LAS VEGAS — The Clark County School District in Southern Nevada recently hired 57 special education teachers from all over the Philippines — and they’re not the first.
Back in 2017, 84 special ed teachers from the Philippines made southern Nevada their home, and in 2018, 105 special ed teachers were recruited from the Philippines.
Teacher shortage all over the country forced the Clark County School District to look for candidates from other countries like the Philippines — for 3 years now.
“We were accepted last January so we had six months to prepare so hinanda po namin lahat ng paperwork ng licenses, its tedious sobra pero, all the processes were worth it when we got here in Las Vegas,” said Lucienne Marie Andres.
“I can feel that all of us teachers from batch 3 we really are so excited to start the school year kase ramdam namin yung support of everyone,” said Sarah Mae Ruiz Panisan.
The third batch of Filipino special ed teachers, age 23 to 30, said their training not only includes classroom management but also individualized planning for students with special needs,
“We had a training, we had an accent reduction program. Because I believe that the Filipinos are the best speakers of the English language but still they have different accent here, that’s why some terms and some accents they cannot understand that’s why we undergo such trainings,” said Marie Aileen Nesperos.
The base salary for new teachers in Clark County is $40,900.
“There’s a huge difference in terms of the basic salary and in terms of the benefits as well, I miss my family but for better future and greener pasture po,” said Jan Salazar.
The Clark County school district provides J-1 visas to teachers from other countries who are willing to work in Las Vegas for 3 years, with an option to renew contracts and stay for another 2 years.