18. Advice for New Teachers with Jill Colaw

Do not miss this episode as veteran elementary teacher Jill Colaw gives us all of her best advice for new teachers or anyone changing schools. Jill Colaw, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a master teacher with over 35 years of elementary teaching experience. Jill’s superpower is creating a classroom of safety, structure, and connection. In this conversation, Jill offers thoughts  on the importance of the first six weeks of school, connecting with powerful faculty allies, and finding your person in the building with whom you can be vulnerable.

In This Episode I share:


  • How to build a classroom that works well right from the beginning of the year;
  • The importance of allyship with those who run the school
  • Why finding that one friend inside or outside of school is so important to teacher health and well-being
  • Jill’s tips of what worked well for her


Classroom Resources That Jill Mentions:



More About Teacher Talk with Chrissy Nichols:

Teacher Talk is the podcast for educators like you who are on the brink of burnout, or are already there. It’s your guide to feeling better about being at school and being in your life. Your host, Chrissy Nichols, is a life coach for teachers. 

In her weekly episodes, she will give you quick tools, tips, and brain hacks to understand that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. It’s time to find the joy in teaching again and get back to feeling like the best version of yourself.