Jo Yurcaba is a freelance writer specializing in mental health. Drazen_/Getty Megan, a 37-year-old Kindergarten teacher in North Carolina, logs onto Zoom at 7:45 a.m.
every morning. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, she teaches 19 five-year-olds virtually until 11:45 a.m. Her Wednesdays are packed with online meetings and her Fridays are for virtual one-on-one student assessments. "I have never been this tired, and I had a colicky newborn!" says Megan, whose named has been changed to protect her privacy. "My eyes hurt, my back hurts, my, hands/wrists hurt from constantly typing, I get frequent headaches that can only be minimized by taking a nap, I have mom guilt." Megan is one of many teachers across the United States who are