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St. Tammany Parish School Board officials said there are 96 teaching vacancies for the 2022-23 school year. Superintendent Frank Jabbia said the board had been able to fill around 300 teaching vacancies within the system this year alone. The hope is that the other positions will be filled before the start of the school year on August 8. Still, for those who have taught in the parish, the hope is to see change happen internally within St. Tammany, said Kaitlin Thomas, a former St. Tammany Public School teacher. “St. Tammany is the reason St. Tammany is in this tough spot,” Thomas said. to teach in another parish. She cited a lack of support from the administration of her last school and general stress at work. “I mean, I’m not the only teacher who left,” Thomas said. “I will say there is a lack of support for special education teachers in particular. There is not enough time in the day to do all that they expect of you.” Thomas is one of hundreds of teachers to leave St. Tammany Schools during the year. The Federation of St. Tammany School Teachers and Employees said many of those vacancies are now for special education teachers. Brant Osborne, president of the St. Tammany Federation of Teacher and School Employees, said the shortage highlights the district’s struggle to find qualified teachers. “That climate has led to an unsustainable workload,” Osborne said. “I wouldn’t necessarily call it a shortage. We’ve been battling those numbers for a number of years,” Jabbia said. anywhere in the United States, added Jabbia. “Over the past two years, looking at the pandemic, the coronavirus, some teachers are nervous about going to work. More than that, young people are not choosing education. They are not going into education field,” Jabbia said. “I think if they want to keep the teachers, they have to do a better job of supporting them,” said Thomas, who left the district to teach in Tangipahoa Parish. The school board of St. Tammany recently approved a 3% raise, which is expected to go into effect for teachers as early as August.There have also been a number of efforts to attract new talent, including a new program called ‘Teach St. Tammany.’ Jabbia said it was all about getting creative. ‘We reach out to people with a bachelor’s degree or higher who haven’t chosen education as a career. And we certify them ourselves,” Jabbia said. Jabbia said the board is expected to certify more than 20 new teachers by the end of August. Officials said efforts would continue to fill all others. positions and try not to strain other teachers and administrators in the meantime.Anyone interested in vacancies within the parish can visit www.stpsb.org.

St. Tammany Parish School Board officials said there are 96 teaching vacancies for the 2022-23 school year.

Superintendent Frank Jabbia said the board had been able to fill around 300 teaching vacancies within the system this year alone. The hope is that the other positions will be filled before the start of the school year on August 8.

Still, for those who have taught in the parish, the hope is to see change happen internally at St. Tammany, said Kaitlin Thomas, a former St. Tammany Public School teacher.

“St. Tammany is the reason St. Tammany is in this tough spot,” Thomas said.

Thomas said she was a special education teacher at St. Tammany Parish during the 2021-2022 school year before deciding she would move on to teaching at another parish.

She cited a lack of support from the administration of her last school and general stress at work.

“I mean, I’m not the only teacher who left,” Thomas said. “I will say there is a lack of support for special education teachers in particular. There is not enough time in the day to do all that they expect of you.”

Thomas is one of hundreds of teachers to leave St. Tammany Schools during the year. The Federation of St. Tammany School Teachers and Employees said many of those vacancies are now for special education teachers.

Brant Osborne, president of the St. Tammany Federation of Teacher and School Employees, said the shortage highlights the district’s struggle to find qualified teachers.

“That climate has led to an unsustainable workload,” Osborne said.

“I wouldn’t necessarily call it a shortage. We’ve been battling those numbers for a number of years,” Jabbia said.

There is a bigger reason for so many vacancies in the United States, Jabbia added.

“Over the last two years, looking at the pandemic, the coronavirus, some teachers are nervous about going to work. More than that, young people are not choosing education. They are not going into the field of education,” Jabbia said.

“I think if they want to keep the teachers, they need to support them better,” said Thomas, who left the district to teach in Tangipahoa Parish.

The St. Tammany School Board recently approved a 3% raise, which is expected to go into effect for teachers as early as August.

There have also been a number of efforts to attract new talent, including a new program called “Teach St. Tammany”. Jabbia said it was about getting creative.

“We reach out to people with a bachelor’s degree or above who haven’t chosen education as a career. And we certify them ourselves,” Jabbia said.

Jabbia said the board should certify more than 20 new teachers by the end of August. Officials said efforts would continue to fill all other positions and try not to strain other teachers and administrators in the meantime.

Anyone interested in vacancies within the parish can visit www.stpsb.org.

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