The Wake County Public School System is one of the best and largest school districts in the nation. Teachers want to work here because of our commitment to innovation, diversity and professional development.
This means there's plenty of competition for our available jobs.
Here are a few tips to help you put your best foot forward during the application and interview process.
We want to hire teachers who know that all children can learn and who are capable of helping every child experience success and academic growth. Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (right) is a great reference.
"I'm looking for teachers who have a realistic expectation of what it means to teach in today's schools," says Sherri Morris, a senior administrator in retention and recruitment for Wake County Schools.
"Your classroom is going to be diverse, in every sense of that word: academically, racially and socioeconomically. Your job is to truly believe that all students can learn and achieve and you are the guide to help get them there. I'm looking for teachers who understand that this is hard work and who readily embrace the challenge."
It's easy to say you love teaching. Give us proof.
"The number one thing I look for is the passion for teaching, and yet everybody who comes in is going to say they have it," says Jason Kennedy, also a retention and recruitment senior administrator.
"I'm really big on once you decided teaching was your calling, what have you done to align yourself with that passion? Have you volunteered, been a Sunday School teacher, a camp counselor? Something that demonstrates you care about children and want to guide them."
best candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to going above and
beyond: meeting the basic human needs of a struggling student,
volunteering after-hours, aggressively pursuing professional development
"I look for drive, I look for passion, I look for energy, but first and foremost I look for a teacher who is very child-centered," says Barry Richburg, principal of Yates Mill Elementary.
"I want teachers that come in with a mentality of, 'I will do whatever I need to do to allow students to achieve.' I'm looking for teachers who consistently are focused on the children and student achievement."
Principal Richburg says he always appreciates candidates who show knowledge of his school. Before you come in for the interview, check out the website, social media and other resources to get a sense of the school's culture and mission.
Once the interview is complete, give some honest reflection as to whether you think you'd be a good fit. If you believe you are, be prepared to show how you would make your prospective new school better.
"I want someone with really hardcore strategies for improving student outcomes, and someone with clear assets," Richburg says. "How are they going to help us be better? How are they going to take us to the next level? What is their skill set? What can they teach us?"
Last school year, all Wake County principals and assistant principals were trained on Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset. This reading includes research-based advice on how to set your students up for success, including when to praise, and when to criticize. We now have an initiative to train all educators on its material. Learn more.
Who are you and how can we contact you? (Heading)
What is it that you want to teach? (Objective)
Are you qualified to teach what it is you want to teach? (Education)
What have you done to align yourself with the profession you have chosen? (Experience)
2. Out-of-state applicants will want to check the Licensure Requirements for the State of North Carolina.
3. Visit wcpss.net/careers to apply online. When you see a position that is of interest to you, click “Apply” to have your application sent directly to that school. Principals will review applications and contact selected candidates to schedule interviews. Checking the WCPSS website weekly for new position postings is a good idea. We update our website daily, and you do not want to miss any postings that fit your criteria.
4. Candidates are encouraged to follow up with principals with whom they've spoken with an email or hand-written note. If you haven't heard back from the principal at a school to which you've applied after a reasonable period of time, a follow-up email is appropriate. No phone calls, please.