What Will it Take to Keep Teachers From Leaving?

I knew early on the type of teacher I wanted to be: Someone who fuels curiosity and connects with students. Someone who inspires.

My father inspired me to become a teacher. He wasn’t a traditional educator — he was a Philadelphia police officer — but his love and passion for history was contagious. He made history come alive through human stories filled with humor, excitement, struggle and finding strength in weakness. I learned so much from him, and we developed a deep connection through this shared interest.

My own desire to inspire led me to dream big and take on challenges within each classroom I’ve had the honor of serving, and I’m proud to say I’ve been a social studies teacher at Wissahickon High School since 2001. But it hasn’t always been easy.

But it’s the emotional toll of the last three years that’s created the largest chasm — and that will be hard to bounce back from.

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