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Thu., May 5, 2011, 10:45 a.m.

Marty: Not Leaving For Luna, But …

You can't blame Idaho school Superintendent Tom Luna's anti-teacher "reform" package for driving Lewiston High School's Agatha Trickey out of the classroom. Trickey, who is going to apply her math background toward another degree to become an actuary, is not the first teacher to suffer burnout early in her career and quit. In fact, this happens so frequently it's practically a syndrome. Anywhere from a third to half of newly minted public school teachers leave the profession after five years. Full of idealism and enthusiasm, young teachers quickly learn there is a lot of drudgery to this work. The hours are long. If you do it right, teaching can take your evenings and weekends/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you know of a burned-out teacher who has left the profession in the last 5 years?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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