Contact Bethany at joyfulleaders@gmail.com


Bethany is a forever a teacher who is currently serving as a teacher retention and recruitment specialist in Arkansas. Her focus is supporting early career educators in their first three years of teaching, with the goal of retaining and recruiting educators into the profession.  During her 23 years in education, she taught kindergarten, first, second, and third grades. She was a curriculum/academic coach for 3 years, an assistant principal in an K-4 building for 7 years, a principal in a P-4 building for 5 years.


Look for the hashtag on Twitter!

Bethany is the founder of #JoyfulLeaders, a movement on Twitter devoted to trending positivity in the education profession. Follow her Facebook Page, Inspiration for Educators to receive resources and positivity in education.


Central Elementary, where Bethany served as lead learner, became the very first Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey model campus. Since the summer of 2016, many more schools have jumped on the Energy Bus!

Venturing out into Speaking Engagements

Over the last two years, I have reflected on my passions of joyful leadership, school culture, social emotional learning, and adult learning. People have contacted me for various speaking opportunities like keynotes, conference sessions, and professional learning for educators. I have decided to step out of my comfort zone and place my toes in the water!

Speaking Engagement Topics

For more information, email Bethany at joyfulleaders@gmail.com.

Building Behavior Teams to Support Emotional Safety and Belonging in Students and Adults

Cultivating a Culture of Purpose and Positivity

Unpacking the Invisible Backpack of Kids and Teachers

Misbehaving, or Misunderstood: Digging Deep Down to the WHY Behind Disruptive Behaviors