“I learned strategies for engaging with students during times of frustration. I am grateful to have such tools. [Being in a TSG was] a very helpful way to look at our own practice/understand our motivations/emotions when working with students.”

— Sarah, high school teacher

“I gained greater empathy for the teachers around me, which really created a sense of trust and community. I learned that I was not alone in my problems with a few specific children and was able to brainstorm and work on problems outside of the confines of the professional school community. I was really struck by the energy and caring and compassion of the fellow teachers around me.

“Most notable was Betsy’s guidance of the group and attention to the particularities of teachers’ problems. She’s part advocate, part psychologist, part coach, part cheerleader. Since she has such a deep background in teaching, her perceptiveness and empathy for those in the trenches puts her in a really unique position help us gain insight and understanding. She’s also really smart.”

— Karen, high school teacher

“I was able to reconnect with the idea of working with each student as an individual with unique strengths and outlooks on life, and to adjust my teaching practice….I was able to see more clearly how trying to push a ‘square peg through a round hole’ doesn’t work for anyone….At one point I knew this — only to forget, and now relearn it again.”

— Stephen, Special Education teacher

“I gained skills that will not only help me as an educator, but as a communicator. I have gained a better sense of how to wield my authority in the classroom (and outside — meeting with students one on one) with generosity and openness while still holding to my rules and expectations of students. I gained confidence in my instincts and boundaries. I also learned that I cannot know what a student is thinking or experiencing in my class but I can always ask them and tell them what I am seeing….I thought that this structure [the TSG] was really special.”

— Beverly, college instructor

“Being a part of this TSG is the best investment I have ever made to better myself as a person, mother, wife, friend, daughter, employee and teacher. I have had some close calls with burnout and considered leaving the profession on several occasions. The opportunity to get support from an empathetic group through the expert guidance of our mentor once a week has proven to be the healthiest professional development resource in my 22 years of teaching. Make the time. It is invaluable.”

— Julie, high school teacher