Sweet Jesus, Is It June Yet?

10 Ways the Gospels Can Help You Combat Teacher Burnout and Rediscover Your Passion for Teaching

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Publication date: August 20, 2021

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You work hard to motivate your students every day, but where can you find the inspiration you need when teaching gets tough or your passion for the classroom starts to wane?

Veteran teacher Amy J. Cattapan invites you to look to the greatest teacher of all time—Jesus. With humor and stories from the trenches, Cattapan draws valuable insight and tools from the Gospels and shares ten life-changing principles every teacher can learn from Jesus. In Sweet Jesus, Is It June Yet?, she’ll help you hang onto your sanity and fulfill your calling even when you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and on the verge of burnout.

Classroom burnout is real. About 44 percent of new teachers in New York leave the profession by their fourth year and 40 percent of new teachers leave Chicago schools within five years. All over the country, managing online instruction has only added to the pressures teachers face.

In order to combat frustration and burnout, Cattapan will help you:

  • remember where your calling began;
  • rediscover who this is all about;
  • know when to lean on others for help;
  • learn how Jesus dealt with challenges; and
  • understand that God’s grace really is enough.

Whether you’re a brand new teacher, a veteran educator, or a homeschooling parent, you’ll find wisdom—and more than a few laughs—in Cattapan’s reflections on the Great Teacher and in classroom stories straight from the front lines.

Product Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781646800377

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

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Print these Teacher's Affirmation Cards as a reminder of the amazing teacher you are and share the other cards with teacher friends who need a little encouragement. 

  • “A life preserver.”

    “Amy Cattapan throws struggling teachers a life preserver with this funny and faith-filled set of reflections about the joys of Catholic education. Cattapan is living proof that you can still smile after decades in the classroom and she invites readers of this book to discover how they can keep smiling, too.”

    Jared Dees
    Founder of TheReligionTeacher.com
    and author of Christ in the Classroom

  • “This is the book that teachers in Catholic schools need today.”

    “This is the book that teachers in Catholic schools need today, but they will also seek it again and again. Cattapan uses gentleness and humor to reassure us that we are called to teach with compassion. I am grateful for having read this lovely book and look forward to sharing it with my Catholic school friends!”

    Michelle Lia
    Assistant director for the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education
    Loyola University Chicago 

  • “Read this book to enliven your faith.”

    “Whether you are new to teaching or a veteran educator, read this book to enliven your faith, both in and out of the classroom.”

    Justin McClain
    Catholic author and teacher

  • “An engaging read.”

    “I really enjoyed Amy Cattapan’s new book! This engaging read certainly resonated with me. This book is the perfect present for any new or seasoned teacher.”

    Barb Gilman
    Cofounder of #CatholicEdChat

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