Every year thousands of teachers leave the profession. A federal study released last year found 17 percent of new public school teachers leave the classroom after just four years on the job. Some education experts believe the number is even higher.
That’s one of the reasons the Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education, or AFAEE, works very hard to reward and retain good teachers.
On its website AFAEE lists a statistic that’s even more staggering, that in 2014 ”roughly half a million teachers left the field of education in the United States” and that 40 to 50 percent of new teachers “will leave the classroom within the first five years of their career.”
The success of a student hinges on the teacher that’s standing in front of that classroom and hinges on the school leader that’s running that school
Our “mission is to elevate the quality of public education by identifying excellent educators and then empowering them to expand their impact,” said AFAEE executive director Amber Stewart.
Under Stewart’s leadership, that’s exactly what AFAEE does and that’s why Amber Stewart is an American Graduate Champion.
Teaching young students is a hard job, often thankless and stressful. Teachers often feel overworked and underpaid, according to some education officials, but officials also say it’s a very rewarding and fulfilling career for dedicated teachers
“There is an invaluable impact that a great teacher has on a student,” Stewart explained to Public Broadcasting Atlanta during a recent interview. “Research supports that great teachers make a tremendous difference in the lives of children,” she continued.
The Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence recognizes and rewards top metro Atlanta educators every year with a grant as a way of showing them how much the community appreciates their hard work. The grant includes money for personal use, money for professional development and also money for a project of their choice.
“We have these excellent teachers who are remaining with children, therefore perfecting their craft, honing their best practices, and impacting students in a great way,” Stewart said.
“The success of a student hinges on the teacher that’s standing in front of that classroom and hinges on the school leader that’s running that school,” she added.
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