Revamped Detroit public school district is hiring teachers

The revamped Detroit Public School District is looking for some smiling new faces.

- The revamped Detroit Public School District is looking for some smiling new faces.

From science and math to special education, it needs teachers for all kinds of positions.

It's a fresh start and with that new beginning comes a push to get certified teachers inside Detroit Public School classrooms.

"Our debt has been taken care of and we can put the resources we have available to us into the classroom," said Judge Stephen Rhodes, Detroit Public Schools transition manager.

A teacher career fair was held Friday to attract the best and brightest to help mold the future of DPS students.

"I figured, come on, let's give it a shot," said Jennifer Jamison Lofton.

"We're looking for people with all types of degrees and certifications," said Alycia Meriweather, interim Detroit Public Schools superintendent. "We have 97 schools and all of them are full with kids who need teachers."

The job fair comes as the school district continues to deal with issues like concerns over the infrastructure of some of its schools.

"We're going into the fall with not having to take debt off of our per pupil funding," Meriweather said. "We have $25 million for investment which we are looking into academic programing."

Emily Schwab says despite some of the challenges facing DPS ,she is more than ready to be part of its future. 

"When school district started to talking about this change they are undertaking, I just got real excited about all the promise and attention the school district is beginning to receive," said Emily Schwab, a teaching candidate.

Schwab joined other candidates participating in on the spot interviews.            

"I'm so excited about this job fair," because I got to interview one on one with a person and they get a chance to feel me," said Sharon Lee, the Thurgood Marshall principal.

But can a DPS teacher salary compete with a teacher's salary in a suburban district?

"Our salaries is part of our collective bargaining and so I am prohibited from talking about that right now," Meriweather said. "What I can say is that the concerns of the teachers and the staff have been heard and we are actively looking and reviewing those packages."

But Meriweather makes it clear that people looking to teach at DPS will find a career that will be rewarding for a lifetime.

"There's a gift that comes back to you when you are a teacher that I don't think comes from any other profession," Meriweather said.

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