Are You Feeling Teacher Burnout?

Teacher Burnout is on the Rise...Are You Feeling It?

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

If you think you may be experiencing teacher burnout, you may be in need of the advice of a career transition and job search coach.

Teacher feeling burnout in front of her computer

Teacher feeling burnout in front of her computer



  1. Do dread going to work? Do you feel anxious or depressed on Sunday night before Monday morning?
  2. Do you feel stuck and unhappy because you don’t see room for advancement or promotion in your field?
  3. Do you have control over your work and your projects? Or, are most important decisions made for you? Do you feel you must comply “or else?”
  4. Do you feel disillusioned because teaching isn’t what you thought it would be?
  5. Do you have trouble sleeping because you are worried about finances? Do you lose sleep over your students? Do you feel a general sense of overwhelm?
  6. Are you lacking the energy and drive you to need to be consistently productive and effective on the job? Are you just going through the motions, hanging on from vacation to vacation?
  7. Are you having physical issues such as headaches or backaches? Have you been diagnosed with gastrointestinal issues or other ailments?

If any of this sounds like you, you may be experiencing teacher burnout. 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.

Many teachers feel that they are working harder than ever, but they feel less satisfaction than ever before, too. The truth is that teaching does not feel as fulfilling as it once felt. It does not feel like much fun anymore, either.

Teacher burnout is on the rise as demands continue to mount, and rewards continue to diminish.

You may wish you had made a different career choice. But you feel stuck. Even if you feel ready for a change, you don't know where to start. You feel trapped.

I know how you feel.

A few years ago, I found myself at a career crossroads myself. I 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 felt too tired to go back to the classroom. My assignment for the next year would require a return to a middle school to teach English. 

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

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

I realized I was feeling burnout.

And I needed another solution.

Teaching was no longer an option for me, but what to do instead? I possess three advanced degrees, and I am a National Board Certified Library Media Specialist. I dedicated my entire adult life to K-12 education. The thought of doing anything else felt foreign, to say the least.

In spite of that, I stuck to my resolve to change my career. Since leaving education, I became a Certified Life Strategies Coach. I am also a Certifed Stress Management Coach, and a Certified Holistic Life Coach. (More recently, I added a certification as a Sleep Science Coach.)

Additionally, one of the top career coaches in the country trained me in career transition and job search strategy. I learned how to help other teachers transition from education into different careers.

You don't need to stay stuck in a job that no longer serves you or makes you happy. In fact, if you aren't having fun anymore, your kids aren't having any fun either.

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

Since starting my business, I have helped hundreds of teachers and mid-career professionals make significant changes in their career paths.

Client Testimonials

A few testimonials from previous clients:

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, Brooke, 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 Princess Moss 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, what will be the cost to you? Financially, emotionally, and mentally, what will the ultimate cost be?

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

Most teachers don't have any idea how to start a job search.

Sign up for a 20-minute no-obligation strategy session and learn what you need to do to take the first step toward a new career.

I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Kitty Boitnott, Ph.D., NBCT, RScP


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Kitty Boitnott, Ph.D., NBCT