About the Podcast

Welcome to Always A Lesson’s

Empowering Educators Podcasts page!

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Launched June 14, 2015

Whether you’re teaching a lesson or learning one yourself, this podcast is for you!


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“This podcast is the modern answer to continual education on the fly for teachers.” – JV Crum III 

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  • Understanding and Application - Empowered
    October 8, 2019 by trinity3712 from United States

    Gretchen has her finger on the pulse of what’s important to educators. She does a great job of helping you understand what is happening and giving practical advice on how you can improve, all in a concise timeframe.

  • Actionable Ideas for Successful Teachers
    September 27, 2019 by the_charles from United States

    Gretchen draws on her experience to provide actionable steps for teachers who want to improve in their craft. She provides the encouragement and honest advice to help teachers make an impact on their students.

  • Love this Podcast!
    September 9, 2019 by Teaching To Transform, LLC from United States

    Listening to Always A Lesson never fails to deliver! Listening to Gretchen is like listening to a friend and mentor who always gives practical and helpful advice! Whether you are a new teacher, veteran teacher or coach, you will benefit from your time with Gretchen!

  • My on demand personal mentor!
    August 28, 2019 by kwajkid from United States

    I am a teacher in training in Va, and love these podcasts! The material discussed here has been useful and informative, and a nice supplement to my in school mentor Thanks!!

  • Like chicken soup for the soul!!
    May 16, 2019 by Lisa M Rodriguez from United States

    I recently learned about podcasts... I KNOW!! It’s like I’ve been living under a rock. After listening to Gretchen, I instantly felt identified with her. I felt understood and not judged for my mistakes as a teacher. I felt truly motivated .I could sense from her voice that she isn’t a braggy person. Now I’m addicted to her podcasts. Every morning on my way to work I listen to her podcast and I feel truly empowered and ready for an awesome day.

  • Gretchen is the BEST! A Great podcast
    April 9, 2019 by JenRiday from United States

    It isn't often that I listen to a podcast and wish I could be friends with the host. That's how I feel about Gretchen. She's REAL and SMART and focused on what educators really need. She gets us! Thank you Gretchen.

  • Amazing!
    April 9, 2019 by Ian Ryan from United States

    This show is my new recommendation for anyone in the education industry. The insight I gained from listening in inspired me and alterted my perspective on educators! Great work & looking forward to more!

  • Empowering!
    April 6, 2019 by Brendan @ Entrepreneurs&Coffee from United States

    Thanks for all of the helpful tips for educators. Far too many come out of college woefully unprespared for their chosen profession and the added BOOST from this show is important!

  • WOW! Very empowering...
    April 5, 2019 by Mickiezada from United States

    Gretchen provides important support and ideas for professional educators. I am recommending this to my friends who teach: much gratitude and applause for the quality and content of Always a Lesson, Empowering Educators Podcast. Wonderful and much needed inspiration, support, and perspective for educators.

  • Celebrating educators
    March 29, 2019 by Camilla-Jean from United States

    As a parent of young kids I am always aware of the amazing men and women out there doing the hard work of educating our kiddos.

  • These are LIFE Lessons
    February 8, 2019 by Matt B 1818 from United States

    I’m not an educator and I’m sure these episodes are great for those of you that are BUT these are also great for ANYONE. Particularly when Gretchen digs into talking about how we are role models for children I cannot help but think and know that the same energy exists for adult interactions. Thank you, Gretchen, for putting on a great podcast!

  • Fantastic
    January 4, 2019 by horsegirldsi from United States

    Great for any educator out there! Gretchen is an engaging host and I love that they come out in time to use as a way to start your week!

  • Great Listen!
    January 4, 2019 by Real Estate Investor from United States

    Gretchen presents a powerful podcast for educators of all kinds. I will definitely recommend this to my friends who teach!

  • Great Show first thinb BEFORE School!
    January 4, 2019 by Life&RelationshipCoach from United States

    As a prior SAC - Student Assistsance Counselor who worked with students of Trauma in grades K-college, this is a great podcast - and so delightful and neccessary - for the moral of our school staffs. Kids and the demands to perform are constantly stressful, so thanks to Gretchen on developing a podcast that really inspires and helps out our educators! Coach Riana Milne of Lessons in Life & Love podcast

  • Required for Every Teacher
    January 4, 2019 by Defeat the Drama from United States

    I come from an entire family of educators of all kinds and this podcast provides required information for anyone in the field! It's gotten even tougher to thrive in a field that draws passionate educators. Thank you for the strategies and encouragement!

  • A Breath of Fresh Air
    September 25, 2018 by Harpera82 from United States

    Gretchen always says what I need to hear, when I need to hear it. I know that she does the same for many others. Awesome person and an inspiration!

  • Take Care of Yourself to Help Others
    July 30, 2018 by MsOReadsBooks from United States

    I just listened to Protect This 4 Letter Word and Oh, boy did I need that one. Not sure how I discovered this podcast (probably Angela Watson) but I will definitely be back. I want to keep my love for the job alive but last year did not take care of myself and felt the repercussions. I wasn’t as effective as I could have been. Time to change that and her words helped!

  • Cool.
    July 14, 2018 by AJ Jay Jay from United Kingdom

    What a great way to start your Monday mornings with an empowering podcast like this every Monday morning. Cool show!

  • Great for Teachers & Parents
    July 13, 2018 by Wade Galt from United States

    Gretchen has done an amazing job of putting together high-quality content for educators. As an educator and also a parent, it also sheds a great light on what it takes to be a great teacher. Parents who have great teachers for their children will greatly appreciate how much goes into performing and giving at that level. Thanks so much for creating this.

  • Silent Confidence Speaks the Loudest
    May 19, 2018 by Don Hutcheson from United States

    This show is designed for educators to empower, inspire and arm them with best practices and personal development tools and strategies to achieve more success, sastisfaction and fullfillment from their work. Gretchen does a masterful job. Wish you continuing success and fun!

  • A must for all educators!
    May 19, 2018 by The Variety Artist from United States

    As an elementary assembly entertainer and educator I'm always looking for techniques to help teach and get students to really LEARN. Through personal stories and real-life experience, Gretchen gives sage advice.

  • Authentic, inspiring
    May 18, 2018 by K. Chayne from United States

    Gretchen brings such a grounding and inspirational voice of guidance. Thank you!

