SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Not enough teachers plus crowded classrooms has a Shelby County teacher asking for help.
The Mitchell High School teacher says this has been going on for years.
“I’m begging you to please give us the staffing to do our jobs,” he said.
Robert Schueller teaches at Mitchell and says it’s hard to do his job when there are so few teachers. He says there are only two social studies teachers at the school, and he’s one of them.
He’s concerned students aren’t getting the education they deserve.
“We can’t give it with the staff you’re giving us and coming in and substituting in September is not going to do it,” he said. “We have to have to be there for them.”
Ariel Kiser is a student at the school. She says it’s hard to learn because there aren’t enough teachers and the classrooms are overcrowded.
“We need more staff and we don’t need to be in the classroom with other students because some of them act ridiculous and some of us can’t learn,” she said.
A spokesperson with Shelby County Schools says the district is in the process of verifying enrollment numbers for all schools. She added overcrowding isn’t an issue at Mitchell High School, but some still argue that this problem doesn’t seem to end.
“I’m begging you please stop doing this year after year after year. We deserve better. Our kids deserve better, these tax payers deserve better,” Schueller said.
The spokesperson for the district also says class sizes vary depending on grade levels.