Mid-South Teachers Worry About Future

Mid-South Teachers Worry About Future

Educators who lost their jobs when Memphis and Shelby County Schools merged had once last chance Thursday. There was the final job fair before classes start, and more than 100 teachers showed up for the few vacancies left to fill.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - It's an uncertain future for local teachers. Educators who lost their jobs when Memphis and Shelby County Schools merged had once last chance Thursday. There was the final job fair before classes start, and more than 100 teachers showed up for the few vacancies left to fill.

More than 900 Shelby County and Memphis teachers were let go and had to reapply for their jobs. Some retired or resigned, but there are about 200 teachers still looking for work.

"Summer has been hard but anything that is uncertain is always hard," said former Memphis City School teacher, Karen Schmulbach.

Schmulbach is an ESL teacher at Treadwell Elementary, but she doesn't know if she will be rehired.

"I'm just trying to keep a positive attitude and keep moving forward," she said.

When Memphis and Shelby County schools unified on July 1st, everyone had to reapply to the new Shelby County School District, even Karen Schmulbach.

"I'm committed to the Shelby County Schools and that's where my heart is so that's where I'll stay."

That's why she attended the district's job fair at Fairview Middle in Midtown Memphis. So did Quincy Beasley.

"Right now I'm applying to be a teacher for Whitehaven High School," said Beasley.

Beasley wouldn't have it any other way, "I just want to give back to the community." He's a product of the Memphis City Schools: a Central High School grad and received a bio-medical engineering degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

"I'm definitely very passionate about education and mathematics, I did get an engineering degree," he laughed.

July 18th was the fifth job fair for the district. So far, nearly 600 teachers have been hired. Teachers looked at the board to see what openings are left. Schmulbach has a back up plan, just in case.

"I have other opportunities. I can go overseas. I can teach at other schools," she said.

Some teachers were hired on the spot. Others were invited for follow up interviews. We'll keep you posted if Schmulbach and Beasley were hired.
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