FAIRFIELD — With an hour left to go, about 500 people had attended Monday’s job fair at the Fairfield-Suisun School District office.
“This has been a great thing,” Robert Martinez, assistant superintendent of human resources for the school district, said of the event that began at 8 a.m.
Martinez said the school district hired eight teachers Monday at the fair that was also held for support staff including cafeteria workers and bus drivers.
“We want to help them start their careers in education,” he said.
About 30 teaching positions are open in the school district and more job offers will be made, Martinez said.
Other jobs include up to 25 food service workers.
Dave Gaut, a trustee for the Fairfield-Suisun School District, said officials strongly promoted the event.
“Because of that we got an excellent response,” he said. “This has been very well attended.”
People were lined up at 7:30 a.m for the event, Gaut said he learned.
Rhea Johnson, manager of community and corporate relations for Brandman University, which had its own job fair Saturday in Fairfield, said at Monday’s event at the school district office that the demand for teachers is strong.
“Baby boomers are retiring,” she said.
A teaching candidate who drove from Southern California for the Saturday job fair was offered a teaching position, Johnson said.
“He was ecstatic,” she said.
Gaut, who began teaching for Fairfield schools in 1964, recalled going to a job fair in Spokane, Wash., where he had attended college, and a school district representative from Fairfield offered him a teaching position.
Charles Sullivan, then-superintendent for Fairfield, offered the $5,280-a-year contract.
Teaching has changed over the decades, Gaut said.
“Testing, testing, testing,” he said of the focus on standardized tests. “The stress is all on the teacher now.”
Fairfield resident Tom Honeychurch, a substitute teacher, is looking for a permanent position as an English teacher.
“It was good to see them doing this,” Honeychurch said of the job fair. “It’s good to see them hiring.”
Assistant Superintendent Martinez said Fairfield-Suisun teachers volunteered to assist at the event Monday.
He called school district employees “our best recruiting agents.”
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