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Arkansas State University Recruiting and Training Next Generation of Teachers


Welcome to A-State Connections. I’m Johnathan Reaves. Education faces numerous challenges moving forward. The state of Arkansas is predicting a severe teaching shortage in the future…spurred by burnout from the pandemic and others who are retiring. Some schools are reporting problems finding substitute teachers. So there is a demand to fill those open teaching jobs that are coming. Arkansas State University continues to recruit and train the next generation of teachers. To discuss some of these issues, I talked with Assistant Professor of Elementary Education Dr. Nicole Covey. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview with Dr. Covey.

Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.