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

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.

case studies

The problem
Seventy-eight percent of teachers express overwhel...
The solution
Social support has been identified by research as ...
The 12 Choices
I choose to be happy, I choose to disconnect…...
How it works
Teachers come together in a shared space, sit in a...

We aim to build mentally healthy teachers who can subsequently
build emotionally healthy students


Latest News

  • Teacher Resiliency: Five Lessons Learned from Starting a Revolution

    “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. The

    February 6, 2018
  • We Need to Support Mental Health & Wellness of Teachers

    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 able

    July 13, 2017
  • Social-Emotional Competence Starts at the Head of the Class

    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 matter

    June 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.