The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday voted to import 10 international teachers to fill positions in local schools.
The move, which brings the teachers here for three-year terms, is necessary because of a teacher shortage, according to Deputy Superintendent Patricia Abernethy. The alternative would be staffing classrooms with long-term substitutes, she said.
Why aren't there enough homegrown teachers? It may be because would-be educators don't know that they need not major in education in college to get into the classroom.
They do need to take a Praxis test, which they can make arrangements to do by visiting the Educational Testing Service Web site at www.ets.org/praxis. The test covers basic reading, writing and mathematics.