Meet Tomorrow's Teachers

by Sean Fitzpatrick '04

On Thursday, May 8, APU held its annual Teacher Interview Day. "Teacher Interview Day gives APU students and alumni the chance to take advantage of interviews with 65 school districts," said Paul Flores, assistant professor in APU's Department of Teacher Education.

The event offered hope of a career for more than 400 hundred potential educators who gathered in the Felix Event Center. "I’m really hoping someone will hire me on the spot," said Michelle Ross ’03. "It would be helpful to know where I am going to live."

Students had the opportunity to fill out a card requesting interviews from school districts that interested them. Tables representing schools from all over Southern California covered the floor of the Event Center, all filled with prospective teachers interviewing for positions.

Some students and alums interviewed every half-hour throughout the day, while many sat nervously in a row of chairs and awaited their next interview.

According to Steve Wentland, assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education, students and alumni from all seven APU campus locations attended the event. Schools were hiring both elementary school teachers and secondary school teachers, along with teachers qualified to teach special education.