I’m a classroom teacher from Byron Bay with a wonderfully overactive mind and a beautifully overactive 5 year old daughter! I’m an outdoors-loving, chai-drinking surfer and meditating yoga teacher who spent 12 years totally exhausted by my vocation and on the verge of throwing it in – until I broke the cycle.
6 weeks stress leave in 2014 (at the suggestion of my intuitive boss) allowed me the rest and clarity I needed to begin a journey back to mental health, strength, vitality, self acceptance and most importantly – self belief. A journey back to my centre. To my spirit.
This blog is a result of my desire to share practices, tips and tricks for staying calm, compassionate and centred amidst the chaos of daily teaching. I am passionate about teacher wellbeing because our health affects our students’ health.
A centred teacher can teach from the heart despite the multitude of mandates they encounter day to day.
With some researchers believing that 40 to 50 per cent of new teachers leave the profession within their first five years in the job and many experienced teachers suffering overwhelm and affected by mental health issues, it’s time for something to change.
You have the power to change it.
The resources here are written from a teaching perspective but the tools are relevant for any person feeling disconnected from themselves and their centre. I hope that my sharing will help you stay present and centred in the classroom and to reconnect with the teacher inside that you wanted to be.