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Alison W Smith 

The Thrive Designer, LLC  Founder + Resilience Coach
Chandler, AZ

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Chandler, AZ
The Thrive Designer, LLC
Founder + Resilience Coach

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Certified by a professional coach training school
Master's degree
ICF Trained Mentor Coach


Alison Smith is a former K-12 teacher, a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and founder of The Thrive Designer and Teachers That Thrive (formerly A Teacher’s Best Friend), an organization specializing in developing teacher resilience through professional learning and coaching services. Visit to learn more or get in touch.

Since 2015, she has coached teachers and other professionals (including executives) from all over the world to overcome burnout and cultivate their resilience in order to thrive at work and beyond!

Alison specializes in working with:

  • K-12 Teachers
  • People seeking to overcome burnout and manage stress
  • School districts and organizations that want to support teacher resilience
  • Education leaders including principals and administrators


  • Masters Degree in Education (M.Ed) from University of Oregon
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation
  • Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing in Education
  • Certified Life Coach (CLC) from the Institute for Life Coach Training
  • Mental Fitness Coach - Positive Intelligence

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