44 episodes

I’m Alexis, a growth-obsessed magical black girl and self-help junkie with the gift of gab. As a former middle school English teacher, I’ve endured the burnout, bureaucracy, and all that comes with the teaching profession. Now, I’m here to empower you to step into the most confident, conscious, and authentic version of yourself inside and outside the classroom.
Whether you’re a current teacher, former teacher, or a teacher curious about the possibilities, this podcast is about our/a shared journey of becoming. So, get ready to ditch perfectionism, celebrate progress, and find joy in the journey.

The AfroEducator Podcast Alexis Shepard

    • Education
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I’m Alexis, a growth-obsessed magical black girl and self-help junkie with the gift of gab. As a former middle school English teacher, I’ve endured the burnout, bureaucracy, and all that comes with the teaching profession. Now, I’m here to empower you to step into the most confident, conscious, and authentic version of yourself inside and outside the classroom.
Whether you’re a current teacher, former teacher, or a teacher curious about the possibilities, this podcast is about our/a shared journey of becoming. So, get ready to ditch perfectionism, celebrate progress, and find joy in the journey.

    Ep. 43 - Evolving Beyond The AfroEducator

    Ep. 43 - Evolving Beyond The AfroEducator

    In this episode, I’m sharing a long-teased, long-awaited announcement…I’m retiring The AfroEducator. This change has been in the works for a while, and I wanted to record an episode to share my heart behind the decision. I’ll also be sharing a sneak peek of what to expect from me in the future and how we can stay connected!


    For more information about this episode and the resources mentioned check out my website
    Go to www.theafroeducator.com/podcast
    Find out your teacher type!
    Go to www.theafroeducator.com to take my Teacher Types Quiz

    • 9 min
    Ep. 42 - What To Do When You Have Sunday Scaries (with Kelsey Sorenson)

    Ep. 42 - What To Do When You Have Sunday Scaries (with Kelsey Sorenson)

    On this episode, I chat with Kelsey Sorenson, creator of Wife Teacher Mommy, about the dreaded Sunday-Scaries. Yup, we’re addressing those pesky, draining feelings that sometimes overtake our weekend as we think, with impending dread, about the week that’s coming. Together, Kelsey and I talk about what triggers the Sunday Scaries, what they mean, and how we can take small actions that make a huge impact in managing the anxiety, overwhelm, and dread that some educators experience on Sunday afternoons. In our conversation, Kelsey doesn’t propose solutions to get rid of the feelings, rather, she reframes Sunday Scaries as an opportunity to listen, learn, and act based on your mental, emotional, and physical reactions.

    Resources Mentioned in this Episode
    Click here to register for the Educate and Rejuvenate conference
    For more information about this episode and the resources mentioned check out my website
    Go to www.theafroeducator.com/podcast
    Find out your teacher type!
    Go to www.theafroeducator.com to take my Teacher Types Quiz
    Connect with Kelsey
    Website: www.wifeteachermommy.comInstagram: @wifeteachermommyTwitter: @wifeteachermommyFacebook: https://facebook.com/wifeteachermommybykelsey
    Kelsey’s Bio
    Kelsey Sorenson is a former third-grade teacher and substitute teacher. She is now a homeschool mom to 3 kids and owner of Wife Teacher Mommy, where she and her team serve Pre-K through 6th-grade teachers. She is also a certified life coach with The Life Coach School. Wife Teacher Mommy has been featured on We Are Teachers, Teachers Pay Teachers, Jane, Etsy, Food Network, CBC, Fox, and NBC. Kelsey and her team have helped hundreds of thousands of educators cut down planning time and balance the many roles in their lives with her time-saving resources, blogs, teacher life coaching program, Educate & Rejuvenate events, and Wife Teacher Mommy: The Podcast. Kelsey is addicted to Coke Zero and loves reading and listening to audiobooks.

    Connect with me!
    Website: www.theafroeducator.comInstagram: @theafroeducatorTwitter: @theafroeducator
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    • 33 min
    Ep. 41 - Myths About Former Teacher Life EXPOSED

    Ep. 41 - Myths About Former Teacher Life EXPOSED

    In this episode, I’ll be pulling back the curtain on and addressing the myths and assumptions around the realities of being a former teacher. As a former teacher, I have had personal experiences with and witnessed these myths. I feel that it’s important to dispel and challenge the narratives to foster a greater understanding of the choices made by former teachers. Whether you're an educator contemplating a career change, a former teacher seeking validation, or simply curious about the stories/perspective behind those who have left the teaching profession, my hope is that this episode will expand your perspective for the multifaceted journeys of former teachers.