  • Love it
    May 18, 2018 by Annaharper from United Kingdom

    I love the idea of the show and executed brilliantly well done

  • Amazing Podcast!
    May 18, 2018 by Kendie-93 from United States

    This is such a wonderful podcast for educators to listen to. I think the topics and lessons covered here are great for any level educator. Wonderful work! I can't wait to hear more 🙂

  • Great Ed Podcast
    May 4, 2018 by Bhaight from United States

    I found this podcast while looking for more ed podcasts and from looking at Gretchen's great website, to seeing that she was on the Cult of Pedagogy podcast (which I love), I gave this podcast a listen and have been listening ever since. She brings a lot of good ideas to the table, and she is a great interviewer. Her interviews touch on deep topics but also come across very conversational.

  • Excellent
    April 10, 2018 by dr.dkp from United States

    Excellent comprehensive and practical resources to support professional learning.

  • Recommending to every teacher I know
    December 16, 2017 by SoMuchYoga from United States

    This show is such a great resource for educators. If everyone listened to this podcast, our educational system would have none of the problems we see today. HIghly recommend.

  • Encouraging and Experienced
    December 16, 2017 by breannaw14 from United States

    Gretchen is both experienced and encouraging. I love listening to her, as she helps me regain my focus and gives excellent food for thought in bite-sized chunks.

  • Wonderful Resource
    December 15, 2017 by Dr Farrar from United States

    SO glad this information is getting out there...will forward to all of the teachers in my life who are going through some of these struggles themselves!

  • Got to stay focus
    November 18, 2017 by TChan Games from United States

    Gretchen give great tips on how to stay focus and optmize your time. Time management has been something I've been working on and it's definitely though to do. For example, I would takeaway all distractions especially the phone when it's time to tackle a task.

  • Fantastic podcast!
    November 17, 2017 by BillCPod1 from United States

    Teachers don’t get enough credit for what they do and it’s the most important profession. It’s great to see a podcast like this!

  • Great Support for Teachers!
    November 17, 2017 by Story Spectacular from United States

    I am a children's book author and I work with a lot of educators. This show is such a valuable resource and I can't wait to share it with my collegues. Educators are such important and often underappricated members of our society. I applaud Gretchen Bridgers for putting together this platform to support them!

  • Insightful podcast!
    September 29, 2017 by BJYoung1 from United States

    This podcast is inspiring and offers a fresh perspective for teachers! Gretchen does a fantastic job as the host and I’m learning so much.

  • Encouragement for Educators
    September 29, 2017 by Relationship Helpers from United States

    Educators need to listen to this show! As someone living in NC, I live in a climate where there is a lot of burnout without much incentive. I’m not an educator, but I see the value in this show and can see how it would be very motivating for a teacher to listen to this podcast!

  • Awesome resource!
    August 13, 2017 by Dance5 from United States

    I just started making the time to listen to educational podcasts and Always a Lesson's are some of the best that I've come across. Very useful, & practical information given in a timely manner.

  • So needed!
    July 24, 2017 by KristieR11 from United States

    I always say that in order to change the world, we need to change the way we raise our children. In order to do that, we need educators who are inspired and empowered so they in return can empower and inspire the next generation. This podcast does exactly that! This show is not only inspiring, but also important and needed for anyone who works in the education system. Thank you, Gretchen, for the work you are doing!

  • Very interesting show
    July 22, 2017 by Hayut Yogev from United States

    Education everywhere... It's a nice, fluent show with many stories, examples and value bomb for anyone who is part of the most important community of educators

  • Fill your bucket!
    July 21, 2017 by Trexerb from United States

    A great way to start the day!!! Great work Gretchen!

  • Hooray for Lesson Nuggets
    July 21, 2017 by Angela Brown Oberer from United States

    What an amazing little show! I love the host, the entertainment, the edutainment, and the great ideas designed as action steps. High five for a show well done. I'm just subscribed and will be binge listening to the rest when of your shows in my queue. ???

  • Great Show!!
    July 21, 2017 by Alex Dali Rizo from United States

    Really good show... Load with tons of valuable information!! Keep it up with the great work!

  • Cool Podcast - Especially for Teachers
    July 21, 2017 by PapaTT3377 from United States

    This podcast has some great content for educators! I think it should be on every teachers playlist to listen to during their commute. It will give you some good tips and the inspiration to face (shall we say) those "challenging" students! Great job - keep up the great work! Robert Thibodeau

  • Beginning teacher love
    July 17, 2017 by BT growing up from New Zealand

    Hi Gretchen I'm a beginner teacher in New Zealand. I love listening to your podcast each week. You've really helped my confidence grow and understand my place within my school community. Your podcasts provide real life insight with advice that carries far beyond that moment. Keep it up. I look forward to hearing more.

  • Awesome Show, Amazing Host
    May 8, 2017 by Brad Shreffler from United States

    Positivity is not my normal thing. I like to consider myself a realist, and sometimes a smile isn't the best option. However, starting my week with Gretchen's podcast is an awesome way to get a smile on your face and overcome the struggles of our profession. This show is seriously awesome, and I highly recommend it. Beyond that, the host Gretchen Bridgers is an amazing person. I reached out to her for feedback on a project I'm starting, and not only did she give it within 24 hours, it was crazy detailed and honest. This shows me the kind of passion she has for her fellow teachers and how much she really cares. Across the board, HIGHLY recommend this awesome show!

  • Just What I Need Every Time!!!!
    April 12, 2017 by andreacrow from United States

    Every episode of this podcast has something timely and relevant to my life as an educator! I was particularly moved by the recent episode "Shepherd to Sheep." I have lived that experience with laid-back veteran administrators and tight-fisted, micromanaging "newbies." Fortunately, I am now in a school with the best principal I've ever had, but thank you so much for the validation that those difficult situations were not about me personally, but rather about what motivates me! I love listening to this podcast each week and look forward to my Monday morning commute! Thanks Gretchen!!

  • Empowered and Ready to Conquer the Day!
    March 30, 2017 by Tim Laskis from United States

    Grethchen brings valuable quick content to anyone looking to learn. She is engaging and inspiring! I am now subscribed!

