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St. Croix:  772-3848 ext. 26 (Mr. Santiago)

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5-9-14

Human Resources St. Croix Office Closed May 12, 13, and 16th, St. Thomas St. John Office Closed during the hours of 12-5pm on May 13th and 9am-1pm on May 16th

Human Resources Assistant Director, Nicole Jacobs, advises the public that the St. Croix Human Resources Office will be closed next Monday, Tuesday, and Friday (May 12, 13, and 16) so that the staff can attend important professional development activities. In addition, the St. Thomas/St. John Office will be partially closed on Tuesday and Friday. The following are the office hours for the St. Thomas Office: Tuesday, May 13, 2014- Closed from 12:00p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2014 – Closed 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Both offices will be open to the public on Wednesday May 14th and Thursday May 15th and will be accessible via email at askhr@doe.vi.

Although both Human Resources Offices will be open on a limited basis, UVI Summer Session I registration will take place for paraprofessionals and non-certified teachers via the following schedule: Monday 8-5, Tuesday 9-12, Wednesday 8-5 and Thursday 8-5 on St. Thomas. On St. Croix, UVI registration will take place Monday through Thursday from 1-5pm and Friday from 9-12. Only persons registering for courses will be allowed to enter the St. Croix HR office on May 12, 13, and 16.

For more information, interested persons may call 718-3848 or 774-0100.

 

4-8-14

Territory’s Teachers Eligible for Federal Student Loan Deferment

Local public and private school teachers are eligible for federal student loan deferment and cancellations retroactive to the 2004-2005 school year, as the V.I. Department of Education has once again received approval for its designated teacher shortage area proposal, according to Human Resources Director Zenzile Hodge.

Teaching professionals with outstanding FFEL (Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program Program loans as of July 1, 1993 will qualify for deferment of loan repayment under the Federal Stafford Program anytime within the life of the their loan(s). The proposal enables Federal Perkins Loan borrowers who are full time teachers of mathematics, science, foreign languages, bilingual education -- or any other field of expertise where the Department determines there is a shortage of qualified teachers -- to qualify for cancellation of up to 100% of their loan. The proposal further enables scholars to qualify for the reduction of their teaching obligation under the Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program.

Teachers do not have to be certified or licensed to receive cancellation benefits. However, they must be considered by the Department to be a full-time professional for the purposes of salary, tenure, and retirement benefits.

Teacher cancellations may be received for services performed in a private academy if the private academy has established its nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and if the academy is providing elementary and/or secondary education according to state law. To obtain a teaching deferment, candidates must submit a deferment form to their lender for each school year of teaching service. Teachers should contact the Department’s Office of Human Resources to get the form certified. Teachers must reapply each school year for a targeted teaching deferment.

Teachers qualify for cancellation (discharge) of up to 100 percent of a Federal Perkins Loan if they have served full time in a public or nonprofit elementary or secondary school system as a teacher in the subject areas determined by the Department to have a shortage of qualified teachers.

For more information about teaching deferments for the FFEL Program, consult your promissory note, and contact the lender or guarantor holding your loan, or the Department’s Office of Human Resources. Direct Loan borrowers should contact the Direct Loan Servicing Center at 1-800-848-0979. Federal Stafford/SLS borrowers with questions concerning their loans, including the teacher shortage area deferment, can also call the Federal Student Aid Hotline at 1-800-4FED-AID.

Areas approved and designated by the Federal Government as Teacher Shortage Areas for the US Virgin Islands are as follows: Art, Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL), Elementary Education, English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics (7-12), Music, Physical Education, Reading, School Nurse, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, and Therapists (OT, PT, ST).

 

11-25-13

SPRING 2014 UVI COURSE REGISTRATION

Education Director of Human Resources, Zenzile Hodge in collaboration with T&FASEG Program Director, Maria Melendez-Tirado advise the territorial public school teachers and paraprofessionals that the Department will pay 100% of tuition costs and associated fees for one, three (3) credit course at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) for the upcoming Spring 2014 semester.  All of the courses offered to paraprofessionals will be at the undergraduate level, while courses offered to teachers can be either at the graduate or undergraduate level. 

The sign-up period will be from Monday, December 2nd through Friday, December 13th, 2014 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Human Resources offices.  Teachers must enroll in courses leading to certification or recertification, while Paraprofessionals must enroll in education courses or other courses leading to an education degree.

