HR holds reception for student teachers and guidance interns

Recent and soon-to-be college graduates gathered in the School Administration Building Thursday, Feb. 7, for the spring Student Teacher and Guidance Intern Reception. The event, hosted by the Department of Human Resources, provided an overview of the hiring process, the opportunity to network with division employees and the chance to receive advice from current division employees.

The biggest part of the evening was the opportunity to gain expertise from a panel of school principals. Making up the panel was Melissa George, principal of Kempsville High School; Deborah Price, principal of Plaza Middle School; Alex Bergren, principal of Virginia Beach Middle School; and Catherine Brumm, principal of Bayside Elementary School.

Attendees took turns at the podium to ask questions ranging from what advice principals offer a first-year teacher to what professional-growth opportunities the division offers.

Old Dominion University senior, Bailee Adams, asked the panel to identify something that stands out to them on a teacher’s resume or professional portfolio.

“We look at the whole application,” replied George. “So, not only your resume, but your references and your student teacher experiences.”

“The interview tells us a lot, too,” added Price. “We want to know if you are a go-getter, someone who is willing to learn and if you will fit nicely in our community. The interview tells us all of that.”

“Additionally,” said Bergren, “the grammar and formatting of your resume and your cover letter are an aspect as well. If I see a grammatical or spelling error on your resume I will quickly put that application down.”

Toward the end of the panel session Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence introduced himself to the group. He asked them what motivates them as educators.

“Inspiring the youth of today,” shouted a graduate in the front row.

“Molding leaders,” said another.

One candidate added, “Bettering and impacting the future of our children.”

“I like what I’m hearing,” Spence replied. “If you have a love of learning, seek growth and wish to build impactful relationships with students – we will find you a home in Virginia Beach City Public Schools.”

Following the panel, the candidates were provided the opportunity to submit a substitute teacher application and attend new employee orientation. By the end of the reception, six individuals were hired as substitute teachers for the division.

The next reception will be held in the fall. For more information on employment, student teacher and intern opportunities visit

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