LAS VEGAS, USA — This year Clark County School District (CCSD) in Southern Nevada recently hired 57 special education teachers from all over the Philippines.
This is not new as CCSD started hiring Filipino teachers back in 2017 when it expatriated 84 special ed teachers from the Philippines. The number increased in 2018 to 105. Since 2017, 248 special ed teachers were recruited and were brought to Nevada.
What made CCSD decide to hire teachers from other countries like the Philippines is the shortage of local applicants who have the proper background and experience.
As for those who were hired, the hiring process was complex and it takes about 6 months for a successful applicant to finally move to United States and start teaching. “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.
Another successful applicant from the Philippine said “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.”
The 2019 batch of Filipino special ed teachers are within the ages of 23 to 30. Their training focused on individualized planning for students with special needs as well as communication skills. “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.
The Clark County school district provides J-1 visas to expatriated teachers. The duration of their work contract is 3 years. Teachers also are given an option to renew and stay for another 2 years.