Allies of the Revolution

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Johns Hopkins University

HTR is a proud to have collaborated with Johns Hopkins University multiple times including Happy Teacher Revolution being selected as the 2019 Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab Winner. To read more about our collaborations, click here.

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EdCan Network

“It’s not about implementing SEL for a year and then dropping it when people change jobs or positions. It’s about creating that capacity that’s going to be long term. And I think within Canada specifically there isn’t anything like Happy Teacher Revolution.”- André Rebeiz, Research Manager for the EdCan Network

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Panorama Education

“At Panorama, time and again we see in the data and hear from our educator community that social-emotional learning starts with adults. Danna and Happy Teacher Revolution are providing much-needed resources for school districts to support educator resilience and well-being in a way that is empowering and joyful”. -Katharine Quigley, Former Educator and Marketing Manager for Panorama Education

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Teach For America


“In your life and in the world, you know, create the space for yourself and bring your full self to the work, and you can’t do that when you’re stressed out. So I think we need to be taking this [teacher mental health and stress] on, and within our own teacher development.” -Wendy Kopp, CEO and CO-Founder of TFA when asked about the importance of Happy Teacher Revolution, Click here to view video.

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools

“Happy Teacher Revolution is an elegant, upstream solution to address downstream challenges like empathic distress and educator burnout.”
-Chris Moore, District Psychologist, Salem-Keizer School District

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Talbot County Public Schools

“I had signed up for the presentation because it was
something different. That’s what attracted me to it. – I really started listening to what she had to say, like this is absolutely what teachers need right now. So, I’m one of the people that we implemented it, during COVID, and I recognized the need prior to [COVID] but even more so now.”
-Dr. Rachel Strang, Supervisor, Social Studies K-12, Title IIA, Professional Learning, Financial LIteracy/JA, Talbot County MD

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Thompson School District

“This program is incredibly sustainable. We got a group of over twenty Facilitators (Revolutionaries) trained and they are out in our buildings. Happy Teacher Revolution has both the sustainability and novelty, but also, the authenticity of doing something helpful for our teachers.”
-Hailey Uphaus, Social Emotional Learning and Intervention Coordinator at Thompson School District

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Towson University

Happy Teacher Revolution is proud to partner with Towson University’s TU Incubator. Click here to view a video about our time together.

What Educators are saying!

“I love the way that HTR actively supports teachers and creates community around the notion that teachers can and deserve to be happy and cared for. I think that the community around HTR helps teachers connect with other educators who have been through burn out or overwhelm. Everything is a little more palatable when you can connect with another person over a shared experience. There is also the 12 steps that frame the HTR support group meetings help educators reframe thoughts that are often rooted in toxic narratives about things teachers “should” do or things teachers “signed up for.”

Alexis Shepard

Alexis Shepard

6th grade, ELA Teacher

“I joined HTR because I love what I do but found myself depleted and miserable. I knew that teaching was my calling and wanted to find ways to keep myself in the classroom.I strongly believe that all educators should be a part of HTR not only to improve their work/life balance, but to also model for others that it is possible to have a happy and effective teacher”.

Karina Vergara

Karina Vergara

5th Grade, ELA Teacher

“Danna is brilliant and a revolutionary in every sense of the word. The tireless work she is doing on behalf of the well-being and mental health of teachers is changing the world! She is one of my favorite people on the planet. Her mission is inspiring and invigorating to all who have the great fortune to be part of it. The Happy Teacher Revolution community is a true gift!”

Meredith A Newlin

Meredith A Newlin

Educator, Author, Book Coach | The Transformed Teacher

“Happy Teacher Revolution is such a joyous organization. Danna Thomas’ energy and belief in the goal and purpose of HTR is palpable. Helping teachers rediscover their passion in education is a tremendous gift in these crazy, stressful times. Our mental health cannot be ignored if we want the best education for our students.”

Lee-Ann Meredith

Lee-Ann Meredith

Founder of Wise Mindful Meditation

“A sick person, even if he/she is a trained medical professional, cannot help to heal another person until the sickness within him/her has been healed. Happy Teacher Revolution is like the medicine that heals the sickness of burnout and toxic stress in educators. When I take my medicine (by joining HTR and applying the practices), I can better help and uplift the children that I serve.”

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams

Founder & CEO @ Infinite Focus Schools

Teaching can be isolating and having a space where I feel safe and understood is important. HTR can provide a space that helps teachers see that they are not alone in their feelings. It also can help provide teachers with realistic, small steps that can be taken to manage their own well-being. A happy teacher can create a happier classroom!

Heather Lightner

Heather Lightner

Kindergarten teacher

“HTR is the Vegas experience every educator needs to share freely and connect without consequences when seeking support from others. It is a space to grow in love.”

Kayon DePina

Kayon DePina

Education Consultant

“Education professionals should be part of Happy Teacher Revolution because it is teacher-founded, teacher-led, and teacher-centered.”

Laura Reid

Laura Reid

FORMer TFA Teachers and is currently re-certifying to teach bystander intervention and sexual violence prevention to college students.

“I think other education professionals should be a part of Happy Teacher Revolution because it’s the only way our profession – and those working within it – are going to survive and eventually thrive. Happy Teacher Revolution gives teachers permission and the tools to free themselves and live happier, healthier, fuller lives – both inside and outside of their classrooms.”

Aubree Gregorski

Aubree Gregorski

Social-Emotional Learning as a specials area Teacher