Florida principal Adam Lane’s unique solution to teacher shortages has kept classrooms filled, despite the pandemic. Four years ago, he began tapping into his alumni network and recruited students to become teachers and other staff while they’re still enrolled at Haines City High School. Today, 35 of the school’s 147 teachers are alumni, eight alums are part-time substitutes, three are classroom aides and three are secretaries. For Lane, recruitment starts by placing juniors and seniors in student aid positions working directly with teachers, custodians or secretaries. Then as they pursue their college degrees, he encourages them to take on substitute roles, and after college, they’re at the top of his list for full-time positions.

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