Houston Hosting Teacher Recruitment Fair Saturday | Education
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If you want a job in the Houston County school system, Saturday might be your chance.
They're hosting a teacher recruitment fair at Warner Robins High School and planning for a crowd of more than 750 applicants.
The system plans to hire about the same number of applicants this year as last year, but they expect a larger crowd of applicants at Saturday's fair. That's according to Human Resources director Mark Scott.
Last year, the disrict hired 128 teachers. About 700 came to recruitment fair.
Scott said, "Were preparing for more people than we've had in the past."
He said they are expecting upwards of 750 people. That estimate is partially based on numerous inquiries he says they have recieved from teachers or administrators currently employed by the Bibb County school system.
Scott said he believes many of them do not want to go through the "sweeping change" proposed by new superintendent, Romain Dallemand, and would prefer to make a change in their own employment.
He said Houston County will not know exactly how many teachers they can hire until after the legislative session, when they recieve their state budget allotment. Teacher contracts go out in May.
Scott says people should fill out an on-line application before the fair.
He said applicants should arrive early, and plan to stay from beginning to end. The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon.
Scott said to bring multiple resumes, be ready for interviews and talk about skills and interests beyond the classroom.
He said, "That's part of the decision making process when we hire them, is the values they bring to the system in addition to teaching responsbilities."
Renee Williams attended the fair for the past two years, and landed a job after last year's fair. She is now a literature teacher at Houston County High School.
She said the fair is a competitive environment, so applicants should come with a plan.
Williams said, "Know what schools you want to talk to, what schools you're interested in, what grade level. Know what your teaching style is, what your theories are for discipline and rewards. So, you're ready to share that with someone to really get your point across."
All 38 Houston County schools will be represented at the fair.
The teacher recruitment fair is at Warner Robins High School on South Davis Drive. Parking is across the street at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.