Eagle County schools find teachers in Spain | VailDaily.com

Eagle County schools find teachers in Spain

Lauren Glendenning
lglendenning@vaildaily.com
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The Eagle County School District sent two employees all the way to Spain to look at teaching candidates ” all on the Spanish government’s dime.

Spain’s federal government has an exchange program for teachers and looks to place them in American schools, said Jason Glass, the human resources director for the Eagle County School District.

The government called the school district and offered to pay for the recruiting trip, so Glass and June Creek Elementary Principal Tracy Barber packed their bags and headed out April 26 to May 1.

The offer matched up perfectly with the district’s mission to hire native Spanish speakers to teach English to its Spanish-speaking students, Glass said.

Glass and Barber interviewed about 60 teachers and ended up making offers to six. The school district needs to make sure the teachers get their visas and other necessary credentials before they can teach here. As long as the visas go through and everything works out, there should be five new elementary teachers and one secondary teacher from Spain here by the beginning of the school year.

“They’re all excited about coming here,” Glass said.

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com