    Resources Mentioned in this Episode
    Episode #12 - Evolution Episode #25 - One Year Later: Reflections of Former Teacher
    For more information about this episode and the resources mentioned check out my website
    Go to www.theafroeducator.com/podcast
    Find out your teacher type!
    Go to www.theafroeducator.com to take my Teacher Types Quiz
    Connect with me!
    Website: www.theafroeducator.comInstagram: @theafroeducatorTwitter: @theafroeducator
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    • 21 min
    Ep. 40 - 5 Minute Clinic: The Number 1 Way to Experience More Joy RIGHT NOW

    Ep. 40 - 5 Minute Clinic: The Number 1 Way to Experience More Joy RIGHT NOW

    In a world consumed by busyness and future-orientated thinking, finding happiness and joy in the here and how can sometimes feel impossible. That’s why, in this episode, I’m sharing my favorite strategy to experience more joy in your life. Tune in to learn how to live a more joyful life, starting right now!

    For more information about this episode and the resources mentioned check out my website
    Go to www.theafroeducator.com/podcast
    Find out your teacher type!
    Go to www.theafroeducator.com to take my Teacher Types Quiz
    Connect with me!
    Website: www.theafroeducator.comInstagram: @theafroeducatorTwitter: @theafroeducator
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    • 7 min
    Ep. 39 - An Anti-Productivity Announcement

    Ep. 39 - An Anti-Productivity Announcement

    In our fast-paced, hustle-driven society, we often find ourselves caught up in a whirlwind of busyness and constant activity. We rarely make time to slow down and embrace stillness. However, what if we told you that stillness is not synonymous with stagnation, but rather holds a transformative power that can reignite your creativity and fuel your imagination? In this captivating podcast episode, we delve into the profound impact of stillness in our lives, challenging the prevailing narrative of hustle culture. Together, we uncover the hidden potential that lies within moments of quietude. Join us as we explore how embracing stillness can serve as a catalyst for the return of creativity and inspire a renewed sense of passion and purpose. Discover practical strategies to incorporate stillness into your daily routine and unlock the untapped wellspring of creativity within you. It's time to give yourself permission to pause, embrace stillness, and witness the remarkable transformation it can bring to your life.

    Resources Mentioned in this EpisodeEpisode 12: Evolution Episode 25: One Year Later…Reflections of a Former TeacherEpisode 26: Showing up for REAL Life, not REEL Life
    For more information about this episode and the resources mentioned check out my websiteGo to www.theafroeducator.com/podcast
    Find out your teacher type! Go to www.theafroeducator.com to take my Teacher Types Quiz
    Connect with me!Website: www.theafroeducator.com Instagram: @theafroeducator Twitter: @theafroeducator
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    • 15 min
    Ep. 38 - Real Transformation for K12 Schools (with AJ Crabill)

    Ep. 38 - Real Transformation for K12 Schools (with AJ Crabill)

    In this latest podcast episode, I’m talking with AJ Crabill, a student-led restorative practices coach for middle and high school students and a student outcomes-focused governance coach for school boards, as he shares insights on how to effectively engage school boards, offering strategies that can be applied by anyone in the educational community. The conversation also delves into the concept of student-led restorative justice, exploring its effectiveness and impact on creating positive and successful school environments. Don't miss out on this informative and engaging episode!

    Resources Mentioned in this Episode
    Check out AJ’s book: Great on Their Behalf
    For more information about this episode and the resources mentioned check out my website
    Go to www.theafroeducator.com/podcast
    Find out your teacher type!
    Go to www.theafroeducator.com to take my Teacher Types Quiz
    Connect with AJ!
    Twitter: @ajcrabill7Instagram: @ajcrabill7Facebook: @ajcrabill7Website: www.ajcrabill.com
    AJ’s Bio
    AJ is a student-led restorative practices coach for middle and high school students and a student outcomes-focused governance coach for school boards.

    Connect with me!
    Website: www.theafroeducator.comInstagram: @theafroeducatorTwitter: @theafroeducator
    Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!

    • 35 min

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