Today, I learned that three of the best teachers we have at our school are planning their exit strategies before they had originally planned.
A 22 year veteran teacher in a hard to fill position is about to finish her EDS. Her plan involves moving out of Nashville into a county system and into admin.
Another phenomenal teacher is retired military. This is his second year teaching. He is amazing and the students often respond to him because of his background. He is a strong, confident man who is a great role model for our students.....but he has decided that the insanity of our system is not for him. He doesn't HAVE to work ... He had expected to make a 2nd career of teaching but the past two years have disillusioned him.
Another 20+ yr, after much thinking and planning, and exploring of options...has found another job.
I am more and more concerned with teachers in mid career who looking for a way out.
I did meet with my financial advisor over fall break. I am going to try to go through spring 2015...but I know now that I can afford to leave spring 2014 if I need to.
All three of the colleagues I talked to today surprised me. I wonder how many others are looking at their options...
(This was posted anonymously, with permission, to protect this veteran teacher in Nashville)
Many excellent, irreplaceable teachers are quitting across TN. The media across the State has even reported about it... Click HERE, HERE, and HERE to read more.