Due to the limited number of available courses, interested individuals are asked to act quickly as the selections will be made on a first come, first serve basis. NO PHONE SIGN-UPS WILL BE ALLOWED.  Individuals are further reminded that course textbooks are their sole responsibility and reimbursement to the Department will be required in the event they fail a course.

For more information, interested persons may visit the Department’s Division of Human Resources Offices or call 772-3848, extensions 28; or 774-0100, extension 8052.

9-9-13

Teachers Encouraged to Participate in Fall DirectSTEP Registration!

 The Department of Education will pay 100% of costs and associated fees for one DirectSTEP professional development course for territorial public school teachers, Education’s Human Resources Director Zenzile Hodge announced Thursday.

 The Virgin Islands Department of Education has partnered with the Virgin Islands Board of Education, Career and Technical Education Board and DirectSTEP to offer online professional development courses as an alternative to college courses for specific subject areas. The areas are: Curriculum & Methods, Special Education, and Education Technology, and the courses can be applied toward certification or re-certification for teachers that are already certified. The DirectSTEP program consists of a self-paced, online course that can be accessed from any internet-connected computer.

 The sign-up period will be from Monday, September 9th through Friday, September 20th, 2013 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Department’s Human Resources offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix.  Teachers who complete a DirectSTEP module are eligible to return and sign up for another one if there is space available.

 

5-16-13

FALL 2013 UVI COURSE REGISTRATION

Education Assistant Director of Human Resources, Nicole Jacobs, advises the territorial public school teachers and paraprofessionals that the Department will pay 100% of tuition costs and associated fees for one, three (3) credit course at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) for the upcoming Fall 2013 semester.  All of the courses offered to paraprofessionals will be at the undergraduate level, while courses offered to teachers can be either at the graduate or undergraduate level. 

The sign-up period will be from Tuesday, May 28th through Friday June 7, 2013 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Human Resources offices.  Teachers must enroll in courses leading to certification or recertification, while Paraprofessionals must enroll in education courses or other courses leading to an education degree.

Jacobs said, “Due to the limited number of available courses, interested individuals are asked to act quickly as the selections will be made on a first come, first serve basis. NO PHONE SIGN-UPS WILL BE ALLOWED.  Individuals are further reminded that course textbooks are their sole responsibility and reimbursement to the Department will be required in the event they fail a course.”

For more information, interested persons may visit the Department’s Division of Human Resources Offices or call 772-3848, extensions 25, 26, or 32; or 774-0100, extension 8052.

 

11-19-12

SPRING 2013 UVI COURSE REGISTRATION

Education Assistant Director of Human Resources, Nicole Jacobs, advises the territorial public school teachers and paraprofessionals that the Department will pay 100% of tuition costs and associated fees for one, three (3) credit course at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) for the upcoming Spring 2013 semester.  All of the courses offered to paraprofessionals will be at the undergraduate level, while courses offered to teachers can be either at the graduate or undergraduate level. 

The sign-up period will be from Monday, November 26th through Friday December 7, 2012 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Human Resources offices.  Teachers must enroll in courses leading to certification or recertification, while Paraprofessionals must enroll in education courses or other courses leading to an education degree.

Jacobs said, “Due to the limited number of available courses, interested individuals are asked to act quickly as the selections will be made on a first come, first serve basis. NO PHONE SIGN-UPS WILL BE ALLOWED.  Individuals are further reminded that course textbooks are their sole responsibility and reimbursement to the Department will be required in the event they fail a course.”

For more information, interested persons may visit the Department’s Division of Human Resources Offices or call 772-3848, extensions 25, 26, 27, 32; or 774-0100, extensions 8052 or 8055.

 

11-2-12

Fall 2012 DirectStep REGISTRATION

Education Assistant Director of Human Resources, Nicole Jacobs, advises the territorial public school teachers that the Department will pay 100% of costs and associated fees for one DirectStep professional development course.  The DirectStep program consists of a self-paced, online course that can be accessed from any internet-connected computer. The Virgin Islands Department of Education has partnered with the Virgin Islands Board of Education, Career and Technical Education Board and DirectSTEP to offer online professional development courses as an alternative to college courses for specific subject areas. The areas are Curriculum & Methods, Special Education, and Education Technology, and the courses can be applied towards certification or re-certification for teachers that are already certified.

