MSCS asks retired teachers to fill teaching vacancies

Memphis-Shelby County Schools is calling on all retired teachers.

The district recently announced that it is recruiting its former educators in an effort to reduce teacher vacancies.

The district said 96.2% of its teaching positions are filled.

According to district officials, that equates to 220 teaching vacancies, up from 268 last year.

The MSCS Office of Human Resources said that as the next school year approaches, most K-5 classrooms have been filled, along with middle and high school positions not ending. courses.

Now the district is looking to retirees to fill “hard-to-place” vacancies.

“It is my sincere responsibility and the responsibility of my team to ensure that every child in this district has what they need to succeed and that starts with the teacher,” said Brian Ingram, Executive Director of MSCS TalentManagement. “So allowing our retirees to come back opens up a world of opportunity and possibility to make sure all kids get everything they need on Day 1.”

Thanks to a new state law, retired teachers in Tennessee can return to the classroom without risking losing their retirement benefits. The MSCS hopes opening up this pathway will help boost hiring for the upcoming academic year.

“We offer them the opportunity to go out. We will have a one-stop shop. They can hear about their license renewal and all the openings we have,” Ingram said.

The district is set to hold what it calls “open interviews” for retirees.

The hiring event is scheduled for Friday, July 22 at the New Teacher Academy at 3030 Jackson Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To register, call 901-416-5304 or email [email protected]

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