"All summer I’ve been thinking that I need to do things to get prepared for the school year but I wasn’t exactly sure what. I am SOOOOO thankful to have found this that tells me EXACTLY what to do. It has made me feel so much better about the upcoming school year and has made it a lot less scary."
Hi! I’m Jeanne. I’m a middle school ELA teacher from Illinois and the founder of Teacher Off Duty--a blog dedicated to helping teachers save time, teach better, and live happier. Helping new teachers is my all-time favorite jam. With 4 years of teaching under my belt, 3 years mentoring as a cooperating teacher, 2 and a half as Department Chair, and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, I’ve got some really great experience with teaching and mentoring. I’m also not so far away from my first year that I can’t remember what it feels like to be just starting off.
In my 2nd year teaching, I won an Outstanding Beginning Teaching Award and I didn't feel special enough for it at all. In fact, I knew then what I know now: I owed the early success largely to the strategic preparation I did before them. And now, I want to help you do the same.
"After accepting my teaching position, my first question to myself was WHERE DO I START?! I started researching and reading blogs geared towards first-year teachers lost like I was! I’m so thankful I stumbled upon Teacher Off Duty's AMAZING blog! She gives some tremendously helpful advice on how to PRIORITIZE and PLAN to help eliminate as much chaos as possible your first year!"
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