ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- While one school district in North Carolina is losing teachers by the hundreds this year, schools in the Shenandoah Valley are working hard to keep quality teachers in the community.
"I've been teaching long enough that students who came to me in the ninth grade as struggling readers have come back and invited me to college graduation," said one Harrisonburg teacher.
Current and former Rockingham County Public School employees are saying much the same.
"The board is very interested in being in partnership with the teachers," said Rockingham County School Board Member, Bob May.
May has been with the county for more than 30 years and helped build Turner Ashby High School. He says, there are a lot of reasons to love working and living here.
This including low teacher turnover. That low turnover makes, Rebecca Jessie happy to send her kids to school here.
"Both my children have had some excellent teachers who have taken an interest in them," said Jessie.
That quality education is exactly what brought her here 14 years ago. Continued development in the county and city keeps teachers working hard for a more prosperous community.
May added," Yeah, we need to have the students, but on the other hand, the teachers are just fantastic!"
"To love my job this much near the end of my career is just a blessing," said another Harrisonburg teacher.
These are ideas that parents and leaders hope to continue.
Rockingham County School Superintendent, Dr. Carol Fenn, says the typical turnover in the county is about 10 percent. She doesn't expect that to change this year.
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