First Education Forum answers big questions about being a teacher

Everyone knows there's a teacher shortage in Texas, right?


So why are some educators in such hot competition for jobs in this area? And why are other education graduates being offered signing bonuses, loan forgiveness and all the perks by school districts desperate to court their favor?


The answers to these questions and more can be found at Education Forum 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the University of Houston-Victoria. The event is being organized by UHV Career Services and the School of Education & Human Development.


Eunice Mesa
"The teacher shortage in this area is largely in specific subject areas," UHV Career Services coordinator Eunice Mesa said. "Choosing the right teaching specialty can open all kinds of doors and choices for graduates."


The forum is designed to share a vast array of information about the teaching profession with potential educators, along with high school and community college guidance counselors, she said. Counselors can receive continuing education credit for attending the event.


Those wanting more information about the teacher job market can have their questions answered at an employer question-and-answer session with school district human resources managers. Topics will include salary stipends, signing bonuses, student loan forgiveness and reduction programs, and more information about what subject areas have the highest demands for jobs.


"It's a wonderful opportunity to ask questions of the people who hire teachers," Mesa said.


In addition, the event will include information about the new Texas Education Agency certification areas.


Attendees will have the opportunity to find out how they can study to become a teacher at UHV, whether they want to earn a bachelor's degree or just become certified to teach with their existing bachelor's degree.


John Stansell
"Teaching is not only a noble calling, it also is a deeply satisfying and fulfilling career," said John Stansell, dean of the School of Education & Human Development. "This forum will be a wonderful opportunity for people to find out what it takes to be counted in the honorable educator ranks."


Admission into all sessions is only $40, which will be waived for students and prospective students. The deadline to register is Sept. 16. Register online at For more information or to arrange for continuing education credit, contact Mesa at 361-570-4369 or

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Thomas Doyle 361-570-4342