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Teacher Wellbeing

75 EpisodesProduced by Ellen Ronalds KeeneWebsite

Happy, healthy people are more effective teachers and more productive members of society. Yet, an increasing number of teachers are suffering stress-related illness and burnout. Some of these educators struggle through at a reduced capacity, but quite a lot just leave the profession altogether. Man… read more

75 Episodes | 2017 - 2020

A powerful story about one teacher's year of health & wellbeing reflections (Teacher Story | Melissa)

May 26th, 2020


In this episode, I interview Melissa, a teacher with a powerful story about taking back control and power and responsibility for own health and …

Notes to first-year-teacher self

May 19th, 2020


Hello everyone and welcome back to Season 6 of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast! I’m so excited to be here and back on your airwaves and in your earbuds every week for the next 10 weeks at least.
Today I’m excited to share …

My alternative "plea to teachers" as we begin Term 2, 2020

April 19th, 2020


Last week our Prime Minister recorded a message for teachers and I think it's fair to say it had a mixed reception.
Today I have a message for teachers that I hope will resonate. I have been hearing from a lot of you in …

Teaching in the time of coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020


Hi everyone and welcome to this bonus episode of the Teacher Wellbeing podcast. Today I’m talking about teaching in the time of covid-19.
So I am …

BONUS: 4 things the Teacher Wellbeing podcast has taught me about teacher wellbeing

March 4th, 2020


The Teacher Wellbeing podcast turned 3 last week! And to celebrate I released a bonus episode of the podcast this week, detailing 4 things I’ve learned from 3 years of hosting the show! I also talk about the things I’ve …

BONUS | Rethinking Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience for 2020

January 27th, 2020


Hello everyone, and welcome back to the teacher wellbeing podcast, and welcome to 2020!
The new school year is about to begin and I know that means …

BONUS: Are you #teachertired? 3 ways to get more sleep this term + leave me a voicemail!

October 16th, 2019


Recently on the Teachers Thriving Lounge Facebook Group, Trudy from and I spent a good 45 minutes discussing the very important but under-researched topic of teacher sleep, and some strategies you …

Quick Update: New Coaching Packages + Last day to get current prices

October 1st, 2019


This is a replay of a Facebook Livestream I did today, which I wanted to share with you because I know some of you are only following me on the …

Bonus! September Updates + Special Invitation

September 15th, 2019


First up, this episode will self-destruct in about 7 days, so you wanna listen right now while it's available in your player. I have a couple of …

Lessons from 4 years of Self-Care for Teachers, and my vision for the future (Season 5 finale)

August 14th, 2019


Lessons from 4 years of Self-Care for Teachers, and my vision for the future (Season 5 finale) is an adaptation and update of of this blog post. Find all the links mentioned there. See you next season!

Teacher Story: Jessica from Lead and Inspire

August 6th, 2019


In this episode I have a brilliant conversation with fellow teacher wellbeing enthusiast, Jessica Terlick from Lead and Inspire Community. Jessica shares her story with us and it’s one I think you’ll relate to. She …

There are no quick fixes (and you are not broken)

July 30th, 2019


I’m deliberately doing this episode directly after Gabbie’s 2 part episodes because I know they may have stirred up a lot for some of you. The content of Gabbie’s book Teacher and the content of our conversation, while …

Life after Teacher, with Gabbie Stroud (part 2)

July 23rd, 2019


I think this week’s episode is an absolute must-listen for any teacher today. It’s Part 2 of my conversation with Gabbie Stroud, author of the …

Life after Teacher, with Gabbie Stroud (part 1)

July 16th, 2019


I’m so excited to bring you this episode of the podcast with a woman who I’m sure needs no introduction!
Gabbie Stroud is a freelance writer, novelist and recovering teacher. Her critical commentary of Australia’s …

The other half of the wellbeing equation

July 9th, 2019


It is great that schools are providing wellbeing strategies and services to their staff, but they often seem to cover only half of the wellbeing …

Teacher Stories | Elise (Part 2)

