More than 100 positions need to be filled at 40 schools in New Haven – many of them have left because of the pandemic.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – When the pandemic took over, many school districts were hit hard by the departure of teachers.

The city of New Haven seeks to fill these vacancies so that staffing is no longer an issue.

Every year around this time, according to Dr. Ilene Tracey, Superintendent of New Haven Public Schools, it’s typical to have vacancies, but now that number has increased significantly since the pandemic.

Teachers left for many different reasons and one of them was to earn more money.

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“Another system in the suburbs somewhere may be able to attract a teacher with more funds, more money than New Haven. We are an urban center, so the suburbs may have offered more funds for teachers” , added Dr. Tracey.

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Other reasons included – teachers retiring or some choosing to go to work for their home town.

Now, more than 100 positions need to be filled in New Haven.

For Leslie Cohen, one of those present at Thursday’s job fair, she is ready to re-enter the workforce as a teacher.

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“I’m always interested in learning and I’m very creative so I love being with children!” says Cohen from New Haven.

“We’ve had permanent substitutes and substitutes who come in like a revolving door depending on where they want to work that day, so it’s not consistent for our students,” Dr Tracey added.

The district said the greatest need now is for special education, foreign language, math, language arts and athletics teachers and instructional coaches.

Emma Schulman was at one of 40 tables and laid out her brochures and business cards in hopes of finding the few people who can handle what the job will bring.

“The needs of the students have increased. Their mental health has deteriorated – it’s very obvious. I think we also have adults who have developed higher needs than before,” said Schulman, supervisor of the department of special education.

Recruiting also meant giving opportunities to the black and brown community, but that also comes with challenges.

“There aren’t a lot of minorities working in the profession right now. Certainly minorities are underrepresented and so I think in terms of African Americans, we’re probably at about 5%,” said Dr. Glynis King Harrell, Speech and Language Supervisor.

If you were unable to attend the fair and would like to see a list of job opportunities, click on here.

Click on ‘work at NHPS’ then on ‘job applications’.

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