Student Teacher Signing Ceremony and Hiring Fair – Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

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For Immediate Release: December 5, 2017

Contact: Tina Firesheets (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730

GCS Holds Student Teacher Signing Event and Hiring Fair
The opportunity allows winter student teaching graduates to begin teaching now

Greensboro, N.C. – Matthew Millaway always knew he wanted to teach P.E., and that he wanted to do so in Guilford County.

At Northeast High, Millaway played baseball and was a standout wrestler. He will graduate from Appalachian State University on Dec. 16, with an education degree.

Sarah Lovejoy came to love Greensboro in the time she’s been a student at Guilford College. It took her a while to settle on a major, but once she began student teaching at Guilford Elementary, she no longer had any doubts.

Like Millaway, N.C. A&T’s Tanekqua Ward always wanted to be a teacher. Ward attended schools with high rates of poverty in Wilson County and wants to dedicate her career to such schools.

These soon-to-be college graduates all did their student teaching in Guilford County Schools and will begin their careers with the district. They are among six new teachers to sign contracts during an official ceremony at 10 a.m., Wednesday at GTCC’s Cameron Campus in Colfax. Guilford County Schools will also host a student teacher hiring fair there from 1-4 p.m. Invitations to the fair were sent to all N.C. education programs, as well as those in surrounding states. Some GCS principals and school representatives will be at the fair to interview student teachers for existing or anticipated vacancies.

This is the first time GCS has held a signing event or hiring fair for student teachers. Kyva Jones, GCS director of recruiting, said the signing ceremony allows the district to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of a distinguished group of stellar student teachers.

“As these students walk across the stage to receive their diploma, they can savor the moment a little more, knowing that they have secured a position in their chosen field,” Jones says.

Millaway, who did his student teaching at Jesse Wharton Elementary, says he likes working with younger students to help them develop healthy lifestyles.

“I like trying to create physically literate individuals,” he said. “I want to teach something that will serve them 50 years down the road.”

Lovejoy says she’s staying in the district because her student teaching experience was so positive and that the GCS staff was so welcoming. Lovejoy will teach kindergartners at Frazier Elementary, where she hopes her positive attitude will help them see they can achieve their goals.

“I want to help influence them to want to do good in the world,” she says.

Ward, who will also teach at Frazier, says teachers and coaches throughout her schooling were instrumental in her development. They inspired her to also teach.

“I also wanted to give back to Title I schools because those schools tend to have fewer resources,” Ward says. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the classroom and helping (Frazier students) grow not only academically, but emotionally too and being a part of their life and their learning.”

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at

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