Staff shortages. Illness. Student behavior that is more challenging than ever. We all know the reasons why this has been one of the toughest teaching years ever—and now we’re seeing the consequences, in the form of educators quitting mid-year. No teacher wants to leave their students in the middle of the year, but with little support from administration and parents, many colleagues are left feeling like they have no choice.

Recently, there’s been a flood of #quittingteaching videos on TikTok, and users there are sharing the powerful reasons why they feel driven out. It’s a trend we have no choice but to pay attention to, or else students will return from Thanksgiving and winter break to empty classrooms. Unfortunately, it’s not a problem with easy solutions, either—teachers need more support, more planning time, more money, and all of that will only come with a serious reevaluation of schools.

Listen in as TikTok teachers share their stories:

“I have just been miserable”

@maddielovespotatoes

Resigned from my teaching job #teachersoftiktok #quittingteaching #quitmyjob #formerteacher

♬ You Are Enough – Sleeping At Last

“For years, my life, money, and time revolved around my students”

@findinghappiness14

Saying goodbye to teaching 💔 #teaching #teacherburnout #careerchange #education #fyp #iquit #quitteaching #quittingteaching #teachertok #teachers #teach #employeeappreciation #quittingstory #toxicworkplace #storytime #ThatCloseMessenger #IDeserveTuitionContest

♬ Home – Edith Whiskers

“The problem was never the students”

@laathewmaanen

My Last Day Teaching…10 Years Gone #thegreatresignation #teachertiktok #teacherburnout #floridateacher #highschoolteacher #teachertok #quityourjob

♬ original sound – Laathew Maanen

“I feel so guilty and like a failure”

@onestopspecialedshop

I did it #teachersoftiktok #teacherburnout #quitting

♬ Remember_you_mars – ✨Mars✨

“This is the most difficult decision I’ve ever made”

@teacherinreallife

#leavingteaching #teachersoftiktok #walkingaway

♬ Almost Idyllic – Sleeping At Last

“The thought of going in another day made me feel physically sick”

@kenyalebon1980

#teachersoftiktok #leavingteaching #whatsnext? #changeforthebetter #teacherlife

♬ Moving On – Marshmello

“I don’t even know where to start”

@vivaciousgee

Year 5 and took me out. #iquitteaching #leavingteaching #teachersoftiktok #mymentalhealthmatters #gaslighting #123PandoraME #TakeTheDayOffChallenge

♬ original sound – Gee

“We don’t get paid enough to live”

@summahgracetiktoks

explaining part of my story. #storytime #fyp #leavingteaching #findyourhappy

♬ Get You The Moon – Kina

“We had a lockdown every year”

@bethphilemon

Reply to @danigiggs on #leavingteaching for a reason I don’t often discuss – I see you and encourage all to seek therapy on these experiences

♬ original sound – bethphilemon

“The stress is unbelievable”

@chgarrett

#teacherquits #bekindtoteachers Note: I resigned before school started. Students were supportive of my choice #mentalhealthmatters

♬ original sound – user1792336425636

We’d love to hear—have you had teachers leave your school or district? Would you ever share your quitting story on TikTok? Please share in the comments.

Plus, meet four teachers whose resignation letters went viral.