The School District of Lee County is seeking guest teachers and will host a virtual hiring event on Thursday, Jan. 21 to increase the number of available guest teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Guest teachers play an important role in maintaining continuity of instruction for students, assuming the role of a teacher when they are absent for the day. The District will conduct virtual interviews to add qualified candidates to its pool of guest teachers. Positions offer flexible scheduling and compensation beginning at $92.70 per day.
To qualify for a guest teaching position with the District, candidates must have a minimum of 60 credit hours in college coursework, provide three qualified references, including one from a current or most recent employer, and complete a background check.
The virtual hiring event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 with interviews taking place by appointment. To schedule an interview, visit www.LeeSchools.net/Careers/Hiring_Now.
The School District of Lee County anticipates the need to fill hundreds of teaching vacancies heading into the 2020-21 school year, and its recruitment efforts are extending beyond colleges of education into the community.
On June 10, The School District will host two webinars over Zoom titled “How to Become a Teacher in Lee County.” The sessions will walk prospective career-changers and working professionals through the process of becoming certified to teach in Florida.
“The current job market is very unstable and many professionals, including those with advanced degrees, are contemplating a career change,” said Angela Pruitt, chief human resource officer for The School District of Lee County. “A career in education is personally rewarding and offers a high level of job stability because the community continues to grow, and our strong compensation and benefits package is hard to match in the private sector.”
Florida is one of 48 states that offer alternative routes to becoming a certified teacher. Individuals who already earned a bachelor’s degree in any field can become eligible for Florida teacher certification by passing a subject area exam in their area of expertise, completing additional coursework or enrolling in a teacher preparation program.
The School District is hiring teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels with a focus on high-demand positions like science, technology, engineering and math. Prospective teachers with backgrounds in communications, social work, counseling and psychology also are needed to fill vacancies.
Individuals without a bachelor’s degree are invited to apply for positions as a paraprofessional or guest teacher.
The School District of Lee County’s efforts to put “The Right Talent in the Right Place” means that new teachers will receive the support and necessary resources that will enable them to succeed upon entering the field of education.
The District offers a competitive and comprehensive compensation plan for its employees, and the starting compensation package of over $53,000 for teachers encompasses salary, medical coverage and life insurance, pension and investment plan contributions, and social security and Medicare employer contributions. Additional benefits and earning opportunities are also available via advanced degree supplement, summer school, athletic coaching and more. Upon hire, a personal benefits selection process will be made available to eligible employees.
FLCPS creates Relief Fund for Educator and Students
The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools has partnered with The School District of Lee County during this challenging time to provide resources to educators, students and their families.
Distance Learning has now been put into place and the FLCPS wants to ensure that everyone is well equipped with proper tools to prosper while our education community teaches and learns virtually.
Due to the circumstances of the current pandemic, educators are playing an even more integral role in the community.
“The Foundation has set up a COVID-19 relief fund, where business and community partners can donate to help continue to enhance and excel education within the School District of Lee County. Now, more than ever, the community needs to support and value our educators and the community’s most important asset, our students”, states President and CEO Marshall T. Bower, Esq.
If your business would like to participate or if any of your clients, vendors or friends ask what they can do to assist with relief efforts, please direct them to the following link on the Foundation’s Website: leeschoolfoudation.org. Thank you for your continued support.
Florida PBS stations, including WGCU, have changed their weekday television schedules to air programming supporting students now learning at home.
From 6:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, specific blocks of time will serve levels from Pre-K through 12th grade, covering subjects including English language arts, social studies, science, and math.
These programs are aligned to state standards and are free and accessible from home. WGCU expects to begin broadcasting these programs Monday, March 23 at 6:30 a.m.
Realizing that not all students in our coverage area will have internet access throughout the day, Florida PBS decided to offer this specific educational programming on television — although it is supplemented with additional resources at wgcu.org/education.
Regularly scheduled PBS Kids programs normally found on WGCU HD can be viewed at WGCU 30.5 (or the channel assigned by your provider) or online at wgcukids.org. How-to programs normally found on WGCU HD can be viewed Create 30.3. Checkwgcu.org/tvschedules or updated the new educational television schedule, go to wgcu.org/education.
“Creating blocks of quality programming for teachers to assign to their classes to view at home, keeps everyone engaged. This is a game-changer that can level the technology playing field. PBS has always been about expanding knowledge,” said Randy Wright, chair of Florida Public Media.
Teachers can follow up with discussion questions, worksheets, or hands-on projects and experiments when they communicate with their students.
“This is an opened-ended commitment to support kids, families, and educators during this unprecedented crisis. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our program offerings to maximize WGCU’s benefit to the many communities we serve as events warrant,” said WGCU General Manager Rick Johnson.
To view the new educational television schedule, go towgcu.org/education.Teachers, administrators, school staff, parents or students with questions can contact Pamela James email@example.com.
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