Teacher shortage starting to pinch

| July 8, 2015

By Corina Vanek • Arizona Daily Sun

As Arizona struggles with a statewide shortage of qualified teachers, northern Arizona districts vary greatly in their ability to hire and retain teachers.

The Flagstaff Unified School District has not experienced a teacher shortage, human resources director Dietrich Sauer said.

The district, which has a teacher retention rate of about 90 percent, benefits from a lack of competition with other large districts, Sauer said. Most nearby districts are smaller and more rural, making FUSD more attractive for teachers.

“We actually are one of the districts where teachers come to after they have gained some experience in a rural district,” Sauer said. “Teachers come to Flagstaff after they have worked a few years in a smaller district so they can live in a bigger city.”

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