Charter schools host job fair for teachers

LAFAYETTE – For the past six years, the Peak to Peak Charter School has put together an event designed to give teachers a chance at a new job and programs a look at the possible future.

"We hold it because charter schools have a harder time hiring at the bigger university job fairs," Jen Dauzvardis, program coordinator at the Center for Professional Development, said. "They're competing with school districts where they are often hiring for hundreds of positions."

The Center for Professional Development is part of the Peak to Peak Charter School which is often ranked as one of the top ranked schools in the state. Dauzvardis says the job fair is meant to help charter schools who are usually only looking to fill a handful of positions.

"Every school is pursuing at least 6-to-10 candidates out of this job fair," Dauzvardis said.

Jay Cerny is the principal of Cherry Creek Academy.

"I'm really excited about this event because it is charter-geared," Cerny said.

Cerny and another administrator from his school interviewed more than 50 candidates in one day, a feat that if done traditionally could span over weeks.

"We kind of rank our candidates that we're looking at here from 'A', 'B', or 'C'," Cerny said. "I saw a number of 'A' candidates today. So, I was excited about that."

Dauzvardis says this year's job fair is the biggest one yet with more 60 schools in attendance. Over the last two years, she says, more teachers have shown interest in working for charter schools making the field very competitive.

"There's over 200 charter schools in the state and each one of them is unique," Dauzvardis said.

Cerny says the whole charter school movement has grown immensely.

"The demand is higher than ever," Cerny said. "It used to be one or two percent and now it's 10 percent of the (student) population in Colorado."

Kristina Ritter is a teacher who recognizes the growth and wants to work at one of these charter schools. She interviewed with ten schools on Saturday.

"This many schools together in order to get people to come, be able to look, interview with so many schools, or the schools able to interview so many candidates," Ritter said. "I think that's wonderful for both parties."

Dauzvardis believes its wonderful for students.

"This is just one of the pieces where we're working together with all the charters in the state, we all get better," Dauzvardis said. "We all get better when we work together."


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