34% of teacherscited a decline in their mental health.
93% percent of elementary school teachersreport experiencing a high-stress level.
American Federation of Teachers
About Whole Teacher
Whole Teacher provides virtual counseling services to classroom teachers. Virtual sessions are held to support teachers' mental health and navigation through secondary traumatic stress; giving teachers both an outlet and support in coping tools.
Once per month counselors and teachers meet virtually for after-school counseling sessions.
The teacher will be given space to share glows/grow along with gaining tools to navigate within the classroom.
Quarterly, counselors will come to observe the classroom to monitor progress of student-teacher relationship and overall environment.
About Trejahn Rutlin, Creator of Whole Teacher
Trejahn Rutlin is an elementary teacher and has a Master of Teaching Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. During her first years of teaching she discovered that her love for education was being overshadowed by extreme amounts of mental and emotional stress due to rigorous job requirements.
This led to the creation of Whole Teacher, a safe space where teachers can do more than just vent but receive holistic support and solutions for everyday challenges.
Trejahn is a native of Norfolk, Va and and currently teaches 3rd grade at Broadroack Elementary in Richmond, VA.
SUPPORTING TEACHERS = SUPPORTING STUDENTS
What is ‘Whole Teacher’ about?
Whole teacher is a service that provides teacher-centered support. The main focus being, how can we help teachers feel heard and seen through engagement, uplifting, and empowering.
What will the support sessions include?
Sessions will include a 60 min session with a counselor for teachers to vent and express their current obstacles, stressors, and growth. During these sessions coaching on actionable steps to better cope and thrive in their classrooms will be provided.
Will the sessions be 1:1 or group sessions?
Group sessions will take place around common themes teachers show an interest in addressing. This service is teacher centered; supporting their needs will be the target of each session.
Who will this information be shared with?
Statistical data will be shared to promote the success and advocacy of the program. Individual data will not be shared with principals, district employees, other teachers, or outside agencies. All information shared will be held confidential between teacher and counselor
In the interest of supporting teachers’ mental and emotional health, should a teacher express potential harm to themselves or students counselors are mandated to report this information. .
Will this affect my employment?
No, none of this information will be shared with principals, district employees, other teachers or any other outside agency. This program will not be used as a tool to evaluate teacher performance. This program is solely a support service for teachers.
What will be used to measure the success of this support service?
Teachers will complete a pre and post survey to share their experience and progress as a result of the support service.
What type of feedback will I receive?
Teachers will receive various types of feedback, including but not limited to: coping strategies, supportive resources, constructive feedback, and positive reinforcement.