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69. How To Set Personal & Professional Learning Goals That Transform Teacher Burnout with Special Guest Melissa Steigerwald

Aug 29, 2023

Often we think of teacher learning goals as these things that include educational jargon like "rigor" or "learning gap." But if we aren't creating our own professional learning goals, then it's almost pointless.

In this episode, we dive into how Melissa, a teacher just like you (not an influencer or social media teacher) used this podcast to set a professional learning goal to beat the teacher burnout cycle once and for all. As you listen to her story, I'm sure you'll feel a little sense of "Oh, I've been there too" and grab a few ideas to add to your plan to beat burnout this school year. It's a constant process and the process of setting these goals is what leads to reviving that passion for teaching again.

Melissa is a veteran teacher with 20 years experience in the classroom. Out of college, she was hired to teach 4 year old kindergarten in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has been blessed to be able to stay in the same school, grade level and classroom for her entire career. She considers herself to be an ordinary classroom teacher as she does not have any teacher social media presence. Melissa tries to make a difference every day by bringing joy, playfulness and connection to our youngest learners.



  • Melissa's Story: The Onset of Teacher Burnout
  • The Silent Killer of Joy in Her Teaching Career: Personal Struggles and Escalating Symptoms
  • Factors contributing to burnout (turnover, behavior issues, COVID-19)
  • Finding Support and Strategies to Overcome Teacher Burnout
  • How Melissa Used the Podcast for Tools & Strategies
  • Creating a Professional Learning Goal to Transform Teacher Burnout
  • 3 Strategies Melissa Used in her Burnout Recovery
  • Turning the Page: Starting Small and Learning Self-Regulation Techniques
  • The Importance of Ongoing Self-Care and Checking In
  • Final Thoughts and Advice








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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