TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Unified School District has hundreds of openings to fill, despite a job fair being held on Wednesday, June 6.
Other districts like Amphi or Sunnyside have less than 200 openings across the board. That includes support staff and administration.
TUSD has more than four hundred total openings, according to their website.
"We don't want teachers leaving after a few years in the profession," said Deborah Grunloh, a seasoned school counselor. She was among the many looking to snag one of the open positions at Wednesday's job fair.
"It's a very difficult profession to be in. There's a lot of demands and not necessarily a lot of respect and support for filling the standards," she said.
Grunloh has worked in education for nearly two decades and she was not surprised to hear of the amount of openings within TUSD.
She says this shortage has always been a problem, but hopes change could be coming soon, after the Red for Ed movement made headlines last month.
"That's why I kind of wanted to stay in Nebraska, because they pay a bit more over there," said Alexandra Guzman - who also checked out her options at the job fair. She has one year left of school in Nebraska and is eager to start her career as a teacher.
"When I was a teenager, I had a very hard time growing up. The people that were helpful and impacted my life were my teachers," she said.
Now she decided Tucson will become home, "The pay doesn't matter if I love what I'm doing."
The TUSD governing board approved a bump in teacher and support staff pay last month. Thousands more have been set aside to boost teacher pay. Support staff will also see a small percentage increase.
District officials hope the promise of better pay can recruit more individuals, like Guzman.
The district plans to keep searching to fill the open positions all summer long with various teacher hire events on site, and say they are confident they will get them filled ahead of the next school year.
A list of all open positions within Tucson Unified can be found HERE: https://jobs.tusd1.org/jobs. Applications can be done online.