CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester School District Two is sounding the call for new teachers this weekend in Summerville.
District officials will host the event Saturday at Summerville High School from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Every year DD2 hires about 200 new teachers. But officials say every year the number of candidates decreases across the nation, making this year’s event more important. They are holding the event earlier in order to get ahead of the hiring process, because the best candidates for the schools is becoming a harder and harder job with fewer candidates and still hundreds of vacancies every year.
All 25 schools in Dorchester County will have tables set up in Summerville High School and applicants will have the opportunity to meet principals and district staff and be interviewed for employment. DD2 is looking for the 2020-21 school year, as well as a few positions currently open. The district is hiring all areas of certification including teachers, school counselors, speech pathologists, psychologists and media specialists.
Despite the teacher shortage across the nation, they say DD2 remains a top choice for teachers searching for a job because of how they support their teachers.
“Our students are our future,” Elena Furnari, DD2′s director of personnel for secondary schools, says. "And our teachers touch them every day. And we want to have quality people, quality teacher in front of our students, building those lasting relationships that will promote our kids into their future needs and goals
Within the District and across the state there is an active teacher forum advocating for quality public education for children and for better working conditions. Governor McMaster is also leading the charge in the current legislative session with proposed salary increases for teachers in the current legislative session. And officials at DD2 say they are working to create an even better quality of life for their teachers and staff.
“The real heroes in all this are definitely our teachers,” DD2 spokesperson Pat Raynor says. “Because they are now speaking out but in a positive way. They are wanting to make changes within the system. And I think that is so positive and they really are the heroes in this whole movement.”
The event will be at Summerville High School, 1101 Boone Hill Road, Summerville.
Applicants are encourage to submit their applications online today at educatorrecruitmentday.ddtwo.org.