BHSU to host 50 school districts during annual Teachers Fair

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, February 24, 2016/Categories: 2016

Education students at Black Hills State University will meet with school districts looking to hire new teachers during the annual BHSU Teachers Fair Wednesday, March 2 in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

Black Hills State University will welcome representatives from 50 school districts throughout the region to campus Wednesday, March 2 for the annual BHSU Teachers Fair. The event is open to the public.

The Teachers Fair begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

Melissa Woodall, retention and recruitment specialist for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at BHSU, said schools continue to call asking to attend the Fair and noted that BHSU teacher education graduates are highly sought.

"All of the school districts I have spoken with are very excited to be able to meet our students and hire them," said Woodall. "I had one principal tell me that when she receives a resume from a BHSU student, she will put it in a special pile that definitely gets an interview."

During the Teachers Fair, students are encouraged to "dress to impress" and bring resumes when they visit with area school districts set up at tables. After meeting the BHSU students in the morning, several school districts will set up afternoon interviews with candidates.

Prior to the start of the Teacher Fair, a panel of local school district administrators will answer students' questions from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. in the President's Conference Room of the Student Union. Woodall said the administrators will provide information about the attributes they're looking for in new teachers and how best to present their qualifications during the Fair and interviews.

School district administrator panelists include:
  • Matthew Raba, Belle Fourche High School
  • Nick Gottlob, Mountain View and West Elementary
  • Jarod Larson, Timber Lake
  • Troy Volesky, Rapid City
  • George Seiler, New Underwood
The School of Education at BHSU is the largest teacher education program in the state of South Dakota. The placement rate of teacher-education graduates employed in education fields is over 90 percent. BHSU offers undergraduate and two graduate degree programs with unique and significant field-based experiences.

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