The Burned-In Teacher Podcast

with Amber Harper

The podcast for burned-out teachers where we talk about how to take your next best steps toward finding what you want from your career in education and life.





 With a new episode each week, Amber and her guests share inspiration, encouragement, and practical strategies to help you take ownership of your burnout and get one step closer to becoming a Burned-In Teacher.

Search below to find past episodes!

Episode 186: Hacking Teacher Burnout Summer Book Study Series: Kick-Off to Your Summer Teacher Self-Care Plan

Welcome to the highly anticipated kick-off episode of the Hacking Teacher Burnout Summer Book Study Series! In this episode, we dive into creating your summer teacher self-care plan by discussing the forward, prologue, and introduction of the book, which will set the stage for a thought-provoking and enriching summer book study experience. Whether you’re a seasoned educator seeking rejuvenation or a newcomer to the field hoping to build a resilient foundation, this podcast series promises to equip you with the tools, strategies, and mindset necessary to conquer burnout and thrive as an empowered educator. Let's hack teacher burnout together!

Episode 185: Ask BIT: How Can Teachers Burned Out from Teaching Prepare for a Fresh Start Next School Year?

As the current school year draws to a close, it's crucial for teachers burned out from teaching to prioritize self-care and rejuvenation to avoid burnout. In this episode, we delve into practical steps that educators can take during this transitional period to set themselves up for a successful and burnout-free next school year. We explore the power of reflection, celebrating successes, and identifying areas for growth. Additionally, we discuss the importance of setting realistic goals and share strategies for making the most of the summer break while actively preparing for the upcoming year. Join us to discover empowering techniques that will help you recharge and bid farewell to burnout, ensuring a fresh start brimming with energy and passion.

Episode 184: From Burned-Out to Burned-In with Wayne: How Changing Negative Thought Processes Lead to Burnout Recovery

Having systems and support to not only guide but also show you how to change debilitating negative thought spirals is vital in not only starting but continuing your journey out of burnout. In this inspiring episode, Wayne, a Burned-In Teacher University student, shares his journey of overcoming burnout and transforming his mindset to find fulfillment in his teaching career. By applying the Burned-In Process to his life, Wayne was able to change his mindset and eliminate the negative, toxic narratives he told himself and instead create effective systems and strategies to handle whatever comes his way - in both his career and his life. Listen in to learn how this teacher went from feeling burned out to now being BURNED-IN and loving teaching again!

Episode 183: Navigating Teacher Stress and Prioritizing Your Wellbeing This Summer with the Hacking Teacher Burnout Summer Book Study Series

In this exciting new podcast episode, I introduce the Hacking Teacher Burnout Summer Book Study Series! This upcoming podcast series is designed to help teachers learn effective strategies to combat burnout and start the school year feeling fulfilled and energized by reading my book Hacking Teacher Burnout and working through each chapter together as a community. In this episode, I’ll share what you can expect from this upcoming series and what steps to take to prepare for the first episode in the series which will release on June 3rd, 2023. Don't miss out on this opportunity to recharge and revitalize your teaching career!

Episode 182: How A Good School Leader Can Inspire and Influence Others with Dave Schmittou

In this episode, we explore the inspiring story of a former teacher turned administrator, Dave Schmittou. Dave has served the K-20 space for 25 years through the roles of teacher, assistant principal, athletic director, principal, assistant superintendent, and college professor, and he now works as an education consultant supporting districts. In our conversation, he shares what he’s learned about being a true leader as well as sharing the valuable lesson he learned about arrogance and the role that it played in his career. Through reflection and self-awareness, he was able to transform his leadership style and become an advocate and leader for the staff in his school. Tune in to discover how he achieved this transformation and what you can learn from his experience.

Episode 181: Ask BIT: What To Do When Teaching Becomes Too Much and Tips for Overwhelmed Teachers

What to do when teaching becomes too much and strategies for dealing with teacher overwhelm is something I get asked about all the time. In this episode, I’m answering two Ask BIT questions that I feel that many teachers can relate to, especially this time of year. I share with you practical strategies for managing the multifaceted demands of teaching. From balancing the complicated needs of students to staying on top of the many “teacher tasks” that need to be done, I’ll provide insightful tips to help teachers feel more organized, efficient, and centered. Tune in to learn actionable strategies that will help you navigate the complexities of teaching with greater ease and confidence so you can do more than just survive, but THRIVE!



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I'm Amber Harper!

I’m a kindergarten teacher, teacher burnout coach, and travel-obsessed adventurer from Northeast Indiana.

When I realized I was deep in teacher burnout, I refused to look at it as a sentence. Instead, I chose to let it be an opportunity and took steps in my career to create the change I needed to be happy and fulfilled. Since then, I’ve written a book, created a course, and built a community of teachers who are serious about overcoming burnout and discovering a new and fresh passion for teaching.

Ready to do the same?

Let’s start by getting to know your burnout a little bit more with my Teacher Burnout Quiz.


Burned-In Teacher

Burned-In Teacher is a resource for educators who are ready to look at burnout as an opportunity to create a life and career they’re passionate about. 

Take the Quiz to find out your burnout type and get a roadmap for your next best steps.


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