BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The East Baton Rouge School System continues its search for teachers as the country faces a shortage of educators.

For Erin Keys, teaching in the midst of a pandemic is even harder with the ongoing teacher shortage.

“Teaching during COVID is obviously not easy, it hasn’t been easy for anybody in any profession,” said Erin Keys, teacher, Sherwood Middle School.

The district hosted a mid-year job fair on Wednesday.

“The national teacher shortage, I think it has been coming for a while and then I think with the pandemic, it sped everything up,” said Dana Morrison, Recruitment Manager, East Baton Rouge School System. “My goal today was, I wanted to recruit 13 either paraeducators or teachers.”

The district is moving people to schools with fewer teachers to keep up with the demand. The biggest need is for special needs and ESL educators.

Cesar Rico leads the district’s ESL program. He is currently looking to fill up to ten positions.

“That is actually more than the normal amount that’s only because of a couple of different reason. One, of course, the shortage but another reason also is that we are emphasizing the importance of making sure that we have more personnel in our school system to support our kids,” said Rico.

State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley says half of all teachers leave the profession after five years. 60 percent of teacher leave after a decade.

EBRSS is offering programs for those who seeking career changes and those who want further grow in education.

The leaders hope more people will choose a career in education.

“Even though there’s a teacher shortage and you do have to cover classes occasionally, it still is rewarding. At the end of the day I think if you wanted to be an educator because you love children, it’s still worth it, for me, that’s what I show up for work everyday,” said Keys.

EBRSS is hiring the following positons:

  • Certified teachers
  • Office Staff
  • Tutoring
  • Transportation
  • Special Education
  • ESL
  • Career Changers
  • Paraprofessionals

Those who are interested in a career with EBRSS can visit here.