A survey released by Education Minnesota revealed that 29% of Minnesota’s educators have considered quitting or retiring from teaching, with 79% of all educators feeling stressed because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Minnesota’s classrooms. Additionally, 73% of all respondents said they felt overwhelmed.
“Our teachers are facing unprecedented mental health challenges due to the disruptions from COVID-19 and are continuing to do everything they can to ensure our kids are getting the education they need. As I talk to teachers, the most common things I’ve heard are ‘I cry myself to sleep’ or ‘I am working twice as hard, with none of the rewards.’ I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to every single educator in our state for what they are doing and to say, I hear you. We must do whatever we can to ensure our teachers have the support they need, whether it’s in the classroom, through distance learning, or for mental health care during these difficult times.”