How To Keep Your Teaching Career As You PCS – EP 10


Teaching is a rewarding career but can often feel hopeless as you deal with licensing from state to state.

My guest today will share how to leverage your network and have a great experience for yourself and your students.

Brooke Boutwell has been educating and motivating adolescent English language learners to embrace their multilingualism for 5 years. She is currently an English as a Second language specialist at the middle school level in Virginia Beach. Her passion for ESL derives from her experiences living abroad and learning German in Vienna, Austria and Spanish in Barcelona, Spain. She has a passion for teaching, training, and connecting with students and educators to support quality instruction within culturally and linguistically diverse classroom settings. Brooke serves on the board of directors for the Virginia Association of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages as the K-12 Special Interest Group leader. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Spanish, a Masters degree in Bilingual Curriculum and Instruction, and is a Doctoral Candidate studying Education Law and Language Policy.

Things we discussed in this episode:

  • Strategies to keep your teaching career as you PCS
  • How to be proactive and network within your community
  • How your university can help you find jobs as you PCS
  • How to reach out to school districts before applying
  • When you should disclose that you are a military spouse
  • How to ensure that your students have a great experience
  • Saying goodbye to your students when you PCS
  • Challenges adjusting to various state standards
  • How to prepare for your next move
  • Why you should enjoy living in the moment 


Meet Laura:

Laura Briggs is empowering the freelance generation. Through her public speaking, coaching, and writing, she helps freelancers build the business of their dreams without sacrificing all their time, family, or sanity. Laura burned out as an inner-city middle school teacher before becoming an accidental freelancer with a Google search for “how to become a freelance writer.” Since then, she’s become a contributor to Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and Writer’s Weekly. She worked for more than 300 clients around the world including Microsoft, Truecar, and the Mobile Marketing Association. She’s delivered two TEDx talks on the power of the freelance economy for enabling freedom and flexibility and how it’s being used to address the technical skills gap in the U.S. Laura is the host of the Advanced Freelancing podcast, a sought-after public speaker on the gig and digital freelance economy, and a freelance coach focused on aspiring six-figure freelancers. Laura’s books, courses, and coaching have reached over 11,000 people.

As a military spouse, Laura is passionate about serving her community and founded Operation Freelance, a nonprofit organization that teaches veterans and military spouses how to become freelancers and start their own business.


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