This author of this paper defines the terms “teacher attrition”, “depression”, “burnout”, and discusses the problems, both in the United States and in Minnesota regarding teachers leaving the profession faster than they are entering it. People often feel stressed and overworked because of the nature of their jobs, but unfortunately many teachers report feelings of depression and burnout because of their careers. The author discusses various reasons that teachers leave their careers, and the findings in the paper suggest that student-teachers need to receive more support during training, while new teachers need mentoring in the first year in order to recognize, prevent, and alleviate the symptoms of burnout and depression; not only for their own health, but for the sake of their students, their schools, their communities, and for the benefit of the state of Minnesota and the rest of the United States.

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Capstone Paper


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Mary Fawcett

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