about us and mission
What We Do
Happy Teacher Revolution is a Baltimore-born, international movement with the mission to support the mental health and wellness of teachers. Our long term goal is to empower educators to initiate HTR meetings across every school district in the US
Our vision is for teachers to feel empowered to claim happiness as their own. We believe that teachers should not feel obligated to sacrifice their wholeness
or well-being in order to perform well
How It Works
Teachers come together, sit in a circle, and the teacher facilitating the meeting reads the mission of HTR and the twelve wellness choices. Teachers then share with one another their experiences in education and any wellness strategies that have worked for them.
We aim to build mentally healthy teachers who can subsequently
build emotionally healthy students
This session was INCREDIBLY POWERFUL!!! This should be offered EVERY MONTH. Many of us are hurting and we don’t know why, and we don’t know whether it will ever end. The facilitator did an outstanding job of setting up the purpose for the meeting. There were many tears and people getting choked up because of the pain we are feeling. I am very encouraged that this session occurred. More sessions about health and wellness are needed.
This session was extremely helpful to me as a first year teacher, and I felt that it should be an option every month so that some can revisit the space, and so that others have the option of joining it. All too often, new teachers are told to take time for themselves, to remember to separate work and home and to stay mentally healthy, but this can be almost impossible without a support system. This session was that support system for myself and many others in the space. I truly believe in the premise that happy educators will create happy children, and having access to this space has greatly impacted my thoughts around my own personal struggles as well as the idea that I am not alone in this struggle. I would love to see this session come back, because I know many corps members that have not yet gotten the opportunity to attend who would greatly benefit.
“Attention passengers: in the event of an unexpected change in pressure from administrators, parents, students, colleagues, or school district officials, please assist yourself before assisting children and those around you. Remember to breathe.” The messaging onboard airplanes is the exact same messaging my fellow educators need to hear: self-care isn’t selfish, self-care is survival. TheFebruary 6, 2018
Seventy-eight percent of teachers express overwhelming levels of stress. Teachers who experience higher levels of stress are more likely to be burnt out, less effective in teaching and classroom management, less connected to their students, and less satisfied with their work. If a teacher is stressed out and unhappy, she or he will not be ableJuly 13, 2017
Secure your own oxygen mask first before assisting children. That saying aboard planes has resonated with Danna Thomas, a kindergarten teacher in Baltimore who founded a teacher-support group called Happy Teacher Revolution. “We can’t be there in our fullest capacity to teach kids if we’re not in our fullest capacity ourselves,” she said. “No matterJune 7, 2017
Shortly about us
Short Term Goals: Initiate international pilot of Happy Teacher Revolution facilitator training via online platform in May 2018.
Long Term Goals: Empower educators to initiate HTR meetings across every school district in the US.
Often, teachers are asked to give so much in terms of time, money, and emotional capacity. We strive to empower teachers to push back on these expectations in hopes of them striking a balance between excellent teaching and personal sustainability.