Course curriculum

Meet Your Instructor

Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson had been teaching for several years when he and his wife started their family. Suddenly, things got overwhelming--fast. Determined to maintain his passion for teaching while also being a good parent, Mike embarked on a quest to find better work-life balance. This self-designed research project resulted in the book, The Well-Balanced Teacher: How to Work Smarter and Stay Sane Inside the Classroom and Out. Now, as an education consultant, Mike supports teachers on topics such as differentiated learning, social-emotional learning, and, of course, teacher health and balance. Mike received a National Milken Educator Award as a classroom teacher, and in 2020, he received the Outstanding Educational Leader Award from NHASCD for his work as a consultant. When not consulting, Mike can be found hanging with his family, tending his perennial gardens, and searching for new running routes around his home in Durham, NH.

Included in This Course

You’ll explore key ideas, learn practical strategies, and gain helpful resources to help you better understand and manage work-life balance.

  • Better understand what stress is and why chronic stress can be so harmful

  • Gain some practical strategies for how to better manage the stress that's inherent in education

  • Learn concrete and practical strategies for how to better meet your most basic needs so you can have the energy your students need you to have

  • Gain access to a wide array of supportive resources to help you continue to think about this important topic

  • When you finish the course, you can print a certificate showing 3 hours of professional learning.

  • You will have access to this course for a year, so you can go back in over and over again.


  • This course offered helpful reminders, tips and strategies to help implement more self-care in our lives. It is well organized and engaging. Includes videos, articles, and ideas to implement. It is easy to follow and definitely worth your time!

    Jennifer Gibbons, Pelham, NH

  • As a mom, teacher, and wife I sometimes find it hard to practice self care and put myself first. This course showed me some really great strategies to start small.

    Tracy Parkhurst, Pelham, NH

  • This course helped me start thinking more about stress and self-care. I was able to gain ideas about how to care for myself and keep myself healthy, while also re-framing the way I view stress.

    Lauren Anson, Mountain Brook, AL

  • Making Self-Care a Priority was an eye opening course. It helped to change my mind on how I view stress in my life, and included real life examples on how to make small changes to decrease overall stress.

    Morgaina Jack, Pelham, NH

  • Great ideas and thoughts to ponder... I like that you kept it simple. With TOO MANY thoughts and ideas, it is easy to say "I can't decide" and do none of them. Taking to heart being representative of healthy habits as a leader was a strong reminder of needing to reflect on my own habits and how I am viewed. I'm not sure I have answers right now - we all know what we SHOULD do, but it's just a matter of making ourselves and those healthy habits a priority. When we work in a service type of leadership role, it's very difficult to put ME first - it's not a mentality we are used to. Thank you for the ideas, and the reminder to start small.

    Stacy Maghakian, Pelham, NH

  • This course was beneficial to understanding how I can make small changes to manage stress and prevent students from also feeling my stress!

    Kaleigh Martins, Pelham, NH

  • I thought this was a great course, uplifting, educational and full of ideas and strategies to help you get started!

    Beth Murphy, Pelham, NH

  • This course reminded me that I need to practice what I preach to friends, family, and students. We need to take time for ourselves, which feels so difficult, so that we can continue giving our best to others.

    Stefani Day, Pelham, NH