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Local teachers discuss challenges as more educators step away

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – The extra jobs teachers have had to take on in the past two years has had many quitting or switching careers. On Thursday, Dec. 9, Eyewitness News spoke with Wichita teachers about challenges they face, challenges that have contributed to the more educators stepping away.

A Wichita social studies teacher who spoke anonymously, said he loves teaching, but did not expect the extra work that would be put on his plate with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve had to be health monitors with masks and things like that. “We’ve had to be cleaning staff sometimes because we had to disinfect and sanitize more than our custodians could on their own. We’ve had to sometimes be mental health specialists and almost therapists, helping our students through crises,” he said.

The teacher said educators’ concerns aren’t taken into consideration.

“When we ask for…

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