By KEITH RYAN CARTWRIGHT
Rutherford County Schools
When math instructor Cody Burton decided to attend last year’s Rutherford County Schools Teacher Recruitment Fair, he was exploring his options.
He was in his third year of teaching at a much smaller district.
The job fair was an opportunity to network with potential educators, learn more about Rutherford County Schools and for district administrators to learn more about him. Burton thought he would gather and share information, and then return home to continue researching a possible change.
Then he met Steve Luker.
Luker had been named principal of Rockvale High School and was tasked with hiring a full staff of administrators and faculty members.
“He really fit with what I wanted personally from my personal experience and professional experience,” Burton said. “Because it’s a brand-new school, it’s going to be crazy and it’s going to be exhausting, but I said, ‘I want to work for Mr. Luker.’”
Burton found a system and then an administrator, which ultimately led him to Rockvale.
Had it not been for attending the job fair, it is possible he would still be a “big fish in a small pond” who was both nervous and apprehensive about “coming to a big pond” like Rutherford County Schools, which is the fourth largest school district in Tennessee.
This year’s Teacher Recruitment Fair is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro. Principals and administrators will be on hand from all 49 schools.