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Our teacher series continues: "I don't know if I'm going to last"

Photo: Pixabay
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Wednesday will mark the start of the new school year for some students across Central Florida. Ahead of the first day, WMFE is checking in with three teachers to talk about their hopes and dreams for this year as well as the challenges. Yesterday, we heard from Meredith Reninger, a middle school science teacher in Brevard County. 

Today, WMFE’s Danielle Prieur speaks with Volusia County English as a Second Language teacher Irma Lima. 

Interview highlights

On teacher burnout

"Probably the behaviors are one of the problems and our administrator's really good. So she has supported us. I've cut back this year. So I'm hoping maybe that's what's gonna make the change."

On teachers leaving the profession

"I think it's getting worse, and we will lose teachers and we are losing the teachers that have been in it for a long time. So I think that's where we're at. It's the veteran teachers. Yeah, new teachers. It depends. We have lost some new teachers, we had one that didn't last not even two days."

On low teacher pay

"Well, I have almost 23 years in teaching. And I hate to say this, but I have a master's and you have new teachers getting the same pay. So that's a little bit upsetting probably the first year that I guess that would have never bothered me, but I'm like I have worked so hard."

Listen to the other stories in the series

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan and is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. In her free time, she enjoys playing her guitar, writing fiction, and cooking.