MORE ABOUT DEAN

Dean has been a secondary and primary music teacher for 15 years and has worked across all education sectors. Dean has retrained in psychology and now works as a coach and presenter. Dean has previously been a trainer with Mind Matters (Principals Australia), having spent a year presenting to school communities across Australia on the importance of a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Dean’s expertise also draws upon his own personal experiences of emotional burnout and recovery throughout three stages of his career as a teacher and the inspiring real-life stories of various beginning teachers that Dean has interviewed in the development of Celebrity Teacher. These stories are the key motivation for Dean in helping beginning teachers lead happier, healthier and more rewarding lives.

 

Is it possible to navigate through emotional burnout in teaching and grow personally from the experience?

My name is Dean McManus and I am passionate about helping teachers look after their social and emotional health and wellbeing by sharing the learnings and insights I have gained throughout 15 years of secondary and primary music teaching and my recent studies in psychology. In 2013, I achieved my honours degree in psychology through Charles Sturt University with a qualitative research project exploring the barriers to learning and motivation to learn of university students with mental health concerns. The barriers to learning my research found included issues of isolation, social interaction difficulties, overwhelming anxiety, additional health issues, family expectations, disclosure and stigma. My research of Self-Regulated Learning (Pintrich, 2000) also allowed the exploration of motivational beliefs/strategies, reaction & reflection which maintained positive self-efficacy, task value and goal orientation for these university students.

Reflecting upon my findings, I began to draw parallels with my own experiences of emotional burnout throughout my teaching career and support from the literature on beginning teacher retention and attrition. My passion for beginning teacher advocacy was ignited on a research/ writing team I collaborated with in 2010 for Principals Australia. At the time I was, whilst working as a Trainer for the MindMatters program in within secondary school communities across Australia, presenting on the importance of a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing. The positive support, high standard of professional development and personal encouragement I experienced with this organisation starkly contrasted with my experiences with institutional life and sparked my desire to operate differently as a teacher and expect more from those around me.

During my career I have worked closely with a number of beginning teachers. I have learned a lot from these teachers and experimented with various teaching and learning strategies. I have enjoyed the many reflective conversations regarding our triumphs and failures with laughter, sometimes tears and worked through tricky situations with debriefing protocols in pseudo-supervision sessions which allowed reciprocity and safety to air concerns. My expertise also draws upon personal experiences of emotional burnout and recovery throughout three stages of my career as a teacher and the inspiring real-life stories of numerous beginning teachers that I have interviewed in 2014 during the development of Celebrity Teacher. These stories are the key influences of the various products and services offered by Celebrity Teacher to help beginning teachers lead happier, healthier and more rewarding professional and personal lives.

I am a coach who will work 1:1 with teachers on their goals for achieving a powerful and relaxed authentic presence in the classroom and the staff room which ultimately provides space for a life/work balance.
Tragically, 30-40% of Australian new-scheme teachers leave the profession within the first 5 years (Ingersoll, 2012; Watt & Richardson, 2011; Hartsuyker, 2007). Unfortunately, many of these teachers are talented, inspired and innovative educators who abandon their dreams to teach young people and carry feelings of failure and patterns of self-sabotage into their new career.My name is Dean McManus and I am passionate about helping teachers look after their social and emotional health and wellbeing by sharing the learnings and insights I have gained throughout 15 years of secondary and primary music teaching and my recent studies in psychology. In 2013, I achieved my honours degree in psychology through Charles Sturt University with a qualitative research project exploring the barriers to learning and motivation to learn of university students with mental health concerns. The barriers to learning my research found included issues of isolation, social interaction difficulties, overwhelming anxiety, additional health issues, family expectations, disclosure and stigma. My research of Self-Regulated Learning (Pintrich, 2000) also allowed the exploration of motivational beliefs/strategies, reaction & reflection which maintained positive self-efficacy, task value and goal orientation for these university students.

 

 

 

 

Dean McManus Celebrity Teacher