SAN JOSE, CA – The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) targets new and prospective teachers in "Why I Teach" a series of Public Services Announcements (PSA) designed to help expand the field of potential candidates, by showcasing award-winning teachers sharing the joys of their profession.
In the second installment of the 2017-18 series, Santa Clara County district teachers of the year share what motivates their chosen career. This installment features Jennifer Klem-Myers of Morgan Hill Unified School District, Shanna Urbancic of Moreland School District, and Natalia Diehl of Luther Burbank School District.
"Sharing these highlights and testimonials is part of a larger initiative designed to recruit and retain high-quality teachers in Santa Clara County," says Philip Gordillo, Chief Human Resource Officer. "There are many opportunities in the county's 31 districts, including bilingual education special education, and speech-language pathologists, these are all positions that are in high demand."
To help better prepare future teachers the SCCOE is hosting an all-day event entitled "Step into Teaching: Opportunities in Silicon Valley Public Schools." This event is designed to help prospective teachers meet with teachers, credentialing programs, and potential employers, and gain a better understanding of both the rewards and the challenges of the profession.
The PSA series, which will be rolled Mondays until March 26, is part of an on-going initiative to increase qualified teaching candidates. In addition to being posted to the SCCOE YouTube channel, the videos will also be provided to local cable access channels in the various municipalities throughout the county.
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The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional and business services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The SCCOE serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The Office also provides curriculum support, staff development, and technology support and training directly to teachers and staff in schools countywide.