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134 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 24 - June 27, 2005 S-CHOC,L & EDUCATION Submitted photo Sussex Tech inducts 34 students into Honor 8ocie00 Thirty-four students at Sussex Technical High School were induetecl into the National Honor Society/National Vocational-Technical Honor Society during evening ceremonies at the school. To be eligible, students must be nominated by a teacher and po a 93 grade- point average. They also must demonstrate good character and leadership skills as well as participated in community service. New inductees shown seated in front three rows are, in alphabetical order, Briana L. Barron, Georgetown; Brittany S. Bowden, Millsboro); Alison E. Byram, Georgetown;' Brianna S. Class, Georgetown; Hope A. Cornell, Dagsboro; Lauren T. Correll, Bridgeville; Kristen R. Cunningham, Seaford; Amber D. Drummond, Bridgeville; Melany C. Dubbs, Seaford; Amber E. Dykes, Laurel; Kristen N. Elliott, Laurel; Bianea S. Flowers, Dagsboro; Jonathan M. Garrison, Rehoboth; Jessica P. Guyer, Ellendale; Destinee D. Hall, Frankford; Nicole J. Hitchens, Dagsboro; Shannon N. Hudson, Millsboro; Emily A. Johnson, Bridgeville; Megan S. Jones, Dagsboro; Ryan D. Lee, Bridgeville; Katie L. Marvel, Milton; Kelly R. Marvel, Milton; Mason J. Newark, Harrington; Courtney It. O'Neal, Bethel; Rebecca Jo Paradee, Millsboro; Jessica L. Parker, Seaford; Kelsey A. Parrott, Frankford; Bethany D. Pavlik, Lewes; Ashley P. Phulesar, Laurel; Derek A. Remo, Frankford; Caleb V. Ricker, Georgetown; James M. Sekcienski, Millsboro; Devendra Singh, Millsboro; and Charis R. Tomlin, Selbyville. Other members of the society seated in back are, in alphabetical order, Ricker Adkins, Joseph Bailey, Benjamin Berg, Hannah Bienhoff, Wesley Broadhurst, Charles Campbell, Stacey Campbell, Katherine Carey, Brett Carpenter, Jeffrey K. Collins, Katherine Collins, Tricia Counor, Elizabeth Cox, Carol Crossan, Amanda Curtis, Caroline Darsney, Jarred Griffith, Jeff Haycraft, Janise Henderson, Brandi Hill, Cory Hitchens, Ashley Holton, Chris Huskey, Jennifer Kelley, Corey LeCompte, Mindy Logan, Brynn Mann, Joseph Marsh, Zachary McCarthy, Kelsey McCool, Leslie Messick, Sharee Mitchell, Addison Mow, Dorothy Osterhout, Amanda Palmer, Hiral Patel, Lauren Reynolds, Rebekah Ricksecker, Jessica Smithson, Leerah Snead Megan Snyder, Zachariah Spece, Alexandra Stamat, Shannon Taylor, Melissa White, Amanda Wood and Maria Zinszer. ; Submitted photo Delaware State University Board of Trustees President Claibourne Smith, left, swears in new board member Wesley E. Perkins during the June meeting. Lewes man joins DSU board of trustees The Delaware State University Board of Trustees recently swore in Wesley E. Perkins of Lewes as its newest member. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner appoint- ed Perkins to the l 1-member board in April. Board President Claibourne D. Smith, who swore in Perkins during the regular June board meeting, will give the new board member his committee assignments sometime this sum- mer. Perkins is the president of Wesmar Associates, a private con- suiting firm that focuses on exec- utive and personal coaching in the area of human services and health care. The finn has numerous clients throughout the Mid- Atlantic region. Continued on page 135 For teachers, stress is an occupational hazard People in professions around the globe retire and it's really just a part of life. Teachers retire and then they transform. A curious phenomenon occurs. Teachers retire and within a month or two of retirement they look 10 years younger and a whole lot healthier. Why is that? Look at the job. The job is just impossible to execute without going through high levels of stress. There are so many pres- sures placed on teachers these days that our health and well .being can really suffer. Stress is the occupational hazard, the hid- den hazard that we must address. in order to stay vital and produc- five. What are the major stressors? Constant interaction with stu- dents. Endless procedures. Impossible demands. Class lists that are too long. Constant pres- sure to teaching everyone, every- thing. Covering curriculum. Being fair to all. These simple ideas often translate into labor SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese intensive solutions for the teach& It always seems to come down to the teacher and more so now that the laws for accountability are intensified. In an article from the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training based at Oklahoma State University, the author, Susanne Carter, wrote about Teacher Stress and Burnout (Dec. 1994). She states "stress and burnout are occupational hazards which all members of helping professions are exposed to, including teach- ers. Hendrickson (1979) defines teache.r burnout as "physical, emotional, and attitudinal exhaus- tion" that begins with a feeling of uneasiness and mounts as the joy of teaching begins to gradually slip away. Although the symptoms of burnout may be very personal, they are generally "lack of" symp- toms (McGee-Cooper, 1990)." Carter's list for stress includes lack of: energy, joy, enthusiasm, satisfaction, motivation, interest, Zest, dreams for life, ideas, concentration, permission to play, self-confidence, humor At this time of year it is com- mon for teachers to discuss retire- ment in terms of a countdown. Carter states that" some teachers leave the profession because they cannot cope with the stress inher- ent in the job. Others burn out but stay on the job. There is a third group of teachers who stay in the profession and learn coping skills that enable them to face the stress- es involved in their work. Teachers must learn to recog- nize the signs of burnout early on because it can be devastating t6a teaching career. Summer is the optimal time to examine the fac- tors that cause burnout. As I wrap up my classroom and put away all of my materials, I try to reflect upon my past year and identify factors that zap my ener- gy. I know that the end of the school year often has it's own set of issues and disappointriaents. For me, it can be the failure to reach a certain student or incom- plete projects that seemed to get away from me. Teaching is a huge job that is insidious in nature. The demands to stay current with coursework and to be involved in committees reaches far into the summertime. I try to limit my out of class- room activities to focus on a few areas of interest. While I would love to learn conversational Spanish, I have chosen to take some computer technology courses to gain more insight and extend my lessons in this direction. One thing is for sure, yon can't do it all, so rather than try, I think it best to be discriminating. Summer is a necessary time for reflection and for renewal. Being out of the classroom for eight weeks ultimately benefits the stu- dents and can be a necessary pause for teachers. Diane Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District.