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How to Stop the “I’m Just a Teacher” Mantra That Fuels Burnout

Thursday, April 14, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

How to Stop the "I'm Just a Teacher" Mantra That Fuels Burnout

​Presented by ​Terrie Noland, Ph.D., CALP​, Vice President, Educator Initiatives​, Learning Ally
Moderated by Elizabeth Zwerg, Community Manager, Learning Ally

Sponsored by Learning Ally

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“Have you said these words? It’s confession time: I’ve said it many times myself, ‘I’m just a teacher.’ Unfortunately, it took me over 20 years to realize my worth not only in the classroom but also as an administrator. I wish I had understood my value despite what society said, despite the culture I was in, and despite how I felt about my role as an educator and administrator at the time.” – Terrie Noland

In this edWebinar, Terrie addresses two distinct issues regarding the “I’m just a teacher” mantra perpetuated in the hearts and minds of so many educators.

  • Classroom teachers walk away knowing their worth, being equipped to embody a lead-large philosophy, and knowing how to replace the word “just” with “justified.”
  • Administrators are resourced to cast the vision of a school or district that claims authority over negative self-talk and drives power and purpose in each staff and faculty role that will help to prevent burnout.

It’s high time to place value where value belongs and dismantle the self-deprecating perception of one of the world’s most influential and epic professions — education! This recorded edWebinar is of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of all grade levels.

Terrie NolandAbout the Presenter

Listen. Learn. Teach. It’s that simple. Terrie Noland uses this philosophy as an innovator and a motivator, and it’s evident as she leads, coaches and mentors thousands of K-12 educators about the science of reading each year. She has a unique perspective on the need to unify all stakeholders around a vision for education to smash the reading divide for the millions of struggling readers. Her daily mission is to add value to educators to help influence transformational changes in school districts across the country by addressing the needs of marginalized students. Terrie seeks to share her expertise and passion to encourage and to illuminate a path towards success and measurable outcomes.

If you looked at Terrie’s resume, you would be confused. Her undergraduate and graduate degree work placed her in the field of criminal justice. However, it was through continuous listening and learning that led her on a journey in education starting out in preschool teaching and administration, then becoming a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) and earning a Ph.D. in literacy and educational leadership from St. John’s University. Terrie is also a John Maxwell certified speaker and coach.

As Vice President of Educator Initiatives at Learning Ally, Terrie works to ignite enthusiasm and excitement by building champion educators and administrators on creating cultures of literacy and learning.


Elizabeth ZwergAbout the Moderator

Elizabeth Zwerg serves as Learning Ally’s Community Manager, empowering educators in their journey toward literacy leadership. Elizabeth taught elementary school for seven years in urban, Title 1 schools and is passionate about solving the equity gap in education. She believes strong educator relationships are central to a child’s learning, and addressing the needs of the whole child is the framework in which authentic learning occurs. Elizabeth loves serving and connecting with educators because she knows “no authentic learning occurs without an authentic relationship.”

Elizabeth holds a BA in political science, an MA in conflict resolution, and co-built a large online community dedicated to empowering women to travel solo, and served that group for many years as the volunteer community manager.

When not geeking out with other educator friends about instructional practices, you can find Elizabeth exploring another corner of this vast, beautiful world. Having traveled to over 34 countries, she is passionate about diving deep into other cultures, wandering around markets in foreign lands, and photographing the big night skies in Texas where she lives with her husband, Michael, and German Shepherd, Sienna. Elizabeth enthusiastically grabs onto opportunities to connect with others and nature.

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Thursday, April 14, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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