"Students we want the least need us the most"  

- Todd Whitaker 

Teachers are continually under fire. With new standards, increased scrutiny, complex evaluations,


Dr. Todd Whitaker

is a leading presenter in the field of

education, where his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. He is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University and he has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals.

Prior to moving into higher education he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. He served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum, and technology.

Todd is married to Beth, also a former teacher and principal, who is a professor of Elementary Education at Indiana State University. 

Todd and Beth have three children, Katherine, Madeline, and Harrison. They have written more than 30 books and have presented to hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.

The little things you can do to make your classroom and school environment a place you want to be.

Make your school/classroom a more positive climate, the atmosphere was orderly, warm and inviting.

 - Asking for help from the PTA to decorate the hallways

- Making the Faculty Room inviting and a place that is upbeat and comfortable

Transformation can begin with just one person (YOU) and can change the climate of the school.


It’s the teacher who praises you about your bulletin board or student work. It’s the teacher who inspires you to join the after-school book club even though you feel tired. 

“A pro is someone who can do his or her best work … even when he or she doesn’t feel like it.”

“If we don’t model what we teach, then we are teaching something else.”

“If students do not see their teachers work successfully together, they may never see two adults work successfully together.”

Day in and day out, teachers touch the lives of their students academically and emotionally. Teachers reach into their pockets to purchase school supplies, shoes for the needy student who has outgrown his present pair, or food for a family who is struggling to make ends meet. Good teachers make sure that their students leave the classroom eager to come back the next day. They work hard to keep morale in the classroom high and help students develop resilience and self-esteem. 

“Teaching is the profession that makes all other professions possible.”


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