Hi, I'm Gretchen. 


from peer mentors and cooperating teachers leading in their classrooms to instructional coaches leading in their school building.

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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

300: Interview with Linda Rhyne 2.0

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Sep 18, 2023

The Science of Reading has replaced Guided Reading. Switching to something new can feel hard and frustrating. Tune into this episode and become encouraged and empowered by Linda Rhyne. She talks about what Science of Reading is, why it’s replaced Guided Reading and how you can implement it. Tune in now! Quotables *All quotables are…

299: Critical Thinking is the Biggest Clue

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Sep 4, 2023

In this episode of the Empowering Educators Podcast, Gretchen talks about the importance of critical thinking. She shares relatable stories, a lesson and then four keys to building critical thinking that lasts. Tune into this episode and leave empowered to support critical thinking skills within yourself and your students. Quotables Critical thinking is the biggest…

Latest Blog Posts

Guiding Questions that Move Teacher Performance Forward

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Sep 25, 2023

Guiding questions prompt reflection and higher level thinking. When instructional coaches and administrators use them to support teachers, they are able to grow at a faster pace. Read the blog post below to find out what these questions are, why we need to use them, and how it actually moves teacher performance forward. What are…

The Importance of Providing Onboarding for Educators

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Sep 11, 2023

Onboarding is essential for staff be able to do their role effectively. Onboarding establishes expectations and offers support. Dictionary.com defines onboarding as “the action or process of integrating a new employee into an organization or familiarizing a new customer or client with one’s products or services.” Onboarding should be the entry point from which all…

Tips for Switching Positions or Grade Levels as an Educator

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Aug 28, 2023

Switching positions or grade levels as an educator can feel overwhelming. Change can be scary because it is unknown, but the tips shared in this blog post will help make the transition in position or grade level easier. Researching If you are ready for a change in your career as an educator, researching options for…

Characteristics of an Effective Teacher Mentor

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Aug 14, 2023

Teacher mentorship is essential for the growth and development of staff. Oftentimes, mentorship is an afterthought and poorly executed. This leaves teachers struggling to make an impact in the classroom. Before designing a mentorship process or program, it’s important to hand pick the perfect candidates to perform the mentor duties. They are the ones that…