It can be tough to be a new teacher!

But it can also be an amazing time of exciting personal and professional growth.

At Unleash Learning we believe all new teachers, with the right tools, strategies, resources and support, can thrive in our profession. 

That’s why I’m excited to share with you my interview with Stephanie Salazar.

Stephanie Salazar is an Assistant Principal and Instructional Coach at John Purchase Public School.

Plus, she’s the founder of #PSTchat, a Twitter chat dedicated to supporting pre-service teachers around the world.

* Want to listen to it as a podcast? Click → HERE


In our discussion you’ll learn:

  1. The challenges she faced as a new teacher
  2. The rituals and procedures she put into place that helped set her up for success
  3. The advice she has for new teachers to help create early career success

If you’re a new teacher or you care about new teachers, this interview is for you. 

We’re cheering you on!
William and the UL team


A QUESTION FOR YOU:

What is your top tip for new teacher success? Add your answer below and help inspire others.

10 Comments

  • Nicola Pepper says:

    Get to know some ‘personal’ things about each child eg favourite food, pets, sport they play, favourite music etc

  • Michelle Martinez says:

    Great advice Stephy. Teachers create the classroom weather… I like that and it is so true.

  • Jason Borton says:

    Top 5 tips:1-don’t compare yourself with more experienced teachers 2-don’t spend more time preparing for lessons than teaching them 3-get proper sleep,kids need you to be at your best when it matters the most 4-Teaching is a team sport 5-Relationships are key

    • Stephy Salazar says:

      All such great tips. Thanks for sharing Jason! As a beginning AP I am still working on achieving many of those things.

  • Cat Lee says:

    Great tips! Love your students is definitely key. So true that the students remember their teachers who cared for them. My beginner teacher tip is to find a way to connect with every student in your class whether its a hobby, interest, game, sport, book, anything!! Students feel more comfortable around you when they have something they can connect to you with. And you’ll have them eating out of the palm of your hands! 🙂

  • Catherine Lee says:

    Great tips! Love your students is definitely key. So true that the students remember their teachers who cared for them. My beginner teacher tip is to find a way to connect with every student in your class whether its a hobby, interest, game, sport, book, anything!! Students feel more comfortable around you when they have something they can connect to you with. And you’ll have them eating out of the palm of your hands! 🙂

  • Troy Westcott says:

    1. Teaching is known as the lonely profession, but it doesn’t have to be! Make an effort to get to the staff room and have lunch there, even if it’s only once a week.
    2. Ensure that every child in your class achieves success (and celebrate it!), no matter how big or small it is.
    3. When you receive end of year cards from kids and parents, keep a few aside to read when you are doubting your impact as a teacher.

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