Here, you’ll receive tips, resources, ideas and inspiration on how to get through those first years of teaching. New teachers and veterans alike are invited to connect here and share that sense of community that is so important in our education practice.
If you’re wondering why I’m the best person to cover this topic, let me share a little bit about myself.
My name is Lisa Dabbs and I’m a wife and Mom. I started my career as an elementary school teacher in Southern California. During that time, I assisted with a grant project and became the Project Director of a Language and Literacy program. Soon after I was called to serve as an elementary school principal, and did that for 14 years.
During that time I recruited, hired, trained and mentored over 200 new and veteran teachers at my school sites. I watched their failures as well as coached them to success. In that time the most significant aspect I observed in their journey was the power that mentorship brings to creating a successful teaching career. As a result, I’m passionately committed to the mission that no teacher, should have to go through their teaching days alone.
In 2009 I became an Independent Consultant. Here’s some of what I do in this work:
- Director of Business Development (West Coast) at EdTechTeacher.org
- Core Blogger/Marketing Team member at Edutopia.org
- Edutopia’s New Teacher Group Facilitator.
- Writer for KidsDiscover.com, The Fem Tech Project and MyTeachersLounge.com.
- Guest blogger for SmartBlog for Education.
- Presenter at conferences including: ASCD, ISTE and Orange County Reading Association.
- Webinar presenter for ASCD, Simple K12, Volunteer Spot, and Laura Candler.
- Vice President of my local literacy non-profit board.
Some of my past work includes:
- Coach/Consultant for Kaplan K-12 Educational Corporation.
- Adjunct Professor teaching Graduate Level courses in School Administration.
- Marketing Team Representative for EduPad.com
As a passion-driven educator, I enjoy spreading the word on what passion can do to inspire our work, even in the midst of challenging times. As a result of this passion, I founded (and moderate) a chat for New and Pre-Service Teachers on Twitter: #ntchat. The chat occurs every Wednesday at 5PM PDT/8PM EDT. It’s supportive and practitioner focused with discussions that resonate with new teachers in the field. Visit this page to get all the info on New Teacher Chat.
You can read this for more details about my social media spaces and my projects. (Visit the page in the future to see interviews with me, guest posts and other media coverage.)
I have blogged for almost 4 years, but I’m constantly seeking to develop my skills as a writer. My dream is to pursue completion of a Ph.D. I’d also like to pen the story of my grandmother’s life as a teacher and college professor. She’s my inspiration for this blog. Recently, I have been encouraged to write a book on the topic of supporting and coaching new teachers in the field, so that’s my project for 2014. Wish me luck!
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