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Empowered Educator: Leadership in Motion | Educational Leadership, Educational Administration, Educational Leadership Careers, Career Transition

Mel Vandevort - Educational Leadership, Teacher Transition Coach, Educational Administration, Empowered Entrepreneur

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Welcome to Empowered Educator *Are you ready to move into a different type of job in education? *Do you have interests and ambitions that you want to pursue, but feel like you don’t know how take that next step? *Maybe you want to start your own coaching or consulting agency? Then this is the place for you! I'm Mel and I help educators define their career path through growth mindset, career clarity, and goal achievement. You can find information ...
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As educational leaders, we must continually strive for excellence and not perfection. Keep moving forward to try new things in order to improve vast areas on your campus. Being a lifelong learner, and pushing past every obstacle is truly how educational leaders become successful! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jeffrey-ryan-vaughn/support
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In this enlightening conversation, Brenda Winkle shares invaluable insights on transitioning from teaching to leadership roles. She emphasizes the importance of self-leadership, highlighting the need to set boundaries, prioritize self-care, and model positive behaviors. Brenda also addresses the pitfalls of gossip and the significance of embodying …
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Join me today as I explore the vital importance of celebrating teachers beyond Teacher Appreciation Week. Discover why consistent recognition throughout the year is crucial for school culture, teacher morale, and student success. I'll share practical strategies for administrators to implement ongoing appreciation for teachers, from fostering a cult…
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Dr. Mel Vandevort and Dr. Jim Van Allen discussed the Energy Bus for Schools program, a professional development initiative aimed at fostering positive school culture. Jim, as president of the program, explained how the program, developed in partnership with bestselling author John Gordon, promotes positive leadership and teamwork. The program is d…
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Grab your copy: Educator to Entrepreneur: IGNITE Your Path to Freelance Success Book: Educator to Entrepreneur: IGNITE Your Path to Freelance Success Let me help you determine the next steps in your career! Grab a complimentary Career emPOWERment Session With Rubi.ai, you'll experience cutting-edge technology, research-driven insights, and efficien…
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In today's episode I talk about my new book and how it can transform your career by starting a freelance company that draws on your skills, experience, interests, and passions. And now, my mission is to empower you to dig deep and know what options are available when you're ready to transition from the teacher to leader, you're ready to retire and …
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In Part 2, we dive deeper into the keys to unlocking your leadership potential. Dr. Daniel shares further insights, practical strategies, and personal experiences to inspire and empower you on your leadership journey. Join us as we explore overcoming limiting beliefs, embracing personal growth, and igniting your inner fire to lead with purpose and …
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In part 1 of our conversation, Dr. Kevin Daniel shares his journey from a childhood marked by poverty to becoming an educator, emphasizing the transformative power of mentorship and support. Reflecting on our shared upbringing on farms, we underscore the importance of discipline and perseverance in achieving success while highlighting the significa…
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Cheri Dixon is the owner of Cheri Dixon Consulting LLC, which she started after leaving a 28-year career in public education. Cheri loved the work she did with turnaround schools and continues to take that work into the business world, helping businesses scale their organizations to the next level. In addition, Cheri believes that the leader is cru…
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Join Dr. Mel in this insightful episode as she explores the challenge of achieving work-life balance. Whether you're navigating a career transition, seeking clarity on your next steps, or simply striving for greater harmony in your daily life, this episode is for you. Dr. Mel shares three practical tips for setting boundaries, prioritizing self-car…
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Dr. David Johnson is a fierce advocate for education and social justice. From Spanish Harlem to esteemed educational leadership, David's story is one of resilience and mentorship. Join us as he shares insights from his diverse experiences, highlighting the power of breaking barriers and the importance of equitable education for all. As the founder …
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In this episode, Dr. Jones and I continue our conversation as we uncover the essence of fostering a vibrant school culture. He shares practical insights on communication, leadership, and time management, drawing from his wealth of experience in education. Join us as we explore the importance of cultivating a positive environment where teachers feel…
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Today, I interviewed Christopher Jones, a high school principal, discussing his approach to leadership and building a supportive culture. Chris emphasized teacher empowerment and engagement as key to student success. He described fostering a sense of belonging through gratitude in faculty meetings and activities like defining and sharing personal "…
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In this episode, I reflect on my recent trip to Las Vegas and share how the experiences translate into valuable lessons for career transitions. Join me as I explore the importance of recognizing the efforts of others, celebrating small victories, prioritizing self-care, navigating challenges, and acknowledging privilege in the journey towards start…
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In today's episode, we're diving deep into the art of intentional living, specifically focusing on how to infuse purpose into your career decisions and daily life. Drawing inspiration from John Maxwell's wisdom and biblical principles, we'll explore five main steps to help you live intentionally and make meaningful choices in your career journey. H…
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Today, I'm diving into the extraordinary journey of an educator who carved out a unique path from the traditional classroom to the forefront of online educational leadership. Join Dr. Tania Farran and me as we uncover the inspiring story of someone who dared to reimagine what it means to lead in education, navigating unexpected opportunities and ch…
