Happy schools start with happy teachers
One of the biggest challenges we face, as educators, is learning how to put our health and happiness first. My first thought was that I needed to put the students’ well-being first, but I discovered that I needed to start with my staff instead. If we didn’t dig in and find the pieces that educators are passionate about and connect them back into this building, we knew they would quickly burn out.

Inspired by the house system in the Harry Potter books and the Ron Clark model, we held monthly house meetings that...

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  • About the Author:

    Tracey Smith is currently the principal at Brookwood Elementary School in Forsyth County, Georgia. Follow her on Twitter @tbsmith01.

    Amber Bush is a first-grade teacher at Diamond Springs Elementary School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Follow her on Twitter @mrsamberbush.