Teacher Shift

Teacher Shift

Here at Teacher Shift, hosts Ali Simon and JoDee Scissors unpack one of the toughest questions educators face when considering a career shift - Who am I if I’m not a teacher? Teacher Shift podcast shares resources for educators who need help with job exploration, identity, wellness, financial planning, and decision-making. We invite teachers, former teachers, people that love to hire teachers, mental health professionals, resume coaches, scholars, and financial planners to share experiences and guidance with educators that need or are considering a shift.


April 3, 2024 29 mins

Have you ever had an opportunity present itself, even when you weren’t looking for it? That’s what happened to our guest today! He shares his story of making a career shift when he wasn’t even looking for one. 

Today, Ali and JoDee sit down with Steve Martinez, a former educator of 18 years and current Teacher Success Champion at Kami. Together, they’ll discuss seizing opportunities when they are the right fit, why knowing...

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Worried if you shift out of teaching that you might fail? Today’s guest did exactly that. He shifted out of teaching, failed and ultimately ended up coming out on top!

In this episode, Ali and JoDee are joined by Michael Cappo. Michael is a former teacher and coach of 13 years who now runs his own small business. Together, they’ll discuss his pivot away from education, how he failed when he left and how he eventually came out on top...

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Teachers possess skills that go far beyond the classroom, however they can struggle making the transition into another career utilizing these skills. Today, you’ll hear the story of two former teachers who have transitioned away from education and into the freelance world, one making 3 times her teacher salary!

Today, Ali and JoDee sit down with former teachers and current copywriters, Hillary Gale and Kristin MacIntyre. Together, t...

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Are things like lesson planning eating up all your time? Do you want to get your time back? Today’s guest, Thomas Thompson may just have what you’re looking for!

Thomas Thompson is an educator of five years and is the co-founder of Eduaide.Ai, a fully integrated platform for instructional planning and design. He sits down with Ali and JoDee to discuss what Eduaide.Ai is, how it can assist teachers in their lesson planning,...

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Teachers are known to supplement their teacher salaries typically through things like tutoring and summer school. But in today's episode, you’ll hear about how one teacher became an accidental entrepreneur when an investor gave her $100!

Today, Ali and JoDee are joined by Abigail Reller, a former teacher who now, along with her husband, Aaron, own Abigail Reller Art. Together, these three former teachers discuss what ...

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January 24, 2024 27 mins

Today, Ali and JoDee are joined by Drew McManus, CEO of Upstage and the creator of Arts Admin Jobs, an online job board. Together, they’ll discuss what lead Drew to creating Arts Admin Jobs, what sets it apart from other jobs boards, and his best resume tips for job seekers. 

Connect with Drew:
Arts Admin Jobs Website: https://artsadminjobs.com/
Upstage Website: https://upstagecrm.io/
Venture Industries Online Websi...

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January 10, 2024 26 mins

Have you ever said that teaching was your life’s mission? Or it’s what you’re called to do in life? If this is something you’ve said to yourself, then stick around because this episode is for you!

Today, Ali and JoDee are tackling the topic of if teaching is your life’s mission! Together, they’ll share their thoughts on the types of individuals who go into teaching and why, why a part of you will always be a teacher even if you are ...

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This week, Ali and JoDee are joined by Annamarie Fernyak, the founder and CEO of Mind Body Align, and Julie Braumberger, former educator and director of Mind Body Align At School. Together, they will discuss the benefits of practicing mindfulness in education both as the student and teacher, tailoring their program to school culture, and the importance and impact of hiring teachers into companies like Mind Body Align. 

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On-site. Remote. Hybrid. What do they all mean? Today, Ali and JoDee are talking about these 3 types of work arrangements and how they differ from one another. Together, they’ll discuss what type of arrangement might be right for you coming out of teaching, the positives and negatives of each role, and how all can potentially lead to more flexibility in your life. 

Connect with Ali and JoDee:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com...