  • Elite show for Elite educators!
    March 24, 2017 by MarcSmith111 from United States

    As an educator, I love the positive message and helpful info this podcast provides. Gretchen rocks!

  • Empowering Educators
    March 17, 2017 by TAMinihan from United States

    Gretchen does a great job empowering those who have one of the most important jobs in the world. The quick episodes make it easy to listen to and gives you a the motivation needed to have a productive day. Great job!!

  • Teachers Learn Too!
    March 10, 2017 by Brandon Gaille from United States

    The perfect resource for educators! Great tips and information that help teachers realize they are not alone.

  • By educators, for educators
    February 12, 2017 by jinki1 from United States

    Anyone responsible for educating children can find something usful here, either in the recent episodes, the archives, or both!

  • Great info for teachers AND parents
    January 6, 2017 by YourParentingMojo from United States

    It's really helpful for me as a parent to understand more of how teachers think. We're all partners in creating an awesome educational experience for our kids, so I'm glad Gretchen is out there sharing lessons from teachers who are doing it well. Thanks for a great show!

  • So Necessary!
    January 6, 2017 by Exit Coach from United States

    Inspiring and so necessary in today’s world. Fantastic show!

  • Great way to start the day!
    January 2, 2017 by Bvgrover from United States

    Thank you for giving that positive shot in the arm every week! I love your refreshing take on education. I always learn something new that I can use everyday.

  • Widely applicable
    December 21, 2016 by djdecrypt from United States

    I love listening to Empowering Educators for the management and personal development lessons as well as the educational tools. I'm in a related field to formal education, and it helps me to hear what is working for experts, teachers, and administrators within their organizational structures. Great work, Gretchen - your energy is infectious!

  • Be empowered!
    December 18, 2016 by Vickie Maris from United States

    The first episode I listened to was 77, about fasting from a social media platform or two and the rewards that can come from that experience. I look forward to listening to more episodes. I'm in higher ed, but have a feeling there are many things in this show that are applicable for any level or any profession.

  • Keep mindful
    December 17, 2016 by Taylor-apps from United Kingdom

    In a world of education that's often results driven, it's so supportive to have a regular voice of showing the bigger picture. Great work Gretchen

  • Our Heros
    December 2, 2016 by TADAMS4U from United States

    Educators are our heros and we need to recognize that they do this not for the pay but for the love of developing our kids. They have a passion. This podcast is a great resource to help energize them and help continue their education with what she & her guests have learned through the years.

  • Awesome!
    December 2, 2016 by Elaine Benoit from United States

    How fun! I love Gretchen's energy and passion! I enjoyed listening even though I'm not a teacher. I'm really glad I did!!

  • Igniting passion!
    October 8, 2016 by David Westerman from United States

    What a great resource for educators of all levles. Gretchen does a great job with this show.

  • Great Podcast!
    October 7, 2016 by octavehigher from United States

    Great podcast!

  • Inspiring Teachers
    September 30, 2016 by Sweeneymcman from United States

    I've recommended this podcast to friends and realtives in the teaching profession and have gotten some awesome feedback. It fills a great void.

  • Wonderful podcast!
    September 30, 2016 by morgan.robinson from United States

    Great podcast! Love this show. Very straightforward and real. It's really great to hear from the perspective of a teacher. Keep up the great work!

  • Fantastic show!
    September 9, 2016 by Can't get enough!!! Thank you! from United States

    Love all the information from different influential educators! This show is good for the visionary!

  • Relaxing, Informative & Motivating
    September 2, 2016 by Frisbeedogs from Australia

    As soon as the relaxed music of "Always a Lesson" gets started I feel more peaceful. Life can be so busy for educators that this small dose of regular sanity is much appreciated. Gretchen is clearly a great teacher and her willingness to share and the high quality of her information is always much appreciated. This is a great show. Thank you!

  • Yay!!!
    August 24, 2016 by BethlyHise from United States

    I've been teaching for 10+ years. During my years of teaching, my biggest fear was to be THAT teacher who had fallen into her own old ways and had become unwilling to grow and evolve. Last year I lost my way. I was pregnant and tired and overwhelmed with the demands of the job. I was an awful teacher. So, this year I aimed to be different, to grow and to be inspired! Thanks to Gretchen's inspiration and ideas, I'm growing this year as a teacher and have been excited multiple times to go to school and implement something I learned!!! As silly as it may sound, I listen while I run my 2-4 miles a day and the run seems so short because I'm so absorbed in the podcast!!! Thank you!

  • Inspiring
    August 8, 2016 by Marcerita8 from United States

    Great Show!

  • A great resource for teachers and others
    August 7, 2016 by Bill Hickcock from United States

    An awesome podcast for anyone who wants to improve their process of helping kids learn. Practical as well as informative! A must listen!

  • Empowering Education - Love It!!
    August 7, 2016 by Erik.K.C from United States

    I love it when people passionatly empower others like Gretchen does, Keep taking action in empowering other Gretchen our kids need more people like you! Erik Chaplen - Culture of Action

  • Than you!
    August 5, 2016 by JackMc2013 from United States

    Thank you for doing the work to bring us this product!

  • Great show for educators
    August 5, 2016 by Athena Rosette from United States

    This show will help many educators and parents make a difference in childrens lives.

  • So great!
    August 5, 2016 by Nick @ Five Minutes With Dad from United States

    I have a few teachers in my family and it's so important that we help them help the next generation. Gretchen DELIVERS here! Awesome!

  • Great lessons for the lesson-givers
    August 5, 2016 by JeremyTheVeteranArtist from United States

    Gretchen has so much knowledge to give, and such a great and inspiring voice that keeps you pulled into the conversation. 5-stars and 5 shiney apples for you Gretchen!

  • Empowering!
    July 29, 2016 by Henry Lopez @ How of Business from United States

    Great inspiration and knowledge for educators at all levels! Please keep it going Gretchen!

  • A Shot in the Arm!!
    July 29, 2016 by Amy Schuber from United States

    Inspiring & empowering show! Just the right dosage, easy to digest!! thank you we all need this inspiration!

  • Making a difference!
    July 15, 2016 by Mockaitis from United States

    Gretchen is such an energetic and charismatic host! She is wonderfully executing a podcast with such an important mission — the wisdom shared on this show is always thought-provoking and insightful. Though I am not a teacher, I think material like this will truly help educators make a difference in their students’ lives.

