We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Deurlein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, how does your business contribute to your community and make a difference to others?
When I was a full-time teacher, I discovered that educating, mentoring, and encouraging future generations was the greatest impact I was making on the world. I founded Teenager Success 101 with the same mission in mind. My clients range from kids struggling to get organized or stay focused to those who are top in their class seeking greater challenges. To be able to help those kids reach their goals is everything to me. I’ve seen unmotivated kids become passionate simply because we engaged with them, cared about them, and encouraged them. I’ve seen highly driven kids work themselves harder and reap the rewards because we took them far beyond what they could get in the traditional school setting. Now, with Covid changing everything, including schooling, we can be an even greater help. We can give kids the attention they will lack, keep them on track, and be a force in their life that really cares. We cover SAT/ACT Prep, tutoring in all subjects, college application and admission essay assistance, scholarship guidance, organizational and study schools – basically everything and anything a kid needs to find success.
What is your creative outlet or what has kept you busy creatively?
About 20 years into teaching, I was sitting at a particularly boring faculty meeting when I started outlining an idea for a parenting book. From there, the concept took off, and less than a year later, I published Teenagers 101:What a Top Teacher Wishes You Knew About Helping Your Kid Succeed. From the emails and reviews I’ve received, it is obvious that parents are grateful – hungry even – for this type of support and resource. Most parenting books are written from the perspective of psychologists getting into the heads of kids. But my book was written from the perspective of a teacher in the trenches who worked with thousands of kids day in and day out. So everything I talk about is practical and real, and parents love that! The success of that book has led to parenting columns, podcasts, speaking engagements, and opportunities to lead parenting seminars. And I also blog at A Teacher’s Guide to Understanding Teenagers, which allows me to interact with parents through comments and feedback. I love the opportunity to meet parents and answer their questions and just let them know that I’m there to help. All of that work segued naturally into my life-coaching for teens business, Teenager Success 101. We have a team of experts in every aspect of education meeting the needs of kids all over the nation, with overwhelming success. Every single one of our clients has achieved his or her goals and left us with the tools they need to continue growing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Since I’ve lived in several cities across the nation, I have a lot of visitors to Houston. The Museum of Natural History is always a huge hit for young and old. I love the entire Museum District – it’s beautiful, there’s a ton to see, and you can always find refreshment and relaxation at the Hotel ZaZa. I also love the River Oaks area – so many great restaurants to choose from! For my last few birthdays, I had a fantastic time with my friends exploring Houston. We rented a limo and hopped from one cool place to another. Our first stop was the Post Oak Hotel just after it opened. That is something to see! I like to take out-of-towners there for a cocktail or brunch. It’s fun to watch their jaws drop in that beautiful lobby.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The thousands of students who have come into my world have been the greatest influences in my life. Knowing kids from all walks of life, with all ranges of personalities and different styles of parenting, has taught me that no two people are the same. Understanding that is key to working successfully with people, and I am so grateful to my students for teaching me that lesson.
Other: Teenagers 101 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KZ4TNUO/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1