It’s Time To Put the “Martyr Teacher” Narrative To Rest


  Recently a young woman I mentor came to me, teary-eyed and frustrated. Just months into the school year, she was exhausted, overworked and overwhelmed at her new school setting. Placed in what had been labeled a failing school, she had repeatedly asked an administrator for guidance and support and was told “to put her … Continue reading It’s Time To Put the “Martyr Teacher” Narrative To Rest

Sustainable Compassion for Those Who Serve


Forty- to fifty-percent of teachers quit their job within their first five years of teaching. Nurses, doctors and other medical professionals report increasingly less satisfaction in their work. Incidence of suicide among social workers is on the rise. Clergy suffer from depression and other medical issues. Part of the problem is systemic—our social service providers … Continue reading Sustainable Compassion for Those Who Serve

Fierce Care, Not Self-Righteous Anger, for Social Change


Many of us who serve others in caring professions or roles also work to change institutional or social structures that we see as harming the people we serve, or holding them back. To work to change such structures is often to work against the positions of other people who are committed to those structures. We … Continue reading Fierce Care, Not Self-Righteous Anger, for Social Change