About the Teachers Are More Campaign
In Duval County, 40-50 percent of the teachers in our district leave the teaching profession within the first five years of beginning their careers, and universities have seen decreases in enrollment for education degrees. This teacher shortage is not unique to Duval County or even to the state of Florida as national statistics show states all over the United States struggle to staff their classrooms and to recruit students in postsecondary education programs to prepare them for a career in the classroom.
To be a teacher is to be a public servant. By elevating and expanding the reach of stories of incredible teachers and of those who have been impacted by an incredible teacher, the Teachers Are More campaign aimed to alter the perception of the teaching profession, increasing public support for the invaluable educators in our city.
By the end of the campaign, more than 70,000 Jacksonville community members took action to show support for teachers, and messages about the importance of teachers reached community members more than 1.2 million times.