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. 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 2016-2017 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.)

2016-2017 New Teacher Bonus and Incentive Program- Coming Soon!

Staff Discount Offers


Special Programs Just for Teachers

Business Partnerships Programs

  • Fifth-Third Bank
  • WellsFargo Bank Special Programs
  • Southeastern University Post-Secondary Programs
  • Grand Canyon University Post-Secondary Programs



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
Credential review (e.g., advance degree supplments, paraeducator highly qualified verification)
Certification/NCLB Office
email credentialreview@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 & Incentive Program
Recruiting Office
email qualitycounts@polk-fl.net
Florida Certification Certification/NCLB Office email certification@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