“My first day I felt totally unqualified and unequipped,” Tyler said.
That is how Emily Tyler describes her first day teaching.
She went to Clemson for a science degree, then after graduation she realized she wanted to teach.
Tyler entered the Greenville Alternative Teacher Education Program, or GATE, and was trained for the classroom in months.
The GATE program gives people without a teaching degree the chance to receive a teacher’s liscence in three years.
Another teacher who is part of the GATE program, joined after retiring from a career being a purchasing manager.
According to the South Carolina Annual Educator Supply and Demand report districts reported 621 vacant positions at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.
That is a 13% increase from the year before.
Schools in the upstate are trying to get a head start on hiring teachers for next year with a career fair this weekend.
Teacher hopefulls can meet with school officials from all Spartanburg county schools, Union county and Cherokee county.
If you’re interested in applying for a teacher position at the career fair bring a resume to the USC Upstate Readiness Center.
It will be held Saturday from 9am to noon.