  • Great Podcast For Teachers!
    July 15, 2016 by BestEverShow from United States

    Great resource for educators and teachers! Thank you for making a difference in the lives of educators and empowering others to reach their best potential! -Joe

  • Empowering & Motivating!
    July 15, 2016 by RockinRealEstateRebel from United States

    Great show that offers inspiration, encouragement and GREAT information that helps educators to grow, be their best and own a love for their honorable profession. A MUST for EVERY educator!

  • Instructional Coach
    June 27, 2016 by MandyTaylor21 from United States

    Gretchen is the real deal! It is so nice to have such a positive, energetic voice speaking to educators through this format. Teaching isn't always easy, but the handles the tough truths with a hopeful lens and encourages all of us to be our best for kids. Great podcast!

  • Inspired!
    May 26, 2016 by Tiny Teacher Ness from Australia

    I live in Australia and I am in my final year of my teaching degree. And I feel exactly the same way as you did! There is still too much focus on theorists and not enough on practice. But listening to this podcast has made me feel 'elite', inspired, empowered and ready to be the best that I can be next year! Thank you so much for being you; so positive, upbeat and encouraging. I only recently discovered it, but I love this podcast. I feel so happy and productive after listening to an episode. Give me more!

  • I feel empowered!
    May 13, 2016 by M.C Laubscher from United States

    Great weekly lessons to empower yourself!

  • Love it!
    May 6, 2016 by Gisele_Oliveira from United States

    This podcast rocks! Gretchen brings all her knowledge and experience to empower educators. It’s a must listen.

  • Awesome show!
    May 6, 2016 by KJBCareers from United States

    I am a former teacher and this has such great tips! Will be sharing this podcast with my friends who are in education!

  • So true!
    May 6, 2016 by Justin D Williams from United States

    There is always a hidden gem to everything we go through! That’s what makes life and this podcast so great!

  • Excellent!
    May 6, 2016 by Posturedoc from United States

    Great Podcast! Excellent work!

  • Insightful
    April 29, 2016 by Duffash from United States

    I have enjoyed listening. Thank you!

  • Alert: You Need to "Dethrone Yourself!"
    April 29, 2016 by No More Obstacles from United States

    You've got to hear the tough truth in this episode, and once you do you'll subscribe to this podcast permanently. Thanks, Gretchen! Great ideas, great truths, and the cold, hard facts.

  • Empower!
    April 27, 2016 by Coops of Small Business Blitz from Australia

    Great podcast Gretchen! great mindset..thank you for sharing your thoughts and bonus advices to keep us going in diving our self potential. best of luck!

  • Gretchen is such a sweetheart!
    April 22, 2016 by Mockaitis from United States

    I was inspired after listening to the episode about practicing your craft. It talked about how many people don't do the one thing that they have been taught since they were a young age, practice makes perfect. I’m delighted educators have this resource to lean on when things become a handful in the classroom.

  • Very solid and full of content!
    April 17, 2016 by TiggBitties from United States

    Awesome show! Sounds very polished and packed with great stuff! You got an awesome show on your hands and everyone should tune in!!!

  • Awesome lessons!
    April 16, 2016 by SelfishMomSara from United States

    Thanks for the great lessons here! My whole family has been in education for 40+ years. This is an awesome platform of positive influence. Thank you!

  • Great show!
    April 15, 2016 by Jess.Trident from United States

    Keep up the good work!

  • I will be recommending Gretchen's podcast to my friends who teach
    April 9, 2016 by imupat3am from United States

    Our current education system is in shambles, high school and higher education is a joke. Thank goodness we have Gretchen (Schultek) Bridgers. Gretchen empowers educators and talks about how to improve teaching on all levels

  • wealth of knowledge
    April 8, 2016 by deanhaycox from United Kingdom

    This podcast is a wealth of knowledge that all entrepreneurs can use. By Screencastmagazine.com

  • Educators Close To My Heart
    April 8, 2016 by Ayres53 from United States

    A lot of my close friends are educators. Gretchen does a great job on the show and I’ll definitely be sharing with my friends.

  • Always a Great Podcast!
    April 6, 2016 by Christopher J. Nesi from United States

    Gretchen knows her stuff and presents a great podcast that should be recommended to all educators to check out and learn from. Gretchen’s passion for education is evident in her tone, topics, and presentation. ~ Chris Nesi Host, House of #EdTech Podcast chrisnesi.com

  • Very Informative
    April 1, 2016 by BrianHirth from United States

    Came across this show and love how much information is shared. Looking forward to even more, Awesome!

  • Love the episode 9 It's not about you
    April 1, 2016 by Fauzi Djauhari from Singapore

    It is useful not only for educator, but also for parent like me! Thank for the passion in education Gretchen! - Fauzi

  • Really empowering!
    March 25, 2016 by Mr Hez from United Kingdom

    Gretchen does a good job in this show with step by step tips that are easy to understand and follow.

  • A Double Dose Indeed
    March 25, 2016 by Your Podcast Host from United States

    Not in the education field....but love the focus and content of this show. Don't be affraid to bump up the volume.....even on high you're a little on the soft side. Peace.

  • Excellent!!
    March 25, 2016 by Italykittyjc from United States

    Great podcast with awesome content. Passing this along to all my friends in education.

  • Power to the Teacher
    March 11, 2016 by Your College Mentor from United States

    As an educator you will always be at the mercy of an administration at some level. This teaches what things you can take control over, so that you can navigate bureaucratic waters to the career you desire. We all have choices to make and this podcast empowers you to know what they are and how to handle them.

  • Great show!
    March 6, 2016 by westsidecopper from United States

    I was in education with children, and yes - a motivational boost is greatly appreciated!

  • Breath of fresh air
    February 27, 2016 by NYtom88 from United States

    Great show for educators who want to take their teaching to the next level. In a world of clouded ideologies of how teachers should teach, Gretchen really brings great knowledge in a great podcast format. Gretchen thank you for the great work that you’re doing!

  • Awesome podcast!
    February 26, 2016 by Andrew.Berkowitz from United States

    Very interesting content and cool subject. Very much needed in America today!

  • What I've been waiting for
    February 26, 2016 by therealjb81 from United States

    A high octane podcast for sure. Empowering our teachers everywhere. Thank you Gretchen!

