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Teacher Fan Club

Author: Dana Fulwiler and Elizabeth Tingle

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We created the Teacher Fan Club to celebrate and support educators. Join us as we invite guests, experts, and listeners to share stories and express gratitude to impactful teachers in their lives while we all discover ways to be well.
6 Episodes
Dr. Robert E. Quinn is one of the leaders in the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship, a cofounder of the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan, and a Professor at the Michigan Ross School of Business with research and writing focused on purpose, leadership, culture, and change. He has spent the last 40 years doing research, teaching, consulting, and speaking to more than half of the Fortune 500. He is the author of 18 books including the award-winning education book, The Best Teacher in You: How to Accelerate Learning and Change Lives. In this episode he shares impactful strategies for teaching and leading with intention and leveraging the power of purpose in our lives. Show notes at
Dr. Yvonne Poitras-Pratt, a Métis Scholar and Director of Indigenous Education at the University of Calgary, discusses the key role education and learning play in the Calls to Action of Truth and Reconciliation. She shares numerous resources and actions people can take to become meaningfully engaged in this essential work. Listen to her gratitude story about her Grade 4 teacher who made a lasting difference in her life. Show notes with resources can be found at
Lisa Baylis, an experienced teacher, guidance counsellor, trained expert on self-compassion, and author of the new book Self-Compassion for Educators, joins Elizabeth and Dana to talk about the research behind self-compassion as well as everyday ways to practice. Listen in as Lisa thanks a colleague who has created an amazing gratitude practice in her high school as part of Graduation.
Dr. Kerry Howells joins Elizabeth and Dana to talk about why gratitude is an essential practice for our wellbeing even during difficult times. She offers both research and practical ideas on how to get started on developing this habit. Dr. Howells is the author of Gratitude in Education: A Radical View and the upcoming book Untangling You: How Can I Be Grateful When I Feel So Resentful? Her work can be found at
Episode 1: Meet the creator of VoicEd Radio, Stephen Hurley. He shares what it was like to thank his most influential teacher, and how a special thank-you from a student has helped him as an educator. Show notes at
Meet Dana Fulwiler and Elizabeth Tingle, founders of the Teacher Fan Club. Hear about our teaching backgrounds and intentions for the podcast. Check out our website at to learn more about the wellbeing science behind our TFC vision.
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