Despite teacher shortage, UISD is ready for new school year

Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 5:03 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tx. (KGNS) - A shortage of teachers across the state has some districts worried about how they’re going to instruct their students once the school year starts.

Patricia Gallegos, a teacher from United Independent School District (UISD), said she is excited to help her future students hit the books. “As a teacher, I plan to work with our students to be able to reach their true potential, to be able to make sure that they are receiving an excellent education that we provide at United ISD,” Gallegos said.

Gallegos is making a comeback. She took a break from teaching for a year to dedicate some time to her business. Now, Gallegos says she’s happy to be back. “I missed the teachers. I missed the students. I missed education. I missed really what I was meant to do and I decided that I have to come back,” said Gallegos.

While Gallegos is heading back, other teachers are not. Teacher shortages have been reported around the state for some time and due to the pandemic, the situation got worse.

David Canales, UISD Human Resources Executive Director, said the district still needs a few more teachers to fill their classrooms. “We do have some more teaching positions that are still available: from science, math, elementary, special education. If you have a bachelor’s degree out there or you want something different in your life, believe me, teaching is an adventure, so you’ll have a good time with us,” said Canales.

Canales said the district is confident they will fill those spots before the start of the school year. However, he said other positions in the district still need to be filled. “What we’re desperately needing help with is our custodians. We have over 50 positions available. We also have bus drivers that still need to be filled,” Canales said.

KGNS also reached to Laredo Independent School District on their number of teachers or if they are experiencing a shortage, but we have not heard from them at this time.

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