Wednesday Nov 01, 2023

Leading Yourself First Through Teacher Shortages

Sarah L Johnson 

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Sarah Johnson is a former English teacher and school principal, turned author, speaker, leadership coach, and podcaster. She is passionate about assisting others in seeking greater satisfaction in all areas of their full lives by helping them go beyond work-life balance as well as develop strong leadership foundations. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Master of Science in Educational Administration, a Certificate for Women in Leadership from Cornell University, and she is working on her PhD in Global Leadership and Change. She hosts the weekly In AWE Podcast where she is proud to amplify women’s stories to empower a community. Sarah is co-author of Balance Like a Pirate: Going Beyond Work-Life Balance to Ignite Passion and Thrive as an Educator and author of Lead with Faith: Building a Strong Foundation So You Can Rise Up, Slay Fear, and Serve Well. Sarah lives the balance message in her life by pursuing passions such as running, writing, focusing on family with her two daughters and teacher husband, while also honing her leadership skills through networking, teaching, and learning.


What is the most challenging mental health issue in your school or district right now?: 

Most recently I have seen mental health challenges for staff associated with added coverage responsibilities, continuing academic and behavioral challenges with students as a result of COVID, and turnover in leadership adding anxiety. 


How is mental health currently addressed in your school(s), and what are the limitations?: In my work, I see many people trying to provide one-hit wonders for professional development and not really embedding practices into the systems. More quick offerings that do not follow the staff through the year, let alone a month beyond the work. 


Points covered relating to school mental health improvement? 

  1. Leadership must invest in themselves as well as the staff--otherwise, they are steering the shift listlessly. 
  2. Professional development must incorporate strategies and supports to mitigate stress in a sustainable way, and systems need to incorporate ways to visibly see a shift. 
  3. Staff mental wellbeing through crisis as well as in the staid and steady of the day. 
  4. Proactive systems to address teacher shortages and staff outages with no subs. What is the plan AHEAD?

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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