Ep #001 - My Story of Burnout
In this episode, I share my teaching story and experiences with burnout. I also share with you some things that are coming up in the next few days of the BIT Podcast.
I’ve taught for 12 years in Public Education
Started my career back in 2007 in a rural, high-poverty, high diversity school corporation
2015 became an Executive Director at a local non-profit organization
Moved to a different school corporation in 2015 - still rural, high-poverty
Currently a Full-Time Google Trainer and EdTech Consultant, traveling around to different schools, teaching them to use EdTech to enhance teachers’ teaching and students’ learning
My story is a rollercoaster of highs and lows:
My first two years were really hard, as I was viewed as a nuisance and ‘bossy’ by my team when I was simply excited to share new ideas and things that I wanted to try in my classroom
My mentor and principal were not very supportive of my situation and I felt alone and isolated
Things changed in year 3 when I was moved to second grade and got along wonderfully with my colleagues and realized the power of friendship among teachers - I experienced the same type of experience when I moved to third grade
By the middle of my third year teaching third grade (now Grade Level Leader as well) I was feeling severe burnout and decided that I needed to make a change immediately (in the middle of the school year)
Became the Executive Director of local non-profit, which closed six months later, because of financial issues
Hired by a new school district, but very stuck and burned-out again, because my talents were not realized or recognized
Became extremely BURNED-IN during an EdTech Team Google Summit and decided to go all out and become a Certified Educator, Trainer, and Innovator - Created BURNED-IN Teacher on my way home
Began blogging about burnout and using EdTech in my classroom
Became a Google Innovator, using Burned-In Teacher as my project
Left the classroom to fulfill my dream of turning Burned-In Teacher into a community, consult full-time, and do things like the BIT Podcast to bring more teachers together
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