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1,800 turn up for teacher job fair in Portland

(Oregon Public Broadcasting) — About 1,800 applicants were in Portland Tuesday, looking for teaching jobs at the Oregon Professional Educator Fair.

Almost 170 school districts and other educational agencies have booths at the two day fair.

They're looking for new staff as teachers retire or move out of the area.

Tiffany Hall is at the end of one line. She just moved back to Oregon and is worried about finding work as an elementary school teacher.

"The teaching environment in Pennsylvania was very difficult," she said.

"I had to have several personal contacts that sort of got me into the school that I was working in. The climate in Oregon seems to be a little bit better for teachers," she said.

She may be right.

Sean Murray is the human resources officer at Portland Public Schools.

"Usually the district averages about 200 vacancies based on retention," said Murray.

"And essentially with our new teachers' contract it calls for an additional 150 positions, so we're looking at approximately 400 vacancies that we have to fill," he said.

For the first time in 10 years Portland Public Schools is holding its own job fair, scheduled for Wednesday at Marshall High School.
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