LCSD educator recruitment fair preview

Published: Jan. 21, 2020 at 5:26 PM CST
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In Mississippi, many school districts are facing teacher shortages in classrooms, but a local school district has developed a way to fight that problem.

The Lauderdale County School District is bringing back its educator recruitment fair for the second year. Organizers spoke with us about how this event helps the district to fill its need for teachers.

“We don’t want to find ourselves in a teacher shortage. We’re trying to be proactive and we’re trying to recruit as many as we can. We want to get them in those positions, so we don’t find ourselves starting school next year without qualified teachers in those positions,” said director of federal programs, Dr. DeShannon Davis.

The event is an opportunity for individuals seeking teaching positions and for the district to select the best educators. Organizers say last year’s event was an unexpected success.

“The first time we hosted this event, it was very successful. And we were pleasantly surprised of how many attended that night. We had 75 potential candidates that showed up. We ended up hiring around 35 of those that showed up,” said Davis.

Northeast Elementary School principal, Lisa Shelly, hired three teachers at last year’s event and says it’s an effective project.

“It seems that there are fewer and fewer teachers available. This helps us be able get a heads up on finding and connecting with them. We’re always trying to do the best we can for our students here. If we can get a heads up on finding really good people, we want to do everything we can to convince them that our school is where you want to be,” said Shelly.

“It’s definitely a great opportunity for teachers to come out and to see what we have to offer here at Lauderdale County. They get to meet some of our administrators and teachers from the school,” says LSCD Success School Lead Teacher K-4, Cierra Ball-Williams.

The recruitment fair will be Jan. 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lauderdale County School District Central Office.

According to the Mississippi Department of Education, there are 47 school districts facing teacher shortages.