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APS holds job fair for teacher openings

Updated: 07/23/2014 11:23 AM | Created: 07/23/2014 10:57 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Every year, schools across the country have a tough time filling certain jobs, and at Albuquerque Public Schools, it's no different.

This upcoming school year there's around 330 teacher openings. Almost half of those openings are for special education jobs. "We very rarely if ever start the school year with all of the special education spots necessary," said Monica Armenta with APS.

Armenta adds the district also needs middle school math and science teachers.

They are also looking for teachers who are bilingual. "We have so many bilingual kids in this district. I think we have about 14,000 students who receive bilingual educational services in Albuquerque Public Schools and I think that's an area that continues to grow across the country," said Armenta.

Armenta said there's more jobs to fill this upcoming school year than last, but not by much. The reason? It could be anything, like teachers retiring. "It's not unusual to have a lot of turn over," said Armenta.

Starting salary for first-time teachers with a bachelor of arts or science will be $32,000. The average salary for 2013-14 teachers was $44,207.

The district also has openings for custodians, nurses, bus drivers and counselors.

The job fair is Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at APS headquarters.

For more information, visit www.APS.edu/jobs


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