GDOE still short of teachers as schools open tomorrow

Students in the island's public schools are going back to in-person classes on Aug. 12 (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education is still short of teachers as thousands of public school students troop back to school tomorrow.

Mark Mendiola, the chairman of the Guam Education Board, confirmed the teacher shortage in an interview with Patti Arroyo on NewsTalk K57.

Because of the shortage, Mendiola, said teachers and the public schools are adapting temporarily and getting creative until the teacher positions can be filled.

He said some teachers are teaching extra classes and in some classes there would be extra students because of the lack of teachers.

Mendiola said GDOE is continuing to recruit teachers and encouraging former teachers to come back to GDOE and teach.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug 13 is the first day of school. Mendiola said GDOE and the education board have been holding school readiness sessions to ensure that the first day of school runs smoothly.

Guam Education Board members will be touring the island’s schools tomorrow to help welcome back the returning students and show their support to school administrators.

Mendiola said there’s still time to refurbish some bus stops today although many of the bus stops were already refurbished by various volunteer groups all over the island.