Often I am racking my brain trying to figure out what we as an organization can do to support our teachers so that they want to build their career in Putnam City. How can we make this job easier for them so that they are able to pour more into the students?
When I read about the troubles some of our students experience, it makes me sad because I know that every one of those stories is heard by at least a few caring adults who internalize them and worry about those kids.
When our board interviewed the top candidates for teacher of the year back in March, we got an earful on what could be done to help teachers. Every single one of them mentioned improved mental health. Having sat in on these interviews for years, I can tell you that was a first. My board is keen to find ways that we can provide stronger mental health resources for our teachers, and May is the perfect month to start.
Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month, we will be providing research articles and well-being activities through our social media accounts. These are aimed at helping the public understand the additional pressure put on teachers, and to provide new coping skills to help educators mitigate the negative factors of that additional pressure.
As I know many readers of the blog are teachers, I am hoping that you have ideas for each other on how you alleviate stress and center yourselves. We need to be more kind to each other, offering encouragement to one another as we finish testing and enter the final stretch of our school year.
Please let us know how we can be a better resource on this issue!