From Teacher to Coach
After a highly rewarding and varied teaching career, spanning 16 years, and 3 local authorities, I decided I was ready for my next challenge. I wasn’t sure what that was, but knew that I had lots of transferable skills, and wouldn’t mind learning a few new ones too. This led me to employing the services of a career development company, resulting in me exploring coaching, becoming hooked, then training to be a coach.
During my teaching career I’d had several roles, including Key Stage leader, Deputy Head, Acting Head and Local Authority Consultant. I particularly enjoyed working in partnership with teachers in the latter role. Although there was an element of ‘judgement’ written into the role description, I realized the teachers I worked with achieved more when we were working in partnership, and I got my hands dirty delivering demonstration lessons in their classrooms!
Working in partnership is central to coaching, so I’m not surprised that becoming a coach felt such a natural next role for me. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not easy, and all experienced coaches will tell you they are always learning. My coaching development over the last 11+ years, plus my education background, has put me in a position where I can not only coach staff in schools at all levels effectively, but also pass on the essential skills and tools that can help teachers become great coaches too.
It’s great to be able to use the coaching skills I have to benefit others for free. So far this has taken different forms:
- Complimentary coaching sessions
- A registered coach for the Twitter Coaching initiative
- Free coaching sessions offered as prizes at TeachMeets
- Short, focused phone coaching sessions with members of the teaching community I’ve met on Twitter
- One of the coaching team at a local Coaching flashmob event
I am also Chair of a CPD group for coaches and coaches-in-training. My role is quite varied and includes keeping the group’s website up to date, sending out newsletters, managing the Twitter account (@The3Shires), and helping to get speakers for monthly meetings. We’re based in the East Midlands and are called The 3 Shires Coaching Group (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire). Check us out here, if you’d like to find out more about us or come along to a meeting.
In addition, I’m Chair of Governors at a Primary School, and have to say that my coaching skills come in handy here too, particularly listening and questioning skills, plus offering positive/supportive challenge to our hard working Head Teacher.
Qualifications / CPD / Memberships
- Certificate in Life and Business Coaching (Barefoot Coaching)
- Post-graduate Certificate in Life and Business Coaching (Derby University)
- Advanced Diploma in Performance Coaching (Newcastle College)
- NLP Practitioner Certificate (Coaching Academy)
- MTQ48 Licensee (Mental Toughness Questionnaire – via AQR)
- B.Ed (Hons) (Lancaster University)
I have regular coaching supervision, using my own coach to ensure I stay sharp and provide the best service to my clients.
A natural goal-setter, I’m regularly setting myself challenges which take me out of my comfort zone. These cover both my personal and professional development goals, and involve me putting into practice many of the tools, techniques and mindset strategies that I share in my training sessions.
I am a member of the following organisations:
- The International Coach Federation
- The 3 Shires Coaching Group
- The National Council of Psychotherapists
Hobbies and Work-life Balance
To get a suitable work-life balance that works for me, I like to have a ‘Menu of Options’ like the one below from which to choose, and what I choose depends on the time I have available, the weather, and how I’m feeling.
5 things work well for me when I want to chill out, unwind and have some quality time with my family or on my own. In no particular order, they are:
- Archery (I’ve been doing this for a couple of years, and love the way it focuses the mind!)
- Walking the dogs through the lovely Derbyshire countryside
- A meal out with my husband (and sometimes with friends too)
- Watching films (action/adventure, courtroom dramas, comedies)
- Pottering in the garden
Now that you know more about me, why not find out what Square 2 is about, and how my range of services can help you.