3rd Annual Teach at the Beach Recruitment Fair a Success

3rd Annual Teach at the Beach Recruitment Fair a Success

The Okaloosa County School District hosted the 3rd annual Teach At The Beach Recruitment Fair this past Saturday, June 1st, at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach. More than one hundred applicants attended and met with principals and other school staff members. Attendees included recent graduates looking for a first teaching job, military spouses and veterans from the immediate area, and applicants from as far away as California.

The event was organized by the district’s Human Resources department. Human Resources Assistant Superintendent Lee Hale was happy with the outcome. “I was pleased to welcome so many smart and eager potential educators to our event.”

Seventeen teaching positions were filled during the day while several other attendees left with multiple offers to mull over. The district expects to hire around fifty teachers from this one event when all is said and done.

Pryor Middle School Principal Brooke Barron had a very successful hiring day. “The job fair was a valuable opportunity that allowed us to meet teaching candidates from all over the country who were moving to our area," said Barron.  "We were able to fill all of the teaching positions available at Pryor in a single day.”

Bob Sikes Elementary School Principal Vicky Hayden was able to fill some specialized needs within her school. “With the increased support we are receiving for our Exceptional Student Education program, we were seeking strong candidates to fill two ESE Instructional positions. We were fortunate to accomplish this task and offered two qualified candidates positions at Bob Sikes. We look forward to having them join our TEAM!”

Angie Secrest came from Arkansas to attend the event and had this to say, “The Teach at the Beach Recruitment Fair has been a tremendous opportunity for me as a new transfer to the area. I am thrilled to have been hired on as a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at Max Bruner Middle School! The job fair enabled me to meet principals from Okaloosa County schools, share my credentials and experience, and find a position that was the right fit for me and in which I can serve students in this area. I am looking forward to my new role and getting to know the great people in this community!”

Superintendent Marcus Chambers summed up the event, “We have a great school district in part because we live in a great community. We’ll leverage any resource we can, including our beautiful beaches if it means attracting the best teaching candidates to the area. Our principals and their staffs did a great job highlighting our schools.”

Those who were unable to attend the recruitment fair are encouraged to apply for a teaching position through the district’s website. Despite the success of the event, the district said it will still need to hire additional teachers.