"I just want to gain some experience in the classroom," said Daniels, an
"I want to work in
After last-minute vacancies in Akron classrooms, Daniels may get her wish.
Akron administrators held a job fair Friday seeking to fill 10 full-time teaching positions, mostly for math and science in middle and high schools, and 20 part-time positions, including tutors and classroom aides.
The surge in hiring, unusually close to the first day of school, was prompted this year as experienced teachers left classrooms to coach other teachers or fill administrative support positions.
The school district also seeks to expand its pool of high-quality substitute teachers.
"Last year, we felt that we had a substitute shortage," said Recruitment Coordinator
Kossuth, a 20-year principal in Akron schools, joined the recruitment office three years ago to focus on attracting talent as schools across
Prior to the 2008 economic crisis, the State Teacher's Retirement System boasted enough funds to carry out retirement payments for more than 40 years.
A year later,
The changes have teachers retiring in droves and young candidates, who have subbed and tutored for years after college, eyeing permanent positions.
"[I'm] still actively seeking full-time employment," said
A full-time teaching job would allow Oravec to take bigger bites out of his student debt, which totaled
"It's something I'm chipping away at, making minimum payments" he said, waiting for his next interview.
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