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Hiring blitz held Saturday for Wake County special ed teachers

Posted August 10, 2013
Updated August 11, 2013

— Hopeful teachers from across the Triangle gathered Saturday at the Harriet B. Webster Center in Cary for the Wake County Public School System's special education hiring blitz. 

With only 16 days until the start of the school year, the school system still needs 38 additional special education teachers. 

Nearly 100 teachers pre-registered for the two-hour event in the hopes of landing on of those positions. 

"We hit a point where we knew we had to do something different to market and target this group of people to get them in," said Douglas Thillman, the school system's assistant superintendent for human resources.

Dianne Hiatt is one of 250 teachers applying for the special education openings in Wake County.  

"With this, I'll have benefits and be able to make a good living," she said. 

With about two weeks until the start of the school year, Wake leaders say the blitz will help ensure they're absolutely ready. 

The district says applicants should expect calls back from principals early next week and that many of the positions should be filled in a week and a half.

Demand for highly qualified teachers in special education is high, and the district is offering existing teachers a $100 referral incentive through Oct. 15.

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  • tanntamount Aug 13, 9:38 a.m.

    Headboater: Why are you saying that close to none of the applicants are "qualified special education teachers"?

  • LuvLivingInCary Aug 12, 6:57 p.m.

    i don't know but in corporate america if you have a job that is hard to fill you pay more money for the position. problem solved.

  • beachboater Aug 12, 3:14 p.m.

    "...is one of 250 teachers applying for the special education openings in Wake County."

    ""With this, I'll have benefits and be able to make a good living," she said."

    Special education teachers are themselves VERY SPECIAL. It is not something that just anyone can do. I've seen first hand some very special, special education teachers, and they are not your everyday math, reading or science teacher. They have to have patience, compassion and a whole lot of love.

    With 250 applicants, I wonder how many are qualified special ed teachers? My guess is pretty close to none.

    The applicant quoted in the article as saying she will have benefits and a good living has obviously not checked out the actual compensation history of teaching in N.C.

    $100 to existing teachers for a filled special ed job??? They are really going the extra mile to ensure quality applicants aren't they?

  • NiceNSmooth Aug 12, 12:13 p.m.

    two weeks before school starts and still no bus info? really I am worried there will be a repeat of last years mess

  • Not_So_Dumb Aug 12, 10:36 a.m.

    With only 16 days until the start of the school year, the school system still needs 38 additional special education teachers.

    Umm, nearly half of the county's elementary school kids are in year round, so have already started. Of course, this matters little to WCPSS central admin as there are a number of things not working until the start of their year. Nothing like being second class citizens.

  • ncnremtp Aug 12, 10:30 a.m.

    Chatham County filled all their spots weeks ago. I guess teachers are realizing WCPSS is not the promised land after all. A slightly lower salary is offset by an administration and school board that cares for its teachers. What a novel concept. Perhaps Wake County should open it's eyes

  • WralCensorsAreBias Aug 12, 9:06 a.m.

    How did it work out for them?

    I hear and see nothing but frustration, and that's being kind, coming from teachers. Is the school system monitoring their social media habits and comments? Because word is they are.

    From what some are saying, posting and feeling I think it's safe to say the school system is about to have a mutiny on its hands.

    Teachers in general are done, fed up and ready to walk. Parents, as usual most aren't paying attention. School admins, clueless. All this combined = a big mess.

    Coming to a school near you.

  • tracmister Aug 12, 8:45 a.m.

    I wish them luck. This trend will become more common with other counties starting next year.