New Year, New Optimism

2020 has started off with excitement and anticipation of the year to come. It was wonderful to see all of the smiling faces of our students as they walked through the doors on Tuesday morning. As I reflect back on the 2019 portion of our school year, I am filled with hope about the resiliency of our students, staff and community as we head into an exciting new decade. 

While we started off the 2019-20 school year fully staffed, we did experience a few situations in which teachers choose to leave STEM during the Fall semester. Our efforts to recruit top talent  and the nationwide teacher shortage did sometimes result in longer than desired vacancies. We are fortunate, however, to have a talented group of in-house substitutes who step in when the assigned teachers are unable to attend.

Back in October, Stephanie Mendrala, our Director of Professional Development, presented to our Board of Directors about Teacher Retention and Attrition. In her presentation, Stephanie included data indicating statistics from 1990 through the 2016-17 school year. Throughout this time, the subject matter areas with the highest percentage of teacher shortages were in special education (94%), mathematics (88%), science (86%), foreign language (76%) and TESOL (English as a second language) (62%).  

Any time we have a vacancy, I hope you will assist us in recruiting new, talented staff. The challenge of recruiting and retaining the best staff is best overcome with a team effort! 

Thank you for all that you do to support our #STEMStrong staff as we move into a new decade. 

Thank you,

Leanne Weyman, EdD
Director, STEM School Highlands Ranch