Newest Caddo Parish teachers recruited from the Philippines

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A need for teachers in Caddo Parish sent officials to the other side of the world.

Now the first 14 teachers from the Philippines are in Shreveport, ready to start teaching.

The Philippines is considered a hot spot for teacher recruitment, because of its abundance of high quality teachers.

The new teachers will help particularly in the areas of math, science and special education.

The teachers will visit their assigned schools on Friday, saying they know there will be some challenges.

"Yes, of course I think teaching is a very challenging job," said Junice Estrella. "It's like missionary work, so it's filled with challenges."

"It's really a challenge for me," said Alma Cristina Verde. " I've been a teacher for 16 years in the Philippines and this is a new challenge for me, for my career, professionally this is a good challenge. I know I can do it."

Eight more teachers from the Philippines are scheduled to arrive in Shreveport on Thursday.