65. Teacher Mental Health: Navigating Challenges and Embracing Resilience for New Teachers with Special Guest Helena Hains

Aug 01, 2023

Picture this: a classroom filled with engaged and enthusiastic students, a teacher brimming with passion and energy, and an atmosphere radiating positivity and growth. It may sound like a dream, but the secret behind this transformative classroom experience lies within one crucial aspect: teacher mental health.

As educators, we pour our hearts into nurturing the minds of our students, but often forget to tend to our own mind and our own well-being. In this episode, we open your eyes to the truth about teacher mental health. In this episode, Helena Hains and I share our personal journeys, offering practical strategies to prevent burnout, build resilience, and embrace self-compassion. This isn't just another self-help spiel; it's a wake-up call to all educators (new and veterans alike) to prioritize their mental health for a profound impact on their teaching journey. Get ready to unlock the power within and witness the magic that happens when teachers nurture themselves, as they do their students.

Helena Hains is a New Elementary Coach, who empowers new elementary educators to go from being overwhelmed and feeling frazzled to being excited and confidently having a smoothly ran classroom. Helena knows the importance of systems and how they can make teaching a joyful and impactful profession. Also known as The Present Teacher, Helena has presented at over 10 other summits, and loves to share all the latest teacher tips on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and her Podcast. Helena graduated from Eastern Oregon University, with her Master's in Elementary Education and a Minor in ESL and Spanish.


  • The Truth About Mental Health for New Teachers: Understanding the Challenges
  • Setting Up Systems for New Teachers: Classroom Management, Time Management, and More
  • Prioritizing Mental Health: Gratitude Practices and Mindfulness for Teachers
  • Seeking Support and Mentorship: The Power of Guidance in the Teaching Journey
  • Mindset Shift: Embracing Self-Compassion and Celebrating Successes
  • Preventing Burnout: Actionable Tips for New Teachers
  • Navigating the First Years of Teaching: From Interview to Classroom Success
  • The Impact of Mental Health on Teaching: Research and Insights
  • Overcoming Challenges: Strategies for Adapting to New Environments and Classroom Dynamics
  • The Role of Counseling: How Professional Help Can Transform Your Teaching Experience








The Resilient Teacher Podcast is the show that will give overwhelmed educators the support, tools, and mindset to reduce teacher burnout and keep teaching sustainable. Each week, Brittany Blackwell, M.Ed. & her guests will share inspiration and actionable steps to avoid or recover from the dreaded teacher burnout. You'll be inspired to individualize self-care and learn to prioritize your well-being and mental health, all while making a bigger impact on your classrooms and community.



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