Real Stories from Real Teachers

Who Went from "I Have No Idea Where to Start" to
"No More Overwhelm," "I Feel So Much More Confident," and "This Has Changed My Life!"

I will definitely be telling my teacher friends about this!

The R.E.A.D.Y for School Academy is such an awesome program for first or second year teachers!

I am a second-year teacher, and all of the resources and advice provided throughout this program has really made me feel more calm and settled before the school year has even started.

Even though my district will be teaching virtually for at least the first 6 weeks for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19, all of the information included in this program is still EXTREMELY USEFUL!

I love Lori's stories about her experiences, and she makes you feel so at ease about all of the responsibilities and preparation teachers have on their plate.

Thank you, Lori, for putting this amazing program together! I will definitely be telling my teacher friends and aspiring-teacher friends about it and its value.

- Megan B. Morse-Quevedo


The hot mess express...

I am SO GLAD that I decided to invest in the R.E.A.D.Y for School Academy. As a first year teacher, it can be super overwhelming and challenging to know what and how to get ready for your first year of teaching.  

I really didn't have a clue where to start, until I started this academy! Dr. Lori Friesen so clearly lays out all of the things you need to complete and think about.

She walks you through how to do EVERYTHING, and even tells you what to do before moving on to the next steps so you do not get overwhelmed.  

I am not joking when I say I had no idea where to begin preparing on my own, but now I feel that I am at a very good starting place for starting the school year.

I am organized and have clear plans for how I will begin my year!

I cannot thank Dr. Lori Friesen enough for putting on this academy and helping me feel like a successful first year teacher, instead of the hot mess express I was sure I would be! THANK YOU!!!

- Abbie Elliott

Just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one. 

Check out the amazing success stories from these graduates. 

Worth Every Penny!

I felt like I had absolutely no clue how to start my first year of teaching.

After 4 years of college, I still felt like I had holes of information that needed to be filled.

I found out about this course through an advertisement on Facebook and I am so glad that I did!

Dr. Lori provides so many valuable tips and resources that all first year elementary teachers would be able to use to prepare for the school year.

I am so glad I had the opportunity to partake in this valuable program!

It is worth every penny!

- Sara Bentz

I Feel a Thousand Times More Prepared & Confident

The R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy is an invaluable resource and was well worth the investment.
I only wish I had known about it before my first year!

The start of that school year was very rocky for me, so I am thrilled to have found this program before my second year begins. I do not want a repeat of that experience!

I already feel a thousand times more prepared and confident for this coming school year. I also know that setting up my classroom this time around will take half the time that it previously took because of all the amazing, ready-for-you resources Dr. Lori provides.

I cannot praise this program enough. It truly is the perfect resource for beginning teachers! 

- Megan Cooke

This Program Relieved More Stress than I Could Even Imagine

Still not knowing what the official plan is for when the students return, I feel confident in being able to plan for any of the scenarios quickly and to an acceptable standard of parents and admin.

I am so grateful for all of the resources in the academy as well as the family that was created on our private Facebook group. There was always quick response times to questions posted from both Dr. Friesen and the other group members!

I LOVE getting ideas from so many others and mixing them all up to put my own plan together! This is a must take for any beginning teacher!

- Brittany Steinman


This program is absolutely incredible... Dare I say LIFE CHANGING for my classroom.

I will be going into my second year of teaching and this program has taken all the stress out for me.

Also, this program is worth so much more than what Lori is offering it for. She is truly so kind and helpful.

I highly recommend this program! You will not regret it.

- Ashley Browning


"This program is great for new teachers, such as myself.

Before exploring this program, I felt overwhelmed and uncertain about my first year.

Now, I feel more confident and I trust that I'll be great!"

- Dominique Howard

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"I Feel So Much More Confident"

I first discovered Dr. Lori Friesen after finding the Beginning Teacher Podcast on Spotify during a PD Day at the school I was long-terming for.

I have never been a podcast person but since all things teaching and education fascinates me, I figured I'd listen to an episode. Fast forward 6 hours....and I was completely amazed at how well this podcast related to my life.

