Teachers are, by nature, care takers. We often overlook our own needs in favor of the needs of our students, families, and communities.
Today’s Guest: Lesley Moffat, Author and Coach
Lesley Moffat is the author of I Love My Job But It’s Killing Me: The Teacher’s Guide to Conquering Chronic Stress and Sickness, has taught high school band for over 30 years, and is the founder of Band Director Boot Camp. She has been a presenter at multiple national and state music conferences, served as a board member for the Mt. Pilchuck Music Educators Association, and serves as a guest clinician and adjudicator.
Lesley loves her job. She loved it so much, in fact, that she did whatever it took to build a successful program, at a great cost to her health, both physically and mentally.
Over the course of her career, Lesley faced a myriad of health issues. After a major health crisis and many surgeries, she watched her best friend succumb to cancer that was certainly exacerbated by stress from her job as a high school choir teacher. She knew she had to do something, or she’d would be following in her footsteps soon.
Once she made the choice to get healthy, Lesley decided to come off the more than a dozen prescriptions she was on for everything from pain and sleep problems, to ADHD and chronic inflammation, and much more. She had to learn how to restructure her work life, eating habits, and a lot of other things.
Before she passed, Lesley’s friend encouraged her over and over to write a book about her story to help other teachers avoid her fate.
The book is a love letter to all the teachers who love their job, but are burning out due to high stress and poor health. Lesley hopes that other teachers will read her story, follow her advice, and not only serve, but thrive as teachers for as long as they feel called.
For a free copy of Lesley’s Book, I Love My Job But It’s Killing Me, click here!