To embrace the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International vision, "Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide," the Educational Excellence Committee launched Support Early-Career Educators.
Gamma Omega Chapter members in McDuffie County have adopted Thomson Elementary School to develop that initiative. The society will nurture and support not only early-career educators but all certified staff, with small gestures of acknowledgement and appreciation. Thomson Elementary School Principal Anita Cummings, a member of the Gamma Omega Chapter, said she appreciates the support and knows the teachers will appreciate being thought of throughout the year.
The chapter also provides scholarships to students preparing to become educators in their senior year of college.
In a news release, DKG said, "Education is a challenging career, and retaining quality teachers is an issue worldwide. Currently, the United States rate of teachers leaving the profession in the first year is 10 percent; 50 percent leave by year three and 70 percent by year five. Schools that have depended on a core of veteran teachers are seeing those teachers retire. As much is expected of a new teacher on the first day of school as is expected of a 30-year veteran. Teachers supporting teachers is crucial."
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honor society for women educators, with more than 95,000 members. Established in 17 countries, the society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. For more information, go to www.dkg.org.