TribLIVE

| News


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

Job market lags for newly minted teachers in Western Pennsylvania

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.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. 12-year-old’s donated heart joins families, lets her memory live
  2. Pittsburgh police officers start wearing video cameras
  3. Proposal to limit access divides Penn Hills, Homewood neighborhoods
  4. Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group volunteers cut trail in South Park
  5. Former Rollier’s store to become art gallery, cafe
  6. Newsmaker: Thomas J. Usher
  7. Western Pennsylvania residents chill about forecasters’ spat
  8. Allegheny County Council members outspend expense accounts
  9. Foundation donates $350K to revitalize facades in Downtown Pittsburgh
  10. Pittsburgh wins Gawker.com ugliest accent tourney n’at
  11. Legal titans prepared to tussle in Ferrante cyanide homicide trial
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.