CMS career fair seeking teachers, teacher assistants for Camp CMS

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 9:23 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Camp CMS starts in less than a week and there are still spots to fill.

This is the summer school program that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has set up to help any students who have fallen behind during the pandemic.

Over 30,000 students are signed up and with camp only a few days away there’s still a need for teachers and teacher assistants.

On Tuesday, CMS Superintendent Ernest Winston said they had already hired over 2,200 teachers for the summer program.

One by one dozens of people lined up at Wednesday’s career fair with one goal in mind - helping students.

“The more teachers that sign up to teach the better the experiences for the kids are going to be,” said CMS teacher Leslie Neilsen.

UNC Greensboro graduate and teacher assistant Ashley Boyd was one of the people applying to work for Camp CMS.

She’s got a passion for art and hopes this summer program will jumpstart her full-time career as an art teacher.

“I feel like I’ll get more experience and more skills,” Boyd said.

Camp CMS is a free full-day summer experience for students who need extra help with reading, math, science, and for students learning English and students with disabilities.

Community House Middle School Social Studies teacher Leslie Neilsen didn’t let her subject area stop her, and is encouraging other teachers across all subjects to apply.

“Don’t be intimidated by saying it’s only math, language arts, and science being involved because the enrichment piece is the part where we get to have real fun with the kids and sort of piggyback on what they’re doing in the core courses and help filling in those learning gaps in other and creative ways,” Neilsen said.

Not only is she advocating for other teachers, but she’s also helping them with the application process.

“I directly reached out to site coordinators and said ‘hey I got this great teacher who’s been trying to get in’ and he was like ‘great thanks’ and was able to tap them directly as well,” Neilsen said.

Neilsen says it’s been a tedious process trying to hire teachers for Camp CMS but is encouraging people at home to have grace.

“This is an enormous task to pull off it’s never been done before. Be patient be graceful as we continue to ask for this year and know that your kids are in great hands,” Neilsen said.

WBTV asked CMS how many positions they had left to fill and we were told Human Resources will know more following Wednesday’s career fair and final review of applications this week.

Officials with CMS also shared that ASEP summer enrollment is currently at 1,317 students for Camp CMS.

Additionally, families who did not reserve transportation in advance, should contact staff at their assigned Camp CMS school to make transportation requests (am/pm or both). Transportation will be 2-3 days following the request.

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