As an educator, you deal with a lot of pressure to take care of your students and their well-being. But who’s taking care of you?
From dealing with student mental health concerns and uncertainties brought about by the pandemic to responding to incidents that threaten the safety of students, educators are exposed to a great amount of trauma. How can educators face these pressures without reaching the point of burnout?
In this installment of our Student Wellness Series, we focused on the importance of educator well-being. Watch the webinar recording to hear from:
Dr. Eric Eshbach is currently the Assistant Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Principals Association, with a membership of more than 3,500 school principals, assistant principals, and other educational leaders. Dr. Eshbach retired with 32 years of service as a Pennsylvania public educator, including 16 years as a school superintendent. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College, he began his career as an elementary educator, teaching both fourth and fifth grades. He received his Master’s degree in Education Administration and his principal certification from Western Maryland College. Eric served as an assistant principal of Bermudian Springs Elementary School from 1994 through 1997 and principal of Biglerville Elementary School from 1997 through 2001. Upon completing his Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility through Shippensburg University, Eric served as the Assistant Superintendent of Upper Adams School District and then received two commissions, serving eight years as that district's superintendent. He completed his career in public education, receiving two commissions and serving eight years as superintendent of the Northern York County School District. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Duquesne University’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program for Educational Leaders.
Dr. Eshbach has served as an adjunct faculty member at York College, Wilson College, and the Pennsylvania State University Capital College, teaching courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and principal certification levels. Dr. Eshbach is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA), and as Chair of the Legislative Committee. He has served as a member of the Governing Board and the Executive Committee of the American Association of School Administrators, The School Superintendents Association.
A psychologist, attorney, author, and mother, Dr. Lisa Strohman established Digital Citizen Academy to help keep families safe from online dangers. Her background working as a visiting scholar with the profiling unit at the FBI during one of the most tragic school shootings in the U.S. helped create her passion to help proactively prevent and educate students, educators, and parents on issues related to technology.
After graduating from Messiah College (now Messiah University) in 2002, Steve Lehman began teaching Language Arts and World Geography at Northern Middle School, part of the Northern York County School District. During his years teaching at the middle school, he completed his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA. In the fall of 2008, Steve transferred, within the District, to Wellsville Elementary School where he served as building principal from 2008-2014. With an interest in gaining experience at all levels, Steve moved into an assistant principal position at Northern High School, also part of the Northern York County School District, in 2015. In 2017, Steve was named the high school principal and he has held this position ever since. Steve has a wife (who is also an educator) and three children.
Machine learning technology flags potentially harmful content and images in students’ school-issued email and online file storage accounts.
(G Suite, Office 365, and Canvas)
An in-house team of trained safety professionals work 24/7/365 to evaluate flagged content for false positives, categorize incidents, and determine their severity.
Gaggle intercepts harmful content and alerts administrators based on severity. In imminent situations, district-appointed contacts are notified immediately, even after standard business hours.