TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Job market lags for newly minted teachers in Western Pennsylvania

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Allegheny Photo Galleries

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Jacob Minsinger wants to teach.

Minsinger will graduate from Duquesne University with honors on May 3 and is determined to wade into the great adventure known as middle school.

“I love the mission of schools, to teach and to help students grow. … I'm the youngest member of my class. I won't be 22 until September, and my goal is to get a teaching job while I'm still 21,” Minsinger said.

Though it may be the best of times for graduates in disciplines such as engineering and information science, it's the worst of times for newly minted teachers in Western Pennsylvania.

School districts had begun to eliminate teaching positions when Minsinger enrolled at Duquesne, but he convinced himself things would improve by graduation.

Instead, the drain continued.

The Pennsylvania State Education Association estimates attrition and layoffs eliminated about 20,000 teaching positions in recent years. Yet the state typically produces 15,000 to 20,000 certified teachers a year, hiring about a third of them.

As the son and grandson of teachers, Minsinger figures he will have to relocate to find work.

“Locally there aren't many job opportunities. Most of the ads are for substitutes. So, I'm focusing on Maryland,” said Minsinger, a graduate of Pittsburgh CAPA, Downtown.

His classmates in Duquesne's education program, he said, are splitting into two camps: those heading to graduate school and those planning to leave Pennsylvania.

Debra Erdley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7996 or derdley@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. Nonprofit finds 529 illegal dump sites in Pittsburgh, 250 more than 2009
  2. Penn Hills gravestone business owner who swindled mourning families sentenced to jail
  3. Violent domestic dispute prompts evacuation of Spring Hill neighbors
  4. Pittsburgh police looking for volunteers to interview potential police candidates
  5. Motorcycle club members from Pittsburgh plead to conspiracy charges
  6. PennDOT team decides what spells trouble on vehicle license plates
  7. Newsmaker: Karen Blumen
  8. Allegheny County Council makes ethics commission appointments
  9. Plum school board berated for pulling back on new school
  10. Carnegie man robbed at gunpoint in Beltzhoover
  11. Children’s Hospital’s top doctor leaving for Washington University School of Medicine