By Justin Udo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The School District of Philadelphia is courting and recruiting educators from across the region to come and teach.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Chance For Strong To Severe Storms On Tuesday, Damaging Winds
Officials are looking to fill nearly 1,000 positions.
Dozens of potential teachers packed into district headquarters for Tuesday’s education session, where Superintendent Dr. William Hite spoke on his vision for the district’s future and why they should come hereÂ and teach.READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Large Group Of Noisy Dirt Bikes, ATVs Take Over Radnor Streets
“There are opportunities here to educate children in a way that some of us may not have even thought of. In ways that make it relevant, in ways that engage young people, in ways that allow them to problem solve and think critically.”
Matt Lydon, a prospective English teacher for the district, says the information session helped assure him that teaching in Philadelphia is the right move.
“They need someone who cares, and I am one of those people. I am one of those people who cares. That’s why I want to do that.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite Will Not Seek Contract Renewal After School Year
The district expects to hire at least 800 teachers for the 2016-17 school year, along with nearly 60 school nurses and 50 counselors.