Tulsa superintendent starts year teaching third graders as district works to fill positions

FOX23 found out what's next for the district.

TULSA, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • More than 40,000 students headed back to school today in Tulsa, but one group of third graders were in for a big surprise as they started class.
  • Dr. Deboarh Gist, superintendent at Tulsa Public Schools, started the year as their teacher.
  • She and other administrators are helping out in the classroom while the district fills open positions.
  • Gist told FOX23 state budget cuts keep teacher pay low, so some Tulsa teachers decided to work elsewhere, making it more difficult to fill positions.
  • She said the students were unphased by her role as teacher.
  • More than 30 other administrators are reportedly filling teaching positions in the district.
  • Gist said some of the positions in question are in the process of being filled.

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