Teacher turnover up in many East Texas districts

Teacher turnover up in many East Texas districts
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:14pm

Martha Dalby loves teaching so much she’s been in the profession for 33 years.

Her entire career has been spent at Hallsville High School, where she educates young minds about everything from Julius Caesar to persuasive writing. She’s observed cycles and trends in education and in 2012-13 was one of about 69 teachers in Hallsville ISD with more than 20 years of experience that she hopes is beneficial to her students and peers.

“When you stay in a district like this, you get to see the cycles. I’m not teaching children whose parents I also taught — I work with people who I taught. Sometimes you see a student who struggles a lot in school, but when you meet them later in life, they’ve become somebody different,” Dalby said. “I’ve also seen what works and what doesn’t. I can say ‘We tried this’ and tell what happened. I hope my continuity gives me something I can share with others.”

Across East Texas, the number of teachers who left school districts in 2012-13 largely increased compared with the year before, along with the state average. The biggest change for many districts was a loss of experienced teachers as, officials said, baby boomers are entering retirement territory.

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