Before I became a teacher, I spent years as a student support aide, watching teachers tirelessly pouring their hearts into their work, often at the expense of their own well-being. I’ll admit, I used to think I could do it differently, that I wouldn’t fall into that same trap.
But, let’s fast forward a few years, and you guessed it—I found myself in the same burnt-out teacher boat.
This is when I realized the dilemma we face as educators, we learned in the same system that neglects to teach the essential skills needed to maintain a healthy work-life balance. We were trained for the classroom but not for the personal toll it can exact.
Now, here’s the kicker—it’s not a coincidence that surrounded by burnt-out educators and weary public service employees, our youth grow up thinking that burnout is the norm. They watch us, their role models, struggling, and it becomes their blueprint for life.
It’s time for us to rewrite this story.