HI looks to mainland to deal with large instructor shortage

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 11:34 AM

Executive expect as many as 1.600 vacancies throughout the state following school year. The dept has responded by sending teams to meet with potential applicants in major cities across the U.

The HI Dept of Education has been seeking out educators from the mainland to deal with the state'south growing teacher shortage.

Executive expect as many as 1.600 vacancies throughout the state following school year. The dept has responded by sending teams to meet with potential applicants in major cities across the U. S., including Chicago, New York, Portland and Los Angeles, HI News Presently reported (http://bit. ly/1qpNdcb).

"Teachers are in such demand everywhere. Every school district is trying to thieve from the other'south district," said Barbara Krieg, helper superintendent for the Office of Human Resources.

Even if the state can successfully recruit sufficient people, executive declare retaining those teachers could present a challenge. Newly recruited teachers are frequently placed in rural schools, where there is more of a need, and have to face the state'south high cost of living.

"HI has one of the highest instructor turnover rates in the nation, and this is more so for people that arrive from the mainland," said Corey Rosenlee, president of the HI State Teachers Association. "They say, 'I can't live here' and they leave and we've to go back and recruit, and this cycle just continually happens."

But some recruits from the mainland have learned to prosper and declare that teaching in Hawaii has its benefits. Brittney Driggs, a NJ native, was recruited right after college and has been teaching special education at Mililani High School in Honolulu for six years.

"My first year here, a lot of my fellow colleagues were like, 'Oh, you're going to be a one-year wonder,' " Driggs said. "I know the pay isn't as excellent as the mainland, but I think it'south worth it."

The Dept of Education is looking to fill vacancies in special education, secondary mathematics and secondary science. The state also needs more teachers in rural neighbor island areas and Oahu'south Leeward Coast. Financial incentives are available for applicants.

The dept has also been focusing its efforts on retaining current teachers and informing youthful people of education jobs in their communities.

"Over time, particularly in areas where it'south tough to discover people who know the area or are willing to stay in the area, we really necessity to what we call grow our own teachers," Krieg said.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www. hawaiinewsnow. com/

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