GEORGETOWN, SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - South Carolina is currently dealing with a teacher shortage. According to the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA), 6,705 teachers left their jobs in the 2016-17 school year. Low pay and lack of support in the classroom were some of the main issues cited by departing teachers. As the school year wraps up, a new program at Coastal Carolina University is looking at the future and fill teacher vacancies in our area.
Handy is also a CCU alumni and went through program herself. She said it's easy for her to understand why students would want something like this.
In the future, the program hopes to utilize the classroom space in the building under the current student teacher apartments for classes and allow them to host virtual Skype classes and even offer community tutoring sessions.
Handy said one of the biggest problems right now for the field of education it's lack of positivity.