Date of Award

Spring 2-27-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Ed.D. Transformational Teaching and Learning


Secondary Education

First Advisor

Dr. Helen Hamlet

Second Advisor

Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer

Third Advisor

Mrs. Beth Guarriello


“Self-care” is a very marketable term, especially in the COVID era. Coupled with a renewed focus on student achievement, the demands of the workplace on teachers are implicated in a troubling rate of teacher attrition and declining enrollment in preparatory programs. This research utilized a mixed-methods approach in gaining a deeper understanding of the predicament that teachers (who predominantly identify as women) are facing. The survey and focus group data obtained in this study support the framework that teachers are at risk of burnout and feel powerless to avoid it. The lack of power perceived by these individuals is a manifestation of the patriarchal structure of our society that is reproduced in our educational system. The “care vacuum” is explained in this research as a new paradigm in understanding what is happening in the minds of teachers as they seek to care for themselves, their students, and the communities that they serve.



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