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E22: Why She Quit Teaching & Why You Should Care

Jessica Gentry taught Kindergarten for 12 years. She isn’t going back when school starts in the fall. She quit at the end of the school year and shared her decision and reasons in a viral Facebook post.

We were curious about why Jessica felt like she needed to get out of the classroom and we reached out to her. She shares what she believes is going on in our schools and why good teachers are leaving.

About the author, James

Thank you for joining me for the Positively Dad journey! My name is James Shaw and I'm a husband and father. I live in the Tampa Bay area with my wife, Terri and our young daughter, Naomi. The goal with Positively Dad for us to think, learn and grow. It's easy to get caught up in the day to day and miss opportunities to become amazing fathers. I trust that the conversations we have on Positively Dad will help you see that fatherhood is truly a journey and that we are better together than figuring it all out on our own.


  1. Melissa Creighton on 07/22/2019 at 3:49 PM

    This was not only my first podcast, but one that I can relate to 100%. Jessica is an amazing woman, teacher, mom and girlfriend! I stared following her shortly after her Facebook post of “why she left teaching” appeared online. My heart and mind are in the same position as her. I recently left my career as a elementary school teacher after teaching for 15 years. It was the best and worst day of the next step of my life! I cried making that decision and it is mainly because I love the children and I love teaching, but my mind and heart struggles with everyday living just like Jessica. She is spot on when she said, parent support is a huge factor in the classroom. Parents should always go to the teacher first! Don’t go right to administration first! I am so excited for her and that she is speaking up and giving me hope that I too will find my “Next”. I hope by continuing to following her I will be able to turn the page of my book and realize that I have a new beginning. Where does a teacher like me go next? Thank you for having her on your podcast and I can’t wait to listen to more of your shows!

  2. Alan on 07/24/2019 at 7:00 PM

    She sounds really sweet it’s a shame teachers aren’t respected enough in this day and age I mean they help mould the future.

  3. Meredith on 07/27/2019 at 1:24 PM

    Poor girl. She left teaching because she was more than likely brainwashed into thinking that she would make a profit when joining Beachbody. Multilevel marketing is a financial drain to its victims, and the companies and the uplines target those who can least afford it – stay at home moms, single mothers with financial woes, persons with mental illnesses or self-esteem issues, naive young adults with no training in financial literacy, etc. The FTC research states that about 99.6% of the participants lose money. Let’s check back in two or three years and see how she’s doing.
    Good for her for staying physically fit and placing importance on exercise and nutrition, but shame on her if she’s recruiting other victims for the financial scam.
    Teachers and young moms are prime targets for these money-draining pyramid organizations. Please watch John Oliver’s video on MLM or read for good introductions.
    I’m proud to be in my 21st year of teaching, 26th year of parenting, and my 23rd year of educating others on the dangers of becoming involved in MLM.

    • James Shaw on 07/31/2019 at 3:30 AM

      Did you listen?

      • Meredith on 08/06/2019 at 11:53 PM

        Yes, I listened from start to finish. I’m taking courses for a special education intervention certification, so I’m more used to interacting with teachers who can still exhibit passion and exuberance even when dealing with the most difficult of students, but the podcast was still worth finishing. Most points she made were common sense and generalizations, but it was still an interesting conversation between the two of you.

        Were you aware of her MLM involvement? She has a .04% or less probability of making her new venture a success, and she has to prey on other victims to accomplish that. I feel terrible that she was duped by their cult tactics, and chose to peddle Shakeology over education, but she’s young and I think she’ll figure it out sooner than later, especially since Beachbody MLM coaches make an average of $402 per year, before expenses. Her income average of $7.73 per week actually makes her old teaching salary look pretty darn good.

        My favorite part of your podcast was the stats on teacher turnover. Perhaps that’s why teachers are so often targeted?

        Good luck with your future podcasts. You have a refreshing, novel approach, and I hope your audience continues to increase.

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