EBR School System holds fair to recruit more than 100 teachers

EBR School System holds fair to recruit more than 100 teachers
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Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 1:34pm

School just started back up for the students in East Baton Rouge, but dozens of schools are still short-staffed and in need of full-time teachers. That's why school board officials are doing what they can to recruit the best candidates.

"I'm looking for a very energetic person who loves kids, and is willing to be flexible, and is understanding of our kids' needs," said Herman Brister, the principal of McKinley Senior High School.

That's what Brister wants in a McKinley Senior High teacher.

"That's the foundation of our educational system. Great teachers equal great schools," Brister said.

Principals Nikia Jackson and Jeremy Couvillion agree.

"I want some who has a caring heart, compassionate for the educational process, and able to carry out the process at the end of the day," said Jackson, the principal of Audubon Elementary School.

"We're looking for teachers who are enthusiastic. We're looking for teachers who are ready to work. We're looking for teachers who are organized. We're looking for people who can really come in and make a difference in the lives of these children," said Couvillion, the principal of Westdale Middle School

So, they came to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System's Back to School Staffing Fair. East Baton Rouge has seen a lot of ups and downs over the years, but things are looking up. Janet Harris is part of the system's human resources department, and she said more than ever, is the time for greatness.

"We feel like our students and parents deserve quality teachers in the classrooms, and that's what we're going to provide," Harris said.

Harris said the school system is in need of more than 100 teachers. Kyndra Butler thinks she would be a perfect fit.

"I love education, and I feel like our kids in East Baton Rouge Parish deserve rigorous content, and they deserve the best," Butler said.

Butler has been a teacher for nine years.

"I like to see the lightbulb go off. I like to give back, and I like to see the fruit of my labor," Butler said.

Same goes for Jessica Martell.

"Well children are our future and without good role models, they won't have any idea of how to act," Martell said. "So we have to set a good example, so they can make our future bright."

If you're interested in becoming a teacher for EBR, and you missed the fair, you can contact recruiting@ebrschools.org or call (225) 922-5468.

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