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Old 05-23-2007, 06:33 AM
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My husband and I would like to move to the suburbs of DC. He has submitted his application to Loudon and Fairfax county back in March of this year. So far he has not heard back from anyone. He is a middle school science teacher with 8 years experience. I keep hearing there are lots of job openings so I'm wondering why he hasn't had one interview. Is it because the schools haven't started the interview process or are they interviewing only local candidates?

Any knowledge you can share on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Also has anyone heard of the December list in Loudon county? Does it really exists?
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Old 05-23-2007, 07:20 AM
Location: Arlington, VA
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Total wild guess here, but it's possible that since they're in the last month of school now they're just too busy to look at new applicants and/or they will wait to see which teachers are planning on returning after summer break to determine staffing needs? I guess he could call the HR department and verify that they received his applications.

I just checked the FFX Co website and got the following message when I tried to pull up the teacher's vacancies list:

Originally Posted by https://hrnet.fcps.edu/vl/servlet/Vacancy
Vacancies will be posted on UConnect for Transfair from May 1st through May 10th for internal employees.

After Transfair, vacancies will be posted here and on UConnect after:
June 1: Vacancies available for Modified Elementary School Calendar on the public web.
July 1: All vacancies available on the public web.
So it does look like perhaps your husband applied too early.
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:03 AM
Location: TX
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Loudoun county sc hools had a job fair not too long ago. I would go to the website. Loudoun is growing by the day and adding more teaches... 800 new postions needed to be filled for the 2007-2008 school year.


you may need to apply on-line a tiresome process but ALWAYS put a cover letter etc...
Here's what they say they need...
Shortages currently exist in the following teaching areas:

Earth Science
Family and Consumer Science
Gifted and Talented
Hearing-Impaired (Special Education)
Library Media Marketing
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Reading Specialist
School Psychologist Spanish
Special Education
Speech Pathologist
Technology Education
Vision-Impaired (Special Education

Good luck.
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Old 05-23-2007, 07:30 PM
Location: Lancaster, PA
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My sister-in-law teaches at Westfield High School in Chantilly and LOVES working in the school district. The school districts in the D.C. suburbs are HUGE and they are always looking for teachers. My husband also teaches Science and applied down there a few years ago, but didn't get any calls until 2 weeks before school started! He ended up taking a job in PA earlier in the summer. However, he did get offered several positions at the last minute down there. Hang in there! It has been our experience that it really helps to know someone in the school system to get your foot in the door. It seems like they prefer to exhaust all their "inside resources" before they resort to new teachers or teachers who are relocating. My SIL did mention that they have an incentive for new teachers that sign on, so your husband should have no problem getting something. Science and Math teachers are in demand. Best of luck!!
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:27 PM
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I applied to Fairfax County as well and I have not heard anything back yet too. I've spoken to people in the HR department and they told me specific vacancies will not be posted until June. They also told me to contact the schools and principals individually because the county is very competitive and its best to try to get your foot in the door as early as possible.
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Old 05-24-2007, 05:54 AM
Location: Where my bills arrive
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I work for a school system near Richmond, VA during this month HR is reviewing the responses from existing teachers to see what additional shortages they will have. Once complete they start the interview process that ends hopefully by August. As teachers are usually on a 10 month contract Summer is the prime interview time for teachers. Your husband might also want to check out http://www.pen.k12.va.us/cgi-bin/disp.pl (broken link) this is the state site which list Opportunities in Education state wide.

Good Luck with the process
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Old 05-24-2007, 06:37 PM
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Thank you so much to all who replied. I going to ask my husband to send his resume to all middle school principals in Loudoun and Fairfax county. Hopefully, he will get something before the summer is over.
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Old 05-27-2007, 07:32 AM
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Default Great Opportunities

Your husband need to get his resume into Prince William County too.

My wife and I are moving to NOVA in July and she's had interviews in Price William County, has received two job offers, as well as a job offer coming from Loudon County (she attended the job fair last week and they had scheduled interview times for people).

She was told HR is really backed up because they are hiring so many new teachers. So, tell him to keep at it. Try Prince William County but also that the HR departments are slow.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:08 PM
Location: Churchville, PA
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Have the demands for teachers increased since 2008, in Special Education? Can someone also explain the application to interview process?
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:32 PM
Location: Alexandria, VA
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You have to keep in mind that some fields are in higher demands than others. Exceptional Education and ESL are always in the highest demand.

As for me, I have my first interview with a school in Fairfax County tomorrow at an Alternative Learning Center for an exceptional education position. I scored the interview because I e-mailed one principal asking to be considered for a position, and they in turn passed on my resume to another principal, and that's how I got this interview. Last year I didn't get any interviews until the end of June, so be patient. Like Tom Petty says, the waiting is the hardest part.
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