Ready to put yourself first? Tired of sacrificing your health, happiness, and personal time just to continue to feel like that's still not enough? Ready to rise above the burnout norms and do things differently? Next Level Teacher is a mentorship program for teachers who are ready to choose themselves and make their happiness a priority.
Next Level is having a high sense of self-worth without having all the answers. It's living with the inner resources that help you get through the teaching challenges unscathed and the clarity that gives you the confidence to put more energy into yourself than you do in your work.
Mentorship solves what I like to call ' The Teaching Conundrum', which is, taking care of others before taking care of you and affirms the fact that teachers can thrive despite the challenges.
If balance is what you're seeking and if prioritizing yourself without guilt is what you need, then you're in exactly the right place. You deserve to live your most vibrant life and to celebrate yourself every single day.
Mentorship has given me the permission I needed to live the life I have always wanted to live.
- Mariah, 2nd Grade Teacher
I now have tools to help me stop people pleasing, to set healthy boundaries 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.
- Carrie, Special Education Teacher
Balance, passion, purpose
A word from past teacher mentees...
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.
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! I don't even want to think about it, because 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!!!
You are your greatest asset and advocate. Mentorship is part of taking care of yourself and doing something that your future self will thank you for. - David, 4th Grade Teacher, IL
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.
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!!
"Mentorship helped me to stay dedicated to myself throughout the craziness that teaching threw at me on a daily and weekly basis."
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 week.
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.
I hear you.
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. That journey is the foundation of my mentorship program.
You are amazing and you are enough. You deserve to wake up with ease and happiness and live everyday for you.
Step into your power.