School of Education


Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)


Sarah Kerins


education, teacher attrition


Curriculum and Instruction | Education


The purpose of this study was to provide recommendations to solve the problem of high teacher attrition at Pence Elementary School. The problem was Pence Elementary School is experiencing difficulty in retaining certified teaching staff (L. Noll, personal communication, March 13, 2022). The rationale for this study was that it is critical for Pence Elementary School to implement strategies to retain certified teachers to fill needed certified positions as failure to do so could adversely impact student achievement, contribute to larger class sizes, and thereby exacerbate teacher working conditions. In alignment with the purpose and problem of the study, the central research question was, how can the problem of high teacher attrition at Pence Elementary School be solved? Data collection consisted of three methods. The first data collection method was semi-structured interviews with teachers and administrators at Pence Elementary School and Fairfield Community School District. The second form of data collection was a survey administered to 16 teachers currently employed at Pence Elementary School. The third form of data collection was a focus group comprised of five certified staff who have been employed as teachers for at least one year in the Fairfield Community School District. Data were analyzed using quantitative and qualitative methods. As a result of the data analysis, three recommendations were presented to solve the problem of high teacher attrition: develop a culture of shared decision-making, offer professional development options for district, building, and individual goals, and decrease teacher workload.