I spend a lot of time at early education conferences, workshops and webinars speaking with teachers across the country. Throughout my travels I started giving teachers a short survey to complete at the end of some of my sessions. When I say short, I mean SUPER short, literally one question, the most important question in my opinion. Why did you leave your previous early education position? If they were a new teacher- and this was their first teaching experience, I asked them to complete a different survey- Have you considered leaving your current teaching position, and if so, why? Let me tell you, these teachers, over 2,000 of them were honest. It was very refreshing to see that some of the new teachers noted they liked their job and hadn’t considered leaving- which is AMAZING! In a future blog post I will share some of the reasons they shared they loved their job which is music to any ECE leader’s ears! You can also check out my post all about teacher appreciation HERE which is one very simple thing that we should do frequently and in a meaningful way. If you’ve attended any of my teacher retention webinars or workshops you know my favorite saying ABA- “Always Be Appreciating.”

So, let’s get into the top 10 reasons teachers are thinking about leaving your school. In the comments below, or on our Facebook Page or Private Facebook Group Facebook Group where you can also find this post, let me know ways you are proactively preventing the turnover treadmill.

We are going to count these down David Letterman style, because I still miss his show!

10. My boss plays favorites

9. I feel overlooked, not recognized or appreciated

8. My position or this school/organization isn’t meeting my expectations

7. Pay and/or benefits doesn’t meet my needs

6. I never get feedback/coaching on how I’m doing in my role

5. Stressed and overwhelmed or this position isn’t allowing me a decent work-life balance

4. I don’t trust the leaders at my school/organization

3. My boss tolerates poor performers

2. No teamwork/ or poor or non-existent culture at the school

1. There are no opportunities for advancement or growth