Alison Batey | Amherst, NH
Alison is born and raised in Southern New Hampshire and attended the University of New Hampshire for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, in Communication and Special Education respectively. Until the Fall of 2010, Alison worked as a teacher, coach, mentor and case manager at a small school for students with Severe Learning Disabilities. In 2010 she had her first child and decided to be a stay at home mom to her son. Since being home, Alison has worked with John Williams to become an Academic Life Coach and has loved getting to build relationships with teenagers again.
Alison has worked with kids throughout her life and work career through swimming instruction, Sunday School, Youth Group and eventually classroom teaching. Her favorite moments in working with students have been moments when students were able to overcome an obstacle and complete a task they never dreamed possible whether that be in the classroom or out in the community around them.In her free time Alison enjoys doing anything active and outside, as well as doing crafts, cooking and learning about and practicing sustainable living.
Listen to Alison talk about the transition from being a teacher to her new career as an Academic Life Coach.
Thoughts About Academic Life Coaching for Teens
For Alison, Academic Life Coaching takes the best part of her teaching job and makes that part her only job. While teaching her Principal often referred to her as “the coach”, and now Alison enjoys coaching students to choose their own path. The most exciting part about ALC is watching students become empowered and realize that they can take control of their own lives. That moment when a student realizes the power that they hold for themselves is electric.
Favorite Academic Life Coaching Concepts
- Inner Critic and Future Self. These two tools combined are so powerful. By identifying and addressing the negative self-talk that exists for all of us, we are able to take back the power from the internal struggles, and allowing a student to see that power is incredible. Then having a student focus on the future and describe what they see for themselves as a person in 10 years is such an uplifting exercise that students come off of this exercise ready to work hard to become that person.
- Signature Perspectives. The signature perspective tool is so awesome because students get to step back and really look at themselves and how they approach different parts of their lives and then choose how they want to approach all facets of their lives. I find this exercise so fun because the student often realizes that they are in total control of their own perspectives and just how important that control can be to their day to day lives.
- Busting Limiting Beliefs. This exercise can be a struggle for students but when they realize that sometimes they are standing in their own way and have become their own obstacle, the exercise takes on a life of its own. By helping students to realize the limits they are putting on themselves and busting through those limits, clients often feel “set free” after breaking through them.
Fun Facts About Alison
- I worked in television for 15 years before becoming a teacher.
- My favorite children’s book is Alexander’s Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day.
- I prefer to make my own foods if possible instead of buying them, like cheese, bagels and pasta.
- I enjoy cycling long distances.