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Are you stuck because fear is the comfort zone that keeps you from moving forward? Ever wondered how many opportunities you've missed because of doubt or fear? 🤔 Don't let uncertainty hold you back from seizing the chances that come your way. Take action, even if it doesn't seem like a clear 'yes'. You never know what blessings may follow when you …
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Today, we discuss the keys to the role of leadership in instructional mastery. David an I discuss actionable insights into specific leadership strategies and more. Hey friend. I'm Mel, a dedicated educator, ambitious entrepreneur, coffee, and Jesus Lover. When it was time for me to explore new horizons beyond the classroom, I was completely certain…
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Today, we have the incredible Kimberley Day sharing her journey from being a financial advisor for over 13 years to becoming a successful author and business strategist. Kimberley faced the challenges of the income roller coaster and imposter syndrome, but she discovered the transformative power of writing a book. Kim is the Award Winning Author of…
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Today's episode is all about getting on PACE when you're ready to level up from teacher to leader. It's taking your already existing leadership skills to a whole new level. Think of it like a strategic game plan of Pursuing your leadership dreams, Adapting to those curveballs, Cultivating positive vibes, and Elevating your impact. It's not just a t…
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Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a district superintendent? Well, you're in luck! Whether it's the juggling school bells, deciphering budget reports like a financial wizard, or appearing at PTA meetings and other school events – these district superheroes have a knack for making tough decisions while expertly dodging the spotlight of succ…
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If you're struggling with everything you have to accomplish and you just need a little help, leveraging AI could be the answer. From administrative tasks to lesson plan creation, to writing your dissertation, Rubi. ai can streamline the tasks for with ease and efficiency. Rubi.ai Hey friend. I'm Melinda, an educator, entrepreneur, coffee, and Jesus…
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Join me today as I explore the remarkable journey of Priscilla Jabouin, a former school teacher who courageously transitioned into a career in counseling psychology. Priscilla shares her 11+ years of experience in career development, focusing on empowering professionals, especially women in their forties, to find fulfillment in their work. If you'r…
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🎙️ In this empowering episode, Paya Sample dives deep into the essence of leadership mindset. Discover why leadership is more about the posture of your heart towards people and processes than just a position. Plus, gain insights into the perfect timing to make that transformative leap! 🕰️ Ready to embrace the leader within? Tune in now! #EmpoweredE…
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Today, we're diving into the fascinating practice of choosing a "Word of the Year" and exploring the reasons behind it. Have you ever wondered why people embrace this tradition and what benefits it can bring to your life? Join me as we explore the why, what, and how of picking a Word of the Year and learn how it can inspire and guide you throughout…
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It’s January 1, 2024 and today is the first of 365 amazing opportunities. How will you make this year more awesome than last year? How will you go the extra MILE to Motivate, Inspire, Lead, and Empower others? Welcome to a transformative episode where we explore the essence of progress—a tangible reflection of your growth mindset. Progress is more …
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Welcome to a transformative episode where we explore the essence of progress—a tangible reflection of your growth mindset. Progress is more than a mere checklist; it's the visible manifestation of your journey towards personal and business success. Today, join me in unraveling the why and what behind progress—breaking down goals, tracking achieveme…
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Today we are diving into the the third "P" perseverance—a steadfast commitment that propels your growth. Join me as we explore 3 points on how this unyielding dedication becomes the bedrock of a growth mindset in both your personal and professional endeavors. You'll walk away with an action step to keep you moving forward. Hey friend. I'm Melinda, …
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Welcome to a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Today, we delve into the richness of your untapped potential—an uncharted reservoir waiting to be explored. Together, let's unravel the keys to unlocking this hidden strength and navigating the vast landscape of your unique capabilities. This exploration is your pathway to making transformativ…
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Today, we delve into the universal concept that serves as the guiding force for both personal and professional growth—Purpose. As Proverbs 19:21 reminds us, 'Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.' Join me as we explore how purpose can be the catalyst illuminating the path to your next yes, whether it be…
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The road to superintendency can be long and curvy, filled with learning experience that help prepare you for the challenge. Every position you've had before and every connection made provides tools that make your transition into a superintendent role more successful. John Fortney had a long curvy path but eventually made his way into a superintende…
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Are you an educator ready to redefine your career path and make a lasting impact beyond the classroom? Join Dr. Mel on a transformative 12-month journey designed exclusively for educators like you. This comprehensive program will guide you through the mindset shifts, logistical planning, branding, podcasting, book writing, and other essential skill…
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In today's episode, we'll explore the importance of taking responsibility for your own learning and provide you with practical action steps to empower you on this path. Whether you're a student, professional, or lifelong learner, embracing this mindset can accelerate your growth and unlock your true potential. Let's get started! Hey friend. I'm Mel…
