S.F. Unified Relying on Homegrown Teachers and Interns to Fill Void September 2015
San Francisco public school leaders desperately want and need people like 22-year-old Tina Yang.
She was born and raised in the city, and knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was 5 years old.
“When I first went to kindergarten here, I didn’t speak English,” Yang recalls. “But my teacher, she worked with me for that year and I did learn English in such a short amount of time.”
Fast forward to this year.
Yang just graduated with a degree in education from San Jose State University.
It’s one of several unconventional ways the district is trying to build its own pipeline of homegrown teachers in the midst of a national teacher shortage.
“It’s just a really good model,” says SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza. “The reality is we will never be able to fill all of our vacancies through any one program.”
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