Schools Hold Job Fair To Fill Teacher Void

Schools Hold Job Fair To Fill Teacher Void

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People looking to teach or work other various jobs at schools brought their resumes to the North Country Schools Job Fair held at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Monday.

Three school districts took part in the event including Watertown, Indian River Central and Carthage Central, in addition to Jefferson-Lewis BOCES and the Children's Home of Jefferson County.

Peter Turner is the superintendent for Carthage Central Schools. He says there is a clear shortage of teachers, both full-time and substitute, in the north country.

"Quality teachers are becoming increasingly difficult to find. All of our districts in this area are struggling. We're competing against each other to get the best," he said.

Turner says the job fair is beneficial for everyone who attends and for potential candidates, like Stacie Dively.

Dively recently moved onto Fort Drum, but spent 7 years teaching first grade in Tennessee and Florida.

"Whether it's for subs or for a full-time position, it just gets you face to face with those important people in the districts," she said.

Dively says she was able to meet with several districts to get a feel for what opportunities might be available.

As for Turner, he says right now there is opportunity for multiple areas inside any school system.

"We need the people in the classroom, but we also need somebody to drive that bus. We need a cleaner after school to clean the building. We need an aide to work with youngsters throughout the day," he said.

Becoming a substitute teacher in New York state does require some college experience, but you don't need to have a degree in education. 

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