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

Special Programs & Perks

Staff Discount Offers

Special Programs Just for Teachers

Business Partnerships 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

Office of Certification/Substitute Teachers

Becoming a Paraeducator

We look forward to assisting you.

General Inquiries/Questions Human Resource Services Division call 863-534-0781
Credential review (e.g., advance degree supplements, paraeducator/instructional 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
Steps to Become a Teacher Recruiting Office

email Senior Coordinator of Recruiting or


Florida Certification Certification/NCLB Office

email cert1@polk-fl.net

email cert2@polk-fl.net

Veterans Preference Inquiries Personnel Department email paula.dull@polk-fl.net or call863-534-0731
Florida Retirement Inquiries Risk Management Department Florida Retirement or email kayla.rodriguez@polk-fl.net
Salary Inquiries Personnel Department

email a Senior Technician