EDINBURG - School district representatives from across the state gathered at the UTPA Fieldhouse Thursday (April 15) in the hopes of recruiting high caliber teachers from The University of Texas-Pan American's annual Teacher Job Fair.
"I'm hoping to recruit some good bilingual teachers," said Mona Smith, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District representative. "There is always a strong need for teachers here in Texas."
About 50 school districts from throughout the state and a few from other parts of the country participated in the event, said Enedelia P. Kidd, director of the UTPA Office of Placement and Cooperative Education.
"We've spoken to some really good and promising candidates here," Smith said. "We are hoping to find some teachers to fill positions in math, science and secondary level."
Joel Estrada, a 1994 UTPA graduate from Mission, said he attended the UTPA job fair two years ago where he found a teaching job in the Dallas area.
"The job fair was very useful," Estrada said. "I took the job in Dallas, but now I'm hoping to find another position somewhere in the Valley."
Caroline Norquest, a 1996 UTPA graduate from Edinburg, said she was scouting out the school districts in hopes of finding an elementary position.
"I've spoken to several school districts and the job hunt is going okay," said Norquest. "I'm hoping to find something in the Valley, but I'll consider taking something in San Antonio."
Many of the school districts gave out information about the field of education and their districts.
"We have about 300 student teachers per semester at our school district," said Aurelio Barbosa, Weslaco Independent School District representative. "We always get good quality students from UTPA. These graduates make great teachers, and we are very happy with what we are getting."
More than 50 school districts participated in the event including the Alice, Alief, Angleton, Arlington, Austin, Beeville, Brownsville, Bryan, Corpus Christi, Cypress-Fairbanks, Dallas, Dayton, Denton, Donna, Edinburg, Galena Park, Galveston, Garland, Goose Creek, Gregory-Portland, Harlandale, Harlingen and Hurst-Euless-Bedford school districts.
Also the Irving, Judson, La Joya, Lamar, Lufkin, Lyford, Mansfield, Mathis, McAllen, Mission, Pasadena, Pleasanton, Port Arthur, Progreso, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, Raymondville, Rice, Rio Grande City, San Antonio, San Felipe Del Rio, South Texas, Spring, Tuloso-Midway, United Valley View, Victoria, Weslaco, Wichita Falls and Windham school district, Region I Education Service Center, Region III ESC and the Greenhill School.
For more information, contact the UTPA Office of Placement and Cooperative Education at 956/381-2243.