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Challenging Teacher Burnout and The "Good" Teacher Narrative with Special Guest Caitlin Peay Smith (Ep. 21)

Oct 11, 2022


Have you ever considered what you were taught about the things "good teachers" do? What they are willing to sacrifice? How "good teachers" operate? Teacher burnout, while absolutely a systemic issue, results in lots of ways to how society, our schools, and even how WE see "good teachers." That's why I brought on Caitlin Peay from How to Get Away with Teaching to talk about her experience with teacher burnout, how she survived, and what she is doing to challenge the "good teacher" narrative with candid conversations, de-stigmatizing mental health, and supporting sustainable self-care to fuel the revolution of humanizing educators. 

Caitlin Peay Smith is a former teacher with over ten years of experience in North Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and another in Teaching English as a Second Language. She is the owner of How To Get Away With Teaching, LLC, a self care brand that disrupts society’s expectations of teachers and moms by prioritizing mental health and wellness. How To Get Away With Teaching also provides mental health resources, mood-boosting wellness goodies, speaking engagements, and a subscription box curated as a reminder for teachers to prioritize themselves.



  • Resilient Teacher Shoutout
  • Caitlin's Journey to Burnout
  • Transformation through Therapy and Self-Awareness
  • Sustainable Self-Care Strategies for those really tough days that don't cost a thing!
  • Addressing Teacher Attrition and #teacherquittok
  • How we can make the change for teacher retention
  • Crafting Individualized Affirmations to Change Teacher Mindset
  • How to Craft Your Own Teacher Affirmations
  • Where to Find Done for You Affirmations
  • A Challenge for Teachers for Affirmations
  • Borrow a Belief from Caitlin
  • Book Recommendations to Help DIY Self-Care
  • What is How to Get Away with Teaching Subscription?
  • How you can connect with Caitlin & How to Get Away with Teaching








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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