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Shaya Westfall speaks to a representative from the Vallejo City Unified School District during a teacher job fair at Brandman University in Fairfield, Saturday. School district representatives from Northern California offered information about job openings in their districts. Westfall recently moved to Solano County and is looking to work at an elementary school. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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Hiring fair draws potential future educators

By From page A4 | July 13, 2014

FAIRFIELD — “We are looking for highly qualified special education teachers and math teachers, but also a variety of other positions are open with the school district,” said Robert Martinez, Ed.D., assistant superintendent of Human Resources for the Fairfield-Suisun School District.

The Teachers Job Fair hosted by Brandman University drew in eager applicants from around the area on Saturday.

“It used to be that recruiting season was in the spring. People were saying that there will be a shortage of teachers but that is already here. We want to get more people qualified to be teachers,” Martinez said.

Hopeful candidates waited patiently for their turn to speak with a school representative. School districts from Vallejo, Fairfield-Suisun, San Leando, San Lorenzo, Mare Island Technology and Oakland were represented.

Shayla Westfall just moved to Fairfield from Tennessee with her husband who is stationed at Travis Air Force Base. She clutched her folder with her resume as she waited to speak to someone from the Vallejo School District.

“Teaching is my passion. I enjoy working with children. I was an elementary librarian in Tennessee, but it looks like they don’t have that position in California. I am looking for an elementary position,” Westfall said.

Michelle Dalida, who is working on her master’s in teaching, began the job hunt two months ago and is hopeful that she will find a position with a school.

“I think this would be a great way to serve the community,” she said.

“We are willing to develop a relationship and help a potential job candidate toward completing the appropriate credentials. Some candidates have more credits toward one type of credential, and if they complete that, then they could possibly be offered a position,” Martinez said.

“We decided to do this job fair in the summer because school districts said this would work better, closer to the new school year,” said Rhea Johnson, manager of Community and Corporate Relations.

“Already, we have one graduate from Brandman University who has been tentatively offered a position,” she said.

Potential candidates should treat a job fair as an interview, according to Johnson.

“Bring your resume, proof of credentials if you have them, and dress like it is an interview. Some employers are wanting to hire today. So this is a great opportunity for the right person,” Johnson said.

For those who missed the job fair, there is another opportunity from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Fairfield-Suisun School District Office, 2490 Hilborn Road, Fairfield. This job fair will be interviewing for all types of positions at the school district.

For more information, go to www.edjoin.org or contact Marie Mattias at 399-5150.

Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or [email protected]

Susan Hiland

Susan Hiland

Susan graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a B.A. in Communications. She has eight years experience working for newspapers in Nebraska.

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