Are ya with me when I say survival mode is no way to live? This isn't about just beating burnout, it's so much more. It's about taking immediate control of your life to create a more vibrant level of living. Next Level Teacher is a mentorship program for teachers who are ready to set new standards for themselves, redefine what teaching looks like for them and create a new normal.
Living next level means being able to empower yourself in every moment. It's the ability to generate a feeling of certainty in yourself even in the midst of chaos. Next level means becoming bigger than the problems and taking actions that are in the energy of solutions. It's about being in charge of your life and consistently taking action on what you desire most. In mentorship, we build the inner resources that are needed in order to do all of that and enhance those that already serve you.
Next Level Teacher helps you solve ' The Teaching Conundrum', which is, taking care of others before taking care of you. You can be an amazing teacher with a heart of gold and still put yourself first. You can have both. You will learn and implement actionable strategies that help you protect your time, elevate your energy and prioritize yourself without guilt so that you not only beat burnout, but more importantly, you become someone who lives life on their own terms.
Stronger than burnout strategies, not your average self-care tools, and unmatched support - mentorship will help you change the way you relate to the challenges, proving to yourself that you can thrive despite what you're up against each day. But most importantly, you will change the way you relate to yourself - and that is what changes your life.
If merely surviving and making it to Friday each week sounds lifeless to you, if there's something inside of you, deep down or right on the surface that knows you have another level, then you're in exactly the right place.
Master your mindset
Results + love from NLT grads:
- Aly, Ottowa CA
Next Level Teacher is truly the thing every teacher needs! Mentorship helped me recognize where I was putting my energy and how to change my mindset around teaching. I used to believe I couldn't have a work-life balance because there was always more to do and more to say yes to. Now, I recognize which boundaries I need to enforce and how to do so in a professional way. The zoom calls were the highlight of my week, as I knew I'd feel celebrated, challenged and supported all at once! I know the tools I've learnt will help me through the rest of my career!
My biggest win was recognizing the changes I needed to make, and the connection they had with changing my mindset. As I started to focus on creating a positive mindset and focusing on my energy, I realized where I needed to change what I was accepting. I also challenged my belief that there isn't enough time to focus on me and really focused on maximizing my working hours so that I could enjoy time to myself each day. I drew a boundary with my administrator and finally turned emails off on my phone, despite saying I needed to stop responding to emails at night for nearly 2 school years. I recognized how closely tied my identity was to being a teacher and now i'm working on finding new hobbies or returning to old ones that light me up and expand how I see myself.
- Kayla, Alberta CA
For the last 12 weeks I have been working with Spencer through her mentorship program and I cannot even begin to express how much this experience has changed my life! It seems like such a short amount of time to claim that it changed my life, but it really did.
When I first inquired about mentorship with Spencer I was at my ”rock bottom” in teaching and in many other areas of my life. I remember thinking that I didn’t want to go through my life feeling the way I was currently feeling. I was nervous to try mentorship, and I was worried that I was going to invest in this opportunity and not see any gain from it. I was so, so wrong.
I learned so much during those 12 weeks. I learned how to set myself up for success in my day using morning and nightly rituals. I learned a lot about who I am as a person and how my limiting beliefs were holding me back from what I truly want in life. I also learned how to ditch those beliefs and how to create new ones. I started to let go of perfectionism and the fear of what people think of me. And I learned about boundaries and how to set them. Believe it or not, this is only a small snapshot of the things I took away from this program.
Working with Spencer has been such a pleasure. The support she offers is unmatched and she is such a kind, patient, supportive, energetic, and encouraging person. Spencer has done an incredible job in creating a positive space for teachers to grow and learn.
Spencer, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU so much! You have truly changed my life.
- Bridget, South Lyon, MI
NO more YES girl! Before starting mentorship, I was the ultimate yes girl in my personal life and my professional life as a teacher. I was the definition of no boundaries. It simply was not a concept in my life before mentorship. I would say yes to others to make them happy and say no to things that I wanted to do in order to please others. But after working closely with Spencer and working with the empowerment community that she had created with other teachers, I was able to feed into myself for the first time in my teaching career and life. Excuses? I came up with everyone in the book on reasons why I shouldn't put myself first. But what I didn't realize was all of these limiting beliefs that were holding me back from the freedom to say yes to the things I want and no to the things I didn't want to do. This was the first time I invested into myself. At the rate I was going with how I let others walk all over, burnout would have ben inevitable. After taking the time to invest in myself. I have created healthy boundaries and lifestyle changes that have made the biggest difference in my teaching career and personal life. I've been able to re-teach myself the meaning "work to live rather than live to work." So if I can give you any advice, put yourself first and take the plunge. You won't regret it.
- Carrie. Erie, PA
These last 3 months have been SO EMPOWERING!! I can’t put into words how much this program has helped me. I was able to shift my daily mindset. This program helped me grow in my personal and career. I have always been a “People Pleaser”, I now have tools to help me stop people pleasing, to set healthy boundaries (both personal and work related) and to be more intentional with my time. I have learned so much about myself through this process. I fell back in love with myself. Thank you SO much Spencer!!! I loved group!!! I now have two new friends that I can bounce teacher ideas with and share my high and lows with.
- Julia, Alberta CA
Next Level Teacher gave me the boost I needed when I was teetering on burnout in my first year of teaching. Spencer is such a kind, and uplifting mentor, she knows exactly what teachers need. I found Next Level Teacher extremely valuable and I also left with wonderful reflective practices and resources that I will use beyond the program. Teaching is a rewarding career, but between its demands and the compassion fatigue-- it can swallow you whole if you don't have the coping skills! Spencer can equip you with the coping skills you need! If you are looking for a light at the end of the tunnel, Spencer and her programs are for you. Any teacher can benefit from her and her support!
