Technology helps schools like Madison cope with shortage of foreign language teachers

MADISON, Maine (Morning Sentinel/Rachel Ohm) — With just a few weeks to go before the start of school this year, Madison Area Memorial High School Principal Jessica Ward faced a dilemma: Classes were about to start, and the school didn’t have a foreign language teacher.

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She contacted nearby universities and the Department of Education and posted the job online, but no one applied, even as five other open teaching positions were filled.

“It was coming down to the wire and school was starting,” Ward said. “Students were already scheduled for foreign language, and we can’t just not offer it.”

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