Idaho schools try new tactics to combat teacher shortage

August 11, 2017

Ross Parsons is surprised more people don't go into teaching.

But it wasn't his original plan, either. Parsons' first career was a river ranger for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

This fall, he'll teach sixth-grade language arts and social studies at Ernest Hemingway STEAM School in Ketchum - the school he attended as a child.

Parsons has friends who are hardworking, intelligent and personable and get along well with children, he said, but "teaching was just never on their radar, unfortunately."

That factor may contribute to Idaho's statewide teacher shortage.

By Julie Wootton

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