Teaching is a noble profession that shapes the minds of future generations. However, it can also be incredibly challenging, with teachers often facing unique stressors and pressures. In this insightful podcast episode, we have the privilege of hearing from Kendria Johnson, a seasoned educator, public speaker, author, and mentor. Kendria shares her journey from being a classroom teacher to becoming a teacher trainer and educational consultant. She also discusses her move to the United Arab Emirates and her mission to empower teachers while prioritizing her own well-being. Join us as we delve into the valuable lessons and advice Kendria offers to both new and experienced educators.
The Path to Public Speaking:
Kendria’s journey into public speaking began in 2013, initially as a source of supplemental income to her teaching career. Her experience working with the American Federation of Teachers not only provided her with financial support but also instilled the confidence to position herself as a teacher trainer and educational consultant. Within the organization, she underwent training to become a Teacher Training Teachers, which became a pivotal moment in her career.
Throughout her career, Kendria has conducted numerous workshops, both for adults and students, focusing on effective teaching strategies and classroom management. Her dedication to empowering teachers to navigate the complexities of their profession shines through her work. She understands the challenges educators face and offers practical solutions to alleviate stress and promote success in the classroom.
A Drastic Move for Well-being:
In 2015, Kendria made a life-altering decision to move to the United Arab Emirates. Her motivation was to escape the stress-filled life that often engulfs teachers in the public school education system. The move allowed her to prioritize her health and well-being, marking a turning point in her career and personal life.
A Love Letter to New Teachers:
Kendria’s journey and experiences have led her to write a compelling book, which she describes as a love letter to new teachers. She reflects on what she wishes she had known before embarking on her teaching career. Her book provides invaluable advice that can save educators from unnecessary stress, headaches, and heartaches. It serves as a comprehensive guide to navigating the perils and pitfalls of the classroom.
Recognition and Impact:
Kendria’s expertise and insights have gained recognition in various prominent publications, including Out and About STYLE Magazine (Abu Dhabi), America Daily Post, BRAINZ Magazine, and even Forbes Magazine. Her dedication to improving the lives of educators and her mission to share her knowledge with others is truly inspiring.
Kendria Johnson’s journey from the classroom to the global stage as a teacher trainer, public speaker, and author is a testament to her passion for education and well-being. Her insights and advice are invaluable for both new and experienced educators, shedding light on the challenges of the teaching profession while offering practical solutions. Kendria’s story is a beacon of hope for those seeking to make a positive impact in the field of education while prioritizing their own health and happiness.
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