Joshua Gallup came to the Carson City School District career fair Thursday hoping to find a little more stability as a groundskeeper or custodian after working in construction.
“In the construction world, a lot of times in my business, there’s not a surety,” said the lifelong Carson City resident. “We’re not sure if we’re going to be able to go to work. The school district would definitely have a lot more stability, I think.”
Gallup, whose family comes from Carson Valley, said he is familiar with Bordewich Bray Elementary School and Carson High School and would be interested in working at either site, if possible.
“I’ve been trying to get into groundskeeping and custodial work, so it’s more my speed and I feel I’d be a really good asset,” he said.
Hiring occurs year-round, said Dan Sadler, associate superintendent of human resources. Approximate vacancies sit at 18 teaching positions, 10 bus drivers and 22 classified. Sadler said Thursday’s event was focusing on filling classified spots, but the district always welcomes applications for all openings.
Pamela Alvarado has lived in Carson City for less than a year, moving from Jackson, Calif., to be closer to a son, and she decided to apply for a position with the school district after having been out of teaching for about 10 years, she said.
“Reno was a little bit far, so I decided on Carson City,” she said. “It’s smaller, it’s friendly … and now I can get back into the classroom.”
Alvarado said she previously taught at the elementary and alternative education high school levels, enjoying the first and second grades with some fifth and sixth grade experience.
“I’m just getting my foot back into the classroom to help students, like I’ve helped my grandkids, to get past the reading, the math and all the language skills that have been lost,” she said. “I really think that’s where my expertise is at. The fifth grade is good, too. But I like the littler ones. They seem to be more of a sponge. They seem to absorb things.”
She said she enjoyed CCSD’s application process through the career fair, which was her first experience as she attempted to return to work.
“I’m excited, I’m enthusiastic and I’m looking forward to getting back into the classroom,” she said.
For information, call 775-283-2130 or visit www.carsoncityschools.com.