1:02 p.m., April 28, 2010----It was a one-stop shopping experience for people seeking a job in education for next school year. On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 20-21, the University of Delaware hosted two education job fairs for people seeking positions as teachers, counselors, specialists, and administrators.
The first job fair on Tuesday, Teach in Delaware Day, featured 92 recruiters from 31 private and charter schools and school districts throughout the state of Delaware.
"We've never really had any experience with going out and looking for teaching positions," said Bryan Cummings, a senior at UD, majoring in history education. "So this is really a concentrated place where you can look for anything and see what's out there before you go out on your own to look for something."
On Wednesday, prospective educators had the opportunity to speak with recruiters from out-of-state, too. Project Search hosted 200 recruiters from school districts in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina and the District of Columbia, as well as Delaware.
UD senior Bridget Falcone said even though the process of interviewing with multiple school districts in one day can be a bit overwhelming, she knows she's picking the right career.
"I love working with kids and I love making a difference in their lives," said Falcone. "I really believe in them, and when I believe in them, they really believe in themselves, and it just really translates to success for them."
In total, 1,221 students, alumni and candidates attended the education job fairs. Over the two-day period, recruiters conducted 5,200 interviews.
"It's just good to get your resume out there and see what districts are hiring," said Kahlin McKeown, a senior in the elementary teacher education program at UD. "It's important to know the positions that are open and the need of certain districts."
Teach in Delaware Day and Project Search were sponsored by the UD Bank of America Career Services Center and the University Council on Teacher Education (UCTE).
Article and video by Cassandra Kramer
Photos by Ambre Alexander