Mississippi has launched a teacher recruitment campaign, TeachMS, to encourage high school and college students and professionals seeking a new career opportunity to consider teaching. The campaign’s theme, “TeachMS – Empower and Inspire Generations of Change,” is designed to appeal to an array of potential educators who want to impact the more than 470,000 students in Mississippi.
“We know that Mississippi, like every state in the nation, is facing a teacher shortage. We have been asked by current educators and school and district leaders to assist in teacher recruitment, and this initiative is one way to do that,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “The majority of students in our state attend public school, and they depend on us to prepare them for college, the workforce, military, and life. Our students deserve caring, effective teachers in their classrooms and recent gains in student achievement prove that over time, a dedicated professional can transform one student, one classroom and one school at a time.”
As part of the campaign’s development, high school and college students provided insight into what’s important to them if they are to consider a career in education. Also, current teachers from across the state shared stories about what motivates them to commit to the profession.