217: Bonus Edition- Interview with Kelly Jackson

Kelly taught for 6 years in the elementary classroom- 2nd and 3rd grade. During that time she loved teaching and encouraging her kiddos but found that her strength as a teacher really was in the area or organization. In 2016, she started her blog, The Simply Organized Teacher. Shortly after launching that blog, she launched a podcast Simply Teach. In 2018, she left the classroom to move abroad (Germany) for her husband’s job. Since then, she has been working with busy and overwhelmed teachers to help them get their systems and routines in place so they can have organized classrooms that allow them to focus on teaching their kids.


  • When you can have a clutter-free classroom and an organized space to come in to, routines that your kids know the expectations for, it brings down that level of stress for the teacher.
  • I have learned the importance of always being willing to grow because when you are no longer willing to learn more or grow more, I think you have kind of ended your time in the education field.
  • I think as a new teacher it is really important to just pick one or two things that you are really going to focus on this year and get really good at those things before trying to add other things. You are going to have time to improve.
  • When I ask teachers, what’s your biggest struggle, it’s always time and I think organization helps give you back some of that time.

This episode is sponsored by Power School/Schoology’s Time for Teachers initiative.

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I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.