Professional development for beginning teachers and whole staff

Celebrity Teacher Introductory Workshop: Teacher Resilience and Wellbeing 

Coming to Wagga Wagga in Term 4 Week 4


Friday 31 October 2014

Mercure Wagga
1 Morgan Street 

Wagga venue - Mercure 

What are teachers saying about us?

“An exciting and engaging workshop that develops a variety of strategies for new scheme teachers to deal with the pressures of becoming a teacher whether it be in the classroom, staffroom or within their personal life. A must have experience for all teachers at the beginning of their careers!”

Georgina McInnes, 1st year out teacher, NSW.


"This inservice was so relevant to my practice - I wish everyone I know could have participated. The strategies were practical, the research inspiring, the presentation engaging and the anecdotes - very easy to relate to. I would go and see this again!"

Christie Burgess, School Counsellor, Gunnedah NSW 

More testimonials.

What is this workshop?

Celebrity Teacher gives teachers the confidence to bring their best self to the classroom and the staffroom. Now is the time to register your staff in our new Introductory Workshop: Teacher Resilience and Wellbeing and promote a commitment to prioritising self-care, collaboration and maintaining a sustainable life-work balance.

This event is targeted at beginning teachers (pre-service to 5 years). However, teachers at any stage of their career will benefit from the insights and activities in this workshop. Don’t wait, register now!

Celebrity Teacher draws on the latest research in teacher retention, resilience and wellbeing, and positive psychology. Each session will unpack some of the barriers that teachers experience at school.

What is a Celebrity Teacher?

A Celebrity Teacher is that teacher who is comfortable in their own skin; someone who brings their best self to the classroom to inspire student learning. Think of it like a Celebrity Chef - that skilled chef that we want to learn from, that we want to cook like, that gets us excited about cooking.



"Sensible, practical ideas to implement. Dean has armed me with a variety of strategies and resources delivered with unparalleled charisma and energy. THANKS!"
Workshop participant, Georges River College NSW 


What does the day involve?

Session 1
Surfacing Beliefs

Session 2
Flexible Thinking

Session 3
Hope & Optimism

Session 4

- Teacher resilience
- 7 resilience factors
- Beliefs & emotions

- Thinking traps
- Flexible thinking
- Communication toolbox

- Self-efficacy
- Values & vocation
- Strengths & self-care

- Empathic conversation
- Courage & vulnerability
- Reaching out

During Session 1 we look at the impact which our beliefs have on resilience. ‘Learning your ABCs’ is a resilience skill which explores the connection between beliefs, emotions and behaviour.

In Session 2 we unpack seven thinking traps that reduce our resilience, and explore how seeking accurate and flexible alternatives enable greater use of assertive communication strategies.

Session 3 focuses on the confidence and self-belief we bring to our work. Teachers connect with their vocational calling, prioritise self-care and explore positive psychology exercises.

Session 4 explores the skills of empathic conversation and the importance of connection and courage. We conclude the day by completing an action plan and selecting a short-term goal for reaching out professionally.


What does the day cost?

Registration costs $270 per participant (Incl GST. Plus booking fee).

This includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Each participant also receives a Celebrity Teacher Workbook and a separate Resilience Resource with ongoing activities for self-directed learning.

Payment can be made with a credit card when registering online, or you can request an invoice to
be sent for direct deposit and cheque payments.

Each participant receives a certificate for completing 5.5 hours of teacher-identified professional learning.

Get more support for your beginning teachers with a Workshop + Coaching Followup package. This package gives the participant a 50 minute 1-on-1 coaching session with Dean McManus in the three weeks following the workshop. This is a great opportunity to achieve the goals set within the workshop. Workshop + Coaching Package is $350 (Incl GST. Plus booking fee), which is a saving of $50.



Celebrity Teacher is able to adapt its workshop to an in-school professional development session. We can be flexible with time and the size of a group.

We can deliver our whole Introductory Workshop in your school, or break it up into its different modules. Or we are happy to discuss the development of course content to meet the specific needs of your staff at this time.

Confirm your booking before 14 November 2014 (for inschool workshops up until Term 2 2015) and your schools goes in the draw for a $500 Flight Centre Voucher.

Make your in-school booking enquiry by filling in the form at this link.

Who is Celebrity Teacher?

Dean McManus


Celebrity Teacher is presented by Dean McManus and offers professional learning and coaching focused on teacher resilience and wellbeing.

Dean McManus has taught in schools for 16 years and has now retrained in psychology and coaching, Dean is helping teachers reduce burnout, build resilience and achieve sustainable life-work balance.

Contact for more information.

"Dean is a charismatic and approachable presenter. He’s clearly very passionate about mental health and wellbeing, particularly in regards to teachers, and shares a great deal of knowledge, experience and insight during this workshop."
Jill McGuire, Music Teacher NSW


Coaching with Celebrity Teacher

Dean McManus is available as a coach to teachers at any point in their career.  

Have you wondered how coaching is different to mentoring? 

This great article from the Guardian Teach website gives a great summary of the difference between the two and how coaching can be a good fit for teachers. 

Check out the article and then find out more about the coaching that Celebrity Teacher provides.


Coaching for Teachers

To enquire about coaching, fill in this form.


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