Happy Teacher Revolution is a Baltimore-born, national movement with the mission to support the mental health and wellness of teachers. 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 professionally. We hope to empower teachers to feel that living a complete, happy life runs alongside their ability to form authentic relationships with students. Thus, teachers feel empowered to stay in the classroom because they feel emotionally supported and fulfilled.
Every teacher acts as a caregiver, educator, and advocate for dozens of lives each year. We strive to value all the hats that teachers wear, all the ways they wear them, and all the perspectives and stories each of them bring to the table. The work that teachers engage in is personal - it takes a personal commitment and comes with personal rewards and sacrifices. We strive to recognize and give voice to these sacrifices.
The Happy Teacher Revolution is a network of teachers - a network that serves as a support system for teachers who are struggling with the shame, blame, guilt and difficulties of balancing an incredibly demanding profession with their own sense of self and happiness. 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.
Teachers feel empowered to stay in the classroom when they feel emotionally supported and fulfilled
Short Term Goals: Initiate Happy Teacher Revolution meetings in all fifty-three TFA regions by 2018
Long Term Goals: Empower educators to initiate HTR meetings across every school district in the US