Angela Watson is a National Board Certified Teacher with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has 11 years of classroom experience and over a decade of experience as an instructional coach.

Angela created this website as a young teacher in 2003 to share practical classroom ideas and help other educators build a positive mindset so they can truly enjoy their work. The blog now impacts over 8 million teachers each year, and her ideas have been featured in thousands of magazine articles, newsletters, and internet resources, and utilized in teacher preparation and support programs throughout the nation.

Angela has authored numerous printable curriculum resources, online courses, and five books. Her newest book, entitled “Fewer Things, Better: The Courage to Focus on What Matters Most” was released in 2019.

She is perhaps best known for her free Truth for Teachers podcast, which provides weekly encouragement for educators and consistently ranks in the top three K-12 podcasts in the world.

Angela’s professional development on productivity is being used in over 28,000 schools through the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. The club is designed to help teachers be truly intentional with their personal, contractual, and instructional time so they can focus on what really matters. Teachers who utilize the club strategies learn how to let go of outdated teaching practices that waste teacher and student time, and bring their daily work into alignment with their vision for teaching.

Angela’s mission is to help teachers live a more purposeful and conscious life. Through her mentorship, countless teachers have learned to take charge of their time and energy so they can prevent burnout and stay in the profession they love for years to come.

Angela's story

  • 1999

    Graduated college and landed her first teaching job in Prince George’s County, MD
  • 2002

    Earned her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction
  • 2003

    Created her first website, Ms. Powell’s Management Ideas for Teachers
  • 2004

    Moved to South Florida; continued teaching and sharing teaching ideas online
  • 2006

    Obtained National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist
  • 2008

    Published her first book, The Cornerstone, and started doing professional development/teacher training in schools based on the book
  • 2009

    Founded Due Season Press and Educational Services and republished The Cornerstone under her own publishing company; began work in NYC schools and nationwide as an instructional coach
  • 2010

    Created an online behavior management training for her book The Cornerstone
  • 2011

    Published her second book, Awakened
  • 2012

    Published her third book, The Awakened Devotional Study Guide, and began speaking professionally about her books
  • 2013

    Started creating and selling curriculum resources on TeachersPayTeachers
  • 2014

    Created more curriculum materials, as well as 2 online courses for teacherpreneurs; started the TruthForTeachers podcast
  • 2015

    Published her fourth book, Unshakeable; created the Teacher Style t-shirt store; beta launched the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club
  • 2016

    Official launch of the 40HTW Club; over 10,000 teachers participated in this year alone
  • 2017

    Official launch of the new website design; continuing to do instructional coaching, speaking, blogging, podcasting, curriculum and course creation, and supporting 40 Hour Club Members
  • 2018

    Created The Teacher Lifestyle Lab, a collection of min-courses to help teachers experiment with habits and live a more purposeful, conscious life
  • 2019

    Published "Fewer Things, Better: The Courage to Focus on What Matters Most" and created the accompanying course
  • 2020

    Launched a 6 week "fast track" program to help teachers streamline and simply quickly mid-school year

Mission, purpose, and finding the right resources for YOU

Angela’s goal is to advocate for and challenge teachers to live a more purposeful and conscious life. Each of her resources is designed to meet a specific need that teachers often encounter:
  • If you’re overwhelmed by the day-to-day aspects of managing a classroom, read The Cornerstone and get practical teaching ideas.
  • If you’re stressed out and finding yourself hating a job you used to love, read Awakened and change your mindset.
  • If you want to reconnect with your calling and the faith-based reasons you entered the profession,  get the Awakened Devotional and uncover the biblical principles behind mindset changes.
  • If you’ve lost your passion for teaching and want to make the job fun again, read Unshakeable and learn how to enjoy teaching every day, no matter what.
  • If teaching has superseded every aspect your life and left you with no time for anything else, join the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club and create better balance.
  • If you’re tired of spending hours developing your own teaching materials from scratch, check out my printables and download ready-to-use activities and forms that simplify the way you teach.
  • If you want practical training on improving your teaching practice or expanding your career beyond the classroom, take one of my online, self-paced courses for teachers and teacherpreneurs.

All of these core offerings are designed to be supplemented by the hundreds of free resources available here on the site. You can view blog posts by category to find specific resources you need, and listen to the podcast each week for ongoing encouragement, motivation, and practical teaching ideas.

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