Inside Learning Podcast with Phyllis Fagell – How to navigate the transition from childhood to adolescence

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Though the transition from childhood to adolescence can be tough for kids, this time of rapid physical, intellectual, moral, social, and emotional change is a unique opportunity to proactively build character and confidence.
This months guest Phyllis Fagell is a clinical counsellor, school counsellor, journalist and author who, based on her many years working in schools, sees these years instead as a critical stage that parents can’t afford to ignore. Phyllis maintains that the age makes more of a difference than the setting.
We are also joined by Cormac Noonan, co-founder of Wolf Academy with a goal to inspire and empower young people to live happier and healthier lives, become their true selves and achieve their ultimate vision.


Phyllis has worked in both public and private schools with students in grades K-12. She currently works full time as the school counselor for Sheridan School in Washington, D.C. and provides therapy to children, teens and adults in private practice at the Chrysalis Group, Inc.

Phyllis is the author of “Middle School Matters” and a journalist. She’s a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, focusing on counseling, parenting and education, writes the Career Confidential weekly advice column for PDK, Intl. for educators, and “The Meaningful Middle” column for AMLE (Association of Middle Level Educators). She also has written for Psychology Today, Working Mother, Time, U.S. News & World Report, and Your Teen, and her ideas have been shared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Tribune, among many other outlets.

Representative topics include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Surviving gossip
  • Taking risks
  • Growth mindset
  • Grades and expectations
  • Behavior
  • Sexuality, vaping, suicide and other health-related topics
  • Social turmoil
  • Different learning styles
  • Lying
  • Communicating with teen boys
  • Empowering girls
  • Romantic love
  • Career development
  • Bullying
  • Preparing kids for a changing world

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Wolf Academy was established by two brothers, Cormac and Daryl Noonan, originally from Navan who both went down very different paths in life after leaving secondary school. They came together to share our stories so that young people don’t make the same mistakes they did. They want to prepare young people for life, not just exams.

They decided to set up Wolf Academy to inspire and empower young people to live happier and healthier lives, become their true selves and achieve their ultimate vision.

They do this through our talks, workshops and online courses. They also aim to build an academy where young people can come after finishing school to discover who they are and what they want to do in the world.

Find our more about Wolf Academy

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