WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — With the school year set to begin in less than two weeks, officials in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system are still trying to fill about 100 teacher positions.
Theo Helm, the public information officer for the school system, said they had to wait to see where teachers and students would be moving before determining where they need the teachers to be.
“I can’t think of a year where we haven’t had to do some hiring as the year starts,” said Helm.
Helm says that school officials are sifting through applicants to find the best ones, but they’re hoping for as many applicants as possible.
“You don’t want to hire somebody just to fill a spot, you want to hire somebody you think is going to do a really good job,” said Helm.
Someone like Terry Zimmerman, a 5th grade teacher at Southwest Elementary School.
“It’s a passion, it’s a desire, it’s a drive to help young people learn,” said Zimmerman.
Zimmerman came in early to make sure her classroom is ready when her new class arrives, so she can focus all of her energy on getting to know them personally and academically.
“Lots of students come in with different needs and different issues and things that you need to be in tune with,” said Zimmerman, adding it is important to build trust and a bond with those students.
In the meantime, unfilled positions will be manned by substitutes.
“It’s not ideal, but our principals and other teachers are good at making that work and we’ll do the best we can for our students,” said Helm.
Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools are also looking to fill 20 bus driver positions.
If you wish to see which positions are open, visit the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools website, wsfcs.k12.nc.us, and click on the employment link on the left side of the page.