There are 3.5 million teachers educating almost 50 million children in the United States. Unfortunately, teaching is a profession with a high turnover rate. The National Center for Education Statistics has found that ten percent of teachers leave after their first year on the job.
According to the National Center for Education Information, in 1986 only eight percent of teachers had less than five years of experience under their belts. A quarter century later, that number has jumped to 26 percent.
As more and more older teachers retire, an increasing number of younger teachers are being brought in to replace them, and fewer of them are staying in the profession.
Despite these facts, there are many wonderful and dedicated teachers out there. This group in particular stands out to us. These exceptional educators have devoted their entire lives to teaching future generations. Click through the gallery to meet the teachers who have stayed in the classroom well into their 80s and beyond.
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