Date of Award

Winter 12-1-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Learning Dissertations


Educational Leadership

Committee Chair

Sheryl Croft

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Chinasa Elue

Second Committee Member

Nicholas Clegorne


This study examines teachers’ perceptions of their administrator’s role in retaining teachers in one failing Title I Elementary School. As attrition rates among teachers increase in the United States, more investigation is needed to fully understand what role, if any, school administrators play in teachers’ retention efforts. Through the use of phenomenography, this study explores various factors connected to school administrators that can contribute to teacher retention. Interviews and a focus group were used to gather data in this study to provide insight into teachers’ perceptions of their administrator's role in contributing to their decisions to leave or remain in their school setting. Findings from this study highlight the important role that school leaders play in decreasing teacher attrition and providing support for them to thrive in their profession.