hi! i’m jen.


I’m deeply committed to transforming how educators show up for themselves and in turn, their students and school communities.

I quickly realized that while burnout was exacerbated by the pandemic, the underlying issue required introducing a new paradigm of teaching; one that prioritizes social-emotional well-being to transform how educators show up for their students, colleagues and themselves.

I founded Empowered Educator®  in 2020 as a response to teacher burnout from the pandemic. 

During my first year in the classroom I realized that although I felt prepared with my content knowledge, pedagogy and philosophy, I had no idea who my students were. As a result, I dove into the research about how we learn through the lens of cognitive neuroscience which led me to pursue my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Throughout my career I have come to believe that the most generous thing educators can do for their students is take care of themselves.

where i started

My research has led to some incredible opportunities including a feature in Authority Magazine, Medium, Thrive Global and Voyage MIA. I am a TEDx speaker and the author of the Amazon bestseller, A Place in the Staff: Finding Your Way as a Music Teacher. My podcast, Take Notes, is in the top 2.5% of global podcasts.

My insatiable curiosity continues to make the Empowered Educator®  programs relevant and reflective of the most up-to-date research in mindset, leadership, and cognitive neuroscience. I am committed to inspiring teachers and school leaders to discover their voice and maintain a healthy longevity throughout their careers.

I began as a public school music teacher for 15 years in Central New York.

Since its inception, I’ve reached teachers and school leaders all over the world through Empowered Educator®  

meet the team...


Client Success Manager

Jillian Seibel Pawlowski

Lisa Gaede

Jillian is a trauma informed certified transformation coach. She specializes in radical self-love, metacognition, consciousness, and the unification of mind and body to help people transform the way they experience themselves and life. Her expertise provides a safe space for clients to grow towards expansive self-love and self-actualization. Her passion for personal and professional growth is the foundation for her calling: to make the world a kinder, more loving place. Take a look at this CLIP from Jillian's impact talk. (Watch the full talk HERE)

Lisa spent 30 years as an elementary school speech-language pathologist. She thrives on personal interaction and cultivating relationships with those that take part in Empowered Educator programs, and provides backend support to the Empowered Educator team.  Lisa loves watching the remarkable growth Empowered Educator participants experience, as they step into their authentic selves and power.

We believe the most generous thing you can do for other people is take care of yourself.

8 Tenets of an


Is an emotionally intelligent leader.


Uses their voice to advocate for their professional needs.


Recognizes the power of language.


Prioritizes their overall well-being.


Develops a consistent reflective practice.


Has an unwavering professional mission.


Unlocks their crystal clear vision.


Understands cognitive neuroscience and psychology of learning.

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