The sign-up period will be from Monday, November 5th through Friday November 23rd, 2012 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Human Resources offices.  Teachers who complete a DirectStep module are eligible to return and sign up for another one if there is space available.

Due to the limited number of available courses and the overwhelmingly positive response the Department has received from teachers who have already completed DirectStep courses, interested individuals are asked to act quickly as the selections will be made on a first come, first serve basis. NO PHONE SIGN-UPS WILL BE ALLOWED.  

For more information, interested persons may visit the Department’s Division of Human Resources Offices or call 772-3848, extensions 25, 26, 27, 32; or 774-0100, extension 8052.

 

 

10-23-12

Division of Personnel announces elections for employee representatives to serve on GESC Health Insurance Board. More info HERE.

5-30-12

Fall 2012 UVI COURSE REGISTRATION

Education Director of Human Resources, Dayna Clendinen, advises the territorial public school teachers and paraprofessionals that the Department will pay 100% of tuition costs and associated fees for one, three (3) credit course at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) for the upcoming Fall 2012 semester.  All of the courses offered to paraprofessionals will be at the undergraduate level, while courses offered to teachers can be either at the graduate or undergraduate level. 

The sign-up period will be from Monday, June 4th through Friday June 15, 2012 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Human Resources offices.  Teachers must enroll in courses leading to certification or recertification, while Paraprofessionals must enroll in education courses or other courses leading to an education degree.

Clendinen said, “Due to the limited number of available courses, interested individuals are asked to act quickly as the selections will be made on a first come, first serve basis. NO PHONE SIGN-UPS WILL BE ALLOWED.  Individuals are further reminded that course textbooks are their sole responsibility and reimbursement to the Department will be required in the event they fail a course.”

For more information, interested persons may visit the Department’s Division of Human Resources Offices or call 772-3848, extensions 25, 26, 27, 32; or 774-0100, extensions 8052 or 8055.

 

2-28-12

Spring DirectStep REGISTRATION

Education Director of Human Resources, Dayna Clendinen, advises the territorial public school teachers that the Department will pay 100% of costs and associated fees for one DirectStep professional development course.  The Virgin Islands Department of Education has partnered with the Virgin Islands Board of Education, Career and Technical Education Board and DirectSTEP to offer online professional development courses as an alternative to college courses for specific subject areas. The areas are Curriculum & Methods, Special Education, and Education Technology, and the courses can be applied towards certification or re-certification for teachers that are already certified. The DirectStep program consists of a self-paced, online course that can be accessed from any internet-connected computer.

The sign-up period will be from Monday, February 27th through Friday March 9th, 2012 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Human Resources offices.  Teachers who complete a DirectStep module are eligible to return and sign up for another one if there is space available.

Due to the limited number of available courses and the overwhelmingly positive response the Department has received from teachers who have already completed DirectStep courses, interested individuals are asked to act quickly as the selections will be made on a first come, first serve basis. NO PHONE SIGN-UPS WILL BE ALLOWED.  

For more information, interested persons may visit the Department’s Division of Human Resources Offices or call 772-3848, extensions 25, 26, 27, 32; or 774-0100, extensions 8052 or 8055.

 

11-9-11

Spring 2012 uvi course registration announced for teachers and paraprofessionals

Territorial public school teachers and paraprofessionals are advised that the Department of Education will pay 100 percent of the tuition costs and associated fees for one, three-credit course at the University of the Virgin Islands during the upcoming Spring 2012 semester, Human Resources Director Dayna M. Clendinen announced Tuesday.

All courses offered to paraprofessionals will be at the undergraduate level, while courses offered to teachers can either be at the graduate or undergraduate level, Clendinen explained.

The sign-up period will be from Monday, November 14th through Monday November 21st, 2011 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Teachers must enroll in courses leading to certification or recertification, while paraprofessionals must enroll in education courses or other courses leading to an education degree.

“Due to the limited number of available courses, interested individuals are asked to act quickly as the selections will be made on a first come, first serve basis. No phone sign-ups will be allowed. Individuals are further reminded that course textbooks are their sole responsibility and reimbursement to the Department will be required in the event they fail a course.”

For more information, please visit the Department’s Division of Human Resources Offices or call (340) 772-3848, extensions 25, 26, 27, 32 on St. Croix, or (340) 774-0100, extensions 8052 or 8055.

