New program expected to bring more high-quality teachers to Onslow Co.


JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - Onslow County is one of five involved in a new pilot program to recruit teachers to work and stay here while they are still in college.

The Teaching Scholars Award Program aims to change that by working with N.C. State University to get students while they are still juniors, pay them money to teach through a grant and -- hopefully -- keep them in the system.

Dr. Barry Collins, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources at Onslow County Schools said math and science are two areas where the most help is needed. The school's solution is to bring in more highly qualified teachers. The school district will recruit two juniors to come and teach in the county.

"One of the things we wanna work on here in Onslow County is obviously our math," Collins said. "And for that they will receive $10,000, $5,000 the first year and $5,000 the second year."

Collins said grant money will cover the money, designed to attract the best teachers. The end goal is creating a steady pipeline of top-tier teachers, especially for math and science.

"To get them not only recruited here but also to retain them for at least two years. And hopefully beyond that," Collins said. "Our math scores are ... needs some little bit of help. So we want to attract as high quality math teachers as we can."

The first wave of teachers should arrive in Onslow County in 2018 for the 2018-19 school year. The other counties involved in the program are Lenoir, Johnston, Wayne and Cabarrus.