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Amid teacher shortage, program offers some an alternative path to classroom
Posted on 10/04/2021
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There are 19 educators in Northwest Colorado utilizing the alternative teacher license program this year.

Katie Lee graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in communications last spring, but as summer started, she hadn’t yet found a job.

At the gym, she was talking with the new principal at Craig Middle School, Sara Linsacum, and she suggested Lee should try teaching, potentially filling one of the district’s openings amid the pandemic.

“I said, ‘I can’t really teach, Sara, because, obviously, I don’t have an education degree,’” Lee recalled. “She said, ‘Well, no, there’s this really cool program now in Colorado that just lets experts in our community come into our schools.’”

Lee went in and shadowed a class at the middle school, where she said she convinced herself to at least give it a try. Almost two months into the school year, Lee, who is teaching seventh grade English, said things have been going well.

“I don’t think I realized how much I loved education until I was put into this role where I really had to care about other people’s education and not just my own,” Lee said.

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