Tough teaching conditions affect us. But they don’t define us, says teacher Chase Mielke, author of The Burnout Cure (ASCD, 2019). In this heartfelt letter to new teachers, Mielke shares five “Passion Stokers” to keep the teaching fire alive. Some of these he learned from research in positive psychology. Others he learned the hard way, by doing the opposite. All of them stem from a core philosophy: Our well-being, passion, and ability to thrive are within our control.