PRESS RELEASE: Statewide survey measuring school staff and educator transitions and departures will help inform statewide conversations around teacher recruitment and retention

Released: May 23, 2022

Contact: Sarah Earle, Communications Director, at or (603) 545-4918

CONCORD, NH — Reaching Higher NH, in partnership with 15 professional education associations, is conducting a statewide survey intended to measure school staff and educator transitions and departures in New Hampshire public and charter schools at the end of this school year. The survey will be distributed to all levels of school staff, including district leaders, school-based support staff, and teachers, and will collect information on educators and school staff who are changing positions or school districts, those who are leaving the state, and those who are leaving the field altogether. 

The purpose of the survey is to inform statewide conversations around educator and school staff transitions and retention. There are a number of initiatives underway to strengthen the educator, school staff, and school leader pipeline, including a proposed legislative study committee that is expected to begin its work later this year. 

“School staff and educators are the most valuable resource a school has, and making sure that our teacher and staff workforce is strong, diverse, and supported by their community is critical to ensuring students can reach their full potential,” said Nicole Heimarck, Executive Director at Reaching Higher NH. “This survey will measure where people are going and why, and help us better understand how we can support them as individuals and a community of professionals.”

“Teachers, school leaders, and staff play a critical role in helping students develop a sense of themselves and their world, and we need to make sure we’re supporting them every step of the way. This survey will provide us with the data we need to inform policy and practice, from the local level all the way to the State House,” said Christina Pretorius, Policy Director at Reaching Higher NH. 

The survey will close on June 24, 2022 and can be found here: 

Reaching Higher NH seeks the public’s help in getting the word out by sharing the survey.

The survey was co-developed with the Women Educators Leading Learning group, a network of current and former educators, school staff, and school leaders around New Hampshire to empower, connect, inspire, and celebrate women in the education profession. Survey partners include: 

  • National Educators Association of NH (NEA-NH)
  • American Federation of Teachers of NH
  • NH School Administrators Association 
  • NH Association of School Principals
  • NH Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • NH Association of Special Education Administrators
  • NH School Nurses Association
  • NH School Counselors Association
  • NH Association of School Business Officials
  • NH Association for Career and Technical Education 
  • NH Art Educators Association
  • NH Science Teachers Association
  • NH Association of World Language Teachers

Reaching Higher NH is a nonpartisan 501c3 public education policy resource for NH families, educators, and elected officials. Our mission is to support high-quality public education and the infinite potential of every child in New Hampshire. Learn more at