HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - According to Harrison County Schools Superintendent Roy Gill, education is a career of passion.
"Education sometimes is not a glorified profession. You don't go into education for the pay," Gill said.
But, the need for educators goes on, and so does the growth of the Harrison County School District; the fourth largest in the state. As a result, the search is on for teachers.
The district is planning its first ever job fair.
"We're continuing to grow, and so therefore we've got to be proactive to make sure that we meet the needs of the ever-growing area," said Gill.
At the same time, the number of available teachers isn't exactly at a high. Gill's experience has allowed him to mentor those just starting out, like first year kindergarten teacher, Brittany Poulos.
"It's tough and I don't feel like college really prepares you for once you get into the classroom," said Poulos. "It definitely helps with how to deal with the kids and things like that."
Setting foot into the classroom is a totally different story. But, it's the impact she makes that keeps her motivated.
"But then it's something that you do, or something that you say that you haven't said or done before, and they're like, 'Oh, I get it,'" added Poulos. "That definitely keeps me going."
With so many teachers continually retiring out of the system, the need for incoming educators is practically constant. Poulos agrees that the career is more of a calling than a position.
"With everything else, it takes special people for everything," said the kindergarten teacher. "But it definitely takes a special person to get up and handle 23 kids; 23 kindergarteners and push them to where they want to come to school, to where they want to learn."
It's the kind of talent and passion that the district hopes will soon be filling more of its classrooms.
The Harrison County School District teacher job fair will be held Thursday evening from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at The Center for Excellence. The building is located at 15199 Community Rd., across from Garden Park Medical Center.