Carbondale NAACP and SIU join forces to recruit future educators

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – According to the Illinois State Board of Education, there are 5,301 open positions in the state.  

Carbondale NAACP and Southern Illinois University came together to speak to those who wanted to get into the education field. 

Director of teacher education at SIU Carbondale Christie Mcintrye says the need for teachers has schools calling SIU programs for students.  

“Schools are in great need of having educators and we need to help the people that may already be in schools, like paraprofessionals or teachers’ aides, to finish and fulfill their degrees,” said Mcintyre.  

Senior Lecturer at SIU Yolanda Dean came out to receive information on grants and courses on the track to get into teaching.  

“Whatever you need, a special type of teacher who could deal with today’s children in today’s atmosphere ante and my qualifications, then I can also up the ante and what I’m paid because I think teachers deserve to live comfortably,” said Dean. 

Matthew Wilson is one of those special people inspired to help fill the teacher shortage to be there for the youth. 

“I just wanted to be influential and make an impact on the youth and the best way to do that is to get inside the school, so if I could be a teacher, be a guidance counselor, of some sort, just help them find the right direction,” said Wilson. 

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