Teacher union president would like to see mentors for new teachers

Teacher union president would like to see mentors for new teachers

The U.S. Department of Education says 17% of new teachers leave the profession within five years. So, school districts are constantly putting resources into helping new teachers get their bearings only to see many leave anyway.

Ottawa Township High School Education Association President Jessica Overocker thinks mentor programs could help. She likes the idea of combining it with co-teaching. That’s where two teachers are in a classroom, each helping students in different ways.

Some people leave teaching because of the pay. Some leave because they have trouble teaching while managing numerous state and federal requirements that are supposed to make them better teachers. And some leave because they discover they don’t have as much passion for teaching as they thought.

Overocker says having worked in another field before she became a teacher, she understands how someone can be lured out of teaching.