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2015-2016 East Area
Teacher Job Fair

Date: August 14th, 2015

Time: 8:00-12:00 pm

Location: Ridge Community High School

Job Fair Flyer

Participating Sites:

Laurel Elementary
Palmetto Elementary
Eastside Elementary
Boone Middle
Daniel Jenkins Academy
Horizons Elementary
Loughman Oaks Elementary
Lake Alfred Addair Middle
Ridge Community High
Haines City Senior
Lake Marion Creek Middle

(Important: Participating sites WILL NOT be conducting interviews for the following subjects listed below. Please apply directly through your online application if you hold a certificate in one of these areas.)
  • Business Education
  • Social Science
  • PE

Complete these steps to register for this event:

  1. Access and complete the online employment application at www.polk-fl.net.
  2. Submit the following to Rugina.castillo@polk-fl.net no later than August 11, 2015:
  • Resume
  • Reference Identification number (i.e., REFID#)
  • Certification Status Verification such as;
    • Florida DOE #
    • copy of your Florida Professional or Temporary Certificate or
    • copy of your Florida Statement of Status of Eligibility
  • (Recent Graduates Only)- If you are a recent education graduate, you may submit a letter of conferral in lieu of the list of certification status documents from above. Sample Letter to Confer
Next Steps

If you are approved to attend the fair, you will be notified by the Office of Recruiting.

Please email rugina.castillo@polk-fl.net.


Our ultimate goal is to attract, recruit, hire, and retain quality staff for every Polk County School site.

Our Community

Polk, an All-American County, is located in the "Heart of Florida." We are 35 miles from Orlando, Florida, and 35 miles from Tampa, Florida. Our residents live in 17 small cities and towns.

What's Happening In and Around Polk County?

Visit www.VisitCentralFlorida.com for a list of things to do", events, or attractions in Central Florida.

Our District & Schools

There are great things happening in Polk County Schools. Select the Schools link below to learn more about our school locations, or the Read All About It! link to read how our students and staff are making the headlines.

Becoming a Teacher

Incentives, Specialized Programs, & Initiatives

New teachers hired for the 2015-2016 school year may be eligible to participate in the District's New Teacher Bonus & Incentive Program. New teachers must meet all of the eligibility requirements to be considered. This program is contigent upon available funding. (See eligibility requirements for more details.)

Staff Discount Offers

New Teacher Bonus and Incentive Program (Coming Soon!)

  • New Teacher Relocation Bonus 2015-2016 (Coming Soon!)
  • Focus & Priority Schools Bonus 2015-2016 (Coming Soon!)

New Teacher Just-in-Time Training & Support

Hiring Process

Veterans Preference

Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, sets forth certain requirements for public employers to accord preferences, in appointment, retention and promotion, to certain veterans and spouses of veterans who are Florida residents. All Veterans requesting Veteran’s preference must complete the form below titled, “Veteran’s Preference” and submit it, along with additional documentation such as DD Form 214, to the hiring administrator for each position for which s/he applies. Veterans Preference Form

We look forward to assisting you.

General Inquiries/Questions
Human Resource Services Division
call 863-534-0781
College Transcript Inquiries
Certification/NCLB Office
email transcripts@polk-fl.net or
call 863-534-0725
Substitute Inquiries
Certification/NCLB Office
email liz.hargis@polk-fl.net or
call 863-534-0725
New Teacher Bonus Program
Recruiting Office
email annissa.wilfalk@polk-fl.net
Teacher Certificate Renewals/Add-ons/Expiring Certification/NCLB Office email karen.pfister@polk-fl.net or migdalia.alvarez@polk-fl.net
Veterans Preference Inquiries
Personnel Department
email paula.dull@polk-fl.net or call 863-534-0731
Florida Retirement Inquiries
Risk Management Department

Florida Retirement or email kayla.rodriguez@polk-fl.net

Salary Inquiries Personnel Department

email a Senior Technician