The superintendent for Polk County, Jacqueline Byrd, needs every qualified teacher she can get to manage her massive 104,000 student school district.
Just two years ago, she began working with Polk State College and the school's president, Angela Falconetti, to create a teaching academy.
The program allows sophomores in high school to take teacher education classes which count toward their high school and college degree.
Direct employment with the public school system," Falconetti said.
"We are scrambling to try to find teachers," said Marianne Capoziello, president of the Polk Education Association.