One is leaving to become head English coach for our region. One is leaving the classroom to become a coach at our school.
Four TFA/Teaching Fellows teachers are leaving because they have finished their commitments. One was only an okay teacher anyway and was encouraged pursue other things. One, on her way to being a very good teacher, decided to take a year off and decide between law and teaching. Another left his heart in California and is looking for teaching and ed-related jobs out there. And the fourth was considering taking an academic intervention services position but doesn't want to stay as a classroom teacher.
We had to cut art and foreign language positions because we are getting more children but less money next year. No one can make sense of this, least of all me. Both of the teachers leaving for this reason were new this year and will likely stay in teaching but will have to find other schools.
And it looks like at least one other teacher, with some experience, is looking for another school, I'm not sure why.
Those who are staying include me (sort of), an amazing teacher who will be starting her second full year next year, a career teacher, a TFA teacher who is staying for at least a third year, a Teaching Fellow starting his third year. And we are replacing some of the staff who are leaving with a combination of new and experienced teachers.
I don't blame TFA or the Teaching Fellows for this, by the way. For one thing, we aren't getting dozens and dozens of applicants who entered teaching the traditional way. In fact, closer to none. Here are the TFA/Fellows data for teachers who have worked at my school.
We have three teachers who started through these programs who have at least 6 years of experience and are staying in education in the NYC schools, although two of the three are becoming coaches. They were hand-picked by our LIS for coaching positions, for what that's worth.
Another teacher who started through TFA the year following me completed three years, then decided teaching wasn't really for her.
We have a crop of 7 teachers who started through TFA/Fellows two years ago and are finishing their commitments this year. Of those, 2 are staying in teaching at our school, 2 are leaving but might stay in education, 2 didn't find teaching a good match for their personalities, and I don't know about the seventh.
We have one new teaching fellow who has struggled this year, wants to stay in teaching, and is finding her position cut. That's really messy.