Teacher Burnout?

Is it Time to Explore Your Professional Alternatives?

Are you experiencing the pain of teacher burnout?

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Do you feel the painful symptoms of teacher burnout?  Are you unhappy with your teaching career but don’t know where to turn?

If so, you may be in need of the advice of a career transition and job search coach.


  1. Do you find yourself dreading going to work, feeling anxious or depressed on Sunday night before having to go to work on Monday?
  2. Do you feel stuck and unhappy because you don’t see room for advancement or promotion?
  3. Do you feel that you have control over your work and your projects, or do you feel that all of the major decisions are made for you and you must comply…or else?
  4. Do you feel disillusioned because teaching isn’t what you thought it would be?
  1. Are you having trouble with sleep because you are worried about finances, your students, or a general sense of overwhelm?
  2. Are you lacking the energy and drive that you need to be consistently productive and effective on the job?
  3. Are you having physical issues such as headaches, backaches, gastrointestinal issues or other ailments?

If any of this sounds like you, you may be ready for a career “makeover.”

Whether you find yourself in the midst of a career crisis or between jobs, you are not alone.

The fact is that many teachers feel that they are working harder than ever with less and less satisfaction. The truth is that they are not feeling fulfilled by their work in any way.

Many teachers secretly wish they had made a different career choice, but they feel stuck because they don’t know where to begin even if they had the courage to make a change.

That is where I was just a few years ago. I found myself in the midst of a career transition. I had left teaching after a 37-year career as both a librarian and teacher and then President of the Virginia Education Association.

In the spring of 2012, I realized that I was too exhausted to want to go back to the classroom. I was on schedule to return to a middle school English teaching position. 

Every time I thought about it, I just wanted to cry.

I knew that I no longer had the physical stamina to teach a full day every day.

I was pretty sure I wasn’t prepared to deal with hormonal middle schoolers again. I had tried that when I was young, and it was hard then.

I hadn’t taught English since 1980…long before standards and testing and accountability measures ever took over teachers’ lives.

And I was sure that the middle schoolers of today are different from the 6th graders I taught from 1977-1980…so I was in trouble.

One day when I was brooding over the prospect of learning a new curriculum, standards I didn’t support, and testing run amok, I realized that I just couldn’t do it.

I needed another solution.

I knew that teaching was no longer an option for me, but what to do instead? I had three advanced degrees, and I was National Board Certified. I had dedicated my entire adult life to K-12 education, and the thought of doing anything else felt foreign, to say the least.

But I stuck to my resolve to change my career. Three years later, I am a Certified Life Strategies Coach, a Certifed Stress Management Coach, and a Certified Holistic Life Coach. Additionally, I have been trained by one of the top Career Coaches in the country, and I have learned how to help other teachers transition from education into different careers.

You don’t have to stay stuck in a job that no longer serves you or lights you up. In fact, I believe that if you aren’t having any fun anymore, your students can probably tell, and they probably aren’t having any fun either.

I operate on the premise that work should be fulfilling and FUN!

In addition to to the transformation of my career, I have helped others make significant changes in their career paths. For example, Julia L, a National Board Certified Teacher who was one of my very first clients said:

“Kitty is a highly competent professional.  During our coaching sessions, her questions and insightful comments were framed in a way that facilitated self-reflection.  This helped me clarify my goals, guiding me through a critical juncture in my career.  Kitty’s compassionate support helped me gain perspective on major career decisions, guiding me toward assessing my options with clarity.  As a result, I have made decisions that are right for me.  I am grateful for her  guidance.”  ~ Julia Leider., NBCT, Teacher, Doctoral Student

Another client has shared…

“Kitty is an excellent career coach and mentor! I attended one of her stress management workshops and later sought her help in my job search. I benefitted so much from her guidance and feedback as I clarified my career goals, updated my resume and began searching for a new job. I highly recommend her! She is especially knowledgeable about educators in transition and was able to address my specific needs.” ~ Brooke D., Library Media Specialist

And another has offered…

“It has often been said that the answers to life’s questions are within us. We must just have the courage to allow them to surface. Dr. Boitnott has a very calm and unique way of helping you to reflect deeply and allow the answers to your hardest questions to surface. When it first happened with me, I was like “Wow, I didn’t know I had that inside of me.” My sessions with Dr. Boitnott have been incredible. She is an extraordinary life skills coach, and I highly recommend her. ~ Princess Moss, NEA Executive Committee

Is it time for YOU to jumpstart your job search or consider a career “makeover.”

If you stay where you are, what will be the costs to you? Financially, emotionally, and mentally, what will the ultimate costs be?

But if you are ready to make that change, do you know where to begin?

Most teachers don’t have a clue how to start a job search. I can help you with that.

For an initial consultation of 60 minutes, you can discover whether or not you are ready to take charge of your life and your career, and you can get started on your way. Sign up for a 60-minute consultation for $75.

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