Ellen Ronalds Keene | Back to school

Speaking out for teachers’ health and wellbeing

Ellen Ronalds Keene is the founder of Self-Care for Teachers and a former high school teacher herself. She is also the host of the Teacher Wellbeing podcast and runs her own podcast production agency called Perk Digital.

Following some major health challenges during her university years, Ellen was forced to rethink her teaching career and is now a qualified coach, speaker and advocate dedicated to improving teacher wellbeing, preventing teacher burnout and supporting teachers to overcome their barriers to self-care.

At a time when schools and families are grappling with the upheaval of the COVID-19 crisis, Ellen has spoken out in support of teachers’ health and wellbeing. She offers a moving insight into what teachers are experiencing – not only now during one of the biggest disruptions to our education system that we’ve ever seen, but the everyday challenges teachers were facing in their roles, even before this crisis hit.

In this episode, Ellen talks about what inspired her to become a teacher and the highs and lows of her time in the classroom, her career change journey from teacher to podcaster to wellbeing coach and advocate, as well as the very real issue of ‘entrepreneurial poverty’ and the perks and pitfalls of starting your own business.

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