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QPS has seen an increase in teachers thanks to new initiative

Quincy Public Schools is seeing some success in its new approach to help fill open positions.
The district is hosting an informational meeting for potential teachers Thursday night.
The district has hired 14 teachers through a state pilot program called ‘Competency Based Education’, it is for people who already have a bachelor’s degree.
This allows them to teach in the classroom while pursuing their professional teaching license.
QPS Director of Personnel Lisa Otten said CBE hires can offer students valuable knowledge from their previous careers.
“We’ve been very excited about our competency based teachers, like I said we have 14 in the district right now and all 14 are phenomenal, this is certainly addressing the shortage for Quincy Public Schools , it’s also an opportunity to get quality amazing teachers in front of students,” Otten said.
Some of the hires are for the 2020-2021 school year.
Current QHS physics teacher Austin Schlueter is one of teachers hired through the program this year and says it has been a rewarding experience.
If you are interested in the program, the meeting is Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. inside the high school library.
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