Filling Teacher Jobs Before School Starts

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Schools across the country are struggling to find teachers.

According to a recent CBS report, the number of college kids enrolling in teacher education dropped 35-percent between 2009-2014. Between 20 to 30 percent of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years.

We stopped by the Sioux Falls School District to find out what their teacher attendance will be this year.

Thea Feterl was raised in Sioux Falls, she graduated from USF, and now she’s starting her first job at Garfield Elementary as a first grade teacher. She turned down other jobs across the country to stay home and work with English Language Learners.

“We have a really high population of that here in Sioux Falls so I just kind of knew that this was the district,” said Thea Feterl, first year teacher at Garfield Elementary.

This year, the Sioux Falls School District has hired 130 new teachers just like Feterl. Despite the national trend, the local schools will be fully staffed once school starts.

“It’s typical that we have a couple straggling vacancies for whatever reason,” said Becky Dorman, Senior Human Resources Director. 

Senior Human Resource Director, Becky Dorman, says some years are easy and others are hard to fill.

“We just happened to have a good year. We knew we had some difficult to fill positions but we got them filled early,” said Dorman. 

Those tougher jobs are special education, high level math and science, along with band directors. No matter what the title, teachers like Feterl are ready to use their talents to mold young minds.

“I think just being able to make an impact on students’ lives. I know that my teachers are the ones that inspired me to be a teacher and they made a big impact and a big change in my life, so I think that being able to hopefully be the light in some of their lives will be the most rewarding thing I could hope for,” said Feterl. 

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