For Immediate Release:
March 30, 2012
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Six local school divisions will be hosting the third annual Northern Shenandoah Valley Teacher Recruiting Event on Saturday, April 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Emily Thompson Conference Center located in the Corron Building, Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia. Public school divisions participating in the event include Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties, as well as Winchester City Schools. No pre-registration is required.
“Even in these tough budget times, we have a need to recruit in ‘critical shortage areas’ such as math and special ed due to turnover and program growth,” acknowledged Winchester Public Schools Director of Personnel, Donna Eagle. “In all, between the six divisions, we are anticipating well over a hundred openings for the 2012-2013 school year. By partnering for the event, we provide candidates with the opportunity for one-stop shopping in their hunt, and present our districts with a wide array of potential employees who already have their qualifications in hand. It’s a win-win.”
“This is a great opportunity for recent grads but we also think of this as a ‘job fair’ opportunity for staff from local school systems who may be displaced by budget cuts,” Eagle continued. “This could give them a chance to learn about potential openings and about other school systems. Last year, we had 243 job-seekers and hope to attract even more this year.”
Andrew Ansoorian, Director of Human Resources for Shenandoah County Public Schools, sees this cooperative effort as important for both short and long term. “Virginia schools consistently rank at or near the top in national comparisons. This success is a direct result of the superior teacher and leadership talent that Virginia public schools possess,” Ansoorian said. “In spite of these difficult financial times, school divisions in this part of the Shenandoah Valley believe it is imperative to continue looking for a team of superstar teachers.”
“With approximately 50% of our teaching workforce nearing retirement,” he added, “efforts to attract top teaching talent to our region is imperative for the future learning outcomes of our students.”
Applicants still will make their applications for specific positions directly with the school systems. All participating divisions have an online application process made through their websites.
For those interested, free workshops will be provided from 10AM-1:30PM on resume writing, interviewing skills, and a substitute teaching certification class will be offered free of charge.
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.