As a former teacher, I have great appreciation for the efforts of all who work at GCPS, including teachers, staff, bus drivers... Teachers are facing many problems: a teacher shortage, teacher attrition (at GCPS), and teachers simply leaving the profession.

Suggestions for retaining teachers include support by administrators on discipline matters, more classroom autonomy, perhaps restructuring the pay system (moving away from “pay for performance”), and perhaps considering other types of bonuses (for those doing more, i.e., special education, teaching at Title I schools and other areas of need).

GCPS needs a re-commitment to listening and supporting those that make the organization function, as well as re-commitment to listening to the community (parents and the community at large). Common interests and a better community should be the driving forces behind our work. It will lead to better outcomes for students, parents, and the community at large.