310: Burnout with Rebekah Shoaf

Discover how to recognize and prevent burnout, explore its various types, and reignite your passion for teaching. Tune in now to empower your educational journey! Join Rebekah Shoaf as she delves into her journey in education, offering invaluable insights and lessons learned.


*All quotables are from the interviewee 

  • Having a burn out is really a sense of having lost your purpose, your power, and your passion.

  • Every teacher has the potential to be a leader. 

  • As an educator, stay connected to who you are as a learner and find the things that excite you and drive you and keep you connected to what you teach. 

About Rebekah

Rebekah Shoaf is an author, educational consultant, and social entrepreneur. In addition to being the founder and CEO of the Bronx-based bookstore-without-walls Boogie Down Books and What If Schools, Rebekah’s first book, Educating with Passion and Purpose: Keep the Fire Going without Burning Out, was published in 2023 by Jossey-Bass. Rebekah has been an educator for more than two decades as a high school English teacher, founding faculty member, teacher leader, university instructor, and instructional and teacher leadership coach with the New York City Department of Education. She currently works with schools, districts, and other organizations across the country to promote transformative, innovative, learner-centered practices that advance educational justice. A Miami native, Rebekah graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and is a culinary school alum, a marathon runner, the owner of a pink Vespa, and everyone’s favorite aunt. Learn more about her at rebekahshoaf.com.

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