From Learners to Leaders: Developing Effective Teaching Skills – Year-long Course


    NEW Course! “Back when I was very young, I wanted to teach. And unfortunately, the opportunities around me were limited. So, when I grew up and created Athena’s, I knew I needed to provide students who have that desire with an outlet to teach. From there, the Junior Presenter Seminar Series and Junior Instructor program were created. And now this–a course that helps aspiring teachers begin their journey toward teaching. Let’s open the virtual classroom door and begin!”
    ~ Dr. Kirsten Stein


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    InstructorDr. Kirsten Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
    Course Length32 Weeks - Year-long
    Live Webinars Held OnMondays, 4:00 PM Pacific - 50 - 80 minute webinars - 8/14/23 - 5/18/24

    Are you ready to share your passions with others while helping them to learn and grow? Do you aspire to become a leader and make a difference in the lives of others? Then you may be ready to join us on this transformational journey from learner to educational leader.

    In this class, you will embark on the first step of an incredible journey toward becoming an exceptional educator! Begin a life-changing adventure of self-discovery and growth as you uncover the essential tools and strategies that will empower you on your road to becoming a masterful teacher.

    In this course, you’ll learn how to engage your students, create effective lesson plans, develop the essential skills and knowledge needed to lead students toward academic excellence & personal growth, and build positive relationships with those you hope to inspire. Gain the confidence you need to become a leader in your community and inspire the next generation of learners.

    In this highly interactive and engaging course, you will explore a wide range of topics meant to support you along your journey, including effective communication, curriculum development, classroom management, and much more. You will also have opportunities to participate in class discussions and reflective exercises that will help you to apply the concepts learned in class to real-world situations.

    Along the way, you’ll develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will empower you to create meaningful learning experiences. In addition, you’ll cultivate self-awareness and self-assessment, which will help you to become a highly reflective teacher. You’ll also have the opportunity to share insights and perspectives with your fellow classmates, who will join you on this inspiring adventure.

    During the class, you will have the option to work toward becoming a Junior Presenter, Junior Instructor, or both*. Upon completion of this course, you will be on your way to obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary to lead your students toward academic success, personal growth, and lifelong learning.

    Note to Parents: 

    Parental support is needed for this course.

    This course is for self-motivated, self-starters ages 12 and up. It is for students who are ready to build the skills necessary to effectively teach others in a positive, engaging way. This course is also well-suited for students who enjoy taking ownership of their own learning and are comfortable working independently, while also being able to collaborate and engage in discussions with others. Students who are open-minded, self-reflective, willing to think critically, and eager to engage in and explore new ideas and perspectives with others will thrive in this course.

    Students should be committed to personal growth and development while being willing to engage in self-assessment and reflection, in order to identify areas for improvement and growth as educational leaders.

    Overall, students best suited for this course are passionate, committed, and willing to engage in a collaborative and interactive learning experience, with the goal of becoming effective and inspiring educators who can make a positive impact in the lives of their students.

    Due to the explorative & interactive nature of this course, this class is limited to a small number of students. Every week, students will be expected to prepare for the upcoming webinar, share & discuss the course topic, and engage in discussions. By the end of the course, students will prepare and be invited to participate in the Junior Presenters Seminar Series* in the summer following the course. Students who complete the course with a degree of excellence will be prepared to become a Junior Instructor* at Athena’s.

    Your student should embody the characteristics above before signing up for this course. Parental support is needed for this course.

    *Please note that this class is not required to become a Junior Presenter or a Junior Instructor. However, this class will prepare them for those positions. Students must complete the course with a degree of excellence to be considered for a Junior Instructor position.

    *Contact Dr. Kirsten Stein at if your student would like to take the course asynchronously. Asynchronous students will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Engage in the exploration of the weekly educational topic from
    • Work on the skills that will help lead students on the road to becoming a masterful teacher.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50-90 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Required: Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.

    What to Expect During the School Year:

    • Work on projects and assignments designed to inspire and empower students on their way to self-discovery and growth as they begin their journey toward becoming a teacher. During the class, students will have the option to work toward becoming a Junior Presenter, Junior Instructor, or both.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a strong 9th grade level or above.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    To get the most out of this course, students should be able and willing to:

    • Create long-term, projects.
    • Work on projects and classwork on a weekly basis.
    • Possess the skills and desire needed to apply themselves fully to the process.
    • Parents: See the full description for more details.

    Required books & materials:

    • Direct access to a Google Drive.