The Hawaii Department of Education recently announced that it is looking for hundreds of teachers to fill up vacancies in its schools in the upcoming school year.
The tropical island state needs about 1,600 new educators and has been aggressively recruiting teachers who are willing to relocate from cities across the mainland U.S., reported Hawaii News Now. Retiring Baby Boomers and the state’s improving economy has caused a massive teacher shortage.
“Teachers are in such demand everywhere,” said Barbara Krieg, assistant superintendent for the Office of Human Resources. “Every school district is trying to steal from the other district.”
Hawaii’s DOE is mainly looking for teachers in special education, secondary mathematics, and secondary science. To qualify for a teaching position, one must have at least a bachelor’s degree and a State Approved Teacher Education Program.
Depending on experience and education, a potential teacher can expect annual salaries ranging from $35,324 to $63,665. A potential $3,000 annual bonus is also included for those working in select rural areas.
While Hawaii’s high cost of living may turn some people off, it is one understandable trade-off for living in the tourist destination island state.
“Hawaii has one of the highest teacher turnover rates in the nation, and this is more so for people that come from the mainland,” Corey Rosenlee, president of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, told Hawaii News Now.
“They say, ‘I can’t live here,’ and they leave and we have to go back and recruit, and this cycle just continually happens.”
More information on how to apply can be found on the DOE website.