Date of Award

Summer 8-7-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Secondary Education and Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Pauline Sampson

Second Advisor

Dr. Ali Hachem

Third Advisor

Dr. Kimberly Welsh


The study specifically investigated new elementary teachers' perceptions of the support they need during the first five years of their teaching experiences to influence their decision to remain both at their current teaching assignment and in the profession. The literature detailed specific elements of leadership within the realm of support that lends to teacher retention. A qualitative methodology was employed for to collect in-depth interview data from three Texas elementary entry teachers. The original intent was for five participants, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only three participants took part in this study. The researcher identified themes that emerged from the data collected from interviews. Those themes were centered on the perceptions of elementary teachers concerning (1) the sufficiency of resources, (2) school culture and climate, (3) campus leadership, and (4) parental involvement and support. Participants cited that climate established by campus leadership and interpersonal relationships was central to their decisions to stay in the field. The literature, noted that campus leaders are responsible for retaining new teachers while shaping and maintaining cohesion within their organization's culture and climate.

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