So, I am a transition teacher, but I wear another hat as special education department head for my high school campus. I am accountable for 11 other teachers and 11 paraprofessionals. So far this year, staffing has been the greatest hurdle on our campus. I have a principal who is gracious enough to allow and even encourage me to be a part of the interviewing and hiring processes. I have learned SO MUCH about applications, resumes, references, interviews and other pieces of the hiring process!
Over the summer we miraculously had no teachers resign, so no hiring to be done there. However, we had 3 paraprofessional positions open for various reasons (hired as a teacher, relocated, etc). One position was filled easily. Second position was filled just a week before school started. The other was interviewed for, offered, and accepted but then the candidate took a teaching position the day before school started. Good for her, sad for us.