Pinellas recruits retired teachers to tutor students
The Pinellas County School District has recruited about 30 retired teachers to tutor students before and after school. Some also will work with students during the school day.
The retirees signed up last week to work in the district's extended learning program. The initiative is called Bringing Educators and Students Together, or BEST. Students will work one-on-one or in small groups. Tutors will be paid as part-time workers.
Superintendent Mike Grego mentioned the initiative during a meeting Friday with the Times editorial board. He said he's looking to retired educators, in part, to avoid wearing out the district's teachers with extended learning and summer school programs. Retirees are a perfect fit because they already have teaching experience and some are looking for opportunities for only a few hours a week or day.
The retired teachers were encouraged to work in the district's low-performing schools. But Grego said they were welcome in any school because there are struggling students everywhere.