How burnout is driving LAUSD teachers from classrooms

After more than a decade of teaching theater and English – work which earned her multiple teaching recognitions – Estella Owoimaha-Church decided to leave the classroom this summer.

The recent Los Angeles Unified School District employee had reached a breaking point, much like the hundreds of thousands of other teachers across the country who have exited the profession over the past couple of years due to stressors related to the coronavirus pandemic – along with what many describe as a lack of respect for their profession.

Some education leaders sounded the alarm about a teacher shortage long before COVID-19 came into the picture. But the stress that came with the global health crisis proved the final straw for many. Click here to read more: