Want to Teach in Paradise? Hawaii Is Hiring 1,600 Educators

Around 1,600 Hawaiian teachers will retire at the end of this school year, triggering massive recruitment efforts in the mainland.

Hawaii’s job vacancies crisis provides the unemployed with a great solution. The island is trying to entice the unemployed with college degrees to move to Hawaii so they can work teaching jobs, removing the need for teaching certificates or prior experience. In other words, the positions are opened to people who have a college education, but little background in education itself.

“Teachers are in such demand everywhere. Every school district is trying to steal from the other’s district,” said Barbara Krieg, Assistant Superintendent for the Office of Human Resources in the Hawaii Department of Education.

Yes, anyone can apply, and Hawaii has offered financial incentives in hopes of retaining teachers from the 48 contiguous states. In fact, they’ve been sending recruiting teams to teachers in major U.S. cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Portland to try to persuade them to replant roots in the islands to teach. Their priorities are math, English and special ed teachers, but all positions are available. The average pay for a Hawaiian teacher is $54,000 a year. 

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