Math And Science Teachers In Demand

Photo of a Science teacher.

If you have skills in mathematics or science, you may want to consider checking with your local school district about teaching opportunities, even if you have no background in the field. 

A Washington Post report this week profiles Steve Ingrassia, who left his job as a supervisor who handled classified contracts for the government to become a math teacher at Fairfax (Virginia) High School. 

I think kids need some role models. They need to know someone who can answer authoritatively when they ask, 'When will I ever need to use algebra?' Ingrassia told the newspaper. Ingrassia reportedly spent 30 years as an IT professional before becoming a teacher in his early fifties. 

The report notes that in Virginia, more than 2,000 people have joined programs offering training for those wishing to switch their careers to become teachers. A number of other states offer similar programs. 

Many media reports have discussed a nationwide teacher shortage, particularly in math and science. If you have the background, you may not be far away from a rewarding and stable career that lets you provide a valuable public service in the process.

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