I started listening to the podcast every day during my planning and sometimes on the drive home.

A few weeks after I became obsessed with the podcast and had taken so many notes about how to better prepare myself for my own classroom, Dr. Lori started talking about the READY for School Academy. And I knew immediately I was definitely signing up for it! I knew this academy would help me but I had no idea just how much!

Because of this program, my level of anxiety about my first year of teaching has dropped so much! I went from being happy to being so excited and actually wanting to start preparing!

I feel so much more confident in how I want my classroom to be and have my hands on so many resources that I cannot wait to use, including the Country Chic theme (because it is seriously exactly how I pictured my classroom to be!).

I owe so much to Dr. Lori and this program and I cannot wait to get started!!

I would recommend this academy to every new or newer teacher, you will love it just as much as I do! :)

- Sarah Singleton

"It has changed my life!"

Everything I was trying (and largely failing) to do or make on my own has been done and explained for me in this program. I am going into my third year of teaching and for the first time, I feel confident to approach a new school year, knowing I have the tools and resources to do it well.

This was the missing piece I've been looking for. If you are a new teacher wondering if you should invest in this course, my answer is yes! I do not feel overwhelmed like I did the past two years.

- Allison Stout


"The R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy was the best decision I  made in order to prepare for my first school year."

Throughout the 5 steps of the program, Dr. Lori walked me through all the little details that a teacher needs to consider before the start of a school year as well as how these aspects of teaching might be affected by the current health crisis.

I now feel like I have a concrete action plan for how I will confidently set up my classroom and organize my first year as a teacher.

In these uncertain times, I am extremely grateful to have had this preparation to put me at ease as I prepare for the fall. 

- Lauren Krueger


"The R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy has truly changed my view on teaching."

Every step of the way, Lori was sure to provide ample and much appreciated content (and then some) that I'm confident will make my first-year of teaching as smooth as possible!

I'm so glad I took advantage of this opportunity before trying to dive into the back-to-school chaos on my own.

It was one of the best decisions I could've made to ensure a great start to my new career!  

- Leigh Albarran

"I feel so inspired"

Although this course is intended for first year teachers, this is helpful to ANYONE who needs to revamp their classroom.

After going through my first year of teaching, I really wanted to reevaluate my methods, and come back stronger.

This course gave professional resources and ideas that I am so ready to use.

I feel so inspired for my second year, no matter what comes our way! 

- Katrina Garcia


"I feel so much more prepared"

I am not going to lie. My first year of teacher was very challenging. I knew that I needed to make some big changes but I just didn't know where to start!

Thankfully, I found out about Dr. Lori Friesen and decided to sign up for this academy.

Wow am I glad I did!

I feel so much more prepared for this school year and I have a clear idea of the things I need to implement in order to make my classroom run smoothly.

I will continue to listen to Dr. Lori's Beginning Teacher Talk podcast to keep filling my brain with positive teaching strategies. 

- Payton Hiscok


The R.E.A.D.Y. For School Academy has helped me as a new first year teacher in so many ways.

First I was able to see what I needed to have in my classroom along with how things should be organized within my classroom which in the end helped me save time and money!

I also was given so many resources that will help me become and stay organized throughout the year in order focus more time on actually teaching my students.

THIS PROGRAM WORKS, and I am forever grateful to Dr. Friesen for creating this wonderful resource that I would recommend to any new teacher!

- Breeanna Overholtzer

If you have no idea how to start the school year, listen up.

I know you feel like you *should* be prepared after four years of university.

But if the questions, "Where do I even start?" or "Why didn't they prepare us for this?" are dancing in your mind, know that these are the same questions that every one of these successful course graduates started with, too.

Whether you are a student teacher, you've just graduated with your degree, or you've taught a couple of years and are thinking that there MUST be a better way - the Academy will help you to feel fully prepared for the school year. What matters most is that you are willing to get the help you need.

Each of these teachers started with the same thing: A willingness to follow a tried-and-true roadmap. 

Ready to do the same?