VWSD hosting recruitment fair Saturday

Published 8:56 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Vicksburg Warren School District is looking for teachers and other people interested in going into the classroom.

School district officials are holding a teacher job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Warren Central Intermediate School gym, 2147 Sherman Ave.

“We do this annually, but we’re pushing this one because of the shortage of teachers in the state and the shortage of teachers in the content areas of math and science,” said district human resources director Dr. Lennie Little. “We’re trying to make sure we get high quality candidates.”

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She said the focus is on math and science and special education, because those are the areas where the district has a shortage of teachers, “But we will be looking at teachers from all grade levels from pre-K to 12th grade and to the other school professionals like counselors, gifted teachers and teacher assistants.

“We’re looking for certified teachers and those who may want to make a career change and have the potential to earn an alternate route certification to teaching,” Little said.

“The Mississippi Department of Education has a provision for career changers who have degrees in certain content areas, such as biology or mathematics, so they can become teachers through an alternate route to certification.”

She said information on the alternate certification program will be available during the job fair.

Little said she will be at the job fair and each school in the district will be represented. School principals, she said, will be able to take applications and conduct interviews during the fair.

“There will be separate booths for each school,” she said. “They will bring their administrative team, principal, assistant principal, lead teacher and curriculum department. It (the job fair) will be well-rounded; they (prospective teachers) will be able to get information from across the district.”

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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