TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Excited new teacher Grace Gaines is getting expert advice on decorating her classroom at University Place Elementary School from her mom, who has 34 years of teaching experience.
"This is my first year of teaching. I graduated from Troy University and I am so excited to be here at UPES. It's going to be a great year and I am looking forward to getting my second graders and getting my classroom all ready," Gaines said.
She's one of many new hires administrators for Tuscaloosa City Schools hope to have in place by August 13, the first day of classes.
"A lot of schools still have openings for teachers, math teachers, science teachers," job hunter Theresa Taylor explained.
"Math is such a high content need across the state and across the nation and I have been looking at the data and there are over 100 math vacancies open throughout our state," Deron Cameron added.
Cameron says Tuscaloosa City Schools are looking for a number of teachers, but especially five math teachers and they're adding incentives to lure them in.
"We have a $5,000 signing bonus for a certified math teacher, which is for three years of service," Cameron said. "We've also got a non-traditional route, alternative baccalaureate certification which we call ABC. And they will receive $3,000 with three years of service commitment"
And for teachers already in the system who want to get certified, the system will pay the $150 for the Praxis exam and the cost for the study guide.
"We just want to alleviate all obstacles that a person may have," Cameron explained.