Teacher vacancies impact students

At Chaparral High School (CHS) teacher shortages lasted the first six months. There were five teacher openings; most were freshman classes. Assistant Principal Roberto Mata said, “The toughest ones to fill were math, science and special ed, but it’s getting harder and harder to find teachers in the content area.” 

The Chaparral administration has reached the point where they asked colleges to send practicing students that have not graduated, so that the school can train them and then they will hire them.

The way the teacher’s shortage affects the students is that students have to deal with having subs in the classroom instead of teachers. Other teachers provide class work to the subs so they can give it to the students, and other teachers will grade them. Mata said,
 “This puts stress on the other because they have to double the work.” 

Why do schools have so many open positions for teachers?

According to a krqe web article, the main problem with teachers is that they are at the end of their rope, they are quitting in the middle of the year. In many cases, their students are left with long-term substitutes. This affects students on their education.


What is the school board or the school district doing to fix this problem?

In this article, “Santa Fe schools to move specialized staff into classrooms to cover teacher shortages,” the Superintendent of Santa Fe, Veronica García, is planning on having temporary reading instructors, digital learning coaches and other specialized support staff into the classroom.  

García said in the article, “Project Put Students First as her response to a teacher shortage that plagues the local district and many others across the state.” What Garcia did was that she found 15 classrooms in which she plans to replace long-term substitute teachers with current staff members who are licensed educators working in different roles. 


How are teachers dealing with this problem? 

Alice Trosclair’s article says “She has been teaching for eleven years.  She currently teaches English III, English Language and Composition AP, and English Literature and Composition AP.”

Alice said in her article, “There were kinds of educators leaving the profession, including experienced retirees as well as new teachers who find the career is not sustainable for their lives.”

Alice is saying, “Teachers-in-training need more time in real classrooms.” She also said, “teachers needing less theory and more “hands on” experience.”

Alice said, “Do not send them to only the honors and AP classrooms, let them plan lessons and deliver them.” The article also said, “give new teachers seasoned mentors and let an experienced teacher help them with their first three years.”

Alice said that, “For most new teachers, content knowledge is not the problem; it is classroom management and balancing the reality with the fantasy of teaching that is the rub.” The article mentions that experienced teachers are priceless and their involvement will save the new teachers coming into the classroom. 

Alice also said, “Teaching is a lonely job and no one knows what we go through more than other teachers who have been there. A team of teachers who help other teachers is priceless.”