Many education professionals enter the field because they would like to make a positive impact on the lives of young people. They exert a lot of energy as teachers to ensure that their students are healthy mentally, emotionally and physically. People who work as teachers often forget to give attention to their own wellness. Sadly, this often leads to low teacher retention rates and high turnover.
In this podcast, Jamiah Bennett, journalism student at the University of Connecticut, talks with Michele Femc-Bagwell, Director of Teacher Education at the university, and other educators about the importance of educator health.
Guest Speakers on Episode I: “Welcome to the Classroom”
Guest 1: Katie Grant
Grant is a master’s student studying secondary English education in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.
In Episode I, Grant sheds light on the ebbs and flows of being a teacher that many people may not think about. She discusses her experiences as a student teacher and the toll it took on her physical and mental health.
Guest 2: Michele Femc-Bagwell
Femc-Bagwell explains her research on teacher health and wellness. She acknowledges that the work of a teacher extends well beyond the classroom, especially when a teacher puts their heart into their work.
Femc-Bagwell proposes a few solutions to improve teachers’ experiences in an effort to better their overall health and wellness.
Host: Jamiah Bennett
Bennett is a health and wellness enthusiast, storyteller, and an aspiring educator. In “No Teacher Left Behind,” she explores the intersection of these three by delving into the topic of teacher health and wellness.
Listen to Episode I of ‘No Teacher Left Behind” podcast below:
TOP PHOTO: A teacher engages students in a traditional classroom setting. (Photo Courtesy of NeONBRAND via Unsplash)