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OKCPS to conduct job fair for teachers

Oklahoma City Public Schools is looking to fill 39 teacher vacancies, and staff will conduct interviews and extend offers at a career fair from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at John Marshall High School, 12201 N Portland.

In addition to certified teachers, the district will consider college graduates interested in earning alternative certification. Non-certified graduates will have the opportunity to receive emergency certification through the Oklahoma City district.

The state's largest school district, which employs about 2,800 teachers when fully staffed, is reporting a vacancy rate of one percent. Of the 39 vacancies, 22 are for special education teachers, officials said.

Since July, the state Board of Education —in response to a statewide teacher shortage — has approved 948 emergency teaching certificates, including 200 for Oklahoma City Public Schools. Emergency certificates are issued to districts that lack qualified candidates to fill teacher vacancies.

Additionally, the district has 349 first-year teachers and 859 teachers in their first five years of teaching, according to Tierney Tinnin, senior communications and community relations manager.

Tinnin said the district is always looking to for qualified teachers to fill positions affected annually by retirements, resignations and transfers.

"We are aggressively recruiting highly qualified staff to work with our students," she said. "We would hate to miss an opportunity to speak with someone about the advantages of working in education and OKCPS.

"The career fair also gives us an opportunity to recruit for the substitute pool, so that we are prepared for unforeseen teachers absences."

Candidates are encouraged to "dress for success" and bring an updated resume. For more information, visit or contact the district's human resources department at 405-587-0800.