It All Began By
Doing Less

In 2016 I met a teacher that was so intentional and efficient with his time that he was able to play darts during his prep. Slacker, you ask? Nope! Joel was one of the best teachers at our school.

I had never known another educator that worked the way he did, and I wanted to learn all his secrets. Every podcast and book recommendation I soaked up like a sponge. I couldn't get enough.

This was the gold I wish I had learned in college

When I first met Joel, I was ready to close the door on teaching altogether. Even though I was in my 4th year of teaching, I was still working all weekend and tired of sacrificing my personal life for my job. As Joel and I became instant friends that year, he taught me tips, tricks, hacks (or whatever you want to call them) to completely transform how I worked.  

I firmly believe that developing soft skills is the secret ingredient missing in teacher preparation programs and professional development. Don’t fret my friend, because we’ve got you! I’m incredibly grateful that all my struggles and lessons learned ultimately led to The Marigold Force, and I’m thrilled to run ahead of the pack a bit to make your journey that much easier.

My superpower is helping teachers systematize and streamline their work, so they can devote more time and energy to what lights them up the most.

Did I mention that I also like to spice things up a bit? Education hasn’t changed much over the years, but doing the same tired, old thing seems pretty boring to me. I’m all about ruffling a few feathers, shaking up the system, but ultimately bringing a fresh (and more impactful) approach to the table. I bet you’re the rebellious type too. 

I BELIEVE IN:

Straight talk, short emails, fewer meetings, and cutting out the 'meh' to make room for the very best.

I'm NOT ABOUT:

Weekend lesson planning, doing something just because we’ve always done it, or negative energy killing my vibe.

YOU CAN FIND ME:

Snuggling with my cats, planning my next adventure, dancing in the kitchen, or drinking a margarita on a patio.

daily rituals

Cuddles with my fur babies + sexy husband, The Daily Podcast, oatmeal with berries, yoga, and power naps.

Jessie's Bio

When I first started teaching I was not good. Okay, I was bad. I was really bad. I am not shaming myself by saying that I was bad. I really was that bad. Being that bad teacher took its toll on my emotional wellbeing and waning resilience. My first three years of teaching were in Bogotá, Colombia.  I felt scared that I wasn't going to make it through my first years of teaching. And, I was unable to tap into the gifts that I knew I had. 

My superpower is showing up vibrantly and authentically and showing others how to do the same.

Thankfully, I had a Marigold teacher in my corner. She led me to become the teacher that I already had inside of me. After Colombia, I taught in Spain. And, guess what? More Marigolds. Then Wisconsin. Sure enough, more Marigolds. Then Minnesota. And, of course! More. Marigolds. Then Illinois. And, you're seeing the pattern. Marigolds all around me.

When my husband and I moved back to Minnesota and started teaching here, I immediately was drawn to my now Co-Rebel, Jessie Gebauer. I knew that she would need a Marigold in her life. I became a Marigold for her. The best part? Jessie also became a Marigold to me and so many teachers around her. Together, we became a Force at our school.

I know I have unique, special gifts. And every day, I want to share them and show others how to cultivate their unique, special gifts. 

I BELIEVE IN:

Sparking bravery with everything I do and making everything better than I found it.

I'm NOT ABOUT:

Straight talk, strong drinks, short emails, and cutting out the fluff to make room for the very best.

YOU CAN FIND ME:

Walking, reading, running, gardening, listening to podcasts and audiobooks at 2x speed, laughing.

daily rituals:

My gratitude journal, loving kindness meditation, catnap, walks with my husband, getting my heart rate up in some way

Joel's Bio

watching: 

DRINKING: 

READING:

CRAVING: 

New Girl... my 10th time?

boxed wine, of course

Rising Strong by Brené

oreo blizzard from DQ

Currently

listening:

Tyler Childers radio

watching: 

DRINKING: 

READING:

CRAVING: 

Ted Lasso (Season 2)

Kombucha

Kinfolk

Brown Butter Popcorn

Currently

listening:

El Hilo podcast

Brown Butter Popcorn

Jessie's Favorite Things

Snow. Winter is brutal in Minnesota, but that first snowfall is magical.

my guilty pleasure

Ice cream. Any combo of decadence paired with light and fruity will do. 

Adventures - I live my whole life by the motto, "Why not!" It's worked out pretty well so far.

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Jessie's Favorite Things

Hiking. Any view that requires some leg work is a view I want to experience.

my happy place!

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The Beach! Being near water of any kind has always been so grounding for me. 

Animals. I will be sitting cross-legged in the dirt with cute animals until I’m 100.

Joel's Favorite
Things

Riding bikes! I feel like a kid every time. (And yes, I sing to myself while I do it!)

my happy place!

The Beach! Really any body of water. (Fresh air and sun don't hurt either!)

Catching up on the day (and life!) with my husband while watering our garden and drinking something fun

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Colombia! Mi tierra querida.

my guilty pleasure

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Catnaps during the school day. (Shhhh! I don't feel guilty about them at all!)

Travel! Anytime I am in a new place, I come alive in a beautiful way.

Joel's Favorite
Things

This      That

coffee


BEACH


EARLY BIRD


art festival


Salty


Rain


Book

or

TEA


mountains


night owl


music festival


sweet


snow


Kindle

Jessie

Where I stand on the super important stuff...
Agree / disagree? 

coffee


BEACH


EARLY BIRD


art festival


salty


rain


book

TEA


mountains


night owl


music festival


sweet


snow


Kindle

Where I stand on the super important stuff... Agree / disagree? 

This      That

or

Joel

“They give you the tools to make those changes that you have always wanted, but never knew how.”

THE REVIEWS

so they say:

Is it really tough getting a weekly newsletter out to families? I totally get it. For years my weekly updates were all over the place (poor quality and/or infrequent) until I learned a few tricks. Spend less time creating weekly newsletters rich with helpful info. I'll send you the exact guide I use!

5 ways to streamline weekly newsletters!

Better than Free Ice Cream!

Jessie here! If you're loving everything you've seen so far, consider subscribing to our newsletter. Skip the Google search and get the tools right to your inbox.

PS: I despise long, unnecessary emails so there won't be any of that. 

Did we just become best friends?