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The Jr High Dropout

The Jr High Dropout

By The Jr High Dropout
Welcome to the Jr High Dropout, where we discuss everything you’ll need to know if you’re ready to drop out of the classroom and into your next role.
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Frame your story for the job you want, not the job you have.

The Jr High Dropout

Season 1 Wrap
This is a wrap on season 1, I leave you with a challenge. Connect with me on LinkedIn and let me know when you finish the challenge. See you next season! 
January 11, 2021
Find your strengths to help you find your next opportunity
Paulette Pinero is the owner of Lead Media LLC, a boutique management and strategy consulting firm, and she is on a mission to get Latinas the job, business and pay they want. She is no stranger to the challenges teachers, students and parents face in the education system and she works with many teachers to help them find a new job they are passionate about. In this episode, she offers many suggestions for how to find your next career based on the strengths you possess. Be sure to connect with Paulette on LinkedIn and check out her website
December 28, 2020
Signs it's time to leave the classroom
Alexandria Croom is a learning program manager who is able to keep her cool in any business situation because of her experience in the classroom. She knew it was time to leave the profession because of divine intervention. She shares about the transferable skills that teachers have and we share some laughs over stories from her teaching days. Be sure to connect with Alexandria on LinkedIn.
December 21, 2020
The Next Step: Life After Teaching
Sara Stevick is an instructional designer and mentor to teachers who are making their way out of the classroom. In this episode, she has a ton of advice for teachers  on resumes, cover letters and connecting with recruiters! She has created lots of amazing free resources to help teachers find their next step.  She has an incredibly supportive LinkedIn group with teachers who have been in your shoes as well as teachers trying to decide what life looks like outside of the classroom. Join her LinkedIn group by searching for The Next Step: Life After Teaching on LinkedIn and check out her website. and make sure to connect with Sara on LinkedIn.
December 14, 2020
Contract work is something you may not have considered
Stephanie McBride is an instructional designer who will tell us about the value of contract work, how to find and negotiate new contracts and how to prepare for interviews. Be sure to connect with her on LinkedIn. 
December 07, 2020
Frame your story for the job you want, not the job you have.
Matt Sustaita is a senior sales enablement content strategist. He gives great advice on framing your narrative for the job you want and not the job you have now.  His LinkedIn is very polished and does a great job of focusing his skills from the classroom to match the job he wanted in the corporate world. He also has an incredible website that showcases his experience and work samples. Be sure to connect with him on LinkedIn and take a look at
November 30, 2020
Be Humble When Seeking New Opportunities
Jeni Johnson is a senior instructional designer and eLearning developer. She is passionate about visual design and a self proclaimed learning junkie. She shares some advice about informational interviews and resources to help you find your next role outside of the classroom. Jeni makes a generous offer for our listeners who want some extra help with their transition - after listening to this episode catch up with her on LinkedIn
November 23, 2020
Keep Your Confidence Coming Out of the Classroom
Kristi Wood is a training coordinator and is passionate about finding teachers to fill roles in L&D. She shares her experience of transitioning into a new career and how to keep your confidence outside of the classroom.  Connect with Kristi on LinkedIn 
November 16, 2020
Keep a Growth Mindset When Job Hunting
Tyler Banh joins us to discuss his transition from the classroom to the corporate world. He is an instructional designer at a globally recognized management consulting firm. On this episode, we discuss the mental health challenges that teachers often experience and the importance of keeping a growth mindset while job hunting. Make sure you check out his website for more information.
November 09, 2020
Do Your Research
Laura Hoyer is a former teacher turned instructional designer and founder of The Right Fit Career Coach. Listen in if you need some advice on job hunting, interviewing and portfolio creation. Make sure you follow @therightfitcareercoach on Instagram and visit or on Facebook at You can also connect with Laura on LinkedIn to get an idea of how to format your profile. 
October 31, 2020
Welcome to the Jr High Dropout
The Jr High Dropout is a podcast to help people who want to leave K12 understand that they have career options outside of the traditional classroom. If you're considering leaving the classroom and would like to learn from those who have already made that transition, be sure to hit subscribe! 
September 16, 2020