Santa Fe district struggles to find volunteer teachers for hybrid learning | Education

Teaching vacancies at Santa Fe Public Schools are in line with previous years, even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But the district is still struggling to find enough teachers to volunteer to reenter schools under a hybrid learning model it will implement later this month.

The district reported 21 teaching vacancies affecting 11 elementary, community and middle schools, and no principal or assistant principal openings Wednesday. Only one school had more than two openings, with Ortiz Middle School reporting seven as the first quarter of the year comes to a close Friday.

Superintendent Veronica García said the figure is on par with the average number of openings the district has had over the past several years.

“The numbers vary and the reasons vary,” García said. “We’ve worked hard at recruitment and retention, but this seems to have been our range as far as vacancies this year.”

Of the openings, six involved

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Esther Hammer, 86, wins state adult ed volunteer of the year award

Kimberly C. Moore
 
| The Ledger

AUBURNDALE – Esther Hammer, 86, and her husband, Dr. Wray Hammer, began volunteering at the East Area Adult Education Center, a public school for grown-ups, more than 20 years ago.

Wray would help students with their higher-level math classes, while Esther, a former school teacher, would work with students in reading and math as a substitute and volunteer. 

And so it went for two decades for the high school sweethearts, who began going steady when they were 16 at Fort Lauderdale High School. They married after she finished at Florida State University, and she taught school for a few years while he attended medical school at Emory University in Atlanta. He landed a job in 1964 as an internist at Gessler Clinic in Winter Haven. Three children came along – Larry, Ann and Stanley – and eventually four grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

The

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