By John Snyder, Associate Director, SRU Career Education and Development
On Friday, October 18, 2013 school administrators shared their advice and insights about the educator job search with SRU student teachers and professional seminar students as part of the Professional Development Day and Job Fair in the Ballroom of the Smith Student Center.
The administrator panelists included: Mr. Leonard Rich, High School Principal, Sharon City School District; Ms. Jodie Perry, Intermediate High School Principal, Seneca Valley School District; Mr. Jeffrey Mathieson, Emily Britain Elementary School Principal, Butler Area School District; and Dr. Rae Lin Howard, High School Principal, Grove City Area School District.
The administrators shared information about effective application materials (cover letters, applications, resumes), interviewing skills, and methods of conducting a job search in the competitive market for educators. They also warned the students about the misuse of Facebook and other social media sites.
Following their panel, Wesley Derr provided an overview of his website “Teaching in PA.com” which provides educator job openings in the school districts not covered by PA-Educator and PA REAP.
From 10 am to 2 pm representatives from Cabarrus County School District, North Carolina; Caesar Rodney School District, Delaware; Cartwright Elementary School District, Arizona; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina; Norfolk Public Schools, Virginia; PA Cyber Charter School, Pennsylvania; School District of Osceola County, Florida; Spotsylvania County Schools, Virginia; Wake County Public School System, North Carolina; and the Woodland Foundation, Pennsylvania interviewed candidates for mid-year job vacancies as well as jobs for the next academic year.
The next major recruiting event for educators will be the PERC Educator Job Fair at the Monroeville Convention Center on March 26, 2014. Details are available at the PERC website: www.percjobfair.org.