SPECIAL SERIES Teachers: In their own words The vast majority of Idaho teachers are sticking around for now, but they tell us they are beleaguered and distressed. Some feel stuck, others search for an escape, and others plan to persevere no matter the odds. We asked teachers to tell us how they feel and what they think. About half we surveyed said they are unsatisfied with their jobs. In this five-story series, we take a look at the state of education — from an educator's viewpoint. Months into the school year, schools still struggling to fill staff And most of the administrators EdNews surveyed rated their teacher turnover this school year as "more than average." It’s not the teacher pipeline that’s the problem – it’s the classroom reality Simply put, enough people enter the profession but not enough stay. Idaho’s colleges are pivoting to solve the problem. Educators open up about classroom realities Many wish that parents, politicians, and community members would listen to their pleas and ideas before making decisions or forming hasty conclusions about Idaho's education system. Idaho’s teachers are tired, but they’re sticking it out More than 500 Idaho educators completed our 23-question survey, sharing their thoughts on the state of their profession. My goodbye to teaching: why I left the profession I was called to Why one Idaho teacher went from an idealistic, hopeful new educator to one who was ready to close the classroom door for good.