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Spring 2019

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Article Illuminating Educator Burnout Scott Rowe, Ed.D. As I sit down to write this article about how to prevent burnout in educators on a cold February day, all I can feel is a little burned out. I am in my first year as Superintendent and I am reminded of my first year as an Assistant Principal and hitting the "February wall" my Principal talked about, which I didn't believe existed. Well, it does, and I have not met too many educators who don't experience this mysterious wall, I and many of you are leaning against it right now to keep us upright. Hitting this wall does not mean I don't love my job, or look forward to coming to work every day, which I do! The wall is a reminder that we have to allow for some sense of balance in our lives, and educators are typically not very good at this. A combination of the personality of an educator, demands of whichever school district we are deeply committed to, keeping up with state regulations, and trying to diagnose the little challenges which make all of our students unique, so we can keep them on a path to meeting their potential, all contribute to this feeling of exhaustion and burnout. It is how we respond to this current feeling, that usually accompanies the month of February, that will determine if we can bounce back to finish the year strong, or if we limp to the end of the school year and dread the start of the next, year after year until we finally say, I've had The wall is a reminder that we have to allow for some sense of balance in our lives, and educators are typically not very good at this. SPRING 2019 | VOLUME 65 | NUMBER 1 | PAGE 47

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