Year of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (MATL)

Directing Professor

Teri Wagner


Teachers perform multiple roles and duties in their career as educators, which can lead to teacher burnout. However, there is a lack of research regarding the specific roles and duties outside of curriculum and instruction that are asked of teachers to perform that would result in feelings of emotional labor. This qualitative study aspires to identify the additional roles and duties teachers perform outside of curriculum and instruction and analyze how these additional roles and duties contribute to emotional labor and teacher retention.

Through poetic inquiry, this study aims to capture the essence of teacher voices and their additional emotional labor they express from the overwhelming number of additional roles and duties required of them.

Based on the research findings, the researcher concludes that the additional roles and duties expected of teachers are a hindrance to their primary jobs and are key factors contributing to a teacher’s choice to leave the profession of educator.