Teacher Shortages, School Districts Engage In Aggressive, Early
Efforts To Snare Spring Grads
22, 2000 -- Teacher-education graduates are such
a hot commodity that the University of Virginia will hold for the
first time a two-day recruiting event. Recruiters from more than
100 schools in 12 states are expected at the Feb. 29 and March 1
Education Expo in Newcomb Hall.
year representatives from more than 80 schools in three states attended
the day-long recruiting fair. The previous year, recruiters from
63 schools attended.
a teacher shortage exists in many states, school districts are aggressively
recruiting spring graduates for positions that start in the fall.
Prospective teachers in special education, mathematics, science
and foreign languages are particularly in demand, according to Gigi
Davis-White, an assistant director in U.Va.s Career Services
Office who works with students in the University's Curry School
an effort to secure qualified graduates in such high-demand fields,
many districts are extending contract offers -- with signing bonuses
-- to students who will graduate in May.
large numbers of early offers was unheard of until last year,"
said Davis-White. "Gone are the days when school districts
can wait until the end of summer to make contract offers. Now they
need to move early and fast to snap up graduates."
bonuses are being extended to minority candidates as well as spring
graduates in fields facing critical shortages, Davis-White said.
Bonuses appear to be in the $1,000-$1,500 range, she noted.
To accommodate schools need to hire teacher education graduates,
U.Va.s Career Services Office will give recruiters a day on
March 1 to interview candidates they see the previous day during
the job fair. "It was necessary to provide a day for interviews
immediately after the fair because of the accelerated hiring timeframe
schools face in states where there are teacher shortages,"
teacher salaries in some states are unusually high, she said. Some
school districts are offering May graduates with masters degrees
beginning salaries in the $40,000s. One Pennsylvania district is
offering a salary in the $50,000 range.
demand for teachers is exceptionally strong throughout the Maryland-Virginia-Washington,
D.C. area," said Davis-White. "Demand is also very high
in North Carolina."
more information, contact Gigi Davis-White at (804) 924-8912 or
via firstname.lastname@example.org. A web site, http://www.virginia.edu/~career/education,
describes the Education Expo.
who can be contacted for additional information include:
Morgan, assistant superintendent for support services, Albemarle
County Schools, (804) 296-5877 or email@example.com.
Ross-Audley, assistant superintendent for human resources, Alexandria
Public Schools, (703) 824-6657.
Davis, human resources specialist, Anne Arundel County (MD) Public
Schools, (410) 222-5065.
Johnson, director of personnel services, Arlington Public Schools,
(703) 228-6101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Driscol, personnel administrator, Chesterfield County Public Schools,
(804) 748-1177 or email@example.com.
Lewter, personnel administrator, Chesapeake Public Schools, (757)
547-0001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sutherland, a recruitment specialist with Fairfax Public Schools,
(800) 831-4331 or (703) 591-8330 or email@example.com.
Anderson, director of personnel, Hanover County Public Schools,
(804) 752-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pruden, human resources specialist, Henrico County Public School,
(804) 652-3664 or email@example.com.
Richards, personnel specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools,
(703) 771-6424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Korade, personnel specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools,
Dillard, senior coordinator for human resources, Norfolk Public
Schools, (757) 441-2717 or email@example.com.
Faltz, elementary/special education personnel supervisor, Prince
William Public Schools, (703) 791-8774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benn, recruitment specialist, Virginia Beach Public Schools, (757)
427-4781 or email@example.com.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857