Teachers who are “career changers” and who have come to the teaching profession from other fields say their career change brings benefits to the classroom, according to a new University of Phoenix College of Education survey focusing on how K-12 teachers view their profession.

Those benefits include real-world experience, new ideas, teacher diversity, and unique teaching styles and perspectives.

Just in time for Teacher Appreciation Week, the survey takes a look at teachers’ satisfaction with their careers and also takes stock of the impact teacher shortages have on schools.

Of surveyed teachers who have worked in the profession for five years or more, nearly half (47 percent) said they have had more opportunities for leadership roles, including serving on special committees, mentoring, and running special after-school programs.

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