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Greta Sandler



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In education, we're facing an issue where educators, including myself, grapple with recognizing our own value and feeling confident to stand up for ourselves. Across various career stages, many of us encounter imposter syndrome, struggling with self-doubt and questioning our competence, which overshadows our achievements and contributions to shaping young minds. Research highlights this struggle, with 79% of early-career teachers reporting feelings of imposter syndrome. (Vazquez et al. 2019) This challenge extends beyond self-doubt, fostering anxiety, reducing self-confidence, and driving us towards perfectionism, which can lead to burnout. We often set unattainable standards, fear failure, and feel isolated, diminishing our sense of belonging and worthiness. The digital age and the perceived need for personal branding only intensify these pressures. Attending the Sunnyvale Google Champion Symposium, I was surprised to find many educators I admire, including myself, sharing these feelings. The selection of self-advocacy workshops revealed a common struggle with imposter syndrome and the underestimation of our contributions. This isn’t merely an individual concern; it mirrors a broader issue within the educational system. When educators feel undervalued and hesitant to share their unique insights, the richness and diversity of the educational landscape are compromised. The consequences of not confronting these challenges are profound. Burnout may lead some educators to exit the profession altogether. The educators who stay pose a critical question: how can we celebrate our students if we, as educators, struggle to see the value in our own voices? Addressing this issue is crucial—not only for the well-being of educators but also for the future of education. Our pivotal role in nurturing the next generation means that without addressing the pressures and challenges we face, the future of education is at stake.

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