Burnt Out Educator Podcast

Jonathan Bell

Working in social media  Was eager to start working at the age of 15 Applied to many places but was turned down for all of them  During Covid, started utilizing social media for marketing his family-owned business  In April 2020 he launched his own website for digital marketing consulting Balancing being a high schooler and …

An Interview with the Burned In Teacher, Amber Harper

Being an Educator Amber didn’t grow up knowing what she wanted to do with her life  She went to school to be a nurse That didn’t work out, so she got her degree in education  And ending up being super passionate about it  She’s always advocated for the underdog  And that’s a big reason why …

Opaque Transparency with Tasha Little

About Tasha  Tasha is one of Olivia’s eighth-grade students at Nixa Junior High. She plays basketball and is also a part of a couple of other student organizations. One organization called Sources of Strength works to be a support system for students. Tasha was chosen to be a part of this organization because her teachers …

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover with Stephanie Graham

How did you become a paraprofessional? Used to live in Hannibal, Missouri Husband is a teacher  They had visited Nixa before and loved the area Husband landed a job teaching in Nixa  Stephanie used to be a woman’s dorm director for a college  After moving to Nixa, got a job as a paraprofessional at the …

68 Applications with Thomas Primm

Thomas Primm Wanted to be a teacher when he was young  Worked as a tattoo artist and painter  Went back to school in his 40s and received a Bachelor’s in philosophy  What was your experience as a college student? Didn’t always feel it was necessary to engage/debate with the philosophy professors  Was good friends with …

Restorative Relationships with Mark Simmonds

Restorative Relationships Mark is a huge believer in restorative practices  And tries to make connections with his students by sharing stories from his childhood  When he can make a connection, students respect him more and are more likely to open up Though, Mark works at an alternative site And it can be difficult to maintain …

The Art of Running (2)

“I wanted to be someone within the system that saw kids like me, who felt like they were going to be sick every single day, who were scared of being here, but also needed to be here and find a place through class… When I have kids like that, I want them to know that I’ve been there every single day of my life. And that sometimes as their teacher I still feel like that.”

The End of the Infinite Ladder (1)

Ryan was too fixated on the object to see the opportunity for a deep connection with students. While in his subjectivity, he desired that space, he inhabited a classroom with the goal of completing the lesson plan, getting the students from A to B, and doing well enough to be promoted. This kept him in a place of objectivity.

Introducing Burnt Out Educator (0)

We’re not here to tell people how to be. We are not here to tell them what to be, or how to live. We’re here to see human beings that happen to participate in the same community (education) and give them validation of “please, share because we would love to hear.”