Perspectives from the President


  • Nathan Whitman Derby High School


perspectives, reflection, COVID-19, pandemic, teachers, retention, education, turnover, statistics, educational leadership, No Child Left Behind, NCLB, redesign, colleagues, hope


KATE President Nathan Whitman provides personal and general educational reflections and insights into the 2022 school year, including an overview of educational fads in government, a statistical snapshot of trends and problems in teacher retention – including censorship, happenings within KATE’s programming for educators, and a call to action.

Author Biography

Nathan Whitman, Derby High School

Nathan G. Whitman (he/him), M.A. English, B.A. Secondary English Education & Creative Writing, is the current Kansas Association of Teachers of English President and the Editor in Chief of its Voices of Kansasjournal. He teaches English at Derby High School USD 260 and is also an adjunct professor at Hutchinson Community College and WSU Tech. He is a recipient of the 2014 Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award and a member of the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network. He can be reached at and on Twitter @writerwhitman.






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