August 2017, Vol. 1

New website helps HR find certified candidates

by Zach DiSchiano

Based out of Austin, TX, and founded by a group of former University of Texas students and athletes, CoachesConnect is a brand new web community for teachers, coaches, and administrators to network and find employment.

The idea behind CoachesConnect is to provide a platform similar to LinkedIn but cater specifically to certification-based positions in K-12 schools. Teachers and coaches begin by setting up a profile, much like they would for any other social media website, and listing all of their qualifications, work experience, and certifications. This allows administrators to easily browse and identify ideal candidates for their vacant positions.

Job seekers have the ability to establish their own preferences, such as what job they’re looking for and whether or not they’re willing to relocate. A user’s profile informs administrators of his or her contract status, education, work history, certifications, and sports expertise.

The site also has a space for groups, where users of similar interests can join and network. Candidates also can follow a school to be regularly notified of new postings or other news.

School profiles reveal the number of students on campus, the city the school is located in, recent activities, and number of followers.

CoachesConnect was founded by Brett Valdez, Justin Blalock, David Mortellaro, and Tim Keyes in an effort to, according to the website, give back to all the teachers and coaches who help kids every day.

According to Valdez, the site was designed specifically to serve two main purposes:
  1. To give administrators the ability to search, find, recruit, and ultimately hire the best personnel available for their campuses.
  2. To give coaches (of any kind) and teachers (of any subject or skill) a dedicated platform to list their teaching certifications and coaching experiences, and then be able to collaborate, innovate, share ideas, and network their careers as they desire.

As of now, there are more than 285 total users, 40 school administrators, and 250 high schools and middle schools in the Austin and Dallas areas. The website is completely free to use, so districts looking to become early adopters of a new recruiting technology can do so by signing up.

For more information, check out the Coaches Connect Website.