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Overcoming Overwhelm and Cultivating Confidence with Ashley Corthell


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What if I told you that you didn’t have to be at your center 40+ hours a week?


Would you believe me?


The reality for a lot of owners is that the line between home and school is so blurred it’s almost nonexistent. They spend so much of their time wrapped up in the day-to-day operation of their centers that they end up spending more time there than they do at home with their families.


This was the case for Ashley Corthell, owner of Daybreak Academy in Utah. When I first connected with her, she was spending 45+ hours per week at her school. During the few hours she was at home, she was too stressed to truly be present.


In Ashley’s words, school was sucking the life out of her.


But all of that changed when she joined the Schools of Excellence Owner’s HQ membership program. Inside the membership, Ashley built skills and gained access to resources and coaching that helped her adjust her mindset, better manage her time, and transform her school’s culture.


With the support of other owners, she learned to use her hours at school more productively and set healthier boundaries, which made her more intentional about how and where she was spending her time. 


As a result, not only did the line between school and home become better defined, but Ashley was able to reduce the number of hours she spent at her center to just 10 hours per week!

And Ashley isn’t the exception either. She’s one of hundreds of owners and directors who have transformed their schools—and lives—thanks to the opportunities available in the membership.


So, when I asked you whether you thought it was possible to spend less than 40 hours per week at your center, it wasn’t hyperbole. It was a question based on the very real experiences of leaders just like you.


If you’re ready to start spending less time running your center and more time focused on its growth and development, I encourage you to check out this week’s podcast episode. You’ll hear more about Ashley’s story and how the membership impacted her life and leadership.


Join us for a conversation about:


  • The struggles Ashley faced before joining the membership
  • What she learned by being surrounded by other like-minded owners
  • How her center looks now that she’s a more confident leader
  • What’s next for her and her school


Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

While there’s definitely a formula to running a successful staff meeting, it’s also a skill that takes time to build. I can help you develop that skill within our Owner’s HQ and Director’s Inner Circle membership programs, which provides leaders like you with ongoing access to tools, resources, coaching, and community that can help you build and sustain a school of excellence.

Or, if you’re looking for easy-to-implement resources that you can start using today, check out our Time Management & Accountability bundle. It contains a series of tools and templates that will help you make better use of your time—whether at staff meetings or at the desk in your office.

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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

Don’t miss an episode, subscribe today for everything you need for your leadership journey!