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Mrs. Friesen was my grade 2 teacher and I still remember her as being one of the most inspiring people I have been blessed to encounter. Mrs. Friesen taught me that I could do anything I set my mind to. This was something that my anxious 7 year-old self needed to be reminded of often, and she did just that. She truly made every student feel cared about and supported, regardless of their personal situation. After being in Mrs. Friesen's grade 2 class,  I was inspired and I knew I wanted to work with children in some capacity as well. I'm now 21 and pursuing a university degree that will allow me to do so. I will never forget the care that Mrs. Friesen showed each of her students. I can only hope that one day I will be able to impact a child's life as much as she impacted my own. Give this podcast a listen... this teacher is truly changing the lives of children in her classroom and she has a lot of advice to share. - Mackenzie G., Former Student (Alberta, Canada)

Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lori opens her signature online program, R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, for enrollment once each year.

Enrollment for 2020 will begin on June 15, 2020, with a program start date of July 1, 2020. This course is designed to walk new elementary teachers (who are in their first three years of teaching) through 5 steps during the summer months, supported by Dr. Lori and a community of like-minded educators, so they can feel fully prepared and ready for the school year.

Subscribe to Dr. Lori's popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, on iTunes, as well as on Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher for weekly tips, freebies, and inspiration.

Also, be sure to join our Beginning Teacher Talk Private Facebook Group to become part of a community of dedicated, like-minded educators (and also get access to exclusive freebies and contests)!

Finally, click here to join Dr. Lori's email list so you never miss out on an upcoming podcast, new training, or exciting new resource!

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If you want to confidently prepare for your first years of teaching in 5 clear steps, without the crippling overwhelm, the constant fear that you’re missing something important, or wondering what the heck you’re supposed to do next, you just might be interested in the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy with Dr. Lori.

Module 1Review Your Physical Space and Planning Needs

In module one, you will learn how to expertly prepare your physical classroom space in terms of kid-tested, efficient organizational systems, furniture needs and placement, and learning spaces to allow for flexible and optimal learning.

Module 2: Establish Empowering Expectations, Routines, Rules, & Rewards 

In the second module, we will set up a fantastic, classroom-tested classroom management plan that works. You will get crystal clear on the rules, routines, and expectations you will have in your classroom, as well as what kinds of class jobs you will want to implement in your classroom to ensure it runs efficiently and effectively - and so that your classroom doesn't become one of those nightmare experiences you hear about! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Module 3: Assemble Bulletin Boards and Organize Your Space

In module three, learn how to use your classroom wall space in the most effective way possible while infusing your own personality into your classroom so you can create a space that both you and your students love to spend time in. 

Module 4: Develop Your First Week of School Plans

In module four, we will create your first day and your first week of school plans, and we will set you up with sub plans ahead of time so you aren’t scrambling when you have to miss a day of school.

Module 5: You've got this! Start the Year Right with Positive Parent Relationships

In this final step, I will set you up for success for your first Meet the Teacher Night and show you some fantastic ways to manage parent volunteers throughout the year. 

To ensure you don't miss out on the next enrollment period, click here to get onto Dr. Lori's email list and receive weekly tips, resources, and support until R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy opens it's doors in 2020!


Dr. Lori Friesen taught elementary school for ten years in Canada and overseas, and taught hundreds of pre-service teachers at the University of Lethbridge. Her Masters in Education work was published as The Beginning Teacher's Handbook for Elementary School, which sold thousands of copies as Lori presented at conventions across the country.

Dr. Lori completed her PhD in Education at the University of Alberta, Canada. She was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, the Isaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, the Doctoral Prize of Distinction, and the University of Alberta Ph.D. Recruitment Scholarship for her doctoral research. Dr. Lori was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement.

Over 3500 families have graduated with rave reviews from Dr. Lori's 1st and 2nd grade literacy program, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, which is currently being taught in California schools.


Dear Lori,

William B. Yeats once wrote that “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." I feel this quote exemplifies everything you are as a teacher and everything I hope to one day achieve in my teaching. Your presentation about Survival for Beginning Elementary Teachers addressed so many areas that a future teacher wonders about but never really understands until they have begun teaching. You have solved this problem. You provided your students and future peers with an insight into what you have discovered and what we will soon discover for ourselves. THANK YOU! 

- Ashley D., Education Student, University of Lethbridge


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