Recruiting the Eatonville Way…. Eatonville a great place to work and play.
There is something about March Madness that makes you want to root for the underdog. On a cool, windy day, we took on our larger neighboring school districts at the WSPA Educator Career Fair in an effort to recruit teachers for the 2017 – 2018 school year.
In the Tacoma Dome, it can be overwhelming with over 100 districts participating as they start setting up booths with teams of 20 – 40 folks. How do you draw candidates in to talk and learn about the opportunities at Eatonville? We started with a very simple concept, teachers go into teaching because they love working with kids. Let’s take students to the fair.
Yesterday, with the support of Ronda Litzenberger, Board of Director Chairperson, and Superintendent Bahr, Eatonville School District became the “trend setter”. Thank you Ronda for transporting the students to and from the fair as well as supporting them throughout the day. A special thanks to our high school students Gavin Cole, Briana Foxworth, Destiny Martinez, Janice Tuskey, Trent Wohlgemuth, and Lukas Wolfe. Each of you contributed to the success of the day, thank you.
Another avenue we choose to highlight with the candidates is the wonderful STEM work throughout the district. Travis Rush joined the team with a full range of technology demonstrations as well as having the students write personal thank you cards for each candidate that stopped by our booth. Travis we appreciate all your work yesterday as well as the work done in the days leading up to the fair. The “Thank You” cards were a hit with the candidates.
Mrs. Litzenberger and the students hit the floor from the start and worked the crowd handing out flyers with job openings, candy and our give away bag. Other districts asked how we got a Board Member to participate. Thank you Ronda for supporting our efforts yesterday.
Over the course of fair, the Eatonville team was on fire. It was great to see so many candidates stop by our booth, learn about Eatonville and consider working with us.
The students conducted “Rocket Races” to demonstrate how simple STEM can be integrated into the classroom. During these races, Trent & Lukas encouraged those who watched to come stop by our booth. We heard from a University of WA program advisor how impressive the students were and what a great concept to include them in the fair.
Over the course of the day, we collected 75 resumes and conducted four interviews. Without a doubt, this was the most successful recruiting event in the last six years. The day could not have been more pleasant to participate in & watch the interactions of our students, administrators and candidates.
Yesterday flew by so fast; interactions & conversations were engaging. Candidates stood in line as they waited to talk with administrators; it was an enjoyable recruiting day for Eatonville School District. Our students, parents, staff, board of directors & superintendent all play an important part in our day-to-day activities and successes. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you team for the wonderful day. Denise D. Walters, Human Resources
Eatonville School District #404 does not discriminate in any activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all district employment and opportunities.
Questions and complains are handled by: Title IX/Chapter 28A.640 RCW Officer Denise Walters (360) 879-1029 and Section 504/ADA Coordinator Cristin Blaskowitz (360) 879-1800. PO Box 698, Eatonville, WA 98328.