  • Great show for educators
    February 12, 2016 by Koy McDermott from United States

    I am so happy to have found a show that supports our educators! Thank you so much for making your difference.

  • Slapshot
    February 12, 2016 by Slapshot Jay from United States

    This is a great show for new teachers. Way to go!

  • Very educational! Wish my teachers had
    February 5, 2016 by Amanda Bayerle from United States

    I love that Gretchen is doing this !! She knows what she is doing . The only thing I would say is the intro is a little long but the content is great

  • Teaching is fun!
    January 29, 2016 by Doug - MindDrippings Podcast from United States

    Teaching is fun and Gretchen illustrates the way!

  • Great lessons!
    January 25, 2016 by Thomas O'Grady, PhD from United States

    Every episode have all great point and would love to hear more. Keep it up!!

  • The Most Important Job On The Planet
    January 25, 2016 by Coach Faydra from United States

    A great resource for educators who need a voice and an outlet for information!

  • Much needed...
    January 24, 2016 by meliniz from United States

    It seems so much tougher to be teachers these days. This is a much needed podcast to encourage and motivate educators.

  • Get ready to fill up your passion tank
    January 24, 2016 by Jetclimber11 from United States

    I just came across this PC and checked out an episode. My wife's a teacher, so I'm going to get her ears on this pronto. I love the concept of keeping a teacher's passion tank full!

  • From one Veteran Teacher to Another Awesome Podcast!
    January 23, 2016 by Donnie Halbgewachs from United States

    I just downloaded the Wave the White Flag episode and listened too it, About 60 seconds in I stopped went to Gretchen’s site and subscribed to the newsletter! This particular episode is about teaming up with student’s parents. So important. Thanks for this podcast Gretchen I look forward to listening to more! Also, love the bumper music! Sincerely Donnie

  • Important Podcast
    January 23, 2016 by LulieNH from United States

    Exactly what the world of educators needs! Great stories, stories great lessons great people.

  • Excellent!
    January 23, 2016 by AlfHerigstad from United States

    I will tell my friends who are teachers about this, the passion and intention of this podcast are obvious. Well done.

  • Not just for educators
    January 23, 2016 by Youngman Brown (Michael Young) from United States

    Coming from a family of teachers, I feel at home when I listen to this podcast. The great thing about Gretchen's show is that it is valuable for EVERYONE. Keep up the great work!

  • love it!
    January 23, 2016 by Nuzzi1 from Australia

    Love the show certainly something I am going to enjoy a lot more of.

  • A Great Show for Educators
    January 22, 2016 by BrandonTBM from United States

    Whether you are a teacher or a principal, this show will empower you to do more.

  • 4th Grade Teacher
    January 22, 2016 by CounterCulture Society from United States

    My first job after college was as a 4th Grade teacher. WOW!!!! What an eye opening experience. I wish I had this podcast back then. Thank you for investing in teachers and educators.

  • Valuable insights!
    January 22, 2016 by AlisaIvorySmith from United States

    Gretchen uses her journey as an educator to deliver valuable insights for teachers with all levels of experience.

  • Great Public Service
    January 22, 2016 by @SkeoCEO from United States

    Gretchen is doing a great job of leveraging a new technology - podcasting - to help other educators get better and be better able to serve our children. Yes our children because they are all our children. Thanks Gretchen!

  • Gretchen is phenomenal
    January 22, 2016 by @thisispawprint, Harold Rhee from United States

    Love this podcast dedicated to educators. Valuable podcast content and inspiring.

  • Love this
    January 18, 2016 by AnissaMac from United States

    How to be a winner while losing. Great Lesson.

  • Always a Lesson
    January 15, 2016 by Catonjr from United States

    What a great resource. I was an educator in my early career and despite college , practice teaching and even a substitute teaching job, I really felt alone and unsure. This podcast can help newer teachers develop confidence and more seasoned teachers get creative ideas. You will definitely want to listen if you want refreshing and inspirational ideas

  • Always a Lesson
    January 8, 2016 by TheCustomer4025 from United States

    Smart show on empowering people through education!

  • Great podcast - keep up the great work!
    January 8, 2016 by BillyF83 from United Kingdom

    Great podcast - keep up the great work!

  • Empowering lessons from the classroom
    January 7, 2016 by Inspiration4Teachers from United Kingdom

    A great podcast for the elite teacher who is keen to push new boundaries. There is certainly a lesson in every episode!

  • Great Show
    January 3, 2016 by Denny Krahe from United States

    As a former teacher, I can’t thank you enough for empowering all of the educators out there! I felt so alone so many times when I was in the classroom, and a resource like this would have been invaluable to me! Keep it up!

  • Great Show!
    January 1, 2016 by Fixerone from United States

    Great Show! Keep it up!

  • Quick Hit of Awesome
    January 1, 2016 by Baldeagle90 from United States

    Each podcast episode provides a short burst of empowering advice to help you through the school year. Gretchen brings some great experience and passion to each show.

  • AWESOME focus!
    December 25, 2015 by Jeff Agostinelli from United States

    Gretchen is a very entertaining host, love her humor. I’m a father and this podcast get’s me super excited that teachers and parents have this valuable resource. Great Podcast!

  • great podcast
    December 19, 2015 by blissful dad from United States

    My teacher friends are going to love this. What an awesome job Gretchen. Keep up the good work.

  • It is "Always a lesson"
    December 18, 2015 by Julienm888 from United States

    Great podcast for educators.

  • So Inspiring!
    December 18, 2015 by The Medicare Nation from United States

    An absolute must podcast for ALL Educators! The content is nothing short of inspiring and motivational! Teachers will find tips and content to use from each episode. Well Done Gretchen!

  • Perfect show for all educators!
    December 12, 2015 by Kpfca from United States

    Gretchen does a great job providing content for all educators!

  • Make your Mondays move!
    December 11, 2015 by TonyLoyd from United States

    If you're a teacher, this is a great way to start your week.

  • Finally a Teaching Podcast that Empowers Educators
    December 5, 2015 by AwesomeMontana from United States

    I’ve been an avid podcaster for almost 3 years (and when I say avid I mean I listen to hundreds of hours of podcasts - living in Montana I get to spend a lot of time in my car) I’ve searched for podcasts on teaching for a long time and Gretchen has done a great job of helping teachers navigate the challenging world of education in todays society. When teacher burnout is at a high Always a lesson will help quality teachers succeed and feel empowered instead of disenchanted!

