Hi, I'm Gretchen!                                        Author, Speaker, Teacher Coach & Trainer

For more than two decades, Gretchen has passionately mentored and coached educators, led professional development experiences for school building staff, and presented at district and national conferences as the owner of Always A Lesson. Her impact continues to amplify serving educators worldwide through her blog, Empowering Educators podcast, classroom resources, professional development courses and personalized coaching opportunities.

“I am an educator, passionate about cultivating talent in teachers of all experience levels 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 it's 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.”

Gretchen taught grades 2, 3 and 5 in Charlotte, NC. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Special Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Supervision. Gretchen has also twice received National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist.

A passion for writing has developed in Gretchen and now she is a three time author:

  1. Her first book was for new teachers called “Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College” to help prepare future teachers for the realities of life in the classroom. She is also currently writing a children’s book.
  2. She co-authored a book with over a dozen other elite educators called “Teachers Who Know What To Do- Experts In Education” to share proven strategies that transform classrooms and leaders around the world
  3. Her third book “Always A Lesson: Teacher Essentials for Classroom & Career Success” comes out Spring 2024

Gretchen is available for speaking engagements and teacher coaching (group and one-on-one) on the various topics shared throughout her blog. If interested in booking her, please contact her personally at:

Whether you’re teaching a lesson or learning one yourself, there’s Always A Lesson.

Did You Know?

“An effective teacher has 2-3 times the impact of other school-based interventions,
including services, facilities, materials, and leadership.”

(Source: “Teachers Matter” RAND Report)”