July 31, 2020

How COVID-19 led an Indiana science teacher to quit her “dream job”

By MEGAN CERULLO

Heidi Hisrich, a 42-year-old teacher at Richmond High School in Richmond, Indiana, said she quit her “dream job” because teachers and students were expected to resume in-person classes in the fall, despite the ongoing threat of COVID-19. She’s hardly alone: A recent Gallup poll found that 57% of U.S. teachers fear being exposed to the coronavirus. Hisrich spoke to CBS MoneyWatch about her difficult decision to quit what she calls “the best job in the school.” This interview has been edited for length and clarity. It also includes a response and update from the local school district at the bottom of the story.