MNPS holds job fair in hopes of filling over 200 positions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Metro Nashville Public Schools held a job fair on Saturday to place teachers and support staff for the upcoming 2022-23 school year.

As the nation continues to struggle with teacher shortages, MNPS officials hoped the fair would help fill the more than 200 openings. High-demand content areas include English, math, and science teachers and teachers of special education and middle school classrooms.

One of the issues the MNPS is working to address is the high number of quits from schools in the district, particularly Oliver Middle School, where 29 teachers quit for various reasons.

“We try to find the right people to work without students. We want to make sure they are passionate, learning people who truly believe that all students can learn,” Amber Tyus, Executive Director of Talent Strategy, told us.

MNPS said it also hires unauthorized people working towards getting their permits. Unlicensed applicants are eligible to teach K-12 grades full-time, excluding Elementary Physical Education, Exceptional Teaching, and Graduation Courses.

Although the number of openings seems high, MNPS officials told us that it’s not too far off from what they usually see at this time of year, as they usually hire most of their staff a few weeks before the start of the school year.

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