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November 29, 2023 24 mins

Today, Ali and JoDee are joined by Wendi Iacobello, an educator with over a decade of professional experience in North Carolina’s public education sector who now works in instructional design. Together, they will discuss teacher guilt when making a career transition, the impact of instructional design on education, and how a teacher can still make an impact even if it’s not directly with young students. 

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November 15, 2023 32 mins

Ali always says that teaching is a great first career. But what does she mean by this? Today, Ali and JoDee unpack why teaching is a great first career, the benefits of beginning there, the skills that will last you lifetime, and you’ll even hear what led Ali to get into teaching!   

Connect with Ali and JoDee:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachershift
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teachershift
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Today, Ali and JoDee sit down with Jennifer Jeansonne, a former educator who is now an independent recruiter, operating JAJ Recruiting Consulting. Together, they’ll discuss how teachers can utilize a recruiter to find a new career, tips for optimizing your LinkedIn profile, and why networking on LinkedIn can be such a powerful tool for your career.

Connect with Jennifer:
Website: www.jajconsults.com
LinkedIn: https://ww...

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This week on the podcast, Ali and JoDee are joined by Alfonso Mendoza, an Instructional Technologist with more than 17 years of experience in education. Together, they’ll discuss how becoming an early adopter of technology in the classroom can benefit both the teacher and the students, the importance of self advocacy and sharing achievements, and taking risks in education with technology. 

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Website: https:...

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Today, Ali and JoDee are joined by Rupa Mehta, a fitness entrepreneur and founder of the NaliniKIDS, a nonprofit organization that focuses on creating PreK-12 programs that pair physical movement with emotional reflection. Together, they’ll discuss the importance of involving educators in educational product development, along with integrating exercise, movement and mindfulness into the education system for both students and teache...

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This week, Ali and JoDee are chatting with Madeline Beck, a former educator who now works in Human Resources. Together, they’ll discuss the power in hiring teachers for non-teaching roles, why teachers should be active on LinkedIn, and the importance of tailoring your resume to fit the career you want. 

Connect with Madeline:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madelinemariebeck/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madelinembe...

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Why are teachers leaving the classroom? This week Ali and JoDee sit down with Robyn Barberry, a former teacher and author in progress to answer this question. Together, they discuss the mental health struggles that led Robyn to leave teaching, some of the main issues teachers are facing today like pay, and the unrealistic expectations that are being placed upon teachers.

If you would like to be included in Robyn’s survey, pleas...

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Today, Ali and JoDee are joined by former teacher turned coach and facilitator, Stephanie Simpson. Together, they will discuss the main difference between coaching and therapy, the importance of confidence in moving forward, and different ways people and schools can support teachers. 

Connect with Stephanie

Website: http://www.stephanie-simpson.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephaniesimpsoncoaching/

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Today, Ali and JoDee are joined by Adam Gacka, a seasoned filmmaker who’s latest documentary, Teacher, is out now. Together, they will discuss what led Adam to make the film, capturing the essence of a teacher throughout the film, the unique differences teachers have, and why non-teachers should see it too.

Connect with Adam:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teacherdocumentary/
Website: https://www.teacherdocum...

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September 20, 2023 27 mins

Today, Ali and JoDee talk with Nicola Fleischer, the Co-founder and Executive Director of EdWell, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting educator wellbeing and career satisfaction. Together, they will discuss what makes EdWell unique, strategies for burnout, and ways to set up teachers for success.  

Connect with Nicola:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edwellcoaching/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edwellcoaching<...

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September 13, 2023 25 mins

On this week’s episode, Ali and JoDee sit down with Aaron Reller, a former teacher who now, along with his wife, runs their family owned art studio, Abigail Reller Art. Together, they will discuss what held Aaron back from leaving teaching, creating an exit plan from teaching, and taking the leap into entrepreneurship. 

Want to learn more about Abigail Reller Art?

Website: https://www.abigailrellerart.com/

Instagram: https://www....

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