Warren County needs more math and science teachers, according to County Executive John Pelham.
Pelham addressed members of the county’s Economic and Agricultural Development Committee by saying, “We have our 2+2 program at Motlow where you can stay here and get your teaching degree but Bobby Cox tells me we have a lot of people going through this program to the extent where we basically have got more K-6 teachers than we can offer opportunities to.”
“What is needed right now is math and science teachers. If you get certified in math and science, you can pretty much write your ticket anywhere you want to go. For those students who are at Motlow right now getting their core classes, instead of going into education kindergarten through grade 6, which you can get here, maybe you might want to rethink that and you might want to transfer somewhere to get a degree and be certified in math or science. Roy Pierce (director of human resources for Warren County Schools) sent an email out statewide to anybody who had graduated and was certified to teach math or science that we had openings in Warren County and he had not had the first response from anybody for these positions. We are blessed we have the K-6 program at Motlow and can offer that, but maybe we can start encouraging people to go a little different direction,” said Pelham.
Mayor Jimmy Haley and McMinnville Alderman Ken Smith were present at the meeting.
Haley said, “It is hard to find someone to teach upper-level physics or chemistry.”
Smith said, “Maybe we need to consider some kind of program, if it is possible, where you recruit people for math and science and give them scholarship help and then tie them to indentured servants for a period of time.”
Commissioner Les Trotman said, “We have some programs like that for EMS and the sheriff’s department where they sponsor them to go farther and go to paramedic class. They will agree to work here X amount of time. We send deputies to the academy to get their certification but they work here for a certain time.”