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CMS Employees

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools All Employees

Teachers and other CMS employees experienced increased stress during the pandemic as they worked to meet the needs of our children.

The Rand Corporation 2021 State of the U.S. Teacher Survey found that:

  • One in four teachers planned to leave the profession in the near future
  • A much higher percentage of teachers reported frequent job-related stress and symptoms of depression than the general adult population.
  • Teaching during the pandemic resulted in more job-related stress, depressive symptoms, and burnout.

When teachers are this stressed, school administrators, support staff, cafeteria workers, and custodial staff also feel the ripple effects.

CMS teachers and other personnel marshalled their patience, creativity, and endurance to provide effective learning and socio-emotional care to our kids under often kaleidoscopically changing school conditions. Presby Psych is giving back. Although the pandemic is waning, individuals involved in the educational system may experience stress-related symptoms and emotions for a long time.

Presby Psych offers free and financially assisted psychotherapy to all CMS employees. As a trauma-informed organization, we are sensitive to stress-related disorders and are able to listen to distressing stories without fear or excessive curiosity.

Who we see

All CMS employees
  • Administrators
  • Bus drivers
  • Cafeteria workers
  • Custodians
  • Support staff
  • Teachers
Sources of pandemic stress:
  • Adapting to required public health policies while attending to children and parents who also were stressed out
  • Creating new ways to teach and support kids
  • Fear of contracting COVID-19 or bringing it home to loved ones
  • Illness and death of family members, colleagues, friends
  • Personal isolation from family and friends
  • Increasing resignations of colleagues
  • Higher incidents of acting out – including violence – or serious withdrawal by students
  • Concerns about the ability of kids to learn under new conditions
  • Recurring uncertainty about CMS leadership as another superintendent resigned
Mental health reactions to COVID-19
  • Anxiety
  • Burn out
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Emotional numbness
  • Exaggerated guilt or shame
  • Exaggerated startle response
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Increased alcohol, drug or food consumption
  • Irritability, angry outbursts, aggressive behavior
  • Isolating
  • Lack of interest in activities that used to provide pleasure
  • Loss of interest in work
  • Negative thoughts about people, medicine, society
  • Nightmares, recurring dreams, flashbacks
  • Physical symptoms
  • Reckless or aggressive behavior
  • Reliving in memory job-related traumatic incidents or events
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Suicidal thoughts or intent
All Presby Psych clinicians are available to CMS employees.

Call us at 704-554-9900 to arrange a consultation.

Sessions with CMS employees are confidential. We do not report information about our CMS clients to anyone else at CMS.