Teaching Jobs Few and Far Between
POSTED: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 1:25pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 5:36pm
EL PASO – School districts all over the Borderland are resorting to hiring freezes or layoffs to stay out of the red.
“It's frustrating to know no one is hiring,” said Denise Estrada, who graduated from UTEP recently.
She was just one of hundreds of candidates who showed up to a job fair at the Don Haskins Center today, hoping to land a teaching job. But that's not easy, considering cash strapped districts around the Borderland aren't hiring.
"It's sad because feel like I went into the wrong career," said Osvoldo Morales, who graduated from UTEP in December.
Representatives with about 35 school districts from across the country were here for UTEP's annual teacher job fair. Many candidates who attended were either seniors at UTEP or recent grads, just trying to get their foot through the classroom door. Some said the job fair wasn't what they expected.
"Everyone's very smiley faced as they're telling you, 'Sorry we're not hiring right now please go online and turn in your application. Hopefully by June or July something will open,'” said Susane Salazar, who will graduate in May.
But while some districts at the job fair weren't hiring, others were.
"We're looking for a bilingual candidate who possesses the skills to be successful in Alexandria. We are a growing thriving division,” said Scott Elchenko, an assistant principal with Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia.
His district is hiring across the board.
“We have not been in a situation where we've had to release teachers. We are in the opposite position where we are hiring candidates," he said.
But that means some UTEP grads may be forced to move to where the teaching jobs are, even if they'd rather stay in El Paso.