We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeannine Jannot and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeannine, how does your business help the community or world
I founded The Balanced Student to help students develop skills and habits that would support their academic achievement and personal wellness. After years of coaching students I was able to share my insights into why so many students are struggling to reach their potential in my book, “The Disintegrating Student: Super Smart & Falling Apart”. My goal continues to be engaging students, parents, educators and other stakeholders in conversations that focus on how we can be more astute at recognizing the early signs of struggle and intervene before students fall apart.
Please tell us more about your career. How did you get to where you are today professionally. What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My true passion is to help students be productive and well. That means helping them to navigate the many pitfalls in today’s high-stakes achievement culture which is crushing so many of our bright, high-achieving kids. Through my coaching at The Balanced Student I approach students by giving them insights and understanding to why it might be helpful to try something different and explaining how their brain works. Topics include task and time management, organization, mindset, study habits and skills, sleep, screens, and stress. There are no words to adequately express how I feel when I see a student making positive progress. I just want them to enjoy their learning and feel a sense of autonomy and accomplishment. If I ever stop feeling this, I can’t imagine continuing the work. Going from a stay-at-home mom to a college instructor to a business owner and eventually a book author has been interesting and rewarding. I continue to be my own biggest obstacle struggling with self-doubt and self-promotion. But, above all I value the feedback I receive from the families that I work with. It’s very gratifying to hear about my students’ successes. I know they are responsible for all of the hard work and dedication that brings them success, but I am overjoyed and honored to be a part of the process.
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.
I’m in North Fulton so I tend to like to hang out in places like The Avalon, Halcyon, and downtown Alpharetta. I love lingering over breakfasts with friends at Scratch (Milton) and J Christopher’s (Alpharetta). There are so many cool new lunch spots in downtown Alpharetta like Never Enough Thyme and Chiringa and some great rural spots like The Union and 7 Acre Barn Grill in nearby Milton. If they were into yoga I would introduce them Goga Goat Yoga and Atlantis Dream Farm.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people and resources that have shaped my thinking and supported my efforts. Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly” gave me insight into myself and courage to embrace my vulnerability in a positive way. It fundamentally changed my mindset on everything from starting my business to public speaking to writing my first book. So many friends shared their talents, advice, and resources with me along the way: Kellie Taylor, Susan Keenan, Mariliee Hamilton, and Beth O’Brien Burke, to name only a few. Others gave me a platform to have my conversation with parents: Cindy Robinson-The Kid Factory, Chris Shearer-Johns Creek HS, PTSA-Cambridge HS, Joanne Feldman-Fox5 Atlanta, Arlene Dijamco, MD-The Multidimensional MD. And, I’m grateful to be supported in all I do by my wonderful family.
Kellie Taylor Marchet Butler