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Hundreds of teaching positions across Maryland remain vacant with only a few summer weeks left. | RELATED: Maryland’s Back-to-School Guide Administrators said they know closing the gap on teacher shortages won’t be easy, but most said they’re still making progress as they approaching the first day of school. All Baltimore-area school systems are looking to hire qualified teachers and put them on the payroll from the first day of classes. “We will be hiring throughout the school year” Currently, Anne Arundel County has 351 vacancies, Baltimore City has 645, Baltimore County has 400, Carroll County has seven vacancies, Harford County has 30 vacancies and Howard County has 71 vacancies.| RELATED: BCPS Seeks to Hire More Teachers Before the Start of the 2022-23 School Year Baltimore County has spent most of the summer trying to fill critical teaching positions. The number of educators still needed in the classroom changes from hour to hour. Even so, district officials said there was no need to panic. That’s a number that’s going to change constantly, and we’re constantly recruiting great new teachers to put in our classrooms,” Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman Charles Herndon said. Teacher Lyndsey Kraft took the job during the COVID-19 pandemic and said she can’t wait to get back to class. it’s something that I love and that excites me. I love being able to watch the kids grow,” Kraft said.| RELATED: From classrooms to bus stops, school districts are racing to fill many vacanciesBut she knows several teachers who have left the profession. “I have, like, three friends, or four actually, that I saw on Facebook. They ended up just going away from stress and mental health issues and stuff like that. It’s been tough during COVID and everything,” Kraft said. The Baltimore County Teachers’ Association is concerned about how the current staffing shortage will affect educators still on the workload that will be on educators who are going to be in schools because that it’s going to be an increased workload for them since there aren’t enough educators to fill all the positions,” said Cindy Sexton, president of TABCO. “Our schools, our teachers, our principals, we “We’ve had to be flexible for two years now. We’ll be flexible for a little longer as everyone settles into their jobs,” Herndon said. teachers told 11 News that concerns li ed to COVID-19 had pushed them to leave the profession, while others were pointing to pay. Valencia Clay-Bell taught middle school English in Baltimore City for 12 years. Last year, she decided to leave the profession. “I felt like the work I was doing was not able to reach the highest level of impact. I feel like there were so many political issues, especially around the back from quarantine, which I couldn’t help,” Clay-Bell’s main concern was that she wouldn’t be able to support her most vulnerable students. “(It’s) when you’re doing your best to deal with the impact and you don’t see any change. When I say I don’t see any change, what I mean is that after you’ve taught for 10+ years, your middle schoolers come back and they ask you for resources that you think they should already have,” Clay-Bell said. Pay didn’t force Clay-Bell to leave, but she thinks it’s “is a reason other teachers leave. She said teachers have to prove themselves to get better pay.”When it comes to teacher pay, there are ways I feel that the district has changed since I started teaching, when you could get a master’s degree and then you’d get a raise. Now, your degrees don’t matter. You have to go through the model teacher process, the lead teacher process in order to get your due,” Clay-Bell said. She also became frustrated with her fellow teachers. “It wasn’t just the teachers who weren’t teaching, it was the whole system that needed top-down support. So, again, that’s why I left, to figure out how can I support with my heart and my passion? Because I don’t want my heart and passion to die while I’m not effective in this role I’m in,” Clay-Bell said. Clay-Bell is currently pursuing a doctorate, researching ways to be able to make a bigger impact on the road.| 11 TV HILL: Baltimore schools seek to hire 800 teachers | RELATED: Towson among universities working to help Maryland address teacher shortages

Hundreds of teaching positions across Maryland remain vacant with only a few summer weeks left.

| RELATED: Maryland’s Back to School Guide

Administrators said they knew closing the gap on the teacher shortage would not be easy, but most said they were still making progress as they got closer to the first day of school. .

All school systems in the Baltimore area seek to hire qualified teachers and have them paid from the first day of class.

“We will hire throughout the school year”

Currently, Anne Arundel County has 351 vacancies, Baltimore City has 645 vacancies, Baltimore County has 400 vacancies, Carroll County has seven vacancies, Harford County has 30 vacancies, and the Howard County has 71 vacancies.

| RELATED: BCPS seeks to hire more teachers before the start of the 2022-23 school year

Baltimore County has spent most of the summer trying to fill critical teaching positions. The number of educators still needed in the classroom changes from hour to hour. Even so, district officials said there was no need to panic.

“A school system the size of Baltimore County, we’re still looking. So we’ll be hiring throughout the school year. We’re still hiring. There are people in the pipeline. That’s a number that’s going to change. , and we are constantly recruiting great new teachers to put in our classrooms,” Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman Charles Herndon said.

Teachers leave their profession due to burnout and stress

Baltimore County third-grade teacher Lyndsey Kraft took the job during the COVID-19 pandemic and said she can’t wait to get back to the classroom.

“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher since I was in primary school. So, I’m sticking with it, and it’s something I love and am passionate about. I love being able to see kids grow up, “, said Kraft.

| RELATED: From classrooms to bus stops, school districts race to fill scores of vacancies

But she knows several teachers who have left the profession.

“I have, like, three friends, or four actually, that I saw on Facebook. They ended up leaving just because of stress and mental health issues and stuff like that. COVID and all,” Kraft said.

The Baltimore County Teachers Association is concerned about how the current staffing shortage will affect remaining educators.

“I am worried about the workload that will fall on the educators who will be in the schools because it will be an increased workload for them since there are not enough educators to fill all the positions” , said Cindy Sexton, President. from TABCO.

“Our schools, our teachers, our principals, we’ve had to be flexible for two years now. We’ll be flexible for a bit longer as we settle everyone into their positions,” Herndon said.

What Contributes to Teacher Attrition in Maryland?

Some teachers told 11 News that COVID-19 concerns caused them to leave the profession, while others said they had to pay.

Valencia Clay-Bell taught English at Baltimore City Middle School for 12 years. Last year, she decided to leave the profession.

“I felt like the work I was doing was not able to reach the highest level of impact. I feel like there were so many political issues, especially around the back from quarantine, which I couldn’t help,” Clay-Bell said.

Her main fear was that she would not be able to support her most vulnerable students.

“(It’s) when you do your best to deal with the impact and you don’t see any change. When I say I don’t see any change, what I mean is that after you have taught for 10+ years, your middle schoolers come back and ask for resources you think they should already have,” Clay-Bell said.

“I felt like the work I was doing was not able to reach the highest level of impact.”

The salary didn’t force Clay-Bell to leave, but she thinks it’s a reason other teachers are leaving. She said teachers need to prove themselves to get a better salary.

“As far as teacher pay goes, there are ways I feel like the district has changed since I started teaching, where you could get a master’s degree and then you’d get a raise. Now your credentials don’t matter. You have to go through the model teacher process, the lead teacher process in order to get your due,” Clay-Bell said.

She also became frustrated with her fellow teachers.

“It wasn’t just the teachers who weren’t teaching, it was the whole system that needed top-down support. So again, that’s why I left, to figure out how can I support with my heart and passion? Because I don’t want my heart and passion to die while I’m not effective in this role that I’m in,” Clay-Bell said.

Clay-Bell is currently pursuing a doctorate, researching ways to make a bigger impact on the road.

| 11 TV HILL: Baltimore schools seek to hire 800 teachers

| RELATED: Towson among universities working to help Maryland address teacher shortages

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