The Pandemic’s Toll On Educators Has Made Texas’ Teacher Shortage Worse

Teachers report being spread thin by the demands of remote learning and exhausted by the constant health concerns.


Tomas Garcia sits in his home with his dog, Patches, in Houston on Wednesday.

At least 45 small school districts across Texas have been forced to temporarily stop in-person classes because of COVID. The never-ending fear of teachers dying from COVID-19 has become a reality at some Texas schools.

On top of that, teachers have experienced burnout over the last year when combining the stress of the pandemic, teaching both online and in-person classes and an increasing workload. Garcia said he was working 16-hour shifts in some instances over the past year.

Tomas Garcia looks out of his home in Houston on Wednesday.

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