A Life Coach Enters the Classroom
Tracy Fulce never thought she'd be a teacher. But then she discovered her life's calling.
My path to academics was not typical. I never saw myself as a teacher; my mom taught sixth grade, so I knew about teaching and thought it wasn't for me.
Instead, I worked as a life coach in Los Angeles, primarily with small groups. I would go into an organization that was having a rough time, help them write a strategic plan, and coach them on implementing the plan.
I had moved back to the Chicago area and was starting to think about taking a break from the hustle of coaching, when a friend of mine pointed out that teaching is very similar to what I was doing. I tried teaching, and right away I knew I'd found my life's calling.
What I love about Oakton is that there is space here for me to be me. I don't have to be like everyone else; we don't all have to approach everything in the same way. My classroom environment is wildly different from my colleagues'-we share the same book, but how I present that information is totally up to me. There's a collective truth here that each of us has something unique to offer.
For instance, I recently introduced a course on life coaching. Not many colleges offer programs on coaching-but Oakton was willing to go for it because I'm experienced in the field. I love the feeling of freedom and safety here. You know the College has your back, so you can do innovative and creative things.
Assistant Professor of Marketing and Management