Find Your Communities as a Teacher with Ashley Gravelle

When you’re just starting out as a teacher, how do you find your space/s where you belong? I explored this with Ashley Gravelle-Zatt. 

Show Guest – Ashley Gravelle (now Ashley Zatt)

I’m a RockStar Second Grade Classroom Leader. I’m a risk-taking, Limit-Pushing Facilitator who is always looking for New Ways to keep my students Engaged and Learning. I never do anything without a Purpose. 

Episode Summary

It’s quite a journey – as you step into a classroom for the first time, or take on a new role in a different school.
You look and listen, paying close attention to your colleagues,  to how they engage, to how they do their job.
And you wonder, Should I teach like them? Show I lead like them? Or should I reveal much more of me, showing what I’ve got to offer? 
This Episode we’re focusing on: Finding Our Way AND Our Place in Education. AND Finding Our Communities – where we’re recognised, validated and challenged. 
That’s Not All Though. We’ve also got the Lightning Round, where we’re Pushing for quick insights on Risk, Boundaries, Disruption and Messiness. 
And to bring us home, a Not to Be Missed Quote from Maya Angelou.


Episode Highlights

This is Ashley Gravelle. Find Your Communities: It helps to be vulnerable. Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

Ashley Gravelle

  1. What Makes Ashley Tick and What’s Her Edge? 
  2. How To Stay True To Yourself
  3. How to Navigate Self-Doubts
  4. The Power of Positivity – A Top Classroom Tip
  5. How to Find Our Communities – Twitter and Connection
  6. The Lightning Round Risk – Boundaries – Courage – Strength – Creativity – Disruption – Experimentation
  7. The Not To Be Missed Quote 

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and style. Maya Angelou

Links & Resources

Thanks for Listening

Thanks for joining me and Ashley. We’d love to know what you thought of the episode, just head down to the Comments section below.

And don’t forget to Subscribe to Pushing The Edge. It’s Free and means you’ll get the latest episode as soon as it’s released. Here’s the Subscribe Buttons:

Itunes subscribe button




And Here’s How to Subscribe – Step by Step.  



If this Podcast helped or inspired you – Please Share it by Clicking on the Social Media buttons below.


  1. Michelle Hughes January 24, 2015
    • Greg Curran January 27, 2015