Presenters: Jason Freeman & Mike Crabtree, Maverick Wellbeing
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, 2B, 2C; Learning Environment 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A, 6B, 6C, 6D

Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.7

Have you ever experienced feelings of disillusionment in your career? Perhaps you’re feeling burned out after several years of teaching, and it’s no longer bringing you the joy and excitement you once had upon starting. In this 45-minute course from Maverick Wellbeing, Jason Freeman and Mike Crabtree address the importance of identifying when a teacher is struggling in their profession and what you can do to help remedy the situation.

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According to research, teachers will commonly go through a professional mid-life crisis. This dilemma surprises many educators, but it’s a critical point in their lives. Jason Freeman and Mike Crabtree share crucial information to identify, confront, and resolve this career stage.

Veteran teachers tend to drive the culture of the school. If they’re lifelong learners and open to reinventing themselves, they can have a positive impact on the entire school culture and community. This course is essential for helping to inspire all educators.

In this 45-minute course, you will learn:

  • The warning signs of a mid-life teaching crisis
  • How to identify burnout and ease disillusionment
  • Proactive steps to remedy teacher burnout
  • How to create a positive work environment and discover inspiration

Other courses in this series:

At the Crossroads – Mid-Life Teaching Crisis
Welcome Newbie!
The Art of Being a Prime Time Teacher
Running the Race – Teaching Stages and Marathons
(last title is still in production)

Presenter Bio

Whether speaking in front of thousands of people or coaching a client one-on-one, Jason Freeman has a unique gift to both inspire and guide his audience to recognize the best within themselves and take a step closer toward the goals and dreams they desire.
Aided by a speech impediment, Jason exemplifies the awesome possibility of turning limitations into leverage that, with persistence, can turn defeat into triumph. He has shared the stage with well-known speakers in business, education and (dis)ABILITY communities around the country and would love to help you or your audience make their goals actionable and attainable.


Mike has gained a wealth of professional experiences and insights that he now shares with others through his consulting venture. He concluded a 30-year career in Blount County Schools – nestled between Knoxville, TN, and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Over the years, he has served as a Gifted teacher and a Special Education and Title Administrator. He spent five years as an Assistant Director of Schools and over 20 years as a building-level administrator, including many as a middle school Principal.
Mike is a first-generation college graduate from a rural, working-class factory town. His early years and professional career have also given him experiences and a passion for working with the economically disadvantaged. His accent is authentic, by the way.


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