The following is a submission from an educator as part of the Your Soapbox feature, which explores the experiences of educators in North Carolina through their own words. Check out more first person stories here, or if you are an educator, submit your own.
pay is not the only issue
I taught middle school and high school science for 13 years.
I quit at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
Low pay was not my reason for leaving. Lack of respect and not being treated like a professional were at the top of my list.
I also disliked the lack of accountability for students. There was little to no consequences for poor behavior, and we were told not to retain failing students ( or even give them failing grades). I even started feeling unsafe, and I was being reprimanded for trying to keep control in my classroom. I was tired, sick more often and very unhappy. The stress was eating away at me. I had to think of my family and left the career I thought I would retire from.