Veteran teacher Kirsten Ragatz of Minneapolis explains what leads to teacher retention difficulties in high-poverty schools.
“I have taught children who had no food at home, were the victims of sexual abuse, were homeless, or had experienced serious trauma, and my experiences are not unique in any way. My colleagues all have stories to tell. The teachers I have worked with love children, and they love teaching. We all have had more joyful moments than heartbreaking ones, and that is why we keep going. Successfully reaching the children who need us the most, however, is only possible in the long term with a strong support system in place.”