Hi, I'm Gretchen. 


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I believe great educators will remain in the profession if they are supported and guided towards excellence.


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Educators lack ongoing support as they gain years of experience. This leads to burn out and a potential exit out of the profession. Get the support you deserve and a community to lean on. You'll gain clarity on how to improve and excel in your role so you can love what you do again. Growth doesn't happen on your own. Let's do this together!

What am I here to do for you?

As a teacher, teacher leader and now teacher trainer, there are many lessons I have learned about what makes teachers effective. Through the content I share on my website, I empower you to reach your potential. Click to listen --->

"I am an educator of a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom."


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Latest Podcast Episodes

292: Interview with Courtney Tate

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | May 29, 2023

Meet Courtney Tate in this special interview episode on the Empowering Educators Podcast. Courtney shares her journey from teacher to teacher leader and everything that helped her along the way. She shares special nuggets of wisdom that will have you leaving empowered so that you can go out and be great! Quotables *All quotables are…

291: Interview with Casey Watts

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | May 15, 2023

In this episode of the Empowering Educators Podcast, Gretchen interviews Casey Watts. Casey gives practical and applicable advice that is easy to follow. You’ll step away from this interview with powerful nuggets of wisdom that you’ll be able to use right away! Quotables *All quotables are from the interviewee  If you can hone your resiliency…

Latest Blog Posts

How to Make the Best Use of Time At a Conference

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | May 22, 2023

Educators attend conferences as a means of obtaining professional development. Engaging in ongoing learning is essential for educators to stay current in research and instructional best practices. No matter what type of conference educators attend, there are many ways to get the most out of attending a conference. This blog post shares ways to maximize…

Coach Life: Working with Resistant Teachers

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | May 8, 2023

Working with resistant teachers as an instructional coach can be challenging, but not impossible. A resistant teacher can be defined as “one who is unwilling and/or unlikely to participate in a requirement.” Requirements vary, but could be school-wide initiatives or new technology tools. Teachers could have problems with curriculum topics or instructional best practices. Additionally,…

Coach Life: Not Having a Home Base

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Apr 24, 2023

Instructional coaches can be school, district, or state based. If they serve a single school, then they have a home base. If they serve multiple schools in the district or across the state, then they do not have a home base.  A home base can be described as a central location to work from on…

Coach Life: Wearing all the Hats

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Apr 10, 2023

Instructional coaches wear many hats in the school building. If a coach were to record “A Day in the Life” it would look like a random list of never-ending tasks. It’s exhausting and frustrating. This post will uncover why this is happening in schools all across the nation and what instructional coaches can do to…