NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Nearly twice as many Metro School teachers retired this year when compared to previous years.
After spending nearly 34 years as a teacher, mostly with Metro schools, Barbara Broadway is looking forward to having more time on her hands much longer than the usual summer vacation.
"Because before you ever get out in the Spring you're always thinking about the fall. And you're thinking about what you're going to do in the summer and I didn't want to think about it. And I knew there's something wrong when I don't want to think about it," explained Broadway.
Over the years the demands have intensified including the End of Course tests, implementing a new curriculum called the Common Core and teacher evaluations.
"I was capable of going on, it was the amount of stress level I was able to endure and be comfortable with," she said.
She says it left her exhausted and was a large part why she decided to retire. As of June 30th, 222 teachers retired from Metro Schools. Nearly half as many did, 117, after the 2010-2011 school year.
Broadway emphasized change is not necessarily bad. But now at retirement age, some of her priorities have shifted, but saying goodbye was still a hard decision to make.
"I'm going to miss it but I really feel the need to focus my energies some other places," she said.
Metro Schools does not track why the teachers decided to retire. When it comes to resignation, half as many teachers resigned after this past school year when compared to the previous one and fewer teachers were fired.
Metro usually hires 500 teachers every summer. So far 350 new teachers have signed-on with more interviews underway.