REDMOND, OR -- Bend-La Pine Schools, Redmond and neighboring districts will take part in a regional Teacher job fair, Thursday. Ridgeview High School Assistant Principal Jensine Peterson helps interview applicants for the Redmond School District. She says it’s not difficult to get educators interested in working in Central Oregon, "I’ve seen people from across the country, as well as local people. What’s even more exciting for me is that we see both veteran teachers, wanting to move into the area, and people who are just fresh out of school looking for their first teaching job, and they’ve got that glimmer in their eyes. So, we have a range of talent that comes to the job fair each year."
She says districts are looking for well-rounded people who are able to navigate the changing education landscape. "When I was in school, the teacher was the purveyor of all knowledge. They were the person who knew everything, whereas now we live in an era when kids have lots of information right at their fingertips. So, teaching them how to be discerning citizens is a really important part of what we’re doing, in educating the 21st century student." Peterson tells KBND News, "A common question that we get from new teachers is, ‘what support do you have in place to make sure that I’m going to be successful?’ Teaching is not an easy profession; it’s very challenging and complex, so we’re able to highlight that we’re going to support our teachers and really invest in them so that they can be the best they can be for our kids."