Sabra Tucker, executive director of the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association, told those gathered during Waldron’s study that stress amid criticism and growing demands from society is the main driver of teacher retirements. right now.
âWhat I’ve heard from people is, ‘My health isn’t worth staying in class. As much as I love teaching and students, I don’t like all the stress of being in class with unrealistic expectations and more and more demands than I have ever had in my entire career â, Tucker said.
Waldron said legislative action at this point is a must.
âIt will get worse the longer we, as legislators, do not act to resolve it. I am honored and encouraged by the House Common Education Committee, under the leadership of President Rhonda Baker, for taking this matter seriously …. There is a problem. We need to work together to fix it.
Former elementary school teacher and school district administrator Sherrie Conley, R-Newcastle, conducted a study last week on how ‘meaningful’ training and professional development for teachers could help improve teacher retention rates , while Baker, R-Yukon and chairman of the House Common Education Committee, organized an interim study on “innovative approaches” to improving the teacher shortage in Oklahoma.
Baker, who previously taught middle and high school English, said it was clear that “Oklahoma, like most countries, faces a serious teacher shortage.”