During the school year, educators give so much of themselves while shouldering so many responsibilities. Professional development assists educators in building their teaching toolboxes. But what professional development exists to help teachers learn to prioritize their personal well-being? In this discussion with Lisa Dewey Wells, an experienced educator and coach, educators will learn the benefits of using the summer to relax, rejuvenate, and prioritize their personal health and happiness. Tune in as we explore ways to use the summer break to take a step back from the classroom and make the most of the time off.

Participants will…

  • Examine how rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation can be achieved in the summer
  • Learn ways to step back from the classroom and make time for personal well-being
  • Develop practices that sustain energy and focus throughout the school year
  • Discuss strategies for recharging during the school year



Joe Tilley

Dr. Joe Tilley is currently a Curriculum and Instructional Designer and educational consultant with Center for Responsive Schools. He received his bachelor of science from Middle Tennessee State University, master of science from the University of Memphis, and doctor of education from Middle Tennessee State University. He has taught special education in kindergarten through eighth grade in various metropolitan districts, including Memphis, Atlanta, and Nashville. Joe also served as a multi-site special education coach at the district level for Metro Nashville Public Schools. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his family, the outdoors, and his two fur children, Harvey and Roxie.




Lisa Dewey Wells has taught preschool through middle school for nearly thirty years in Massachusetts, New York, and Maryland. For the past eight years, she has partnered with public and independent schools as a consultant and coach for Center for Responsive Schools as a Professional Development Designer and Presenter. She has published several articles and co-wrote the forthcoming book from CRS, Empowering Educators: A Comprehensive Guide to Teaching K, 1, and 2. Lisa holds an M.Ed. in early childhood education and is a certified health and wellness coach and registered yoga and mindfulness teacher.




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