We are reprinting this with permission from Shari Webster of Nampa. This was originally a letter to the editor and appeared this past week in the Idaho Statesman:
National estimates reveal that one-third of all new teachers leave the profession after three years. 46% depart within five. What day-to-day experiences have so many headed for the door?
- In the midst of crisis, Nampa's dedicated teachers (equipped with personal funds) formed a line at an office supply's self serve photocopier.
- Report cards were printed on the blank side of used paper.
- A first-year teacher received access to a long neglected classroom 13 days before opening day. After expending 12-16 hours a day and $1,500.00, she transformed the space into one suitable for instruction.
- District policy mandated that designated employee complete all laminating processes. Because the sole worker became contractually available four days prior to opening day, a trip to a local office supply became necessary--as did another out-of-pocket expense.
- A non-working printer accompanied by a technician's growing waitlist necessitated documents being emailed to teachers' personal accounts for home printing.
- Utilizing a single workbook, teachers awaited turns at a solitary photocopies to produce student copies. Added frustration? A limit on pages!
- Traditional classrooms became occupied by 35 plus students, some void of English speaking ability.
Shari Webster, President on behalf of Chi Chapter
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International