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Huffington Post: After Teaching for 11 Years, I Quit My Job. Here’s Why Your Child’s Teacher Might Be Next

The author posted this picture on social media and the digital platform she used to communicate with students when Covid forced them into remote learning in 2020.

The author posted this picture on social media and the digital platform she used to communicate with students when Covid forced them into remote learning in 2020.
COURTESY OF KATIE NIEMCZYK

I didn’t become a teacher with the intention of going deep undercover and spying on the U.S. education system. But for better or worse, that’s what I did for the last 11-plus years. I’ve taught in charter and traditional public schools, in wealthy districts and desperately poor ones. I know teachers all over the country, and despite our different experiences, we all agree that it’s not working.

Some of us still have enough optimism and/or masochism to keep trying, but after last year, I had to walk away. Despite the unprecedented strain caused by the pandemic, for so many teachers, there has been no abatement of professional development, evaluation, or pleas to sub for other teachers from district leaders who choose to gaslight teachers with toxic positivity rather than address their concerns. In my last district, there was no mask mandate and I went home every day to children who were still too young to get vaccinated.

To read remainder of this article, please go to HuffPost: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/teacher-shortage-quit-public-schools_n_630e5a85e4b0dc23bbec8261

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Katie Niemczyk

Katie Niemczyk is a freelance writer and former teacher who lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children. She has a BA in English from Wake Fo...