Dr. John Shufeldt has a deep love for life-long learning. Inspired by educators, John Shufeldt launched a five video series with outlier Maribeth Sublette where she provides several insights for current teachers.
Maribeth Sublette was recently featured in John Shufeldt’s book, Outliers in Education. Outliers in Education serves as a how-to guide for education majors and current teachers, designed to equip readers with classroom management tips, career advice, and act as a six segment mentorship session with seasoned elementary through college educators in various subjects. You can currently download Maribeth Sublette’s chapter on classroom management for free here.
Outlier TV’s first segment with Maribeth Sublette shows a bit of her background and the importance of having a mentor. Maribeth Sublette’s interviews with John Shufeldt serve as a strong base for viewers to understand more about teaching with key insights to several teaching ideas and strategies.
Five Video Series Breakdown:
- Teacher Education and Mentorship Advice
- A Teacher’s Day, Pros and Cons
- First Year Teaching, What to Expect the First Year
- Classroom Management, The First Day of School
- Online Classes and Leadership
Watch the first interview between John Shufeldt and Maribeth Sublette for Outlier TV above.
The transcript for the John Shufeldt’s first interview with Maribeth Sublette is as follows:[intro music]
>> JOHN SHUFELDT: Maribeth, welcome. You were recently interviewed for the book, Outliers in Education. So give me some sense of your background.
>> MARIBETH SUBLETTE: So, I was a classroom teacher for five years. I taught English and AVID at a high school in Tempe, Arizona.
>> JOHN SHUFELDT: Back up- AVID, what does AVID mean?
>> MARIBETH SUBLETTE: AVID is an acronym that stands for Advance Via Individual Determination. It’s an elective class who will be first generation college graduates, it’s a college prep class.
>> JOHN SHUFELDT: And what did you do before that?
>> MARIBETH SUBLETTE: Before that I was in school, so right after college I went into the classroom.
>> JOHN SHUFELDT: Now, I first met Maribeth because I was watching her interact with her class, she invited me there to speak, and I knew within about 10 minutes that she was something special, because of the way you interacted with your class.
>> MARIBETH SUBLETTE: Thank you.
>> JOHN SHUFELDT: Now, I know you did not learn that from college, so what was your educational background and how did you get to be a really amazing teacher at such a young age?
>> MARIBETH SUBLETTE: Thank you. Well, I went to Arizona State University, and I started off actually in nursing. And I decided that wasn’t for me, and so changed my major to human development and family studies. I loved that, but I kept coming back to the classroom. Now, my mom, my grandma, my great grandma, they were all teachers. And I always told myself, I will do anything but I do not want to be in education. And I really surprised myself with just how drawn to it I was. I guess it’s kind of innate. So I decided to transfer again, my major, so it took me five years- loved all five of them. And I decided to major in Secondary Education.
>> JOHN SHUFELDT: Now, I know they did not teach you the skillset that I observed, and ASU is awesome, but I know they didn’t teach you the skillset that I observed at ASU. How did you get to be so good at it?
>> MARIBETH SUBLETTE: I had some phenomenal professors, I really enjoyed my program, it was an excellent program. One of the highlights of the program was the fact that I had so much classroom experience, so between internships and student teaching, I really had a lot of face-time in front of students. But a lot of the connection that I learned, I think that it helps that I’m really empathetic, and I can kind of perceive the way that people are and what makes them tick pretty easily. I know that that has been an absolute asset to me in the classroom, but I’ve had some unbelievable mentors that really showed me some concrete ways to connect with kids that really transferred over well.
>> JOHN SHUFELDT: So the thing I noticed about Maribeth is she had this amazing connection with students, so whatever they taught you and whatever you picked up from mentors, you’ve clearly have absorbed it because you are amazing at it.
>> MARIBETH SUBLETTE: Thank you!
>> JOHN SHUFELDT: Now you’ve made some professional changes recently, catch me up.
>> MARIBETH SUBLETTE: I have so I actually had a baby last fall, and I decided I needed a little bit of a change. I loved my time in the classroom and I always said that I would stay in the classroom until I stopped loving it. And that isn’t exactly what happened because I’m no longer in the classroom, but I loved it until my very last day. I decided that I needed to figure out something that I could do professionally that was a little bit more conducive to my time that I wanted to spend with my new family and after my maternity leave, I had five months to really kind of explore what it was like to be a full-time teacher and a full-time mom at the same time, and I just couldn’t figure out a way to reconcile those two schedules, and to be the kind of wife and mom, but the kind of teacher that my students really deserved so instead of really trying to force it I decided that I wanted to just take some time and explore some different opportunities, so now I’m working with online courses, and fantastic, I love it.
>> JOHN SHUFELDT: So the real truth is that I watched her in the classroom and stole her for the Outlier Series because she is such an amazing teacher, and I knew I needed some help. So thank you for watching. Maribeth, thank you! And we’ll be back to you soon.