  • Great show!
    December 5, 2015 by Gene_HPLN from United States

    As a father of two, I am an educator to some extent. Really like the show!

  • Couldn't Be More True!
    December 5, 2015 by PMaskill from United States

    Educators have a passion to inspire the next generation but can get burned out. Great format and a perfect fit.

  • Fantastic! Well Done!!
    December 4, 2015 by Mark Costes from United States

    We are all educators. This show apllies to everyone. As a parent I want to work with my children's teachers. This podcast helps me understand the struggle of the teachers. Very well done. Thank you Gretchen!

  • Loads of great info!
    December 4, 2015 by Happy customer 2013 Fw from United Kingdom

    I really enjoyed the episode about Planning, Preparing & Producing. There were so many great tips and pieces of advice for me as a busy mum of three

  • Teacher Tools and Resources!
    December 4, 2015 by Joel Boggess from United States

    We all need inspiring stories, fresh ideas, relevant information, and steps to action. Way to take action and make this show happen Gretchen! Joel and Dr Pei Husband and wife hosts of ReLaunch

  • Ohio Teacher
    November 29, 2015 by BWPennyS from United States

    Gretchen is awesome! Her shows are practical, engaging, and useful! GREAT LISTEN

  • Very inspiring
    November 27, 2015 by Oriya+ from United States

    This podcast can help teachers further their skills as well as parents on how to make an impact on their children’s life.

  • Empowering and Encouraging
    November 27, 2015 by Elsie Day from United States

    Having taught for 12 years, I know how important it is for teachers to have empowerment, encouragement, and inspiration. This podcast delivers the goods and gives teachers the energy and inspiration they need!

  • Inspirational
    November 22, 2015 by sweaterguy1 from United States

    Great motivational podcast for teacher-leaders! The content is fresh and the quality is great. Keep up the lessons!

  • Attention Educators!!
    November 21, 2015 by Kristianne @ Create Your Now from United States

    Educators have a tough job! Gretchen does a great job empowering educators to keep going. Listen in and get inspired.

  • Awesome and Energetic
    November 20, 2015 by Danny Johnson -Flipping Junkie from United States

    I’m not an educator, but i think it’s great listening to her empowering them to really enjoy their job. Too many people overlook the hard work that it takes to be an educator and I think it’s great that there’s a show to help inspire them.

  • Attention Educators!!
    November 20, 2015 by Kristianne @ Create Your Now from United States

    Gretchen brings great nuggets to keep you empowered. Educators can be sucked dry. Come and fill yourself up.

  • Feeling Empowered!
    November 20, 2015 by SchoolofHouseFlipping.com from United States

    As a newer educator this podcast is very helpful!

  • GREAT Work!
    November 20, 2015 by Mother Jen from United States

    Fantastic work on your podcast. A friend of mine was talking about it today at Starbucks. You have a lifetime subscriber!

  • Motivating!
    November 20, 2015 by kimtodduh from United States

    As an ESL/EFL teacher for most of the last decade, it’s almost a given that I fluctuate between love it, hate it, love to hate it, and hate to love it constantly! It’s so helpful and comforting to hear these podcasts that put the magnifying glass on the reality of being in education. Gretchen is so easy to relate to and I feel like we’re sitting around the kitchen table chatting as I listen. Thanks so much, Gretchen!

  • Giving you the motivation to teach or step it up
    November 14, 2015 by Eddie Donato from Australia

    It can be so hard to stay motivated sometimes when educating others and that’s where this podcast has been gold - get into it.

  • Inspiration for educators
    November 13, 2015 by JayWillis1 from United States

    This podcast offers encouragement to teachers with practical tips on how to make the greatest impact. Great show!

  • Very Enjoyable!
    November 11, 2015 by Simon W Chan from United States

    Love the subject matter and topics of discussion. I've been looking forward to these kind of show. Good to have you here!

  • Great way to start week
    October 30, 2015 by Jmccracken01 from Australia

    Great way to start the week by hearing stories and insights that educate and inspire. Thank you.

  • Good show
    October 30, 2015 by Pam Moore SocialZoomFactor from United States

    Great ideas for show to inspire and empower educators. Keep up the great work.

  • Great Resource for Educators!
    October 30, 2015 by Joel Boggess from United States

    We all need fresh ideas, relevant information, and steps to action. Well done Gretchen! Joel and Dr Pei Husband and wife hosts of ReLaunch

  • Terrific show!
    October 30, 2015 by ralph2811 from United States

    Wow - informative and engaging! You made my day. Thanks so much for the terrific podcast. I can't wait to hear more.

  • Not just for teachers!
    October 28, 2015 by JenZL from United States

    These bite-sized tips are equally relevant and useable for parents! Thanks Gretchen!

  • Awesome show!
    October 26, 2015 by ditdogg from Canada

    Loved the episode called 'Failure means not yet'. Its true, we can learn so much from our failures, which gives us another reason to try again! Enjoyed listening to the KFC story- if he had given up, I would have to deal with only Mcdonalds! Lookin forward to more episodes 🙂

  • Must Listen
    October 23, 2015 by Pod9955 from United States

    Gretchen’s take on the fresh mind and ever curious search for knowledge is amazing. Open your mind here.

  • Excellent podcast!
    October 20, 2015 by WinningTheGameOfLife-Podcast from United States

    This is a great podcast for anyone looking to make improvements in their life, or the lives of any children involved. Thank you for this great show!

  • A must listen for educators!
    October 16, 2015 by BeachPB from United States

    This podcast is a must listen for educators! Whether you are new or have been doing it for years, this show will inspire you! Keep up the awesome episodes!

  • Super Educator!
    October 10, 2015 by Fatherof10yrold from United States

    Gretchen is a true teacher at heart, wow she really wants to make the world a better place, through helping educators and by inspiring them to keep their focus on the kids and engaging them.

  • Great resource!
    October 9, 2015 by bweikle from Canada

    This is an excellent, real-world resource for all educators. Great offering.

