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Tyler ISD holds teacher job fair hoping to fill positions

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Saturday the Tyler Independent School District held a teacher job fair hoping to fill 30 to 45 teaching positions.

More than 200 applicants who are interested in working in one of their 36 campuses showed up. Principals and campus administrators had the chance to meet candidates and let them know what positions they need to fill.

"It's good for our campus administrators to get to know our candidates and for the candidates to meet them face to face," said T.I.S.D. human resources facilitator Amy Broaddus. "We want our candidates to know our benefits program is self funded. Our starting pay rate for new teachers is 41-thousand dollars, which is the highest in region seven."

Rachel Timberlake is a recent Stephen F. Austin State University graduate and wants to help Tyler I.S.D. by showing children a different side of numbers.  

"I just love math. A lot of the kids say I hate math and math is boring, but I want to come in and show them that math is fun," Timberlake said.

One of the districts top needs is for secondary math and science teachers. Rachel says teaching those subjects can be tough but there are big rewards.  

"The greatest thing about teaching is building relationships with the kids," Timberlake said. "If you love kids, then teaching is a wonderful job."

Tyler I.S.D. also needs help teaching their biggest population.

"Our high need areas are our bilingual elementary," Broaddus said "Almost 40 percent of our student population is bilingual."

Nora Zavala was born in Mexico but has lived in East Texas for many years. Saturday was an opportunity for bilingual candidates like Nora to meet administrators from the 17 different Tyler elementary campuses who need her help.

"Becoming a bilingual teacher to me means everything," Zavala said. "I've been working hard to be a bilingual teacher but the most important thing is to help those kids out there."

Many other bilingual teachers said they want to support those students as they transition from elementary to middle school.    

"To me I think it's very important students receive their education in their first language in order to succeed in the second language, so it is very important that they receive instruction in Spanish," Zavala said.
Tyler ISD requested several applicants for a call back interview Saturday in hopes of filling jobs for the 2014-2015 school year.

If you missed Saturday's teacher job fair, it's not too late to apply. To view current job openings you can visit www.tylerisd.org.

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