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 teach with excellence. Most teachers want to lead students to develop their potential and learn a subject area. 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 teach others, it seems these personal goals end up at the bottom of the list. I help in both areas–wellbeing and teaching 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 help 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).

For even more ideas about thriving rather than just enduring in your work as an educator and leader, please visit my companion website DrBCoach.Com and join me for the Vibrant Educator workshop in health and wellbeing, work-life balance, and resilience.  

Get Online, and Teach.

#128: What Fuels You as an Educator?

What motivates you to keep teaching? In this episode, APU’s Dr. Bethanie Hansen discusses tools to assess your true drive and how to track the impact you’re having as an educator.

Quizlet: Flashcard App to Help Students Learn Course Material

Learn how Quizlet can replace traditional flashcards to help students build long-term memory and collaborate in the online classroom.

#126: Tips for Educators Starting a New Online Class

Many teachers, especially those who are new to online teaching, struggle to figure out how to connect with students in an online class.

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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)


Teach Music Appreciation Online

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