Student attends Lighthouse Academy:
Grade: 11th currently
Student has been attending Lighthouse since 4th grade, before Lighthouse was a College Prep. Academy.
Ms. Fulgham: What are your thoughts about teachers leaving yearly are our school and not staying for long periods of time.
(Student was able to talk freely about their hands on experience with the specified issue.)
Student: Throughout my time at lighthouse I have had so many different teachers I really am unable to count the number. I can remember my 8th grade year I had a total of 3 different math teachers during one school year. It just makes it hard to first learn when teachers who are the adults leave and I still have to learn specific information that becomes lost with different teachers teaching different ways.
The topic of teacher turnover rates in charter schools interests me for several reasons, one being that I work at a charter school myself. This school year is my third year teaching and is my third year of being a part of the Lighthouse faculty. Over a short three year span I have witnessed many teachers come and go. What are some specific common predictors of teachers vacating their positions at charter schools? If the causes can be analyzed, then perhaps information yielded by the analysis can deter low teacher retention rates. Another point is that charter schools are full inclusion, so students with special needs are in general education classes daily. General education teachers face a certain pressure to appropriately instruct and interact with the special need students. The students are lacking consistency which is needed in a structured environment like a classroom. Students begin to feel like no one cares about their success and so they act out accordingly. Students begin to push back against the system when they see instability.