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Ecstatic in August, Discouraged by October, Rookie Teacher Leaves CMS

When I met Carly Deal in August, the 22-year-old was ecstatic about realizing a lifelong dream. She’d been hired for her first teaching job, at Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s brand new Lawrence Orr Elementary School.

Her teachers at UNC Wilmington and her mother, a veteran teacher who had just retired, warned her the first year would be tough. She thought she was ready.

By October she was calling her mother in tears, ready to quit.