Any other young Admins or Teachers in a High School?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
78 posts
Worker bee

If its a business casual environment, I would definitely dress up a bit more. I had that problem too when I worked at a high school. Dress skirts and pants, sweater combos, heels, etc. look at ny and co or Ann Taylor for ideas. If you can pull off a blazer/suit I would do that. I would avoid jeans (unfortunately) until you’ve established yourself. 


Best of luck!

Post # 4
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Dress up more, and do NOT let the kids treat you like their friend.  Behave like an adult — like how you would think a 30 or 40 year old in your position would act.  Good luck!!  Also be nice to teachers — office staff are sometimes soooooo awful.

Post # 5
1013 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@cocobella90:  I have this problem – I am 4’11” (barely, in shoes)




It was annoying while student teaching, but I was in a middle school, so it was more obvious that I was not a student. When I interned in high schools, I CONSTANTLY got people doing double-takes in the hall, thinking I was a teenager. I had one particular obnoxious male student try VERY hard to find out how old I was!




I have been slowly adjusting my wardrobe to an older-looking professional one. I must wear petites, and I have had some luck recently shopping the online sales at Kohls (the physical store here has a tiny, pathetic petite section, but there is a lot more online). I love Ann Taylor and Banana Republic, but I am too poor to shop there right now!




You definitely need:


– A fitted blazer. It will instantly make a dress or pants/shirt outfit look polished. Don’t buy a junior’s style, either. Buy a grown-up blazer in a nice material that fits you well (have it taylored if it doesn’t).




– Wear simple, jewelry that is either bold or understated, and not flashy, trendy, or cute.




– Do not buy flared or skinny pants. Wear trousers that fit you well in the hips/butt. Wide-leg ones flatter everbody and will make you look taller too!




– I try to stay away from anything cute/overly “girly” or flowy, even though I like those styles outside of work. It just makes me look young. And, as much as juniors clothes often fit me better, they just say “teen/college student” to everyone else.




– Wear classic, simple, high-quality accessories like leather hand-bags and belts. Paired with less expensive wardrobe, they help pull it together and make you look more mature.


Post # 6
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@cocobella90:  I taught high school right out of college, and I was 21.  The day I took my ID card picture, I was handed a student ID because the photography mistook me for a student!  Honestly, just dress as professionally as possible!  I was always a bit overdressed, but when my students were so close in age I wanted to look super professional.  By my third year I definitely had enough time in the building to not be mistaken as a student anymore, but I always erred on the side of professionality.  

Post # 7
4827 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@cocobella90:  Hey girl!Congrats on the job! I’ve taught grades 9-12 Spanish for 9 years now. I also started when I was 21 and was confused for a student. So I dressed like a grandma. It was awful.

Here is my advice

  • never try to be “cool”. If you folow this advice, you should be fine! Once they think you are “cool”, or “one of them” you are screwed
  • blazers, cute cardigans, anything with a collar looks professional
  • not too many trendy earrings or other styles

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