Teacher Job Fairs

(May 14th & May 21st)- Late Registration Open for Critical Subject Areas Only

The Office of Recruiting is now accepting late registration requests if you hold or have been deemed eligible to hold a certificate in any of the following critical subject areas:

  • math 5-9 or math 6-12
  • English 5-9 or English 6-12
  • ESE K-12 (must also have a K-6 certificate if teaching at the elementary level)
  • science (General Science 5-9, Physics 6-12, Chemistry 6-12) and
  • Reading K-12

(Late Registration requests will be accepted up until May 11th.)

Please follow these steps if you would like to be added to the Late Registration/Critical Need Areas Interview Schedule:

1. Go to Polk County Public Schools - Job Applicant Registration System to complete and submit an online employment application.

2. Email the following information to: annissa.wilfalk@polk-fl.net:

a. your online application number (i.e., REFID#) and

b. verification of your certification status (i.e., a copy of your Florida Statement of Status of Eligbility, or a copy of your Florida or Out-of-State certificate in one of the critical subjects listed above) and

c. the fair that you wish to attend (i.e., May 14th or May 21st).

The job fairs are scheduled from 8:00-2:00 pm. You will receive confirmation of your approval to attend from the Office of Recruiting. A interview schedule will be included.



What to bring:

  • valid picture ID
  • copy of SS card
  • 5-10 resumes
  • credential verification/status:
    • copy of teaching certificate (Florida or Out-of-State) or
    • Florida Statement of Status of Eligibility or
    • letter to confer degree

Locations & Tentative Participating Sites


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.

This Week on ┬┐Que Pasa Polk?

Ana sits down with Polk County School Board's Migdalia Alvarez and Rugina Castillo about employment opportunities in Polk County Schools, how to transfer teaching licenses from other states, and an upcoming Teacher's Fair. They also talk about the importance of bi-lingual educators and bi-lingual curriculum in the schools. Watch Now (in Spanish)

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.)

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

Helpful Resources

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 rugina.castillo@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