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BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -

Broken Arrow school leaders hope the recent teacher walkout will actually help them recruit more teachers.

District employees said they expected more than 200 people at a job fair Monday, all in hopes of becoming teachers in the Broken Arrow School District.

One of the hopefuls was Ashley Christensen, who has been a teacher before.

"I taught for five years at Putnam City School District," she said.

Christensen stopped teaching to stay home with her three boys, but now, she’s ready to get back in a classroom.

"I am looking for a third-, fourth- or fifth-grade position," she said. "Even though times aren't easy, or good or fun right now, it's just as good of a time as any for me to hop in with both feet and get back into it."

And she is not the only one. Representatives from every school in Broken Arrow sat at desks while hundreds of potential employees roamed the room.

"They are talking with our applicants, taking resumes, conducting interviews, and, hopefully, lots of people leave today with positions within Broken Arrow," said Lindsay Taylor with Broken Arrow Public Schools.

Taylor said the teacher walkout started a movement for education in Oklahoma - part of that movement was inspiring men and women to want to teach.

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"It's a perfect time for our teachers because our teachers are empowered, they did move a lot of mountains, really, from this walkout. So, we think it is the best time to actually recruit for the school year," Taylor said.

Christensen said, "My greatest way to say thank you and to do that is to step back in and to do it for somebody else."

District employees said they hope the event will help them go into the next school year fully staffed.

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