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Ceri Sandford is the Australian teacher who created the Wine with Teacher™ podcast, magazine, and wellbeing club. She is the bright and colourful soul behind Instagram account @ourcreativeclassroom, which she uses to share a balanced perspective on the realities of teaching. All of her creative projects work together to shine a spotlight on this profession and shout "YOU MATTER!". The world needs more praise, celebration, and commendation for teachers who all work really bloody hard to make a difference. That deserves a raised wine glass!! Cheers!!
I am a Mum of two, a wife and a dog Mama. I've been a primary school teacher in NSW for 11 years. My interests include music, reading, photography, and travel.
My reasons for joining the club were to make connections with other teachers while learning new strategies for prioritising my wellbeing. I have definitely made progress with my goals, although setting and maintaining boundaries is a challenge. I wasn't expecting the weekly zoom calls to be something that I looked forward to so much!
It's been especially helpful to chat with like-minded people who understand what it is like to be a teacher. I will keep trying to make small changes with the support of everyone in the club.
I didn't think there were other teachers out there struggling with their wellbeing, like me. My husband insists that I join club zooms because he can see the difference when I come away from them, having taken time for myself.
I have started putting other priorities ahead of work on my days off. For example, I set a goal to swim or walk for 30min+ at least 90 times this year. This wouldn't have been possible if I hadn't re-framed how important this was and if I hadn't had the support and reminders from club members.
My priorities have changed so much since joining! Knowing that "it's not just me" is probably the best feeling I have gained. It has given me the confidence to strive for what will fulfil me and not to merely accept the limitations of the job.
It's a place where we can have our wellbeing struggles and wins validated. We can also connect with other people who understand what life is like as a teacher.
My principal and line manager both made a comment that my mindset had changed. I had a noticeable change in my attempts to bring a solution to the table.
What I love about the club is that there are so many topics and ways to connect with each other. There are so many of us who can tell you that this is the best thing we've done for our wellbeing - ever! If you have any more questions, send me a message and I can help to soothe any worries you might have about the club!
After continuous lockdowns, I knew I had to take steps to improve my wellbeing. I was noticing that my life was revolving around work and that my mental health was suffering as a result.
I love celebrating the wins and progress of other teachers and it feels good when they help celebrate mine. My husband has definitely noticed a change. He sees me looking forward to weekly zooms to celebrate our progress together and he has commented on my self-awareness.
This club has helped to keep me on track and keep my wellbeing at the forefront of my mind so I don’t slip back into old thought patterns and behaviours.
It is invaluable.