The purpose of this research is to describe a qualitative research study of experienced high school educators who have remained motivated and highly engaged in their teaching. Ten high school teachers who have been called "the best" by their administrators and fellow teachers were interviewed to ascertain common traits that can serve as a framework for providing professional development to assist teachers in the work force, as well as bring their voice to the National Reform Movement. The following themes emerged: teachers are ambivalent to administrative leadership as an important influence in their work; colleagues are their support network; and their commitment to the students transcends academic achievements.
Educational Reform, Secondary Education, Experienced Teachers, and Professional Development
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Meister, D. (2010). Experienced Secondary Teachers' Perceptions of Engagement and Effectiveness: A Guide to Professional Development. The Qualitative Report, 15(4), 880-898. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol15/iss4/7