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About Laura

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Career Coach for Teachers

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I believe you have many possibilities for what else you could do for work...

if you choose to leave the classroom.

What's  holding you back.

The teachers I know are top-notch professionals with heaps of amazing skills and they're incredible human beings with their own unique strengths to offer.

 

But there's a message in the air you breathe that says "career change isn't for teachers." ​ 

  • "Once a teacher, always a teacher."

  • "Your skillset is too specific, your experience is too niche.

  • "There's nothing you have to offer outside the classroom."

  • "You'd be crazy to leave behind the pension, salary, and summers off!"

No wonder you feel stuck in the classroom with no career alternatives! 

How  I help you move forward.

My job is to help you push back against this message of "career change isn't for teachers." Because honestly, it's a bunch of B.S.

 

Teachers can and do make career changes...successfully!

 

But first, you have to know if you want to leave the classroom and what else you would want to do instead.

I'll help you explore career possibilities beyond the classroom so that you can make a confident choice about what's next, based on your strengths, values, and what you want most for their life.

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I felt stuck in my last job too.  

I was an advisor at a college career center.

I had a good salary, great benefits, 10 weeks off a year, and all-I-could-eat soft serve ice cream from the dining hall.

After eight years, the work itself was fine.

I felt deeply that there was something better out there for me...but doing what? 

This lack of clarity about career alternatives, plus the nice perks of the job kept me firmly in place. 

It took the covid pandemic to bring my dissatisfaction and priorities into sharp focus.

I quit my job and took a year-long "career nap" to figure out what was next. 

I took stock of my strengths, values, interests, and what I most wanted for my life.

I faced my fears about the future.

I actively explored career possibilities.

And when I started my own coaching practice, I knew it was the right choice for me.

 

Now I help teachers figure out what's next for them using a similar process of self-reflection and career exploration.

What you might want to know about me.

  • Career coach for 10+ years.

  • Extensive experience helping others find work that aligns with their strengths, personality, values, and what they most want for their life.

  • Certified in the Myers Briggs and trained in the StrengthsFinder assessment.

  • Former Spanish & ESL teacher.

  • Raised by educators (mom: 2nd grade special ed teacher and dad: director of a career center).

  • Married to a history teacher.

  • 5 successful career transitions of my own, spanning law, study abroad, and higher ed.

Other fun facts about me!

  • My college majors were Spanish and Education.

  • I have a masters in International Education.

  • I'm a mom with two young kiddos.

  • I'm a proud introvert (who loves people).

  • I love sweet treats (pretty much all of 'em).

  • I was born and raised in Indiana and now I live in New England.

  • My first job as a teenager was detassling corn (thumbs down).

  • I played 3 team sports in high school, and now I love solo trail runs and swimming.

  • My favorite thing is a good laugh!

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