Teaching Traveling: Ever considered becoming a traveling teacher by specializing in professional development?
Let us learn about that route by speaking with Fenesha Hubbard, a personal growth and PD specialist who has logged over 100,000 miles working with teachers and administrators in K-12 education.
Fenesha, tell us about your background.
Fenesha: I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and have been in a teacher frame of mind for as long as I could talk. In fact, I was giving advice on classroom management before I entered second grade! But teaching was a profession that I did not intentionally seek; it was a natural progression from roles I took on in high school and college that involved various aspects of leadership, facilitating learning and helping others understand concepts in a meaningful way.
I studied mathematics in college and sought out alternative certification programs for math teachers as a way to immediately apply my degree. I started my teaching career with 7th & 8th graders (math) while also earning my masters in Instructional Leadership. Each year my work evolved into roles that included school based math specialist, district professional development provider, math trainer, and math consultant. I had no idea that my teaching would eventually lead me to servicing hundreds of students and thousands of teachers nationwide!
After about ten years of that work, I decided to put an emphasis on my personal development coaching and public speaking. For a couple of years that was the focus of my career, and I loved the work! It was really fulfilling to impact large groups of people at a time — inspiring them to reach their goals, teaching them strategies to do so, coaching them through the growth process, and speaking to empower them toward action. Where did I go from there? I asked life how I could impact even more people with this work, and that is when I officially became a traveling teacher.
I never imagined being a traveling teacher, but it only made sense that I would happen upon this role because I love traveling for pleasure! The travel bug really hit me after visiting my sister while she lived in Switzerland and then Ghana. After those experiences I set the intention to travel more, and didn’t give much thought as to how it would happen. Intentions are powerful because once you set them, your subconscious goes to work and your actions and choices tend to reflect the intentions. I intended to travel and I also intended to impact more people with my work. Quite naturally, the two intentions intersected!
Now I work with a company that has school districts from all over the United States as clients. In the past two years I’ve logged over 100,000 miles in travel, working with teachers and administrators all over the country. The world truly is my classroom.