SAN ANTONIO -

Virginia Gonzales is looking for a change. She is just one of thousands of teachers with a resume in hand at Tuesday's educator job fair hosted by Northside Independent School District. 

With 16 years of middle school teaching experience, Gonzales believes that will help her stand out.

"I feel like I've got a very good chance to get into one of the school districts here," said Gonzales.

More than 20 school districts from across Bexar County and beyond were part of an educator job fair.  All are looking for teachers, administrators, counselors, and speech pathologists.

Ben Muir with Northside ISD said there are two areas that applicants can focus on to get a leg up on their competition.

"I think most school districts at the elementary school level that you'll find are looking bilingual candidates as well as special education candidates," said Muir.

Velora Morris, a substitute teacher said, "You just never know till you try."

Morris is hoping her year of being a substitute teacher with Northside ISD will be good enough to be considered for a full-time teacher position at the district.

"I've seen so much wonderful things, cutting-edge technology (and) the kids are wonderful. I want to be part of a team like that, " said Morris.

Northside ISD will host another Educator Job Fair sponsored by the San Antonio Area Personnel Administrators Association on July 17 between 9 a.m. and noon at the Paul Taylor Field House located on Loop 410 near Culebra Road.

The spike in teacher hiring is a result of the state adding $3.4 billion in “restoration funds” to education funding for the next biennium (next two years).