HPS Ed Foundation supports teacher recruitment

HPS Ed Foundation supports teacher recruitment
Posted on 01/26/2018
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  HPS Education Foundation supports teacher recruitment


The teacher recruitment bonus program is just one way the HPS Education Foundation supports Hickory Public Schools, according to the Foundation’s President, William Pleasant.


“Through working with the school system to help attract talented teachers, and then supporting the teachers in their creative approaches to education, we believe we can make a difference for HPS,” said Pleasant. "We are so excited to have recently awarded our very first teacher recruitment bonus, and we look forward to continuing this program to help HPS recruit more high quality teachers to our system. Hopefully, there will be many more presentations like this to come."  


The recruitment bonus, valued at $2,500, was awarded to Hickory High School art teacher, Joseph Hans. “I believe this recruitment bonus can help to draw teachers to HPS, teachers who otherwise would not consider a move,” said Hans. “While it doesn’t cover all moving expenses, it certainly makes a long-distance move a more reasonable prospect. I am very appreciative to the HPS Education Foundation.”


Hans and his wife recently made the move to Hickory from Kentucky. He previously taught at Hawai’i Pacific University and in Ishikawa, Japan. Hans earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design/Painting from Western Kentucky University and his Masters in Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. “I am enjoying getting to know my students and coworkers this year,” said Hans, “and I am also enjoying the exploration of Hickory.”


In addition to helping with the recruitment of teachers, the HPS Education Foundation, led by Executive Director, Sandi Fotheringham, has provided nearly $100,000 in grant awards to the teachers of Hickory Public Schools.  


“Our innovation grant program provides opportunities for great teachers to shine through their creative ideas,” added Pleasant.   "Those of us involved with the Hickory Public Schools Education Foundation recognize that it is our excellent teachers who make the difference as our schools strive to provide extraordinary education for every student in the system.  The Foundation wants to support HPS Superintendent, Dr. Robbie Adell and his team in any way we can as they continue to strengthen the great group of teachers we have here at HPS."  

William Pleasant, president, HPS Foundation,  Joseph Hans,  art teacher at Hickory High and first recipient of the Foundation’s recruiting bonus, and Sandi Fotheringham, executive director, HPS Education Foundation.

(photo/post by Beverly Snowden, HPS director of communications)






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