Gwinnett County hiring 850 educators for next year


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Gwinnett County is looking to fill hundreds of position for next year.
Dean Junuzovic has been teaching at Nesbitt Ferry Elementary for the past four years.
“I'm passionate. I love it. No day is the same,” Junuzovic said.
Principal Clayborn Knight is looking for a few more people just like Junuzovic.
“What's happening is our 5th grade class, which is our smallest class, will be transitioning out but we will have about 130 more kindergartners coming in,” Knight said.
The district plans to hire 850 new teachers for next year, if it can find the right ones.  The state's largest district expects to add more than 3,200 new students in the fall.  The district is especially looking for educators in area's administrators have deemed critical needs -- high school math and science and special education.
The district will hold a job fair Saturday where applicants will be interviewed, but would-be teachers need to apply online on the districts website by Thursday to be guaranteed an interview slot.  It's the process Junuzovic took four years ago when he started his career.
“I hope to retire as a teacher,” Junuzovic said.
Administrators say that number of 850 needed teachers could actually rise again as they approach the start of school next August.
The job fair runs from 8 a.m. to noon at the Gwinnett Center on Sugarloaf Parkway.