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Are you caught in the whirlwind of overwhelming responsibilities, forgetting the fiery passion that once fueled your teaching journey? Do Sundays fill you with dread, and does the very thought of Monday morning send chills down your spine? 

It’s time to toss those feelings out the window!

Welcome to Season 3 of the Take Notes podcast, where you get to give yourself a  permission slip to disrupt the status quo, reclaim your agency, and step into a world where you get to make yourself the priority in order to show up as your best-self.

I’m your host Jen Rafferty - a former music teacher, Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, mom of 2, and founder of Empowered Educator, and I’ve been where you are.

In this season, we’re not just talking about surviving; we’re diving deep into thriving!

We’re rewriting the educator’s narrative and tearing down the walls of perfectionism, people-pleasing, and that crippling guilt that has held you captive. It’s time to liberate yourself from the chains of conventional education and step into a world of empowerment and freedom. 

This is a space where your well-being is the core curriculum, where taking care of yourself isn’t just encouraged – it’s a requirement. Where your empowerment translates into the transformation of lives, creating a ripple effect that shapes future generations.

In these electrifying episodes, we’re moving from mere inspiration to tangible integration. Each conversation is a stepping stone to transform your practices, breathe life into your passion, and ignite the change to live a healthier, happier, and more balanced life. We’re about taking action and turning those “how’s” into now’s!

The transformation begins HERE and NOW. Say goodbye to the mundane, and hello to a world where you are unstoppable. Buckle up and get ready to explore territories unknown because, in this space, we are unearthing the extraordinary in every educator.

Are you ready to take the lead in your life? To not just be an educator, but a revolutionary and make transformational generational change? 

Let’s do this!

Take Notes with Jen Rafferty Jen Rafferty

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 73 Ratings

Are you caught in the whirlwind of overwhelming responsibilities, forgetting the fiery passion that once fueled your teaching journey? Do Sundays fill you with dread, and does the very thought of Monday morning send chills down your spine? 

It’s time to toss those feelings out the window!

Welcome to Season 3 of the Take Notes podcast, where you get to give yourself a  permission slip to disrupt the status quo, reclaim your agency, and step into a world where you get to make yourself the priority in order to show up as your best-self.

I’m your host Jen Rafferty - a former music teacher, Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, mom of 2, and founder of Empowered Educator, and I’ve been where you are.

In this season, we’re not just talking about surviving; we’re diving deep into thriving!

We’re rewriting the educator’s narrative and tearing down the walls of perfectionism, people-pleasing, and that crippling guilt that has held you captive. It’s time to liberate yourself from the chains of conventional education and step into a world of empowerment and freedom. 

This is a space where your well-being is the core curriculum, where taking care of yourself isn’t just encouraged – it’s a requirement. Where your empowerment translates into the transformation of lives, creating a ripple effect that shapes future generations.

In these electrifying episodes, we’re moving from mere inspiration to tangible integration. Each conversation is a stepping stone to transform your practices, breathe life into your passion, and ignite the change to live a healthier, happier, and more balanced life. We’re about taking action and turning those “how’s” into now’s!

The transformation begins HERE and NOW. Say goodbye to the mundane, and hello to a world where you are unstoppable. Buckle up and get ready to explore territories unknown because, in this space, we are unearthing the extraordinary in every educator.

Are you ready to take the lead in your life? To not just be an educator, but a revolutionary and make transformational generational change? 

Let’s do this!

    How to lead by example and inspire future generations through personal empowerment

    How to lead by example and inspire future generations through personal empowerment

    Have you ever wondered who you are when no one's watching, or who you could be if you never doubted yourself for even a second?In today's episode, I’m shedding light on how to overcome obstacles that might seem too big to handle and how small, daily choices lead us toward a fulfilling life.I’m diving deep into the topics of personal growth, overcoming self-doubt, and how believing in yourself can truly change everything.For all my educator friends out there, we're also talking about the impor...

    • 27 min
    Embracing failure as a path to success with Theresa MacPhail

    Embracing failure as a path to success with Theresa MacPhail

    As educators, we've all seen the fear in our students when they're afraid to make a mistake, the anxiety that bubbles up at the thought of failing. We can recognize it in ourselves too.It's a common experience..So how do we help our students understand that failure isn't just a part of learning, but a crucial step toward growth? Join me and my guest, Theresa MacPhail, as we explore the power of embracing failure in education. Theresa, a medical anthropologist and seasoned educator, share...

    • 48 min
    How to enhance learning experiences and make meaningful connections by understanding neuroscience with Chantel Prat

    How to enhance learning experiences and make meaningful connections by understanding neuroscience with Chantel Prat

    How can we continue to keep students engaged and motivated? If we’re being honest, the traditional education system falls short in meeting everyone's needs. In today’s episode, join me and the brilliant Chantel Prat, a professor with a vast background in psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics as we explore why it's crucial for teachers like you to understand the brain's workings to connect better with students and create a classroom that brings out the best in every student.&nbsp...

    • 51 min
    The power of vulnerability in leadership. How to build a stronger team with Dr. Walter Polka and Dr. John McKenna

    The power of vulnerability in leadership. How to build a stronger team with Dr. Walter Polka and Dr. John McKenna

    Are you eager to be a leader who truly connects with your team but not sure how to get there?Many leaders find themselves overwhelmed by the demands of their positions, struggling to connect with their teams and make a positive impact. It's easy to fall into the trap of leading with authority and ego, but this approach often leads to dissatisfaction and disconnection from those we aim to inspire.In this enlightening episode, we dive into the heart of what truly makes a great leader. Joined by...

    • 31 min
    How to build safe spaces for effective communication in education and work with Dr. Teresa Peterson

    How to build safe spaces for effective communication in education and work with Dr. Teresa Peterson

    Have you ever been frustrated by the feeling you're not being heard? It's a common feeling, especially in schools and at work, and even more so when power plays a role in the relationship dynamic. But don't worry, we've got a solution for you!In this episode, I am joined by the incredible Dr. Teresa Peterson from Sarah Noll Wilson Inc. With her deep roots in education, conflict resolution, and leadership coaching, she sheds light on the invisible forces that keep us from using our v...

    • 37 min
    How positive language in the classroom elevates learning and support systems with Shauna F. King

    How positive language in the classroom elevates learning and support systems with Shauna F. King

    Ever wondered how much impact your words have on those listening?It can be easy to forget the big role that language plays in education. Language affects the students’ behavior, self-confidence, and overall engagement.To state it directly: words can make or break a student.In today's episode, I am joined by Shauna King to tackle this very issue. Shauna, once known as the "yelling teacher," has transformed her approach and now uses the power of words to uplift and motivate her students. T...

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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73 Ratings

73 Ratings

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Journey to compassionate parenting!

I absolutely loved this episode. I wish I heard this 10 years ago.I really think this supports my thoughts of making connections with our children and students. That is HUGE! We need to be our best self for our own children as well as our students. I recommend this episode for parents and teachers!

LadyGrayGray ,

Awesome!! So empowering!

Love the way you impact this important under appreciated sector!
This is a great podcast!

MLL in MN ,

Empowering Space

It’s refreshing as an educator to find an empowering space like this podcast. Grateful for the focus on educator permission slips and revolutionary generational change.

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