“It’s a shame that you have to move further away from students to receive more pay. This is why the best teachers leave the classroom.”

— Kaitlyn Barton, English teacher at Clarksdale High School.

Click through the photos below and follow Barton as she navigates through her day of teaching, working a second job and, finally, making it home to prepare for her next day in the classroom.

Read part one of our teacher shortage series.

Eric J. Shelton is a 2018 corps member in Report for America, and joined the team as our first photojournalist. A native of Columbia, Miss., Eric earned his bachelor’s in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a multimedia journalist for Abilene Reporter-News, chief photographer for the Hattiesburg American and photo editor for the Killeen Daily Herald before joining our team June 2018.