The School District of Santa Rosa organizes a job fair on Saturday in Navarre

After starting the school year with more than 50 teaching vacancies, the Santa Rosa County School District is looking to make a jump in teacher recruitment for next year and is set to host a teacher fair on Saturday. job for teachers to connect future educators with the district. officials.

“I think everyone saw, I guess, what’s called the ‘big quit,'” district human resources manager BJ Price said. “People are looking at their financial situation and looking at their work situation, and they’re finding ways to say, ‘Hey, I think it’s time for me, and I’m going to go ahead and get out.'”

Rebecca Royal, a teacher at Gulf Breeze Elementary School, teaches one of her kindergarten students on Wednesday.  The Santa Rosa County School District is hosting a job fair on Saturday to recruit more educators.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new East Bay K-8 school in Navarre. Those who already have – or are ready to obtain – a teaching certification are welcome, including those interested in positions in information technology, food service, transportation and janitorial work. Those wishing to attend must pre-register at eventbrite.com.

According to Price, this is the district’s third teacher career fair. The previous two were in 2017 and 2018. He added that in part, due to county growth, the district plans to add about 100 new positions for the next school year.

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Rebecca Royal, a teacher at Gulf Breeze Elementary School, reads to her kindergarten class on Wednesday.  The Santa Rosa County School District is hosting a job fair on Saturday to recruit more educators.

“So we started the year off to a rock bottom. We had heard from our principals that they were having trouble finding people to fill the classrooms and fill the positions,” Price said.

Price added that an event like this, where people meet in person, provides an extra layer of human interest.

“I think there’s some value in having a principal or administrator sitting on the other side of the table or having a conversation with the person who’s going to walk into those classrooms and work with the students. “Price said.

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