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You’re not just looking for a place to work. You’re looking for a place to grow professionally and personally. You’ve found it in Polk County Public Schools.
Polk County Public Schools offers one of the highest beginning teacher salaries in the state and a generous benefits package.
Polk County Public Schools offers incredible support for new and veteran teachers. With innovative programs that promote a sense of unity and community, Polk County Public Schools seeks to make teachers feel appreciated and valued. I love working where I feel I am needed and I am making a difference.
I love what I do! I am a special music educator at Karen M. Siegel Academy. I work with 3-22 year old mild to severely disabled students. I teach, sing, and make music with all my students all day long. I think it is a pretty amazing job! I love coming to my job and inspiring my students to be creative and to be their best selves. I am not only teaching my students of musical concepts but also skills that they need to take on the world one day. I am very grateful that I was able to find this position here at PCPS. I am looking forward to meeting you soon!
I chose to work for Polk County Public Schools because I wanted to work for an organization that provides high-quality educational opportunities and puts students first. I love working for Polk County Public Schools because I’m able to positively impact our future leaders and help students cultivate their love of reading.
There was something about the camaraderie, spirit of putting the student first, and the strive for excellence that made me inspired me to seek out my educational career in Polk County Public Schools.
I really love that Polk County has “SAFE SCHOOLS.” I love that we have a School Guardian that is stationed on our campus. I am proud of Polk County for making the decision to be proactive about our students’ safety.
In the Know with Caroline
Why should you teach in Polk County Public Schools? Our Recruiter, Caroline, explains just a few reasons why Polk County is the perfect place to work and live!
Looking for perks? We've got you covered.
Teachers have access to the free automatic full-time educator professional liability coverage offered by the Florida Department of Education. Teachers can learn more about this opportunity here.
Medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance
No-cost employee health clinics
Paid sick time and holidays
Discounts to area businesses and attractions
Flexible spending account
New teacher support, including professional development and mentorship programs
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“Are you interested in a rewarding experience helping students become better readers? Americorps is hiring! Earn a living allowance to help with expenses and earn the Segal Education Award to help pay for college courses or pay off student loans! You can even gift the award to a child or grandchild if you are 55 or older. “
PCPS Alternative Certification Program for Non-Education Majors
Americorps Polk Reads
Earn a Living Allowance to help with expenses.
Earn the Segal Education Award to help pay for college courses or pay off student loans? ($2,960 – $4,144) or if you are 55 or older you can gift the award to a child or grandchild.
Applications are now being accepted for our AmeriCorps Polk Reads program. We are a grant-funded program under the Polk Education Foundation that has members (Volunteer Tutors) helping K-3 students become better readers. The program will look to hire 38 members to start their two weeks of training in August. Members are then placed at one of 10 elementary schools in teams of three or four. Members can serve either in a Full-Time or Half-Time capacity.
- Serve locally, and be connected to the National Service network
- Gain leadership, problem-solving, communication and other career skills
- CPR and First Aid Certification
- Receive the Segal Education Award
For more information about National Service and about being an AmeriCorps member, visit www.cncs.gov
Interested in becoming a part of our Corps for the 2019-2020 school year, contact Steve Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org
FAQ's and More...
What can I expect after submitting my application?
Will my Social Security number be collected?
Polk County Public Schools collects your Social Security number for legitimate business purposes during the recruitment, selection and hiring process. Once you are employed, your Social Security number will be used for completing state and federally mandated reports and actions that require such, including but not limited to the following:
- Cost reporting [237.34 F.S.]
- Employment application for determining certification eligibility [1012.56 F.S.]
- Completion of federal I-9 form for the filing and issuance of federal employment forms [8 USC 1324a(b)]
- Completion of federal W-4 form for filing and issuance of federal employment forms [8 USC 1324a(b)]
- Florida Retirement Contribution Report [119.071(5)(a)6.b.]
- Conducting criminal background screening [1012.56 F.S.]
The procedures for the security, privacy and retention of automated student and staff records shall be in accordance with the requirements of U.S.C 1232g(b)(3), 34 C.F.R. Part 99 and Section 1002.22.F.S.
What questions will be asked about my criminal history?
- Have you ever been found guilty, entered a plea of nolo contendere (no contest), or had adjudication withheld in a criminal offense other than a minor traffic violation? (DUI IS NOT A MINOR TRAFFIC VIOLATION.) Are there any criminal charges pending against you?
- The following are examples of criminal traffic offenses that must be reported: driving while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, drugs etc., fleeing to elude the police, driving with a suspended or revoked license, willful and wanton reckless driving (not careless driving), unauthorized possession of a forged/counterfeit or altered driver’s license, allowing an unauthorized operator to drive and certain “no valid driver’s license” charges. There are other criminal traffic charges that may require disclosure. Please refer to chapters 316 and 322 of the Florida State statutes or the statutes in the state in which you were cited to assess any additional criminal traffic convictions you may have to disclose.
- SEALED or EXPUNGED records must be reported pursuant to §.943.0585 and 943.059, F.S. In Florida, the entire arrest record is revealed to school districts, including sealed and/or expunged records and military court proceedings. Applicants must disclose this information even if told differently by a lawyer, judge, or other law enforcement individual. Information that must be disclosed includes any offense that occurred whether as a juvenile or adult; therefore all adult and juvenile offenses must be listed. Failure to disclose all convictions, regardless of adjudication, will result in the applicant being barred from consideration for employment with Polk County Public Schools for a period of one calendar year from the date of discovery.
- If all convictions are disclosed, but the accuracy of the information provided is in question, then it may cause denial of employment or termination if already employed. A YES or NO answer is required by Florida law. If you check the YES box, you must give the information requested for each charge.