“I’m so tired, I haven’t slept a wink; I’m so tired, my mind is on the blink” who knew that Beatles lyrics could be so reflective during a 2020 pandemic. Plainly speaking, it’s fair to make the assumption that educators everywhere are tired. Home and Classroom now co-exist as one; (in addition) if you have children of your own in between lessons you must ensure they are logged on and engaged in their remote learning, too.

In a recent study conducted by the Long Island Teachers Retirement System there was a 26% jump for retirement in 2020; no surprise there. Based on my own (word of mouth analysis) I’d venture to say next to the field of medicine, the educational field has had to make the quickest adjustment when it comes to being responsive and not reactive.

It is no secret that the field of education lacks understanding and support. Most schools specifically in low-income areas were already overcrowded and underfunded with little to no parental support pre-pandemic. Currently, not only do the prior issues still exist but so do new ones like tackling knowledge of remote learning for teachers, parents and most importantly children. Teachers have now had to become the attendance clerk, the dean of students, tech support, the after school/in-school tutor, in addition to tweaking their lesson plans and curriculum to keep engagement virtually. How stressful? With little to no training or workshops in relation to pandemic supports for educators, teachers have adjusted and tweaked their entire curriculum to fit the needs of their students.

In a private online study conducted by me with educators in the city of Chicago (both public and charter employees) 100% of teachers determined they are overwhelmed, 80% determined self-care is the last priority to them right now and 75% feel unsuccessful as a remote educator.

“I am burned out as a parent and educator. I feel like there is no time for me. The students I service desperately need extra support and hands-on learning. It pains me to no end that I am only available remotely due to the pandemic. They will be terribly behind when we return in person.” explained an anonymous educator.

With all the pandemic pressures personally and professionally, it takes an extraordinary leader to preserve and impact children as a light. From one educator to another I salute the unsung heroes in education.

When summer comes don't feel bad, WE deserve to "chill" the entire summer for vacation.