toll and I really was at a low point. It definitely wasn’t the high I had planned to go out on!
But still, there was a glimmer of hope and excitement about my future.
Within a few months, I had found coaching and knew that this was going to be an important part of my future. The more I experienced coaching to support me on my journey, the clearer it became that I wanted to be on both sides of the coaching relationship. I trained as a coach and have continued to be coached since that initial spark that drew me to it. Learning about the importance of mindset has been so powerful and something I wish I had had support with earlier. I have developed resilience, confidence and an understanding of myself that would most definitely have had a positive influence on my teaching.
As I started my coach training, I clearly remember having a conversation where I said, 'I'm not the sort of person to create their own business - that's a different breed of person that could do that.' But as I’ve grown and as I’ve seen the impact of my coaching on others, I have been able to challenge that belief.
I now choose to believe, ‘I can - and I will – make a huge difference to teachers and the young people they teach.’
I am proud and excited to provide support for teachers who are feeling disempowered, unbalanced and overloaded - just like I was a few years ago. I know that confident, calm and empowered teachers will have a much greater impact on the young people they teach.
I am so happy to be back in education, supporting and empowering teachers and creating better outcomes for young people whilst doing something that I love and am passionate about.