Wednesday May 10, 2023

How School-Based Therapists Can Help Teachers Too

Ryan Pelkey, Teacher/Administrator/Author/Speaker/Mental Health Advocate


Ryan Pelkey is a teacher, athletic director, administrator, speaker and published author residing in Warrenton, Virginia. With over 23 years of educational experience, he is constantly proving that you are not "..just" a title or name. As a mental health advocate for teachers, Ryan has pushed for equity as all stakeholders in education come out of the pandemic with wants and needs that no one has been prepared for. He is a firm believer that all students can learn and the bar for that achievement needs to be set high. When he has any free time he can seen enjoying his favorite teams the Eagles and Yankees as well as spending time with his wife, 6 kids and 2 awesome dogs.

What is the most challenging mental health issue in your school or district right now?: Teachers do not have any services to help with their mental health needs. Students have school counselors, other SEL programs that promote mindfulness and a safe place to talk, but nothing has been created for teachers. We are losing teachers!


What are the barriers to overcoming that issue, and what do you believe is the best approach?: Listen. Just listen to what educators are saying. Take a moment to give a moment of time so a teacher can reflect, refocus and move forward. Also, give grace to educators, we do for students on a daily, we need to push for better support systems for all educators and proper funding so these supports stick around.

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@mr_pelkey on Instagram, twitter and clubhouse




Thriving School Community Podcast HOST:  Charle Peck, M.Ed., MSW


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BIO: Charle Peck is the co-creator of Thriving School Community, a revolutionary program designed for schools to improve mental health. With over 20 years of education and mental health leadership experience, she has the unique lens of both a certified teacher and a licensed clinical therapist specializing in trauma. Charle holds an MS in Education and an MS in Social Work. Her role as a high school teacher coupled with her work with children and families in crisis gives her incredible insight into solving youth mental health problems stemming from our schools. She is the co-author of Improving School Mental Health: The Thriving School Community Solution and a global keynote speaker delivering powerful messages of hope to educators. Connect with Charle at: and on Twitter at: @CharlePeck







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