Amid general teacher shortage, special education stands out

Theresa Lombardi's mom taught special education in Deer Lodge, and her family adopted several children with special needs.

“I grew up helping my parents take care of my siblings,” the first-year Elder Grove special education teacher said. “That’s what I was used to and what I wanted to do.”

But her experience isn’t typical, and teacher shortages in special education are more severe than in any other subject area, according to the latest version of an Office of Public Instruction teacher shortage report.

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