CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago Public Faculties held a job truthful Friday to rent lecturers to assist fight a citywide scarcity.

Armed with a brand new training diploma and 10 years of preschool expertise, 43-year-old Shamika Morgan’s purpose is to turn out to be a Chicago Public Faculties instructor.

“To have lecturers who performed a very nice position in my life, I might like to be that instructor in one other kid’s life,” she mentioned.

Derek Patterson, 26, is transferring to Chicago from Springfield hoping to make a distinction as a CPS social research instructor.

“I believe we live in a second of historical past the place the following era must know find out how to be taught in regards to the previous,” he mentioned.

Patterson and Morgan would each like to show at a college in an underserved neighborhood. Their likelihood is fairly good.

“We are likely to see most vacancies on our South and West Sides,” mentioned CPS senior recruiter Melissa Sakleh.

It was virtually all South and West aspect colleges who participated in Friday’s CPS job truthful. Some had lengthy lists of open positions. Principals mentioned some vacancies are because of lecturers transferring to new counseling and intervention positions.

“It is vitally troublesome to seek out certified lecturers,” mentioned Jaqueline Dillard, principal of Tanner Elementary. “I’ve a number of resumes and I’ve already arrange the interviews so, I am very hopeful.”

CPS is hopeful it could actually fill the vacancies earlier than the primary day of faculty.

Whereas a instructor scarcity has been a problem for a lot of faculty districts, CPS believes it has an enormous benefit as a result of its lecturers are among the many highest paid within the state and the nation

“We begin our lecturers off, it is about $60,000 with a Bachelor’s diploma,” mentioned Sakleh.

With 50 colleges represented at Friday’s truthful, over 100 instructing candidates confirmed up on the lookout for jobs

If principals did not have luck discovering certified candidates in the present day, CPS is internet hosting two extra in particular person job festivals earlier than faculty begins on August 22.

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