Lowndes County school officials are on the hunt for highly qualified and diverse teachers to add to their staff. A new teacher recruiting initiative promises a bright and diverse future for south Georgia students.
Andre Shannon knew he wanted to be a teacher after several of his own teachers touched his life.
Andre says, "I have had mentors who are teachers, and I think that's a lot to give back, and I think that's something I’d like to give back to the youth."
Lowndes County School Board teacher recruiters want future teachers like Andre to give back to the youth in south Georgia, but many of these teachers in training are worried about finding a classroom of their own when they graduate.
Sherrie Pippin, a future teacher, says, "I know a lot of us are concerned about finding work once we get out of school, and I think it’s great that they're being proactive in the community, because a lot of us are from here and want to stay here."
That's exactly what the School Board wants as well, but recruiters also want to bring in teachers from all around the north Florida and south Georgia area.
Teacher recruiters at the Lowndes County School Board say it's all about diversity. They say their main focus right now is bringing in teachers from around our area who can better relate with the kids in the classroom.
Randy Cooper, Lowndes County Schools Human Resources Director, says, “One of the things we want to do is bring up our teacher ration to be more in live with what the student population is in Lowndes County."
It’s a goal recruiters say is very attainable.
Recruiters from the Lowndes County School Board will be visiting schools like Bethune Cookman in Daytona Beach and our very own Florida A&M University.