The school's ITV Spanish program wasn't reaching out to its students, said Tom Flax, Fairfield High School principal, and the school wanted to give them the opportunity to take a foreign language.
The state's Department of Education program helps school districts find qualified foreign language teachers when they need one.
Fairfield district officials relied on the Kansas State Department of Education
for most of the interview process.
"Usually, we see the person face to face with an interview," Flax
said about the normal hiring procedure."Ours was conducted over the telephone in 15 minutes.I was hesitant myself, but I'm super pleased with who we got."Flax said school board members approved Suarez's hiring in the spring after Superintendent Fred Marten put in a request to the state.
Suarez is just like any other nontenured teacher in the district, working from a full-time contract, Flax