Cara Mulder

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Pat Kornelis


This action research project examined teacher retention in an extremely stressful job at a tribal school in northwest Washington. Two groups of teachers participated. The first group was made up of teachers who had been at Lummi Nation School for less than five years and the second group was made up of teachers who had been teaching there for more than ten years. The participants were interviewed about their jobs, uncovering the job stressors that they faced, the job satisfaction that they found, and the reasons they continued in their jobs. Both groups had similar responses regarding job stress and job satisfaction. One notable difference was the priority the first group placed on academic rigor in contrast to the second group's priority of cultural awareness and incorporation. The findings of the study suggest that this difference in priority may have an impact on teacher retention.


Action Research Project Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education