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Burnout: Who’s looking out for teachers, paras’ mental health?

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Data show burnout among teachers in Connecticut and high job turnover among para teachers. As schools struggle to meet the mental health needs of students, who's looking out for teachers' mental health?

Who supports the mental health of teachers and paraeducators?

A Gallup poll in June found that four in 10 K-12 workers in the U.S. (44%) said they "always" or "very often" feel burned out at work, outpacing all other industries nationally.

According to a Rand Corporation survey, also in June, teachers and principals in the U.S. are experiencing frequent job-related stress at a rate about twice that of the general population of working adults.

This hour on Where We Live, we hear from paraeducators and a teacher trainer about resignations and mounting stress on the job.

Also, we spotlight ongoing, $8 million research under a federal grant by UConn Health, UConn School of Education, and UMass (Lowell) on ways to improve mental healthcare for teachers.

And, Catherine Shen, Connecticut Public Education reporter, weighs in.


  • Monique Revellese: Paraeducator, Canterbury. [Previously recorded comment.]
  • Cameo Thorne: Restorative Practice Trainer of Teachers & Students, New Haven. Former public school teacher.
  • Catherine Shen: Education Reporter, Connecticut Public Radio
  • Jenn Cavallari: Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, UConn School of Medicine

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Sujata Srinivasan is Connecticut Public Radio’s senior health reporter. Prior to that, she was a senior producer for Where We Live, a newsroom editor, and from 2010-2014, a business reporter for the station.
Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.