July 2nd, 2019


In this episode you will hear Part 2 of my interview with Elise. If you haven’t yet, go back and listen to Part 1 so that this half to he conversation makes sense! In Part 1 she tells us about some serious health …

Teacher Stories | Elise (Part 1)

June 25th, 2019


In this episode we hear another teacher story, this time from Elise. Elise tells us about some serious health challenges she’s faced, including a really important message for teachers about vocal care.
We cover so many …

The invisible work of teaching

June 18th, 2019


Despite the jokes that teaching is 9 - 3 with 12 weeks holiday a year, we know it to be otherwise. We know that the work starts well before 9am, …

Teacher Stories | Kelsey

June 11th, 2019


In this episode I interview Kelsey, a teacher from the United States. She shares with us her wellbeing challenges of being consumed by the job in her first year, and losing her identity as a person. Kelsey then tells us …

Immune Boosting, with Linda Back

June 4th, 2019


In this episode I speak with Linda Back from Zest Natural Therapies. Linda works with a lot of teachers so I felt she was a great guest to cover this topic because she really does have a good understanding and …

Five steps to changing your health habits and improving your wellbeing as a teacher

May 27th, 2019


I share 5 steps to changing your health habits and improving your wellbeing as a teacher. When I’m coaching teachers, running live webinars or presenting workshops and retreats, you tell me that your habits are …

Three thinking traps that sabotage your wellbeing (and what to do about them)

October 31st, 2018


This is the last episode of Season 4, and I'm talking about three thinking traps that sabotage your wellbeing as a teacher. I see these all the time and I experience them myself, so don’t feel like you’re alone in it. …

Integrating Parenting and Teaching, with Clare Crew from Thriving Children

October 24th, 2018


In this episode, I interview Clare Crew, a mother, teacher, speaker and host of the Thriving Children podcast. Clare shares with us some of the ups and downs on her journey of parenting and integrating that with her …

Teacher Stories | Miranda

October 18th, 2018


Welcome back and thank you for bearing with me in my couple of weeks intermission of Season 4 of the podcast. In this episode, I interview a teacher friend of mine, Miranda, who I think has a really empowering story for …

Season 4 Intermission

October 10th, 2018


No podcast episode this week, just a little explanation of the break in programming, and a reminder that you can support the show by leaving a rating and review in your podcast app of choice, or by contributing at

Evidence-Based Strategies for Teacher Wellbeing, with Daniela Falecki

September 26th, 2018


Daniela Falecki from has been called the ‘Keep-it-real Teacher’ because she is passionate, energetic, funny and most importantly realistic. As a teacher for more than 20 years, she knows all too …

Teacher Stories | Vince

September 19th, 2018


In this episode I share a teacher story from high school teacher and side-hustler Vince. We discuss the importance reflecting on your mistakes and …

Ways to Worry Less (Part 2), with Gigi Langer

September 12th, 2018


Listen to part 2 of my interview with Gigi Langer, an author, speaker, teacher and educator of pre-service teachers. Gigi has a really powerful story …

Ways to Worry Less (Part 1), with Gigi Langer

September 5th, 2018


Listen to part 1 of my interview with Gigi Langer, an author, speaker, teacher and educator of pre-service teachers. Gigi has a really powerful story …

Summary of the 2018 Self-Care for Teachers Annual Survey

August 29th, 2018


In this episode I share with you some of the results of the Self-Care for Teachers Annual Survey that I did in June 2018. The report is still …

Self-Compassion for Teachers, with Ben Weir

August 22nd, 2018


I speak with Ben Weir about his journey from classroom teacher to clinical psychologist, and the power of self-compassion. This was a really …

7 Ways to Stop the Self-Care Guilt Trip

August 15th, 2018


We're back with Season 4 and in this episode I'm talking all about self-care guilt. Teachers tell me all the time that they feel guilty when they practice self-care. It's extremely common and I have experienced it for …

The top 5 takeaways from 3 seasons of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast

May 16th, 2018


In this episode I share the top 5 things that have stood out to me as lessons or themes from the 3 seasons of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast so far. Of course, you might have a different top 5 list and I'd love to hear …

