About Teresa

Teresa Cooper is a 30-something wife, mom and teacher from Havelock, North Carolina. She has a Masters of Science in Education for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Creative from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Having struggled with anxiety and depression most of her life and later having birthed a child with autism, she is passionate about spreading awareness and acceptance of mental illness and autism and has been writing for Embracing the Spectrum since 2011. She also writes for The Mighty, The Huffington Post, and The Educator’s Room.

Teacher Anxiety: How to Cope With Anxiety Under Stress

As teachers deal with an enormous amount of stress that grows every year, very little research has actually shown the impact of that stress on teachers emotionally. Recognizing this fact, a preliminary study completed in 2014 in order to investigate teacher working conditions showed that 11% of teachers suffered from anxiety (Borrelli, Benevene, Fiorilli, Damelio, [...]

By | 2018-07-30T06:02:39+00:00 July 29th, 2018|Series, Teacher Self Care|0 Comments

Depression Kills Teachers if Left Untreated: It Should Not Kill Their Careers

Recently, I learned that I have been blackballed from a school district from what was cited as “poor performance” after receiving summary evaluation marks that demonstrated performance far above “poor.” In talking to people I used to work for, the only conclusion I could come to (since the school district failed to provide me with [...]

By | 2018-07-24T09:45:36+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Teacher Self Care|0 Comments

Amidst Declining Mental Health in Teachers, What Can Administrators Do?

In 2017, a survey conducted by the American Federation of Teachers and the Badass Teachers Association indicated that more than half of the teachers surveyed said their mental health was "not good" while a survey from 2015 showed that only 34% of teachers felt this way (USA Today, 2017). Unfortunately, amongst the many teachers I've [...]

By | 2018-06-30T14:20:13+00:00 June 30th, 2018|School Improvement, Teacher Self Care|0 Comments

How Class Dojo Saves My Sanity Daily

In the words of Sheryl Crow, "every day is a winding road." In the classroom, the road can wind back and forth like a rollercoaster sometimes. You've got students who won't listen, parents who want to know everything, and administration watching your every move. How can you make everyone happy when everyone is ready to [...]

By | 2017-10-01T17:25:37+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Ask a Teacher|0 Comments