The purpose of this study was to identify feelings of burnout within a selected school district in Minnesota and to identify contributing demographic factors. For this study, a random school district in Minnesota was chosen to be surveyed. By identifying feelings of burnout and demographic factors associated with these feelings, appropriate mental health interventions will be developed and implemented within school districts and the workplace. By implementing these interventions there will be a reduction in occupational burnout and stronger mental health among employees. The study showed a significance relationship between 9-12(High School) teachers and higher levels of burnout when compared to teachers working in K-5(Elementary), and 6-8(Middle School). The mean score of teachers surveyed was 39.5, which, according to the Teacher Burnout Scale, means teachers surveyed in the selected district showed strong feelings of burnout. There was not a significant relationship between years taught and level of burnout feelings. Burnout and stress prevention, management strategies, and employer implementation of mental health interventions and strategies are the key to combating occupational burnout. Future studies should look to expand the sample size and include more school districts. Attempts should be made to replicate this study and compare data between school districts, especially the relationships between public schools, charter schools, and private schools.
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Master of Science (MS)
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Whirley, A. (2019). Burnout levels of teachers within a selected school district in Minnesota [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/926/
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