As Curriculum Director for English Ronell Whitaker (standing) talks with a candidate, his colleagues conduct interviews at the SD218 Educator Career Fair on February 24. (Supplied photos)

As Curriculum Director for English Ronell Whitaker (standing) talks with a candidate, his colleagues conduct interviews at the SD218 Educator Career Fair on February 24. (Supplied photos)

SD218 hosts career fair for educators

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District 218 and its partner districts hosted an Educator Career Fair on February 24 at the Administrative Center, 10701 S. Kilpatrick Avenue in Oak Lawn.

By Kelly White

Community High School District 218 is keeping its faculty informed on available positions in the educational world.

District 218 and its partner districts hosted an Educator Career Fair on February 24 at the Administrative Center, 10701 S. Kilpatrick Avenue in Oak Lawn.

“This was a great opportunity for educators to have direct access to the leaders who are hiring,” Dr. Jacqueline E. Johnson, Director of Articulation and Equity at Community High School District 218, said. “This gave them options to get in front of multiple potential future employers.”

The Educator Career Fair provided new and veteran educators the possibility to work in the south suburban communities within the District 218 community. The event was open to educators who were certified in either kindergarten through eighth-grade or ninth- through 12th-grade.

Educators were able to interview with multiple districts and have and share who they are. The goal was to meet dynamic educators to be hired, Johnson said.

“We were excited to have face-to-face conversations with educators,” Johnson said. “We were also excited to offer a virtual zoom for out-of-state candidates. I love that were able to meet multiple educators.”

The Educator Fair came with a purpose to fill a void in teaching positions.

“We are in need of all types of educators in our region,” Johnson said. “We have really hit an educator shortage in our state, and we have felt it because of the lack of applicants.”

Available positions included:

Community High School District 218 High School Science was looking for a high school level math and science teacher, a Special Education teacher, and a school psychologist.

Cook County School District 130 was looking for a kindergarten through 5th grade physical education teacher, a middle school physical education teacher, a middle school ELA teacher, a middle school math teacher, an elementary music teacher, an elementary art teacher, a 5th grade teacher, a 3rd grade teacher, a middle school science teacher, a middle school Special Education teacher, an elementary Special Education teacher, a middle school transitional bilingual teacher, an instructional coach, Speech Language Pathologists and Social Workers.

Chicago Ridge School District 127.5 was looking for an elementary music teacher, an elementary teacher, an elementary Special Education teacher, a junior high Special Education teacher, a junior high EL teacher and paraprofessionals; Ridgeland District 122 was looking for Special Education teachers, TBE/EL teachers, a middle school math teacher, elementary education teachers and instructional assistants; Calumet District 132 was looking for a Chief School Business Official, an elementary school teacher, a middle school reading teacher, a middle school social studies teacher, a middle school math teacher, a middle school science teacher, art teachers and a bilingual teacher.

Atwood Heights District 125 was looking for a Speech Language Pathologist, an elementary teacher, an early childhood teacher and a junior high science teacher; and Posen-Robbins District 143.5 was looking for an elementary teacher, a language arts teacher, a science teacher, a physical education teacher, an algebra teacher, a Special Education teacher, a social worker, a school psychologist and teacher assistants.

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