Tips for Landing that Teaching Job in the Pajaro School District

  1. "HIRE WITHIN" and "GROW THEIR OWN"
    This district likes to "hire from within" and "grow their own".  That means that if you do your student teaching in Pajaro that you have a good chance of getting an interview.  The administration has had a chance to get to know you and see your work.  They also encourage internal growth once you're hired and will open up opportunities for leadership growth.

    This doesn't mean that you can't get a job in Pajaro if you didn't student teach there.  They're always looking for highly qualified teachers.

  2. GET ORGANIZED
    For the best chances at getting a job offer is to be prepared with your paperwork.
    • Applications should be typed or completed neatly in black ink.
    • Cover letter should be carefully written with correct grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.
    • Resume
    • Reference Sheet
    • Copy of pertinent credential(s) or Santa Cruz Office of Education evaluation
    • Three current letters of recommendations.  The first letter they look at is your principal's.  The other two should include your cooperative teacher and university supervisor.  If possible, have your references include both their home and work phone numbers.
    • Working Portfolio is just that; it's a work in progress.  Include developmental standards for teaching augmented with lesson plans, pictures, student work, and educational philosophy.  This portfolio gives the district a bigger picture of yourself.
    • The district would prefer a paper portfolio rather an a portfolio housed on a CD.  This portfolio should be brought to the interview.

  3. THE INTERVIEW  PROCESS
    (Gulp!  Don't worry, you can do it.  But if you know what's coming you can prepare for it.  That  way you'll be that much more confident as you convey all the wonderful things about yourself.)
    This district has moved to "centralized hiring" which means that the interview process will take place at the district office and will have a variety of interviewers from school administration and community members.
    • Practice interviewing before going to your interview.  One of the best ways to do that is make an appointment at the UCSC Career Center to go through a taped mock interview to assess what you can work on.
    • Dress the part of a young professional.  Keep the jeans, torn or messy clothing or gum at home.
    • A Screening Video is going to become part of the interview process. Prior to the 30 minute panel video, you will have a 15 minute taped interview of 22 questions
    • *An additional quality they are looking for in their teachers is the ability to coach or mentor other new teachers 3 to 5 years down the road.