Vancouver School Board searching across Canada to recruit new teachers

Feb 6 2019, 6:21 pm

Although the Vancouver School Board (VSB) said it has “hired over hundreds of teachers” in the last school year, it noted there is still a lack of teachers in specialty areas.

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Now, the VSB is upping its recruiting efforts and going beyond city borders – or even BC borders for that matter – to help fill gaps in numerous areas.

The VSB said it is currently “searching across Canada” for teachers to fill full-time positions in specialty areas, with a focus in either French immersion, mathematics, physics, tech studies or special education.

VSB staff have already visited career fairs at UBC, University of Victoria, University of Alberta and University of Calgary.

This week, recruiters will be travelling to McGill University and University of Ottawa’s Anglophone and Francophone fairs.

“Some teaching jobs require specific skills, such as French immersion,” said VSB Associate Superintendent, Carmen Batista.“It is more difficult to find qualified candidates, that’s why we’re continuing our recruitment efforts across Canada.”

Currently, the VSB employs 3,600 permanent full-time teachers and over 800 on-call teachers to teach the over 50,000 students in its 45 schools across the district.

“We are optimistic about being able to attract new teachers to what we know is a top-notch school district,” said Batista.