In a time when teachers are needed now more than ever, one program is helping people achieve that goal. The Golden Apple program which helps with teacher residency and licensing announced that their inaugural class of Accelerators featured 30 future teachers who are ready to fill positions throughout the state. The need for teachers is great, as there were 1,800 unfilled educator positions this last year in Illinois alone.
Golden Apple President Alan Mather says that the program has been running for over 30 years and that the one-year residency program helps understaffed districts fill some of those positions.
After talking to Superintendents across the state, Mather learned that there was a need from Superintendents for teachers now.
Mather announced that the first inaugural class was a success.
Accelerators have been placed at several schools including South Fork Junior/Senior High School in Kincaid.