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Searching for teachers

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on December 1, 2011 1:46 PM

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News-Argus/MICHAEL BETTS

Greenwood Middle School exceptional children teacher Wendy Thomas watches student Erica Hobbs measure a pencil during a classroom lesson. Ms. Thomas, who works with 14 students in grades 5-8, says it is the largest class she has ever had. The trend is reflective of the growing teacher shortages being experienced nationwide, especially in the areas of exceptional children, math and science.

It was not so long ago that teaching positions were at a premium and college graduates sought refuge in meager jobs until a slot opened up. These days, as Baby Boomers are retiring in droves and fewer students are entering...

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