  • great concept
    October 2, 2015 by Sheena Yap Chan from Canada

    i love that you are helping teachers be more empowered in their teaching because it will help the students be more empowered in the long run. I love failure means not yet. Too often we have ben condition to think that failure is a bad thing when its not. Failure means feedback and you learn from them. keep it up!

  • I feel empowered!
    October 2, 2015 by Cleaning coach from United States

    Hi Grechen - thanks for such great information. What a great way to start my week!

  • Great Value!
    September 22, 2015 by F.U. Money from Canada

    Gretchen always gives great value and lessons on each of her podcast episodes! Looking forward to more episodes!

  • Every educator needs this show!
    September 20, 2015 by Addy Saucedo from United States

    Gretchen delivers an inspirational show that definitely pumps passion, excitement and more! I highly recommend that you subscribe.

  • A quick, must-listen for educators
    September 19, 2015 by James | Off the Beatin’ Path from United States

    Gretchen has a terrific vision for her podcast. I love the really pointed interaction with her audience. Although I’m one of many listeners, I feel as if she is talking to me personally.

  • What a way to start the week!
    September 18, 2015 by Cooper176 from United States

    Educating is both extremely rewarding and often very draining. Get inspired and motivated every Monday for a killer week.

  • Awesome stuff!
    September 18, 2015 by Michael Neeley from United States

    Gretchen lays it down in a way that is actionable and informative without being preachy. I love this show!

  • Teacher Tools
    September 18, 2015 by Daniel Bauer @_Better Schools from United States

    Gretchen has experience and insights that I believe can help educators realize their potential and be inspired.

  • Great show
    September 11, 2015 by All In Dan from United States

    Love the way the show is presented and teaching style.

  • Great resource for teachers
    September 6, 2015 by Jodi | Women Taking the Lead from United States

    This is a positive, forward thinking show committed to helping those educators who want to continue to evolve and bring their best to improve their impact on their students, schools and communities. Very inspiring!

  • growth
    September 5, 2015 by mdaciuk from Canada

    Fail to prepare and then you prepare to fail. Great shows on motivation and mindset. Keep it up.

  • Great show!
    September 4, 2015 by Chris @ Rock Your Research from United States

    Great show for energizing teachers that are feeling unmotivated!

  • Always Learning a Lesson
    August 31, 2015 by @Gallagher_Tech from United States

    Each episode, Gretchen provides insight into how to improve your teaching craft. Her ideas/advice give tools and techniques to apply in our classrooms.

  • Teachers - inspire, motivate and lead!
    August 29, 2015 by Mark Crosling from Australia

    A weekly podcast series to inspire and motivate the educator, or in layman’s terms, the teacher. It’s one thing to teach, but another to lead and motivate - that's what true learning is about. Kudos Gretchen.

  • A perfect way to start a Monday
    August 29, 2015 by Jbower1282 from United States

    Gretchen's weekly Monday podcast is an amazing way for any educator to start their week! Lots of ideas, lots of motivation, and lots of fun, Gretchen makes being an educator sound absolutely amazing.

  • great podcast!
    August 28, 2015 by ItsMeRD from United States

    Teachers need love too and this is great for them!

  • Every teacher should listen!
    August 28, 2015 by Bob | Labrador Leadership from United States

    Gretchen has a great show here! Every teacher or professor who is an educator in their heart should give this a listen! So well done!

  • Always a lesson
    August 28, 2015 by Cole4589 from Canada

    Very inspiring show. Gretchen always has a great message to share. Listen up!

  • Wonderful!
    August 26, 2015 by Lil-J90 from United States

    There is so much great stuff in here! Can’t wait to learn more!

    August 21, 2015 by Niel Reichl from United States

    Please listen to this if you are an educator!! you need this!!:)

  • A well organized resource for any educator
    August 15, 2015 by Dancecapades from United States

    As a former consultant in education, I like how this podcast provides help on a variety of fronts to our dedicated and busy educators. Every teacher spends time in different challenges or experiences at different times, depending on the dynamics of the classroom situations they are confronted with and this show will meet you where you are. Great host and direct access to the content that helps. No fluff or time wasting here. Nice work!!

  • Quick Insights
    August 14, 2015 by Valerie of Be More Spontaneous from Canada

    Well researched and very insighful. Gretchen does a great job at tackling important topics in bitesize chunks. Well worth a listen.

  • Practical Application
    August 9, 2015 by Troy Mooney from United States

    I enjoyed the Intention vs. Execution discussion in a recent cast. Gretchen is willing to share and she has a heart for growing teachers.

  • Great for educators and parents
    August 8, 2015 by lisaandlee from United States

    Great job Gretchen. Always a lesson is powerful stuff. I’m going to share it with my sister, a high school English teacher.

  • Inspirational
    August 8, 2015 by SwannyDawgOz from Australia

    A great way to start the week

  • Great Resource!
    August 8, 2015 by VPCarter from United States

    I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a podcast hosted by a teacher would be so informative! Great info, great presentation!

  • Motivation for Educators!
    August 8, 2015 by Nikkiscoots from United States

    What a great podcast for those in the field of education. Gretchen's inspiring words also resonate and carry over in to other facets of life, not just for educators. Really enjoyed listening to her empowering words and advice. Great work!

  • Education Movement
    August 8, 2015 by mikkos2000 from United States

    As we try to improve our educational system, shows like this one is a good start. This show offers great advice for those in the field of education.

  • Wow so focused
    August 7, 2015 by Luck2all from United States

    By Maureen @powerrealestateagents Exactly what all educators need to help and empower tham

  • The perfect podcast for educators!
    August 7, 2015 by big67mike from United States

    Everyone needs help and educators are no different!

  • Awesome start to the day!
    August 7, 2015 by Karl Pilz from United States

    Gretchen, you have an awesome podcast! When you are in the teaching profession, there are a lot of things that can get you down. Your podcast is better than coffee! Great mindsets! Thanks for the great show, and keep it up!

  • Inspiring!
    August 1, 2015 by Yannick_i from Switzerland

    What a great show, I LOVE the fact that a new episode is published every Monday. This means that I get to start my week off super-motivated. Thanks for what you do Gretchen!

  • Great content !!!
    July 31, 2015 by SmBusDr from Australia

    Thanks for providing resource to educators - they define the next generation !

