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How To Succeed With Extracurricular Responsibilities and Coaching

Teachers are often asked to be involved in various extracurricular activities, like coaching or club sponsorship, without any formal training. First-year teachers, who are already swamped, can be overwhelmed at the idea of accepting a coaching or extracurricular responsibility. How can you survive, let alone thrive? Receive practical tips for advising student organizations and for coaching successful teams. Both presenters have long-time experience handling these responsibilities!

Lisa Bircher

Dr. Bircher is a science teacher at East Palestine Schools in East Palestine, Ohio.  She has taught life science, physical science, biology, and anatomy/physiology in her 23 year career.  Her extra-curricular advisement experience includes advising Tri-Hi-Y (a girl’s club), directing one-act plays, musicals and other drama productions, co-advising Rotary Interact Club and Science Club as well as advising Academic Challenge (Quiz Bowl) teams. Dr. Bircher earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University in 2012, all while continuing to teach and advise student organizations.  

Bobbi Jean Shepp Geosling

Mrs. Geosling has taught speech, English, and drama. She coaches eighth-grade volleyball at Clinton Rosette Middle School in DeKalb, Illinois, but has coached volleyball at every age level from elementary through college. She is currently pursuing an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction. Her research interests are in teacher–student relationships and student motivation.

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