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OCPS Teacher Recruiting Team Heads for Puerto Rico
A team of seven experienced recruiters will travel from Orlando to Puerto
Rico for a special two-day mission to hire classroom instructors. Members of
the recruiting team were hand picked for this assignment based on their professional
and administrative background.
The OCPS team will setup a temporary recruiting office in San Juan on May
29 and 30, 2006. The goal is to attract and interview as many qualified teacher
candidates as possible during the two-day recruiting drive.
"This is part of a very aggressive recruiting campaign to get the best
teachers available to instruct our students," said Superintendent Ronald
Blocker. "Our school district will open nine new schools when students
return to the classroom for the start of school in August. We have a pressing
need for more teachers, especially those who have strong bilingual skills."
A special fax line (407.318.3100) will be activated so candidates can send
their resumes and copies of valid professional certificates. All documents
must be submitted no later than May 22, 2006, so that interviews in San Juan
can be scheduled. OCPS recruiters want to have as many by invitation only,
face-to-face interviews with candidates that can be scheduled during the two-day
"This special outreach activity is to attract fully bilingual candidates
who hold valid professional certificates in Elementary Education, Exceptional
Special Education (ESE), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), math
and science," said Javier Melendez, senior director, Recruitment and
Retention. "We have had very successful recruiting drives in Puerto Rico
and I'm extremely optimistic that this two-day hiring mission will also
be very productive."
Melendez says that the school district needs to hire about 2,400 teachers
to prepare for the new school year starting on August 7, 2006.