Two Texas Panhandle school districts are reaching out to people who may be in the market for a career change to join their ranks as educators.
Amarillo Independent School District and Pampa Independent School District have scheduled informative events in coming weeks to teach people about the different paths to becoming a certified teacher. Participants will be able to meet with district and school officials.
Like other areas of Texas, the Panhandle is experiencing a shortage in teachers, especially in rural areas and in certain subjects such as math and science. AISD's and PISD's events focus on non-traditional educators, or those who are looking to make career changes and already have a bachelor's degree.
Starting salaries in both districts are in the mid- to upper-$40,000s, according to district information.
Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: AISD Rod Schroder ESC Boardroom, 7200 I-40 West, Amarillo
More information is available on AISD's website, including where to RSVP.
Track 2 Teach
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 28
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Location: PISD Administration Building, 1233 N. Hobart, Pampa
More information is available on PISD's website, including where to call to RSVP for the event.
The Region 16 Education Service Center, which serves all of the Texas Panhandle, maintains a listing of available that can be searched by district.