Education

Teacher job fair draws 200 hopefuls

Teacher candidate LeChae Johnson, center, gets to know Wilson’s Mills Elementary Principal Andrea Jones and Assistant Principal Don Lee during the job fair.
Teacher candidate LeChae Johnson, center, gets to know Wilson’s Mills Elementary Principal Andrea Jones and Assistant Principal Don Lee during the job fair. JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOL

Nearly 200 candidates attended the Johnston County school system’s Teacher Job Fair April 23 at West Johnston High School.

School leaders expect the district will grow by 400 students next year, which means Johnston will need more teachers.

Throughout the job fair, applicants met with principals and human resources administrators to fill upcoming vacancies created by retirement, job transfers and the demand for more teaching staff.

The district currently has 40 vacancies, and Superintendent Ross Renfrow said he hoped to fill them all through the job fair.

“You can see people smiling and know relationships are being built,” said Dr. Renfrow. “The folks here today have a good impression of Johnston County Schools or they wouldn’t be here.”

Chief Personnel Officer Brian Vetrano said more than 250 candidates from 13 states registered for the event, including some from New York and Pennsylvania.

“We are taking several steps to recruit and employ the most qualified teachers,” Vetrano said. “Our students deserve the very best, and that is why we held this event.”

Lindsey Dotzel, a candidate from Pennsylvania, said she had been looking several at counties in North Carolina, and Johnston County really caught her eye.

“I really like the area,” said Dotzel. “The schools are great, and there is a lot going on here.”

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