Teacher shortage hits rural school districts outside Durango

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Teacher shortage hits rural school districts outside Durango

Low salaries, diminishing interest challenge rural schools
Kaine Lucero, an education graduate of Fort Lewis College, talks about his presentation at the Professional Exhibition Celebration held last month for graduates of the Teacher Education Department. Lucero’s presentation, “A Child’s Lens,” examines how children see their progress during their year in the classroom. He student-taught at Pagosa Springs Elementary School and was hired full-time to teach second grade in the district.
Amanda Bollinger, an education graduate of Fort Lewis College, talks about her presentation, “STEM Integrated Classroom,” as part of the Professional Exhibition Celebration held last month for winter graduates of the Teacher Education Department. Bollinger should have plenty of job offers if she chooses to teach in rural Colorado. A teacher shortage in rural school districts has many districts scrambling to attract young teachers like Bollinger.
First-year teacher salaries

These are first-year teacher salaries offered by several school districts in the region, according to their websites. Salaries are for the 2017-18 school year except for the Bayfield School District, which is for the 2015-16 school year, the latest year available on the district’s website.
Archuleta School District $34,000.Bayfield School District $34,600 (2015-16).Durango School District $40,000.Ignacio School District $32,000.Montezuma-Cortez School District $29,250.

Teacher shortage hits rural school districts outside Durango

Kaine Lucero, an education graduate of Fort Lewis College, talks about his presentation at the Professional Exhibition Celebration held last month for graduates of the Teacher Education Department. Lucero’s presentation, “A Child’s Lens,” examines how children see their progress during their year in the classroom. He student-taught at Pagosa Springs Elementary School and was hired full-time to teach second grade in the district.
Amanda Bollinger, an education graduate of Fort Lewis College, talks about her presentation, “STEM Integrated Classroom,” as part of the Professional Exhibition Celebration held last month for winter graduates of the Teacher Education Department. Bollinger should have plenty of job offers if she chooses to teach in rural Colorado. A teacher shortage in rural school districts has many districts scrambling to attract young teachers like Bollinger.
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