Districts seek new teachers

first_imgOne applicant, Jane Yun, 29, said that any teaching job was fine after seeing her expectations lessened after viewing the hundreds of teaching candidates vying for a handful of jobs. Yun’s journey to teaching was delayed – she aspired to be a probations officer and even passed the entrance exam only to get a letter that budget cuts restricted new hiring. “I went into substitute teaching and I really enjoyed it,” Yun said. Dominique Betancourt, 25, said that her priorities changed and said she is willing to teach middle school students to broaden her job search. The duo spent the morning looking at district brochures in the “Candidates Lounge” area before heading down to the interview floor. Betancourt’s interview with West Covina Unified went well, and she expects a phone call from the district for a second interview. Yun interviewed with Bonita Unified for nearly 30 minutes, answering questions about class management and how to introduce new concepts such as fractions to elementary school students. “I think it went pretty smoothly,” Yun said. Recruiters who participated in previous years have hired candidates, but they also doled out advice and a little dose of reality. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Video: Prospective teachersAZUSA – For the hundreds of aspiring teachers pacing the cavernous main floor of the Felix Event Center, their goal was to stay composed – even if the interview was falling apart. On Thursday, the auditorium on the Azusa Pacific University campus was transformed into a version of speed job interviews – rows and tables and chairs filled with job seekers and school district officials looking to inject their schools with new talent. Lynn Pearson, director of the university’s annual “Teacher Interview Day” now in its 13th year, said that 62 school districts from Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties registered; local area districts included Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Hacienda La Puente, Pasadena, South Pasadena and West Covina. Open teaching jobs ranged from five in Claremont to 12 in Hacienda La Puente. Last year, some students were offered jobs during the day, but the focus is allowing students to access school officials during their job search, Pearson said. Otherwise, the students have to be aggressive on their own, she added. “They usually just drop their resumes off at the district offices,” Pearson said. Even in the tight job market – most recruiters said they were looking to hire science, math and special education teachers – potential employees still have a preference. With more growth in the desert communities, especially in San Bernardino County, prospective teachers want to stay in Los Angeles County, Pearson said. last_img read more