'Recruit Betsy' a win-win for prospective educators, EHS

Josh Boatman interviewing a prospective teacher.
Posted On: Monday, April 29, 2019

Elizabethton High School hosted an inaugural teacher recruitment event Tuesday designed to showcase the school’s vision and to attract future teachers. The purpose is not to fill currently open positions – there are few available – but to develop a short-list of innovative educators whose teaching styles align with EHS’ mission to design the high school of the future.

“The event was a way for our school to meet with the best teacher education candidates coming from local colleges in an effort to find great future teachers before their education is complete,” said Maggie Donnellan, event organizer and Community Partners Coordinator at Elizabethton High School. “Hopefully this will create a pipeline of excellent teachers to help us with any potential job opening we may have in the future.”

Jeremy Humphrey interviewing a teacher.

In total, 15 attended the event in addition to 13 EHS faculty and district administrators. The event consisted of introductions of faculty, followed by rotating introductions and interviews with attendees. During a conclusive group activity, attendees were challenged to create their own inqiry-based interdisciplinary projects using a project submission template that EHS teachers will be using next year.

ECS leaders were thrilled with the success of the event and with the attendance of professors and placement coordinators in addition to prospective teachers.

“The event is a win-win for us and anyone who attends,” said Donnellan. “We get to meet face to face and tell them about our school and what we believe in, and they get a chance to see whether it’s a good fit for them. We think it's a new way to create transparency in our hiring.”

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