Idaho schools try new tactics to combat teacher shortage – California News

Idaho schools try new tactics to combat teacher shortage – California News

Ross Parsons is surprised more people don’t go into teaching.

But it wasn’t his original plan, either. Parsons’ first career was a river ranger for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

This fall, he’ll teach sixth-grade language arts and social studies at Ernest Hemingway STEAM School in Ketchum — the school he attended as a child.

Parsons has friends who are hardworking, intelligent and personable and get along well with children, he said, but “teaching was just never on their radar, unfortunately.”

That factor may contribute to Idaho’s statewide teacher shortage.

Desperate for candidates, many south-central Idaho school districts are recruiting more aggressively. And the struggle is more pronounced in rural towns, which have to compete with larger…

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