Prince George’s County hosts teacher recruitment fair

The Prince George’s County Public School System, which routinely starts each school year with dozens of teacher vacancies, is holding a job fair on Saturday to recruit teachers.

The school district is encouraging candidates to pre-register for the fair, which will be held at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville.

Interviews will be conducted between 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for pre-screened registrants.

The district is looking specifically for teachers with certification in the following areas: Elementary, English, ESOL, Family and Consumer Science, Mathematics, Montessori, Music (instrumental and vocal), Science, Spanish and Special Education.

Max Pugh, a spokesman for the school system, said the district began the school year school last year with 38 openings, mostly in special education. The district will host a recruitment fair specifically for ESOL and Special Education teachers in mid-May.

The school system is likely to have more vacancies next year when school reopens in August because the district has decided not to extend the visas of teachers from overseas.

About 150 teachers were notified last month that the school district no longer plans to sponsor temporary work visas or permanent residency.

Many of those teachers, who came from the Philippines, hold hard-to-fill positions in math, science, ESOL and special education.

Candidates for the recruitment fair must either have teaching credentials or be eligible for credentials issued by the state Department of Education.

For additional information about registration call 301-780-2191 or visit the school system’s Web site.

Ovetta Wiggins writes about K-12 education.
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