Recruitment fair brings in many Richmond County teacher hopefuls

By: Stephanie Baker
By: Stephanie Baker

Richmond County needs new teachers...and Saturday’s recruitment fair may have brought them in.

The school board is looking to fill about a hundred fifty spots.

Their biggest needs right now are special education, math, and science at the elementary level. Candidates that came out Saturday got the chance to network and to hand out resumes to over fifty Richmond County schools.

Hundreds of teacher hopefuls signed in early Saturday morning, hoping to get a shot at a new job.

A whole new life, in the case of Hurricane Katrina survivor Victoria Felder.

"It's been very exciting, the people have been very helpful and I believe I'm gonna get a job here," says Felder.

Felder is certified in grades K through 6... exactly what assistant superintendent Missoura Ashe is looking for.

"We experienced some difficulty finding enough elementary teachers last term," says Ashe.

Jenkins White Elementary principal Marva Gibson wants teachers who can relate to her students.

"I'm hoping to find some energetic people with great ideas that have no problem working with inner-city youth," she says.

The room was filled with impressive displays. Students from Hephzibah High School spent the week making a highlight video.

Schools of all grade levels tried to attract candidates with at least a bachelor's degree and with real-world experience they can bring to the classroom.

"We've seen quite a few people here with excellent credentials,” said Carolyn Lawrence, media specialist.

Hopefuls Jeremiah Pointer and David Bartlett are just two examples.

"I'm a Masters student at Augusta State University," says Bartlett.

"Been talking to a lot of people, they're very knowledgeable, and I'm making some good connections,” says Pointer.

Making connections to get the job is also what Victoria Felder came for.

"I think that was it, I think I landed one," she says.

The school board is hoping to fill all of their openings from Saturday’s candidates.

Principals will start calling candidates once they go through all the resumes...and that's when the interviews will start.

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