MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — The first day of school is just around the corner for many Texas districts but a lot of these schools still have teaching spots to fill. Some of the most difficult candidates to find are bilingual teachers.
This year, Manor ISD went to new lengths to find the best educators for these spots: Spain.
“We’re targeting our most high-need campuses, so that helps ease that stress,” said Superintendent Kevin Brackmeyer. “Can ensure every student starts the year off with high-quality teachers.”
They’ve recruited eight bilingual teachers through the Texas-Spain Visiting Teacher Program, who will teach here for three years.
The district significantly bumped the stipend for bilingual teachers, to stay competitive.
Their first year salary is $50,000 and the district will cover up to $1,000 in moving expenses.
“Just a shortage throughout the state. We’re not any different than any other district in the state of Texas, everyone is struggling to recruit quality bilingual teachers. So we’re in competition with everybody else in the state,” said Brackmeyer.
One of the teachers brought in from Spain is Antonio Florido.
“I just want them to remember in the future, that somebody tried to help them to discover something new every day, that’s it,” said Florido.
It’s his first time in the country, and he’s been here for less than a month.
“I have to say, yes, America has really, really good hamburgers!”
Florido says he’ll have students call him Mr. Antonio. He’s excited not only to teach the children, but share experiences and hopefully inspire them.
While the district has filled eight spots, they still have six more to go. Brackmeyer says they’re posting ads all the way from the Rio Grande Valley to Puerto Rico.
To apply, you can visit their hiring site.
In 2013, more than 3,700 foreign teachers received temporary visas to teach in Texas. Most of those people teach at the college level or higher.
The largest single employer of those teachers is the Dallas Independent School District. According to the Department of Labor, they had 371 positions that year.