Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools holding virtual career fair on Saturday

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will hold a virtual career fair on Saturday.

“We had to revamp the way we teach. We’re sort of use to coming into the classroom and teaching in the classroom,” said Tamela Payne, an eighth grade teacher. 

As teachers like Payne adjust daily to changes for remote learning, the stress and anxiety builds.

“Some teachers are very apprehensive about coming back in the classroom,” Payne said. 

She tries to recruit people with a simple reminder.

“I try to encourage the teachers that I come in contact with to just think about the ‘why?’ why did we get into this profession in the first place?” Payne said. 

She works at Wiley Magnet Middle School, which is a campus that’s currently in need of teachers.

“Just the struggles of technology because a lot of teachers are older and sometimes the technology is a little more advance for them,” Payne said.

District-wide, 60 positions are vacant at 81 schools in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School District.

“With COVID, admittedly with a few more retirements and resignations, therefore, we want to bring more people on and continue to bring up that pipeline,” said Jevelyn Reed, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools chief of human resources.  

 “It’s a bad situation, but we have to be able to find some good out of this,” Payne said. 

The school district is also looking for substitutes and tutors.

The virtual career fair is on Saturday Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

Register here for elementary positions. 

Register here for middle and high school positions.

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