teacher-shortageA shortage of trained teachers in Oregon is leaving school districts short-handed, so replacements without educational backgrounds are being recruited from other professions to fill the gap.

This school year at Umatilla School District, two science teachers are embarking on a new career after years of real-world experience in the subject. Dan Durfey at the middle school and Amy Jewett at the high school are two of 50 in the state who have received three-year alternative route licenses to teach while they complete master's degree programs in education.

Jewett worked in Arlington as...

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