The importance of organisational wellbeing, with Steve Waters

May 9th, 2018


In this episode of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast, I interview Steve Waters from the Teach Well Alliance in the UK. Steve is a former high school …

Being the CEO of your life with Lena West

May 2nd, 2018


In this episode of the Teacher Wellbeing podcast, I had a fascinating conversation with business growth coach Lena West about personal leadership and being the CEO of your own life. We talk about what it means to be the …

Nourishing the mind, body and soul, with Kelly Hine

April 25th, 2018


In this episode, I interview Kelly Hine from Body and Soul Retreats. Kelly has a background as an early childhood educator and university lecturer. …

Setting Digital Boundaries To Improve Productivity, Relationships and Sleep

April 18th, 2018


Ever feel like a slave to your email inbox or to those little red notification numbers on your social media apps? I do, and it's something I've been working hard to improve over the last year and a half. In this …

The human element of teaching, with Meg Durham from Open Mind Education

April 10th, 2018


In this episode I speak with Meg Durham from Open Mind Education ( Meg was a little girl who always wanted to be a teacher and …

The myth of work-life balance

April 3rd, 2018


Are you striving for balance or you do you think it's a dirty word? In this episode, I share what I've learned from my Exercise Physiologist husband …

Showcasing Teachers with Trudy from Teachers Thriving

March 28th, 2018


In this episode, I interview Trudy from Teachers Thriving Magazine ( Trudy is a former Teacher and Principal who now works …

Dealing with difficult people at work

March 21st, 2018


One of the things a lot of teachers tell me is a challenge for them in their personal and workplace wellbeing is having to work with a difficult …

Teacher Stories | Katie from See Me, Know Me, Teach Me

March 14th, 2018


This is the first Teacher Story episode of Season 3, where I interview early childhood and primary school teacher Katie, who shares her journey from …

All things Teacher Wellbeing with Daniela Falecki

March 6th, 2018


In this episode of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast, I interview Daniela from about all things Teacher Wellbeing! Daniela works …

Happy 1st Birthday to the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast, and other exciting announcements!

February 27th, 2018


The Teacher Wellbeing Podcast has just turned 1, and I'm celebrating! In this episode, I share with you what to expect for the podcast and Self-Care for Teachers this year, as well as a number of updates and …

New Year's Themes and a Season 2 Wrap Up

December 27th, 2017


Wow, it's the final episode of Season 2 and 2017 is almost over! How do you feel about New Year's Resolutions? I generally love them, but I know some …

Nourishing mind and body with Melissa Smith

December 20th, 2017


In this episode I talk to Melissa Smith about nourishing your body and mind to prevent burnout. Melissa is the creator of the Energy Mastery Method and she specialises in nutritional therapy for energy, fatigue and …

Legal considerations for teachers, with Andrew McCormack

December 13th, 2017


The guest today is Andrew McCormack, Senior Associate and Accredited Family Law Specialist at Best Wilson Buckley Family Law ( We talk about legal considerations for teachers, like mandatory …

Living Beyond Burnout with Lisa Murray

December 6th, 2017


In this episode, I interview Lisa Murray, author of the new book "Living Beyond Burnout." Lisa and I discuss the lessons she's learned from having …

Unlearning over-giving with Maria Doyle

November 29th, 2017


The guest today is Maria Doyle from and we have a fantastic conversation about burnout and the importance of self-care. Remember, to be eligible the Christmas prize draw, go to

We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For

November 22nd, 2017


In this episode I share a snipper from the book I'm writing about teacher wellbeing. I also announce some updates to the Self-Care for Teachers Patreon Page. To be eligible the Christmas prize draw, go to

Brain Care for Teachers with Allison Davies

November 15th, 2017


If you've ever experienced anxiety, then this episode is for you! I speak with Neurologic Music Therapist Allison Davis (

Resourceful and Unresourceful Self-Care

November 8th, 2017


In this episode, I share dive a little deeper into some ways you can think about self-care, including the difference between resourceful and …

Teacher Stories | Vanessa

November 1st, 2017


I interview Vanessa, who teaches at a special school in Queensland. We have a great conversation about how things shift when returning to work …

