Bethanie Hansen 

Educator and Coach 


Thank you for visiting the professional website of Dr. Bethanie Hansen, educator and coach. I have a passion for helping educators thrive so they can serve, teach, and lead with excellence. Most teachers want to lead students to develop their potential and learn a subject area. This involves serving, teaching, and leading confidently. At the same time, we want health and wellbeing, work-life balance, and resilience in our own lives. And because educators give their time and energy to serve, teach, and lead others, it seems these personal goals end up at the bottom of the list. I help in both areas–wellbeing and professional excellence–by sharing personalized tools and brain-based strategies I’ve developed and collected, listening, learning about people, and guiding them to draw on their strengths and abilities. It’s exciting work that brings clarity and confidence to those I work with and keeps me growing, too!

For tips on teaching online or teaching music appreciation, you’re in the right place! Take a look at the Online Teaching Lounge podcast produced by American Public University and shared on this website to get started. The podcast supports online educators in their great work of changing lives through the power of education at a distance while living a balanced life (available through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Audible, Amazon Music, and other platforms).

Want a quick snapshot of your current wellbeing? Visit my “wheel of life” and try it out! For even more help thriving rather than just enduring in your work as an educator and leader, please visit my companion website DrBCoach.Com and join me for 1:1 coaching or the group workshop in health and wellbeing, work-life balance, and resilience.  

Get Online, and Teach.

#137: How Radical Depersonalization Can Improve Your Teaching

Have you ever felt attacked by a student’s feedback about your teaching? Learn how radical depersonalization can help teachers better understand the needs of students and even help get to know students better.

#136: How to Navigate a Career Change in Online Education

Is it time for a career change? Learn about crafting a strong narrative about your career, building a network and being ready to negotiate.

#135: Gratitude and Its Role in Online Learning

In this episode, APU’s Dr. Bethanie Hansen delves into the many facets of gratitude and how to reach and teach online learners about gratitude.

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The same things that led you to teach or perform music can also work well in online education as you share a passion for teaching or music with your students.

– Hansen, Teaching Music Appreciation Online, Oxford University Press (2020)


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