There’s only one male teacher at Massillon’s Whittier School near Canton, something experts say is part of national trend.

According to the National Education Association, the number of male teachers in the U.S. is at an all time low…and sinking.

Nationwide, only 1 in 4 teachers is a man, and at the elementary level, its just 1 in 10.

The problem is particularly pronounced in Stark County. Dan Nero, director of elementary instruction for Canton City Schools says he looks for male teachers because some homes lack strong male figures.

Nero says teachers are scarce everywhere and few men are drawn to teaching, a job traditionally associated with women, because it can mean long hours and little pay.