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

Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.7

Starting your career as a new teacher can feel overwhelming at times. So, what can be done to alleviate any negative feelings and help new teachers thrive? In this 45-minute course from Maverick Wellbeing, Jason Freeman and Mike Crabtree discuss sustainable techniques for helping new teachers become confident and successful.


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New teachers are often facing more stressors, both inside and outside the classroom, than in any other career stage. It can easily lead to feelings of anxiety, guilt, and becoming overwhelmed.

This session talks about those stressors as well as ideas for dealing with them without losing your mind. When you complete this course, you’ll have a firm foundation for how to help yourself and support any new teachers entering the profession for the first time.

In this 45-minute course, you will learn:

  • How to identify common stressors
  • How to cope with stress as a new teacher
  • How to manage secondary PTSD
  • Strategies to become your ‘imperfect best


Other courses in this series:

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

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 Crabtree 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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