NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Hannah Brown wanted to speak up for students and teachers when she made a Facebook post that’s now gone viral.
“We’re not sick of the kids,” Brown said. “We’re not sick of teaching, for the most part. We’re just sick of not being valued.”
Brown is a teacher at Cole Elementary School, a job she just quit. Her last day will be in July.
“I’m choosing to leave the field,” she said.
She gave a long list of reasons Metro teachers are fed up in the post which has been shared nearly 4,000 times.
“I never expected it to go as far as it did,” Brown said.
She made the post last Monday, when nearly 1,000 Metro teachers called out sick, angry over the mayor denying a 10 percent raise.
She writes, “…I love my school, but I can no longer afford to wait and hope it gets better.”
“Teachers from all over the country were commenting very similar things,” Brown said.
The ESL teacher has been a Lyft driver and taken odd jobs to pay bills.
“I’ve cleaned houses,” she said. “I’ve walked dogs.”
In April, Mayor Briley agreed to a raise.
“I recognize and share the growing sense that teachers should get a much larger raise,” Briley said in a speech during the Annual State of Metro Address.
But that raise would only be three percent under his proposed budget.
“I’m recommending this year, as much of an increase as possible for education,” Briley said during the speech.
For Brown and other teachers, three percent is not enough.
“We can fund the NFL Draft,” Brown said. “We can fund the soccer stadium. Why can’t we fund our school district?”
Brown plans to start law school at Belmont University in August.