How This Chicago Special Ed Teacher Combats Compassion Fatigue
Giving Compass’ Take:
• Chalkbeat interviews Chicago special education teacher Lisa Caputo Love on the joys of her job and how she’s able to avoid burnout.
• Self care is essential for those that work with special needs children, and many nonprofit professionals can learn from the lessons Love delivers in this Q&A.
Lisa Caputo Love began her Chicago Public Schools career as a classroom teacher in 2005. But two years in, she realized that her most challenging assignment was reaching the learners who struggled the most. So she went back to school, earning a master’s degree in special education from Loyola University Chicago. And this past February, she was named the Chicago Foundation for Education’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.
Today she’s a learning behavior specialist at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, a magnet school on the city’s North Side. She describes the moment she decided to become a teacher; the tightrope act that is supporting, yet challenging, students with special needs; and how she’s combatting “compassion fatigue” with more self-care and fun.