- Katherine. Detroit, MI
I can’t even begin to put into words how grateful I am to have had this opportunity to learn from you. I truly feel such a shift in my daily mindset. This program and time of reflection has helped me grow IMMENSELY and level up in my life. I feel like I woke up so many pieces of myself that have been put to sleep over the years. I feel so empowered to be the true me, stop people pleasing, and listening to those limiting beliefs/stories that have been stored for years. Thanks for helping me “let that shit go” and be free! I feel like I have made so much progress. I’ve created SO much more room for the goodness in my life! Can’t wait to keep growing and tackle my next 3 months of goals I have ahead!!
- Mariah. Dothan, AL
Before mentorship, I was exhausted. I was exhausted from everything I was doing but I had no idea how to fix it. I was emotionally exhausted from second guessing and doubting every single decision I made. I was exhausted from comparing myself to others. I was exhausted from all the negativity that stemmed from my own thoughts and my own doubts.
Mentorship helped me to feel less exhausted. I feel lighter, so much more like I do not have to weigh myself down with all of the outside negativity. I feel like I have better trust in myself to do the things I am meant to be doing. I learned where all those exhausting, negative thoughts stem from and I learned to acknowledge them, let them go, and change them. I learned that stressing about things that are not in my control only brings me down. I learned that often times, doing the hard thing (whether that is having a difficult conversation or doing the dishes) is the thing that must be done in order to truly care for myself and my well being. I learned that saying no and establishing that boundary is not just good but necessary. I learned to put myself first when, as a teacher, we are told to do the exact opposite. Something major that has stuck with me from mentorship is being prepared for the unknown. Before mentorship, I was questioning whether teaching is for me. After mentorship, I am still pondering this same question. However, with mentorship and Spencer’s ideas in my head, I don’t worry about what will happen if I move on to the next opportunity. I don’t focus on the possibility of failure, I focus on the possibility of success. I have been calling in and manifesting greatness just like I learned to and I feel very strongly that it will pay off, whether that is in teaching or in my next endeavor. Mentorship has given me the permission I needed to live the life I have always wanted to live. My mentality has changed, my thoughts have changed, my attitude has changed, my outlook has changed- all for the better.
- Eve. Grosse Point, MI
I just can't thank you enough! I don't even want to imagine what growth and possibilities I could have missed out on in my work and in my personal life had I not signed up for this mentorship program! This growth has meant so much to me and I can't imagine my life without having taken this journey and gotten to where I am.
Within my first year of teaching, I have created courses that were much needed, that never existed before. I created something out of nothing, in a pandemic, in my first year. I made a difference. I claimed my space. And along the way, I learned more about self-love and how to not ask for permission, what boundaries I need, and what is most important to me. Learning how to set boundaries, find my values, use my time more wisely, and start my day with the right mindset through morning journals allowed me to have the strength and courage to accomplish all that I did. And your support, Spencer, was priceless. Having someone (outside your traditional circle!) in your life as a sounding board, a guide, a teacher, and encourager is something I think anyone, anywhere, in any profession could benefit from. The words of advice you gave me were so personalized and tailored to my experience that I truly felt you really cared about my journey and were also holding me accountable. I know I am still a work in progress and have many more goals and dreams but I feel like I can now accomplish them step by step, week by week, with some guidance and continued determination to stick to these routines and lessons and commit to continuing to seek opportunities for further growth. THANK YOU, SPENCER!!!
- Julianna. 1st Grade Teacher. Westland, MI
Mentorship helped me learn that it is not selfish to focus on my own self care, and showed me that boundaries are paramount. If you're thinking about joining mentorship, do it! It may seem scary, but it’s an investment in yourself that will pay off in so many ways.
- Brittany. 2nd Grade Teacher. Pittsburgh, PA
As a human being, I am more grounded and approach situations differently because I created more healthy work boundaries. I learned ways to focus on what I can control while learning ways to let go of things put of my control. Truly, I feel more in touch with who I am. Creating my script, journaling daily, reframing self-talk, re-writing old stories and letting go of guilt are just a few of the greatest moves that changed my life.
- David. 4th Grade Teacher. Chicago, IL
Mentorship helped me to stay dedicated to myself throughout the craziness that teaching threw at me on a daily and weekly basis. It was key to reflect on the positive and be able to have more clarity in what I wanted to accomplish. Mentorship provided a space that I would be able to look forward to every week and share successes throughout the
- Samantha. High School Math Teacher. Detroit, MI
Mentorship helped me to let go of my feelings of teacher guilt and set better boundaries for myself. I am starting to do more things for myself because I deserve them! I am falling back in love with myself as a person and enjoying old hobbies again. I still stress about my job from time to time, but not nearly as much because it’s just a job. Mentorship is totally life changing. You are worth investing in yourself and this was the best thing I could do for myself as a teacher at this point in my career.
Spencer is such a kind, and uplifting mentor... she knows exactly what teachers need.
Mentorship is the guide I needed when I was in the classroom.
I experienced burnout and self-abandonment at a very early stage in my teaching career. I struggled with perfectionism, teacher guilt, unhealthy boundaries, negative self-talk and comparison. I was always putting extra pressure on myself to give more and do more.
I went through a personal development journey that empowered me in the classroom and more importantly, in my life. I didn't only beat burnout, I created an entirely new reality. That journey is the foundation of my mentorship program.
You are amazing and you are enough. You deserve to be happy, feel free, and live everyday for you.
Step into your power.