With the new school year starting in less than two weeks, the door to hiring is wide open at Marin Public Schools for teaching and support staff positions.
In the county’s 17 public school districts, there are 137 classified positions and 95 certified positions open, according to Marin Schools Superintendent Mary Jane Burke.
Classified positions include jobs such as teacher’s aides, paraeducators, custodial staff and office staff. Certified positions include teachers, administrators, and counselors.
“All districts in Marin County are actively working to fill all vacancies,” Burke said. “Our goal is to always fill vacancies with the most qualified candidates.”
The county held a job fair Thursday for classified workers at the Marin County Office of Education headquarters in San Rafael. Fair attendees gathered at tables set up for the Mill Valley, Nicasio and San Rafael City school districts, as well as at tables for vacancies in the County Office of Education.
“I’m applying for a job as a teacher’s aide, part-time, while I go to school,” said Miriam Pazos of San Pablo, a fair attendee.
Pazos, 22, aims to complete a teacher certification and master’s degree program at Dominican University of California, San Rafael by June. She plans to teach elementary school starting in the fall of 2023, once she graduates and graduates.
“I just wanted to see what was going on,” she said of the job fair.
Mary Ann Maggiore, former mayor of Fairfax, said she came to the fair to check in and confirm her availability as a substitute teacher for the new school year. Maggiore, a work coach and former college professor, said she was a substitute teacher almost every day during the 2021-22 school year.
“I love the whole Marin County educational experience so much,” Maggiore said. “It’s an incredible system that honors students and engages them in the process.
Cecilia Perez, director of English learners at San Rafael City Schools, said one of the top hiring priorities for her district is transitional kindergarten teaching aides.
Transitional kindergarten is a public school program for 4-year-olds whose fifth birthday falls between September 2 and February 2. The deadline was December 2, but it is extending this year by two months and will continue to extend every until all 4-year-olds are eligible.
“We are looking to hire eight teaching aides — one for each TK class,” Perez said, noting that the district plans to add more transitional kindergarten classes each year. “We are super excited.”
The senior class of teacher assistants in the district earn between $21 and $30 an hour, depending on education and experience. The minimum educational requirement for a teacher assistant is a high school diploma.
Perez said the San Rafael District has also put in place ways for teacher aides to advance their careers and take courses to earn their teaching credentials, ultimately qualifying for an accredited position.
“We are especially looking for people in the community, if we can,” Perez said. “People who have gone through our schools.
Kimberley Russell, principal of Strawberry Point Elementary School in Mill Valley, said the Mill Valley School District is looking to hire a teacher’s aide for a kindergarten class. The Nicasio School District is seeking a part-time Teacher’s Assistant and Campus Supervisor.
At the Marin County Office of Education, the county recruits seasonal naturalists and maintenance positions at the Walker Ranch, an outdoor educational program, according to county office staff Josie Chavez.
At the San Rafael County Main Office, positions are open for paraeducators and substitute paraeducators. The county office also has openings for an information systems specialist, a licensed vocational nurse, an accounting assistant and two administrative secretary positions, said Janelle Campbell, deputy superintendent.
“We have a lot of great people in our community,” Campbell said. “We would like them to work in our schools.
The new school year begins the week of August 15, with most districts beginning August 17.
Information about all Marin public school positions is available at edjoin.org.