Who we are
Happy Teacher Revolution is a Baltimore-born, international movement with the mission to support the mental health and well-being of teachers.
-We train Revolutionaries around the world to initiate Happy Teacher Revolution support group meetings in their own communities.
-We are a network of teachers that serves as a support system for teachers who are struggling with the shame, blame, guilt and difficulties of balancing an incredibly demanding profession with their own sense of self and happiness.
-Often, teachers are asked to give so much in terms of time, money, and emotional capacity. We strive to empower teachers to push back on these expectations in hopes of them striking a balance between excellent teaching and personal sustainability.
What we do
We train Revolutionaries through both online and in-person professional development programming. We offer online training that gives educators the tools to learn to lead Happy Teacher Revolution meetings in their school and communities. We call these trained leaders Revolutionaries.
We also offer hybrid online and in-person professional development support for schools and sites to initiate Happy Teacher Revolution meetings as a support resource for the educators in their institution.
We also offer keynote presentations by founder Danna Thomas.
About Danna Thomas, Founder and CEO of HTR
Danna Thomas is a former Baltimore City Public School teacher turned founder of a global initiative to support the mental health and wellness of educators. Her organization, Happy Teacher Revolution, is on a mission to increase teacher happiness, retention and professional sustainability by providing educators with the time and space to heal, deal and be real about the social-emotional demands they face on the job. Danna served as the national spokeswoman for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Maryland and the “Music for Mental Health” Campaign. She is the recipient of the 2019 Johns Hopkins Community Hero Award and the 2019 winner of the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab. Danna’s favorite form of self-care include playing backgammon, community hot yoga and rocking out on the saxophone.
Our vision is for teachers to feel empowered to claim happiness as their own. We believe that teachers should not feel obligated to sacrifice their wholeness or well-being in order to perform well professionally. We offer the tools to help teachers thrive. We know that happy teachers have happy students.
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