About Kitty Boitnott



Kitty Boitnott, Ph.D., NBCT, RScPHi! I am Kitty Boitnott, Owner of Boitnott Coachin, LLC and founder of Teachers in Transition.

The information here is meant to help you if you are thinking about making a career change whether you are a burnt-out teacher or a bored or burnt-out mid-career professional in another line of work.


Work should be fulfilling and fun!


Work should also feel meaningful. And it is the best of all worlds if your work makes the most of your talents, abilities, aptitudes, and experiences. 

Your work shouldn't feel hard!

Yet 70% of Americans have said in a Gallup poll that they are either unhappy in their job, they hate their job, or they are just disengaged in their work. They are just going through the motions. How miserable is that?

If you aren't enjoying your job, perhaps it is time to explore other alternatives. 



My Story


My career as a public school teacher and librarian spanned over 30 years.

From 2008-2012, I served as President of the Virginia Education Association as an advocate for public education, students, and teachers. I represented over 50,000 teachers and the over 1.2 million public school students in Virginia.

It was a difficult job.

I took office just as the economy tanked in the fall of 2008. Virginia, like all states, struggled through hard economic times. I helped fight off anti-public education policy and legislation. I worked at the job on a 24/7 basis. In four years, I took two 3-day vacations. The rest of the time, I worked.

I knew I was stressed, but that was before I understood the harm that unrelenting stress does to the body, mind, and spirit.

During the spring and summer of 2012, I realized I was experiencing my own case of severe job burnout. I was simply too physically and emotionally exhausted to go back to the classroom.

I was assigned to teach English in a middle school in my district. I hadn't taught English since 1980. I knew those middle schoolers had been challenging back then. I knew that I was not up to the challenge of teaching middle school.

I wasn't up to it.

Every time I thought about dealing with learning state standards, working on lesson plans, dealing with classroom management issues, and being involved in the endless testing that goes on these days, I cried.

That meant I needed to do something else. But what?

I ultimately decided that my only option was to take early retirement. I called my financial advisor and got the green light from him, and then I called my district's Human Resources office and asked for my retirement papers.

After taking some much needed time to rest and become myself again, I hired a Career Coach to help me figure out what I could do with three advanced degrees and a career in public education that extended over 30 years.

By this time, I had turned 60. (Note: Changing career paths is challenging at any age, but it is especially challenging after you have turned 60. The good news is that it can be done!)

I eventually decided on what I wanted to do.

It meant I would need to reinvent and retool myself for a brand new career. But the more I thought about that, the most excited I got! I wanted to try my hand at coaching.

First, I got certified as a Life Strategies Coach. Then I added a Stress Management Coaching certification. Later, I added certifications in Holistic Life Coaching and Sleep Science Coaching.

In 2013, I became a licensed Science of Mind Minister.

As such, I follow the philosophy that our thoughts determine our experiences. I have been studying Science of Mind since 2001. I am a great believer that we create our own reality with our thoughts, and we have far more control over our thoughts, and ultimately, our own reality than we sometimes recognize.

As for as educational credentials, I have several.

My Ph.D. is in Educational Leadership,

I also have an Ed.S. in PreK-12 Administration and a Master's degree in Liberal Studies.

In 2003, I achieved certification as a National Board Certified Library Media Specialist, and I renewed that certification in 2012.

Boitnott Coaching, LLC and TeachersinTransition.com were founded in 2013.

From 2014 to 2015, I worked with my former Career Coach who owns a large, internationally known company that specializes in career transition.

I took training from her and worked as an Independent Coach Consultant with her team for fourteen months before breaking off to go solo.

And in 2016, I earned my Distinguished Toastmasters designation from Toastmasters International.

I am especially proud of the fact that I was named one of the Top 25 Career Coaches Online by CareerToolkit.com in 2016.

As a current member of the Forbes Coaches Council, I am a regular contributor to Forbes.com.

What does any of this mean for you?

If I could retool and reinvent myself after over 30 years of teaching, you can do it, too. After all, I was 60 years old at the time. Yet, I retrained, retooled, and totally reinvented myself professionally.

If I could do it, you can too!

You may need help, however. So let me offer you the benefit of my experience.

Either individually or in groups. I have also helped over 1000 individuals in the last five years  I speak to groups about stress management strategies and career transitions. I also work with clients through one-on-one work and small group coaching services.

At Teachers in Transition, we offer a wide variety of services and programs priced for everyone's budget, even for the teacher who is on a super tight budget.

So, let's talk!

If you are experiencing burnout or you don't enjoy teaching anymore, you owe it to yourself to make a move, and the sooner you do, the better.

Sign up for a 20-minute complimentary Discovery Session. You have nothing to lose but 20 minutes of your time.



“After the first few days, I began to feel empowered! I now understand I have more control over my career than I thought I did!” ~ A Happy Client





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What Working with Kitty is Like

Julia L., NBCT, Doctoral Student
"Kitty is a highly competent professional.  During our coaching sessions, her questions and insightful comments were framed in a way that facilitated self-reflection.  This helped me clarify my goals, guiding me through a critical juncture in my career.  Kitty's compassionate support helped me gain perspective on major career decisions, guiding me toward assessing my options with clarity.  As a result, I have made decisions that are right for me.  I am grateful for her  guidance."  ~ Julia L., NBCT, Teacher, Doctoral Student