Online Resources Aim to Help Schools Find Ag Teachers
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/02/2012
The Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators is trying to make it easier for local school districts to find qualified ag teachers by providing weekly updates on its website about current openings around the state. WAAE leaders say the demand for ag educators in Wisconsin will exceed the number of new teachers entering the profession for the 2012-2013 school year.
"WAAE is very concerned about the ability of school districts to fill full time and part time staffing positions in agricultural education," said WAAE President Kim Houser. "In an effort to increase the pool of candidates, WAAE is encouraging people with degrees in agricultural education to consider re-entering the
profession in full-time or part time employment in permanent or interim positions."
Higher retirement rates, addition of new agricultural education programs, teachers leaving the education profession, and staffing changes have all contributed to the shortage of agricultural teachers. Houser says her group encourages individuals with experience in agricultural education to use this resource to seek
The online information can be found at www.waae.com under the 'Agricultural Education Employment' section.