by Winston Jones/Douglas County Sentinel
Ashley Hall is one of the fortunate ones of the Class of 2011. She is starting her first teaching job this year with the Douglas County School System after getting her degree in May.
“Most of my friends are still looking for a job,” Hall said Wednesday during a break in the new teacher orientation session. “Only three have found positions.”
Hall is beginning her teaching career as a pre-school special education teacher for 3- and 4-year-olds at Mirror Lake Elementary School. Her position is funded by LEAP (Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership), a federal and state partnership to assist students who have substantial financial needs.
Hall is a Douglas County native, but her family moved to Villa Rica when she was in the third grade. She graduated from Villa Rica High School in 2004. She received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from University of West Georgia.
She said she began her job search while still in school, but intensified it this summer.
“I looked a lot,” she said. “I applied for any and every job in Carroll, Paulding and Douglas counties.
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