It’s not like you want your classroom space to look and feel this way.
You work really hard at preparing for your students, you’ve bought all the containers to create a “Pinterest” worthy classroom, and you tried to Marie Kondo your space and asked yourself if your dry-erase markers “brought you joy.”
But I’m here to tell you, it’s not your fault.
You see, those things weren’t made for multi-prep career and technical education teachers like us, who enjoy teaching students with hands-on projects that usually require many tools and a variety of supplies. They weren’t made for those who want the best of both worlds–to teach what we love and still enjoy our friends and family outside of school hours.
A career educator with 10+ years of teaching career and technical education (technology and engineering), teacher leader, a former mentor/coach for new CTE teachers in my district, an aspiring administrator, wife to a CTE teacher (welding), and a mom of three.
Like many career and technical education teachers, I went into teaching being passionate about a certain area and even a specific course–but I quickly found out that in order to have a full-time teaching job, I needed to teach several other courses–which was overwhelming. I was so busy planning for sub-par classes.
I went from teaching nine preps to three. It took time, a lot of strategy in recruiting and promoting my program, improving my teaching (so students loved my classes), and building relationships.
I was able to leave school (when I was contracted to), love teaching again, and spend my time at home playing with my littles guilt-free.
I want that for you too.
“When I first started teaching CTE, I had no experience in teaching and was starting a new program for the district. Khristen’s constant guidance (and I really mean constant) helped me build a program that’s bursting at the seams with enrollment and the highest test scores in the state, all without burning myself out or being saturated with preps, grading, etc.”
– Mark H., Aviation Teacher
“When I was a brand new teacher, Khristen was the best support. I had 4 preps and no curriculum and started the week before school started. She was there to help me figure out the things like how to take attendance, put in grades, how to get a sub, etc. all of the things that you just think a teacher already knows. She was a huge help!!! And we became great friends!!!”
– Natalie G., Health Sciences Teacher
As long as the course is up and running, it is yours. As new content and bonuses are added, you get it all. If the price goes up, you don’t pay any extra. This means you can come back to it if your classroom situation or space changes.
I’d love to tell you that if you watch or listen to all the trainings, and sleep with the PDFs under your pillow, that your life will magically change for the better, requiring no work on your part, but that’s not even close to the truth. There is some work that you’ll have to do, but no more than you are already doing. You will have to commit a bit of time to watching, learning and then implementing, but remember that you can go as slowly or quickly as you like. You can apply the principles and strategies to a small part of your space or your entire lab/shop/classroom–it’s up to you.