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Alison W Smith 

A Teacher's Best Friend  Founder + Resilience Coach
Chandler, AZ

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Chandler, AZ
A Teacher's Best Friend
Founder + Resilience Coach

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Certified by a professional coach training school
Master's degree
Both Personal and Business
ICF Trained Mentor Coach


Alison Smith is a former K-12 teacher, current faculty in ASU’s MaryLou Fulton Teachers College, a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and founder of 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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Is A 501 (C)6 non-profit organization for professional coaches serving the State of Arizona.       
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