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Posted July 24, 2015

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Job Seekers Show Up in Force to APS Job Fair

Principals, administrators interviewed applicants

Brian Clark interviews an applicant for a special education position.

Nearly 300 people showed up for the APS Teacher Job Fair on Thursday, July 23. The fair was designed to recruit and ultimately hire teachers in some of the hardest to fill positions in special education, secondary math and science, and bilingual programs at all levels.

“We were very happy with the turnout,” said Karen Rudys, APS assistant superintendent for human resources. “Over the next couple of weeks we will be reviewing the applications and checking references as we make job offers to the most qualified applicants.”

School districts across the country have trouble filling these same positions.

“It’s not unusual to begin the school year with teacher vacancies, but it’s inaccurate to say the vacancies are an indication that the district isn’t prepared to start the new school year,” Rudys added.

APS had about the same number of teacher vacancies at this point as it did last year in the same time frame– 276.  Teacher exit surveys reveal many possible reasons for the numbers of vacancies, the biggest being that compensation hasn’t kept up with the growing demands of the teaching profession. There are, of course, other factors such as retirements, career adjustments and unexpected life occurrences.

It’s unlikely all teaching positions will be filled by Aug. 13, the first day of classes for most APS students. If there are still vacancies on the first day of school, APS will turn the highly qualified substitute teachers to staff classrooms.

Representatives from UNM and CNM also attended the Job Fair to provide information on alternative licensure programs for applicants seeking to change careers and become teachers.

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