Assignment Confusion for Recruited Teacher

John Bauer
John Bauer

HONOLULU (KHNL) - This school year, many teachers came to Hawaii from across the country to help fill hundreds of vacant positions.

But a Connecticut man says the state offered him a teaching job that was much different than he expected.

John Bauer says in March, he was given an offer of employment form, in which he clearly states that he only wants to work at the high school level.

"I signed the contract at the end of March and the woman that interviewed me said they'd contact me if they couldn't fulfill my preference," said Bauer.

He says no one ever called him. So in June, he moved to Oahu. Shortly after, the state told him he would be teaching at Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School. So he declined the job offer.

"I was very disappointed," said Bauer.

In Bauer's letter of employment the state says, "the specific school location and teaching subject area assignments will be determined prior to the effective date of employment." But it doesn't mention anything about teaching a specific grade level.

Education officials say personnel matters are confidential and won't comment on this story.

As for Bauer, he's still waiting to put that education degree to use.

"I'm ready to teach, I just need a job," said Bauer.

The 47-year-old has been living with friends and is working at a coffee shop. He's been applying for high-school teaching jobs at private schools across Oahu.