The short bio…

Ellen Ronalds Keene is a high school Music, Japanese and English teacher as well as a life coach, meditation teacher, writer, speaker and chronic disease thriver. Following some major health events during her university years, she found in the first few years of teaching that she was even more prone to burnout than most. She is passionate about preventing teacher burnout, improving teacher wellbeing and supporting teachers to overcome their barriers to self-care. She runs the Facebook support group Self-Care for Teachers and regularly posts helpful wellbeing tips, tricks and articles. When she isn’t teaching, coaching or practicing self-care herself, she enjoys writing a blog and reading about health, wellbeing and human behaviour. The rest of the time she likes to hang out at home in trackie-dacks with her husband and cat.

Ellen says: “Over the last 10 years I have learnt the hard way that life is not only easier and I am happier when I look after me, but I am also able to look after others better too. I am a better teacher, colleague, wife, daughter, friend and human when I prioritise looking after myself. Self-care changed my life. I really want to help others feel better too, everywhere, but particularly in the teaching profession where I see a great need for more policies and system which support wellbeing.”


  • Bachelor of Learning Management, CQUniversity
  • Advanced Credentialed Practitioner of Coaching, The Coaching Institute
  • Certificate in Holistic Counselling, MindBodyFood Institute
  • Certificate in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Human Development, MindBodyFood Institute
  • Certificate in Chair Yoga Instruction, MindBodyFood Institute

Memberships and Registrations

  • Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)
  • International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT)