Human Resources

Dr. Nichole Ijames, Director of Human Resources
Christie Alley, Human Resources Licensure Specialist 

                                                          Employment Opportunities
Links for Applicants and Potential Employees

Forms for New Hires
           Background Authorization Form (select print icon to
                                                          download and complete electronic fillable form)

Alternative Licensure

Substitute Teachers                Absence Management (Aesop)  

For Future Teachers

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Our friends at the nonprofit have lots of free tools and resources to help you get started: 

  • 1-on-1 advising calls to answer all your questions and choose an educator preparation program (EPP) that’s right for you 
  • how-to guides to demystify eligibility, testing, and financial aid 
  • an EPP Explorer so you can compare programs and interactive application checklists to keep you on track to apply 
  • fee reimbursements to help cover application and enrollment expenses 
  • a $1000 scholarship to help make your dream of becoming a teacher more economical 

Hickory City Schools and TeachNC are committed to helping you achieve your dream of becoming a teacher! Sign up for a free TeachNC account today to get started! 

Requirements for Teacher Assistants

(1)  All Title I paraprofessionals/ teacher assistants must have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent.

 (2)  Additionally, paraprofessionals/ teacher assistants hired after January 8, 2002, and working in a program supported with Title I, Part A funds must have:

  • Completed two years of study at an institution of higher education; (equivalent of 48 semester hours) or
  • Obtained an associate’s (or higher) degree; or
  • Completed 96 documented contact hours AND passing scores in reading, writing and applied mathematics on the ACT WorkKeys Occupational Profile Assessment for Teacher Assistants.  (Passing scores are level 4 on Reading for Information/Workplace Documents, level 4 on Applied Mathematics, and level 3 Business Writing.) WorkKeys assessments can be taken at local community colleges.

Note:  According to local guidelines, all Teacher Assistants in all schools must meet highly qualified standards as listed above unless extenuating exceptions are allowed at non-Title I schools.

Links for Current Employees

Licensure                                   Employee Benefits/Incentive Information                            
National Board Certification 
    Employee Assistance Program 

                                                                     COVID-related Anxiety Management Guide



The Human Resources Department is dedicated to recruiting and retaining highly effective staff who are passionate about the success of all students.  In addition, we are dedicated to supporting the mission and goals of Hickory Public Schools and providing service and support to all stakeholders.

Our district employs approximately 650 people, including teachers, support staff, administrators and classified staff who provide services to more than 4,000 students.

Our goal is to provide excellent, accurate, timely and courteous service to all of our employees, and we strive to foster a positive, caring work environment where the diversity of everyone is respected.

The Board of Education of the Hickory City Schools unit is an equal opportunity employer, and it is the policy of the board to provide equal employment opportunities for all employees and prospective employees without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, military affiliation, genetic information, sex, age, or disability.


 Tracy Sigmon, Personnel Director
Christie Alley, Personnel Assistant 
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