Katrina from Katrina Bourke Coaching

October 25th, 2017


This is a great conversation with Katrina Bourke, an ex-teacher and Deputy Principal who now coaches caring professionals out of their overwhelm and stress, and into balance and flow. After decades of constant …

Teacher Stories | Naomi

October 18th, 2017


I interview my sister, Naomi, about her experiences as a primary school teacher in Queensland, Australia and in London, England. We also talk about …

What to expect from Season 2 of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast

October 11th, 2017


It's been a while between drinks but I'm back with the first episode of Season 2! In this episode I share where I've been, why I took such an unexpectedly big break between seasons and what to expect from the second …

Self-Care, Differentiation and Personality

May 18th, 2017


In this episode, Ellen discusses the need for differentiation not only for students in the classroom but also for adults seeking health, happiness …

Teacher stories | Julie from Teacher Mindset

May 10th, 2017


In this episode, Ellen interiews Julie , a high school English teacher who also runs the educational consulting business Teacher Mindset. She shares …


May 3rd, 2017


In this episode Ellen shares a number of metaphors that can help understand the way priorities work. Following on from the last episode about …

What is burnout?

April 26th, 2017


In this episode Ellen explains the three main components of burnout and why it is different from straight exhaustion. She also discusses the difference between chronic and acute stress, and how long term stress impacts …

Teacher Stories | Diana

April 19th, 2017


In this episode, Ellen interviews Diana, a teacher, fellow self-care advocate and anxiety coach. Diana has some excellent tips and tricks to share. She discusses her experiences managing her health with teaching and now …

Teacher Stories | Broden

April 12th, 2017


In this episode, Ellen interviews Broden. Broden is an Aussie high school English teacher living and working in London. He shares his experiences of …

LeeAnne Cordell from The Holistically Healthy Teacher

April 5th, 2017


In this episode, Ellen interviews LeeAnne from Holistically Healthy Teacher. LeeAnne was a teacher for 19 years and spent most of that time in early …

Teacher Stories | Jane

March 29th, 2017


In this episode, Ellen interviews a 2nd year teacher. Having started her career as a social worker (another career with high burnout rates) and growing up with a family of teachers, Jane entered the teaching profession …


March 22nd, 2017


Do you ever think about your thinking? The language that we use, whether thinking or speaking, has a powerful impact on the way we experience the …

Teacher Stories | Carolyn T

March 19th, 2017


This episode is a must for anyone who has struggled with depression or feels like something is missing in their life. Carolyn shares her journey, and …

Is Self-Care Selfish?

March 15th, 2017


This question comes up a lot, and it is important to address. Yet asking 'Is Self-Care Selfish?' also kind of misses the point. It hints at but doesn't properly acknowledge some of our deepest fears. In this episode, …

Teacher Stories | Daniel

March 12th, 2017


Ellen speaks to Daniel, an Aussie teaching in an International School. We hear his experiences and insights about teaching in a variety of contexts, …

What is Self-Care?

March 7th, 2017


What is Self-Care? What are the barriers to self-care and why do they hold us back? What does teaching and self-care have to do with International …

Teacher Stories | Shailee

March 4th, 2017


Ellen interviews Shailee, a high school teacher who took some time away from teaching in order to figure out how to balance her passion for making an …

Focus on the goose and the golden eggs will take care of themselves.

February 28th, 2017


In this episode, Ellen shares a children's story that can serve as a helpful reminder for preventing burnout, as well as a number of useful metaphors …

Teacher Stories | Rebekah

February 21st, 2017


In the first teacher story episode, Ellen interviews Rebekah, a high school teacher who has some valuable insights to share about growing up, finding …

Interview with Ellen Ronalds Keene

February 21st, 2017


In this episode, the host is in the hot seat. Ellen tells her story from ill-health to wellbeing in the education system, shares the changes she made in her life to prioritise her health and happiness and explains what …

Introduction to the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast

February 20th, 2017


In this episode, Ellen explains why she started this podcast, what the podcast is about, who is this show for and what you can expect from this podcast going forward.

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