PSU Teacher Interview Day Welcomes 69 School Districts - KOAM TV 7

PSU Teacher Interview Day Welcomes 69 School Districts


Its launch day for teacher candidates at Pittsburg State University,  as they market themselves to representatives from  sixty-nine school districts.

But interview day isn't just about students selling themselves to employers.


Education job candidate Krisanna Graham tells a Girard administrator about her job qualifications.  She says, "I definitely do love math I'm a math nerd."

She and dozens of others in the school of education are looking to land their first teaching job.


Organizers describe interview day as speed dating for professionals and schools.

Pittsburg State University's Dean of the College of Education Howard Smith says,  "Around here different  cultures,  different climates,  so I think getting that match, making sure they get that match, that they need in the system,  I think that is critical point."


Krisanna will hit a total of nine districts and location means more than money.


Krisanna says, "I am originally from Uniontown, the surrounding area  is home so I'd like to stay here.  I'm applying within an hour radius.


Victoria Engledow says, "I don't  want to have to move my family far away that's my number one."

Victoria and Krisanna are willing to work in small rural districts but some of those often struggle to capture candidates.


Coffeyville middle school principal Jeff Pegues says, "When we go to KU, K-State, we have a hard time getting people that want to come to Southeast Kansas, the  difference of Johnson county, Manhattan, Topeka. We really have to sell them on the area, what we have to offer  and that's tough sometimes.



Liberal Missouri High School Principal Keith Robertson says, "Finding a way to entice them to come to a smaller  district is most often the obstacle we have. However,  we find that there are a lot that  are looking for a smaller  community to work in. They're more used to that. They  come from a smaller community.  They want a closer  knit environment and  that's what  we offer ." He says they just need to let people know they exist.


 Bigger districts like Joplin have a large number of candidates to interview and have more openings. Joplin high has 15 openings, 8 or 9 coming from retirements and the principal says he's looking for candidates that consider teaching a mission.


Joplin High School Principal Kerry Sachetta, " Gotta love  to do it that's what we're looking for people that have that drive."


Victoria is looking for a high school position in communications  and has coached forensics and debate something Coffeyville needs.


Krisanna did land at least one second interview.

 And organizers say they often see an increase in requests for student credentials after the event.



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