 

 

5-26-11

EDUCATION TO FUND COST OF FALL COURSES FOR TEACHERS AND PARAPROFESSIONALS

 All territorial public school teachers and paraprofessionals employed by the Virgin Islands Department of Education are advised that the Department will pay 100% of tuition costs and associated fees for one, three (3) credit course at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) for the upcoming Fall 2011 semester, according to Human Resources Director, Dayna Clendinen.

 Ms. Clendinen said that all courses offered to teachers can be either at the undergraduate or graduate level and lead to certification or recertification while paraprofessionals must enroll in education courses or other courses leading to an education degree. Interested persons can sign-up from Monday, June 6th through Thursday June 16th, 2011 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m

Due to the limited number of available courses, interested individuals are asked to act quickly as the selections will be made on a first come, first serve basis. NO PHONE SIGN-UPS WILL BE ALLOWED.  Individuals are further reminded that course textbooks are their sole responsibility and reimbursement to the Department will be required in the event they fail a course.

For more information, interested persons may visit the Department’s Division of Human Resources Offices or call 772-3848, extensions 25, 26, 27, 32; or 774-0100, extensions 8052 or 8055.

2-3-11

The University of the Virgin Islands has received funding to provide course offerings and other professional education opportunities for teachers within the V.I. public school system who do not meet certification requirements. The USVI Department of Education is assisting the University in its efforts to identify the critical need areas for certification and professional development. This survey will help to ensure that the University’s course offerings are better suited to the educational needs of public school teachers.

Teachers are asked to complete the attached survey and return it to the Human Resources Office by Friday, February 18th. All teachers, whether they are certified or not, are asked to complete the survey and submit it. Teachers can return the survey through interdepartmental mail (address it to Human Resources Office), through fax (340-773-5844), or by dropping it off at our Human Resources offices: 1834 Kongens Gade in St. Thomas, or Plot 10 Vitraco Mall in St. Croix.

If you have any questions about the contents of the survey, or if you have questions about submitting the survey, feel free to contact our office at 772-3848 ext. 26 (Saul Santiago).

You can view the Cover Letter HERE and download the survey HERE.

 

2-3-11

New and current public and private school teachers are eligible for federal student loan deferment and cancellations retroactive to the 2004-2005 school year, as the VI Department of Education has once again received approval for its designated teacher shortage area proposal, according to Human Resources Director Dayna M. Clendinen.

 

Teaching professionals who had no outstanding Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loan on July 1, 1987, but who had an outstanding FFEL Program loan on July 1, 1993 will qualify for deferment of loan repayment under the Federal Stafford Program anytime within the life of the their loan(s). The proposal enables Federal Perkins Loan borrowers who are full time teachers of mathematics, science, foreign languages, bilingual education or any other field of expertise where the Department determines there is a shortage of qualified teachers to qualify for cancellation of up to 100% of their loan; and further enables scholars to qualify for the reduction of teaching obligation under the Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program.

 

While the Department has been aggressively working toward the certification of all of its teachers, a requirement of the No Child Left behind Act (NCLB), it is not necessary for the individual be certified or licensed to receive cancellation benefits. However, the Department must consider you to be a full-time professional for the purposes of salary, tenure, and retirement benefits.

 

Teacher cancellations may be received for services performed in a private academy if the private academy has established its nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and if the academy is providing elementary and/or secondary education according to state law. To obtain a teaching deferment, candidates must submit a deferment form to their lender for each school year of teaching service. Teachers should contact the Office of Human Resources to get the form certified. Teachers must reapply each school year for a targeted teaching deferment.

 You qualify for cancellation (discharge) of up to 100 percent of a Federal Perkins Loan if you have served full time in a public or nonprofit elementary or secondary school system as a teacher in the subject areas determined by the Department to have a shortage of qualified teachers

 For more information about teaching deferments for the FFEL Program, consult your promissory note, and contact the lender or guarantor holding your loan, or the Office of Human Resources. Direct Loan borrowers should contact the Direct Loan Servicing Center at 1-800-848-0979. Federal Stafford/SLS borrowers who have questions concerning their loans, including the teacher shortage area deferment, can also call the Federal Student Aid Hotline at 1-800-4FED-AID.

Areas approved and designated by the Federal Government as Teacher Shortage Areas for the US Virgin Islands are as follows: Art, Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL), Elementary Education, English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics (7-12), Music, Physical Education, Reading, School Nurse, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, and Therapists (OT, PT, ST).

 

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