CCSD hires 81 special education teachers from the Philippines

The Clark County School District conducts an orientation meeting with new hires from the Philippines on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the Edward A. Greer Education Center in Las Vegas. (Erin Johnson/KSNV)

Clark County School District officials say they have a big need for all teachers, but the most-pressing need is for special-needs teachers.

The School District hired 81 teachers from the Philippines to help fill that void.

On Tuesday, 72 of the teachers sat through an orientation for the upcoming school year.

The new teachers are here on a J-1 Visa Program. A J-1 Visa is a non-immigrant visa for research scholars, teachers, professors and exchange visitors participating in programs that promote cultural exchange.

The new educators will be teaching around Clark County for at least three years. They all have prior teaching experience, and many have a master's degree in special education.

New hire Adrian Calabano admits that being so far away from home appeared challenging at first, but he's really looking forward to making a big impact on the kids.

"My goal here is to be able to cater to the students of special needs,” said Calabano, who will teach sixth grade. “In my case, students with autism. And I want to be able to greet them warmly. And I will represent the Philippines, so I will be able to share culture with them."

This isn’t the first time teachers from the Philippines have come to work here. In 2005, the School District hired 45 teachers from the nation.

Even with these positions filled, the School District still has about 150 openings for special needs teachers.

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