The great teacher shortage — it’s a national problem

“The one thing that teachers could count on was at least some degree of separation between their home life and their professional life. … What the pandemic did for an entire year was pretty much blend those two. Teachers felt like they were constantly at work. That pressure just mounts and mounts,” says Steve Gebhart, principal of San Pedro High School. Photo by Shutterstock.

LAUSD and other school districts nationwide are struggling to fill positions, including teachers and substitutes, crossing guards, and lunchroom attendants. “Our entire profession is in a crisis mode because people just don't respect it and appreciate it the way that it used to be,” says San Pedro High School principal Steve Gebhart. “The continued systemic pressures that are put on the classroom teacher and just all levels of educators on the school site is just something [educators] are not able to manage anymore.”

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