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JP Prezzavento currently serves as the Chief Technology and Communications Officer for a suburban school district where he oversees the instructional and informational aspects of technology, as well as the District’s comprehensive communications program. JP has spent his career serving the students and staff of his school district. First as a high …
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Hey, leaders in the making, welcome to another energizing episode of Leadership Sparks, the podcast that lights up your path to greatness! I'm diving into a dynamic framework that will set your leadership journey on fire. Get ready to RISE — Reframe your perspective, Inspire others to follow, Strive for excellence, and Evolve as a leader. It's time…
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It’s time for you be sent to the principals office. Last week I talked about the why and why of being a principal, but today I am diving into the how. I discuss the essential mindset shifts required for making a successful transition to a principal role. Whether you're feeling burnt out, eager to make a bigger impact, or facing challenges with lead…
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In today's episode, I'm diving into the fundamental questions of 'Why' and 'What' when it comes to transitioning from a teacher to a principal. What drives you to take on this pivotal role, and what exactly does it entail? By exploring your 'Why' and clarifying the role of a principal, I aim to help you define your educational purpose and set a str…
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In a galaxy not so far away, where classrooms are bustling with young Padawans and educators are the guiding forces, we are taking an interstellar adventure. Join me today as I explore the essential shift from being merely a managers to a visionary leader. Unleash your inner Jedi and learn why a leader mindset vs. a manager mindset will help you na…
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Welcome, fabulous listeners, to a brand new episode that's about to unlock the secrets of mindset like never before. Buckle up, because today we're diving headfirst into the world of mindset transformation. I'm going to peel back the layers, dig deep into your brain's nooks and crannies, and figure out how to turn your thinking from 'Mission: Impos…
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In this episode, I'm going to explore the transformative power of a growth mindset in education. I'm going to provide 6 invaluable tips to help educators and students alike embrace the growth mindset philosophy. Discover how a simple shift in mindset can lead to a world of difference in the way we approach challenges and unlock our true potential. …
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Today, we're embarking on a transformative journey as we dive deep into the world of mindset mastery and its profound impact on your path to becoming an educational leader. Have you ever wondered what sets great leaders apart from the rest? It's not just experience or knowledge; it's the mindset they cultivate. In this episode, we'll explore the in…
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Leadership isn't always an easy journey; it comes with its fair share of challenges and obstacles. But here's the inspiring truth: impactful leaders are those who rise above adversity, persist through difficulties, and emerge stronger on the other side. In this episode, we're tackling the real-world hurdles that education leaders face and exploring…
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Today's episode is all about the "how" of impactful leadership. We've talked about why it matters and what it looks like, but now it's time to roll up our sleeves and explore how to become an impactful leader. Leadership's dynamic journey that requires a unique set of skills, qualities, and strategies to be successful. It's about inspiring and guid…
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We're shifting our focus from the "why" to the "what." What does impact look like when you're in a leadership role in education? It's more than just numbers and statistics; it's about nurturing personal growth, fostering a sense of community, and leaving an indelible mark on the educational landscape. In this episode, we'll paint a vivid picture of…
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Today, we're tackling a fundamental question: why does making an impact as an education leader truly matter? Leadership isn't just about titles or authority; it's about the profound difference you can make in the lives of students, fellow educators, and the entire educational ecosystem. In this episode, we'll explore the "why" behind impactful lead…
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Today, I’m diving headfirst into a topic that's as exciting as a treasure hunt – it's all about being faithful stewards of the resources we've been given. Imagine this episode as your personal adventure map to discovering, nurturing, and supercharging your unique God-given talents. So, kick back, grab a cozy drink, and let's embark on this exhilara…
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Life is a journey filled with unexpected twists and turns, and one of the most challenging and unexpected twists to the plot of your life can be when you are downsized or fired. Two things that remain constant through this forced change is the need for faith and resilience. Today, I’m sharing 4 things I learned after being downsized. These strategi…
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Do you have aspirations beyond the classroom? Are you seeking to inspire others and pursue your passions with purpose? In this episode, we'll dive into the journey of Jill DuBois, a dedicated educator and author. She shares her remarkable story of leaving the familiar confines of teaching to embrace a new role as a professional learning specialist.…
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Do you hear that? It’s the unmistakable call of leadership, and it’s calling for you. Today we're going to dive deep into the fundamental aspects of transitioning from the classroom into leadership. We’ll explore recognizing your why and building your leadership skill set. Hey friend. I'm Mel, an educator, entrepreneur, coffee, and Jesus Lover. Whe…
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In this episode of Empowered Educator, I am deep diving into the steps to becoming a curriculum director. From the essential certifications required to the intricate process of curriculum development, I’ll guide you through each stage. You will learn how to leverage teaching experience, acquire the necessary skills and certification, and align curr…
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Today, I am diving into the role of Curriculum Director – the behind the scenes instructional authorities of education. You’ll discover how these educational gurus shape the learning and instruction, fine-tune curriculum, empower teachers, and ensure every student is learning at high levels. Get ready to explore the world of curriculum design, inst…
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