AN EXPLORATION OF RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF BEGINNING LATINO TEACHERS: AN EXAMINATION OF NEW TEACHERS WITH LESS THAN THREE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND NEW TO THEIR POSITION
Villarreal, Miguel Angel
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The purpose of this study was to examine beginning Latino/a teachers' perceptions of recruitment and retention. A qualitative research approach was used to gain insight into how Latino/a beginning teachers viewed their personal recruitment to the education profession. Using an open-ended interview process, the researcher selected twenty participants from school districts representing Eastern Washington State schools. These twenty beginning teachers, as defined as less than three years of experience and currently in their first year of a new assignment or new to the teaching profession, provided the researcher with details and experiences they had prior to entering education and current perceptions of what they believe influences their decision to remain in the teaching profession. Results from the study yielded two general core themes: (a) supporting and encouraging experiences from family and significant adults to enter education (recruitment) and (b) personal affirmation and support within the school setting to assist in their stability (retention). The data further revealed beginning Latino/a teachers relied on supporting/encouraging experiences from parents, teachers, and family in their decision-making process to enter and remain as an educator.