  • From a 12-Year Teacher
    July 31, 2015 by JohnandLynette from United States

    As a 12-year high school English teacher, I can attest to the benefits of learning from what does not go well. I am such a firm believer in life being a process, that when something doesn't workout the first time, it just wasn't meant to. That there is a lesson to be learned from every obstacle. Great sound quality, passion, and ideas here.

  • Yes! It’s About Time!
    July 31, 2015 by TraylorLovvorn from United States

    Gretchen’s love of learning and passion for helping educators impact the lives of students comes through loud and clear in each episode! Very professional and organized!

  • Great show
    July 31, 2015 by Boutridge from Canada

    Great show on preparing for lessons. Good information

  • help for one of the toughest jobs
    July 31, 2015 by Freelance Lance from United States

    Teaching is one of the toughest jobs there is, and I applaud Gretchen for her efforts to help make it easier and more effective for those brave and brilliant folks that take the plunge!

  • Lots of useful information!
    July 26, 2015 by Major- Tom from Israel

    Just listened to the most recent episode about planning and preparing. The information here is useful not just for teachers, but for anybody who needs to make presentations. Thanks for the new knowledge!!

  • No Captain Obvious Here
    July 25, 2015 by SeeinADHD.com from United States

    When i hear Gretchen’s lessons my first thought is always, “Isn’t this obvious?” And, there’s the rub. There is common sense involved but always mixed in with her insights…and they are the magic ingredient. I highly recommend this podcast to all who teach and inspire…not just little ones, but all students in life.

  • Extra Bonus Time
    July 24, 2015 by JV Crum III from United States

    Gretchen is your teacher. Having grown up in a household with a school teacher mom, I know how much time she spent focused on creating great plans and then delivering. This podcast is the modern answer to continual education on the fly for teachers. Great work.

  • A for Always
    July 24, 2015 by alexdesigns from United States

    Interesting new show that I am really enjoying. Keep up the great work.

  • Great show
    July 24, 2015 by M_Glover_88 from United Kingdom

    Love the show. Great info and inspiring to listen to!

  • Elite
    July 24, 2015 by Silly bands rock go by them from United States

    Gretchen provides insightful ideas that helps make the classroom even better. Great job.

  • We need more podcasts like this
    July 20, 2015 by @haroldrhee from United States

    An important niche, and a host on a mission to make a change. Thanks for this podcast Gretchen!

  • LOVE IT!!!!!
    July 20, 2015 by Hector Avellaneda from United States

    In an age where Education is more important than ever and where Educators all across the country are just not getting the recognition, and in many cases support, that they need, this show is imperative to boost our educators moral! I love Gretchen’s enthusiasm and I can tell she is absolutely in love with what she does! What an incredible time we live in where shows like these can have a huge impact on students all over the country, indirectly through their teachers. You are doing amazing work here, Gretchen! Don;t lose that passion! Our country’s future is depending on this show. No, pressure! 🙂

  • Can't wait to see where this goes
    July 19, 2015 by ChrisatAW from United States

    Gretchen, great start! Keep going, I love what you've made, and can't wait to hear more.

  • I needed this!!!
    July 18, 2015 by NikkiL. from United States

    I so needed this whenever I was an elementary school teacher! While I'm a work from home mom now, I find so much value in this podcast. Keep up the GREAT work my friend! Educators need this!

  • A Fantastic Resource for Educators
    July 18, 2015 by OrganizeMindfully from United States

    Educators are not usually given the resources they need to gain new information and can easily burn out based on that alone but Always A Lesson is a great resource you can turn towards. Gretchen gives information, and maybe even more important, there’s a sense of community…that you are not alone as you listen…and that offers inspiration. Great work!

  • Rockstar!
    July 18, 2015 by MelissaEmler from United States

    Nice work! I'll be listening and sharing this podcast every Monday. Your insight is outstanding and your confidence is infectious. Your blog and Facebook content are equally as helpful. You have found your lane.

  • Off to a great start!
    July 17, 2015 by John Warrillow from Canada

    Looking forward to more episodes!

  • Great and helpful podcast
    July 17, 2015 by RyJackCL from United States

    Thanks Gretchen, this podcast is going to help a lot of educators. Keep you the great work.

  • So needed!
    July 17, 2015 by Fit 2 Love JJ from United States

    Love that this show is dedicated to teachers. Avoiding burn out and keeping passion alive benefits the teachers and the students. Good job!!

  • A Great Show for Educators
    July 17, 2015 by anne@ WW Entrepreneur from United States

    A must listen for educators. If your not learning your not growing. It's Actally a great resource for everyone. Keep up the good work!

  • Great show for educators!
    July 17, 2015 by Demi @ Comcastro.com from United States

    If you’re looking for tips on how to improve your teaching and inspiration for the day to day, listen to Gretchen!

  • Great educators podcast from a value focused author
    July 17, 2015 by HGCIII from United States

    Great resources for teachers and educators - good information and focused on what is important. Well done - keep moving forward

  • Inspiring!
    July 12, 2015 by Ryan L. Sink from United States

    As an educator myself, I found this podcast very inspiring. It is so easy to let teaching fall by the wayside, but this is going to help and motivate many teachers to make a real difference!

  • Good Podcast
    July 12, 2015 by entrepreneur4life from United Kingdom

    Awesome Podcast and very inspiring!!!

  • Great show!
    July 11, 2015 by Ccy1189 from United States

    Loving the insightful and creative tips for teachers and the classroom! Thanks!

  • Enjoyable!
    July 11, 2015 by Dr. Mark C. from United States

    This show is great Gretchen! I am not a teacher but it is great listening to the ways she empowers them! Keep up the good work!

    July 11, 2015 by Shaolin Soprano from United States

    I feel so inspired, so happy I found this podcast. 5 stars!!!

  • Great show for teachers who want to improve
    July 10, 2015 by Lois Moncrief from United States

    Gretchen brings her 10 yrs. plus experience to help other teachers improve their skills.

  • Outstanding Focus
    July 10, 2015 by Jon Berard from United States

    Look no further! Gretchen has created an awesome show for not just educators, but those of us that want to make a difference in our children's lives. This show has great flow and I found many actionable tips. I recommend this show highly!

  • WOW
    July 10, 2015 by M1kesw1fe from United States

    Just what I needed!

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