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On May 6, 2021, Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Teacher Excellence and Accountability for Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) Act.  This legislation is designed to fill every school in Alabama with credentialed math and science teachers in grades 6-12.  Under the law, highly qualified middle and high school math and science teachers could earn up to an additional $20,000 annually.  There is an additional $5,000 supplement for math and science teachers working in schools that are deemed by the Alabama State Department of Education to be hard-to-staff.  Decatur City Schools has (3) schools that fall into the hard-to-staff category:  Austin Jr. High, Austin Middle, and Decatur Middle Schools.

Please see specifics below relevant to the TEAMS Act:

  • Upon board approval (June 8, 2021), a TEAMS job description and salary schedule for Decatur City Schools will be posted.
  • Prospective teachers will need to apply for the math and science positions in Decatur City Schools via the TeachinAlabama website.
  • Each district may employ one TEAMS math and one TEAMS science teacher for every 105 students in grades 6-12.  As a result, Decatur City Schools will have (44) math and (44) science positions.
  • Prospective teachers  can apply to Decatur City Schools for a TEAMS position based upon the following criteria:
  1. Teachers must hold a valid Alabama professional educator certificate or alternate certificate in middle level math or science OR secondary math, science or computer science;
  2. Teachers must teach full-time approved math and/or science courses in grades 6-12 with the appropriate certificate endorsements; and
  3. Teachers must currently hold or plan to obtain an Advanced Credential from either the National Institute for STEM Education or National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification in math or science.


More info available HERE!