Testimonials and Collaborations

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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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Towson University

Happy Teacher Revolution is proud to partner with Towson University’s TU Incubator.
“It has been a privilege working with Danna Thomas, the Founder of Happy Teacher Revolution, over the last several years. Her dedication to supporting teacher well-being and student social emotional learning is amazing. After experiencing the problem first hand she created a practical and actionable way that schools, districts, and education professionals can support their own mental-health. We know that teacher stress and burnout is on the rise, especially after the effects of COVID-19, and Happy Teacher Revolution is the solution. What impresses me about our ongoing work with Happy Teacher Revolution is their dedication to their data-driven impact and how they have made the connection between supporting teacher well-being and supporting student SEL, academic achievement, and equity.”
-David Cross, Assistant Director Venture Creation, Towson University

Click here to view a video about our time together.

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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 must create the space for yourself to 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 [initiative] on, and within our own teacher development.”
– Wendy Kopp, CEO & Co-Founder Teach For All and Founder of Teach For America Click here to view video.

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools

“My favorite part of HTR PD was hearing the real stories from the presenter and others about their brave journey to heal from trauma. It felt very real, flexible, and focused on our own wellness. Teacher PD is RARELY like that. THANK YOU! “

– Salem-Keizer Revolutionary

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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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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

What School Leaders 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. We’ve been a Happy Teacher Revolution school for two years. And it has been remarkable and I think it’s a process in which teachers need the affirmation the connecting to the choices understanding that we can’t pour from an empty cup and teachers need to have that that voice and self care and connection to each other through vulnerability to build the support they need. And so in two years I’ve seen my staff grow as a community and as a connected group of adults around the process and I think that any administrator who wants to move their staff to the next level it’s just a process that must happen… So, it has worked for us.

Mathew Portell

Mathew Portell

Executive Principal, Fall-Hamilton Elementary, Trauma Informed school

“Happy Teacher Revolution is an elegant, upstream solution to address downstream challenges like empathic distress and educator burnout.”

Chris Moore, Ed.S.

Chris Moore, Ed.S.

School Psychologist at Salem-KEizer School District

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

Dr. Rachel Strang

Supervisor, Social Studies K-12, Title IIA, Professional Learning, Financial LIteracy/JA, Talbot County MD

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.”

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

“I joined [Happy Teacher Revolution] to remind myself that it’s ok to put myself first. Our jobs are selfless and if we don’t put ourself first every now and then, we’re going to get burnt out fast and then it’ll affect our students. Nobody wants that. And for the occasional teacher humor. I think that it’s important for every teacher, actually, every professional, to join because it’s a reminder that when you show yourself love, you can show others love too! “Show the movie” isn’t just for your students, it’s for you too.”

Joey Viola

Joey Viola

First Grade Teacher

“I joined this revolution because it is essential that we prioritize our mental health and educate the uninformed of the much-needed support in the education system. Every educator deserves to work in an environment that brings them joy and intensifies their passion.It is vital to share what now know as best practices. Self-care is necessary for all professions and should be normalized and required. Creating an environment and climate of positivity will only make it more conducive for all that are involved. If the teacher is happy, those he or she tries to reach will also be happy and love to learn.”

Skyler Elie

Skyler Elie

7th Grade ELA and Owner of PInk APple Educators

“There is joy in community. As humans, we’re meant to co-mingle, be amongst each other, celebrate and empower each other. Happy Teacher Revolution allows us to not feel alone, validate and affirm me/us. I joined HTR because honestly, it’s the only way of the future. We have to uplift and support our teachers who spend day in and day out directly working with the future generation.”

Taylor Gonzalez

Taylor Gonzalez

Former Teacher and Currently Director of Partnerships at WorkMonger

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