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Chuuk needs close to 100 teachers

HAGÅTÑA — The Chuuk Department of Education needs to hire nearly 100 teachers to make up for a potential shortage in their local public school system.

Chuuk DOE Director Gardenia Macayaon and her team are conducting interviews at Guam Community College for potential new teachers.

“We have a need for many teachers. Chuuk has 71 schools. Many of them are short of teachers right now,” Macayaon told Variety in an interview.

Although the department doesn’t have the exact figures, Macayaon confirmed that they are looking at close to a hundred teachers to replace those who have left or will be retiring in the coming school year.

Moreover, she said they have to prepare for September 2015 when the department has to let go all uncertified teachers.

At present, Macayaon said there are 74 uncertified teachers in the Chuuk public school system.

The department has been working closely with partners such as GCC to identify graduating students in educator training programs.

Although they only received three applications yesterday, the department has met with 15 potential applicants who expressed a strong desire to help the schools in Chuuk.

The department recently sent out a call via GCC for postsecondary students who are in the process of earning a degree and college graduates interested in making a difference in Chuuk.

The interviews will continue today, July 23, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the GCC Center for Student Involvement, Room 5101, at the Student Center.