Hire Our Own

  • Read coverage about Olathe Future Educators in the Kansas City Star.

     

    Hire Our Own Logo Olathe Public Schools see the value in preparing students for their future and will begin securing highly qualified teacher candidates from our very own Future Educators Academy beginning Spring of 2021. Students involved in the Future Educators academy spend four years of high school learning from the best educators in our school district. This preparatory program prepares students to enter the field of education directly upon graduation as a paraprofessional or as a certified educator upon completing a college teacher preparation program.  It is the academy’s job to train our students to become passionate educators and groom them to become candidates for this new initiative while they are in high school. Future Educators students in the class of 2021 and beyond are invited to apply to Olathe Public Schools via the newly created Hire Our Own position(s)

    Students who apply by March 16th, 2021, will be contacted by Human Resources to schedule a(n) screening interview to assess their knowledge base, skill set, and educational pedagogy. Human Resources will then make hiring recommendations based on the candidates’ job applications, references, and interview skills. The Future Educators Academy students who are recommended will be presented with a letter of intent to sign guaranteeing them a position in the district upon degree completion and after meeting specific contract stipulations. 

    This new Hire You Own initiative will help prevent teacher shortages in our workforce by focusing on workforce development at an early age, creating a culture of collaboration, promoting the positives of educational careers, and diversifying our workforce. This initiative is another way we are thinking of the future and sending the message to our Future Educators that they matter, their work is noticed and we believe in them. We are not only helping to secure the future of FEA students, but we are also helping the future of our elementary, middle, and high school students by giving them passionate educators as their teachers/in their classrooms.

Application Process

  • All Future Educators Academy students graduating in the class of 2021 who are pursuing a degree in the field of education are eligible to apply. 

    Future Educators Academy students will be informed of the process on March 1, and be invited to apply for the Hire Our Own vacancy. Future Educators Academy students who are interested in the Hire Our Own Program will apply for the posted Hire Our Own vacancy by March 16. Human Resources will then screen applicants and select candidates to interview with building principals. Upon completion of interviews, building principals will recommend candidates to Human Resources for participation in the Hire Our Own Program. Offers will be made to selected candidates on April 22.

Application Dates and Deadlines

  • Timeline and Dates:

    • Monday, March 1st: Application Window goes live via Olathe Unified School District 233 - Frontline Recruitment
      • Position: Olathe Hire Our Own Program
    • Wednesday, March 3rd: Mrs. Staples Help Session on applying during Advisory in room 117 or via Zoom
    • Thursday, March 11th: HR Talent Team Interview Tips Help Session during Advisory in room 117 or via Zoom
    • Tuesday, March 16th: Application Window Closes
    • Monday, March 22-Friday April 16th: Interviews
    • Thursday, April 22: HR will communicate Hiring Decision and will contact students
    • Thursday, April 29th: Students must notify Olathe Public Schools of the decision to sign a Letter of Intent
    • Thursday, May 6th: Official Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony *This will occur during the Senior Showcase

Preparing for an Interview

  • Join the Olathe Public Schools HR Talent Team on Thursday, March 11th during Seminar for tips and tricks on Interviewing.

    FEA Seniors began preparing for this opportunity as Sophomores in the Academy. Sophomore year students are drafting their resumes and host an "HR and Building Principal" Interview Panel getting times from principals about the Dos and Don'ts of interviewing. Junior year professionalism and a letter of introduction are written in class and used for students to introduce themselves to their Senior Capstone Host teacher. In addition, FEA students attend Skills for your Success and gain more professional tips and participate in a mock interview. Senior year students complete mock interviews with FEA staff for feedback. Seniors then interview with an Olathe East Building Principal to gain more experience before heading into their Hire Our Own interview. 

    In addition to our in-class learning, students were able to attend a workshop by the Olathe Public Schools HR Talent Team on Thursday, March 11th during Seminar for tips and tricks on interviewing. 

The 2021 Interview Panel