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P.G. Co. Public Schools holds job fair to fill 100 teacher vacancies in 60 schools

Sarah Neal interviews for a science teacher vacancy at Imagine Foundations at Morningside Public Charter School, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 (Cheryl Conner/ABC7) 

Sarah Neal is back. She left Prince George’s County Public Schools a year ago, but she missed the work.

Neal allowed ABC7 News to join her interview as she hoped to become a science teacher.

“I think as an educator, you have to be a lifelong learner if you expect to instill that in your students,” Neal told the administrator who interviewed her.

Less than three weeks before the start of school, Neal was alongside 140 people vying for about 100 teaching positions.

Applicants show their credentials, before they sit down with a school principal.

You need a college degree and some teaching credits.

“I think they focused more on the teacher as an individual and not so much on the content that they were going to teach. And I think that’s very important because they asked the type of questions where you could get to know that individual,” said Neal.

There is a background check and a screen through Child Protective Services before Human Resources makes the final offer.

“No one gets in front of our students until they have received full clearance,” said Dr. Pearl Harmon, Human Resources director.

A first-year teacher starts off making $47,781.

“I’m going to be teaching sixth grade science at William Wirt Middle School,” said Neal.

She got the job along with about 50 others.

Since the biggest science phenomenon will happen before she goes to the head of the class, Neal says to wear protective glasses on Monday if you’re watching the solar eclipse.

“It’s more important that we see after the eclipse than we see the eclipse,” she said.

If there are vacancies at the start of the school year, the positions will be filled with long-term substitutes including retired teachers.

The next job fair is at 8 a.m. on August 25 at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

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