80: Bonus Edition- Interview with Nicole Turner

Nicole is a strong educator from Indianapolis who has overcome obstacles only a crowd of people combined would encounter. You’ll learn that you can be a great teacher even if you didn’t originally major in education or you aren’t able to create a Pinterest worthy classroom environment due to financial constraints. Nicole embodies perseverance. Tune in as she shares her rollercoaster journey to education and how she continued to push through hard time such as: a house break in, being a single mom through broken relationships, holding down multiple jobs, failing certification exams, losing teaching jobs due to budget cuts and staying strong while caring for an ailing parent. But, with a little bit of luck and blessings, life experience in the Military, beauty school, and management at McDonald’s, teaching became her passion and truest talent. Nicole will empower you beyond measure.

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  • I was running away from being a teacher
  • Being a teacher is more than teaching the subject area, we teach social skills and values in which every single parent wants instilled in their children.
  • If I didn’t have those obstacles I couldn’t be the person I am today- I am a stronger educator
  • I stepped out in faith and went for the gusto
  • Find your niche and place in a building
  • Things can turn in your personal life and you still have to perform in your professional life
  • The children need you. You are putting your all into them. Its not an instant gratification piece.
  • Find out who you are as an educator so you can better serve children
  • What do I want my obituary to say about me?
  • My goal is to be MORE than effective

Connect with Nicole

  • Websites:
    • www.coachingcaravan.com
    • www.teacherscaravan.com
  • TpT and Instagram: Coaching Caravan
  • eBook: 10 Things I need to be Successful  Coming June 2017 + interactive journal/planner
  • Email:
    • teacherscaravan@gmail.com
    • coachingcaravan16@gmail.com

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About the author, Gretchen

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.