More than 150 prospective teachers visited the Education Support Center for the annual Career Expo, hoping to join Longview Independent School District.

Crowds pack LISD job fair Tuesday night

Tue Apr 26, 2016
 
Representatives from the district's various campuses answered questions with the purpose of adding valuable educators to one of the fastest-growing school districts in East Texas. Side rooms were cordoned off for interviews, with some applicants actually hired on the spot — pending approval by the board of trustees during their May regular meeting.
 
Ned E. Williams Elementary Principal Dr. Cynthia Wise said she values "quality over quantity" for her highly-accomplished campus.

"We've had a good number of professionals come by, but what I want are people who are hungry, passionate and committed to being the best education professionals they can be," she said. "There are plenty of people who apply just because they're looking for a better job, I want the ones who are looking with a sense of mission and conviction about teaching young people."

Describing the job fair as a "kickoff event," Human Resource Director Loretta Thompson Martin said her department will continue recruiting throughout the spring and summer.

"This isn't the end of our search for qualified applicants, actually more like the kickoff," she said. "For anyone who wasn't able to make it out here tonight, we encourage them to submit an application through the website, and contact us for any questions about positions that may still be available."

Over 60 open positions with the district ranged from early education, special education, and bilingual education to career technology and administration professionals. Applicants traveled from as far away as Dallas and Houston, with others coming from neighboring districts around Tyler and the greater Longview area.

"Longview ISD has excellent programs and students," said Janey Puckett of La Grange, who said she's interested in positions at Bramlette and Hudson PEP campuses. "I first started looking into LISD a few years back  after a previous job fair I'd heard about  and I really like what I see."

Terry Williams works at a school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but said he has been trying to find a way to return to East Texas.

"I've got a lot of family and friends here, so I'd love to come back home," he said. "(Longview ISD) is about the biggest and best-paying district in the area, and working here would just be a perfect situation."

Deputy Superintendent Andrea Mayo said one goal of the job fair is to allow interested applicants an opportunity to sit down with potential supervisors and to get a sense of whether it was a good fit.

"There's only so much you can get from a resume, this expo allows professionals to meet and put a face to a name," she said. "Tonight we had a lot of excitement, a lot of great conversations and positive applicants. You can see people smiling and know relationships are being built.”