Post # 1
I’m just curious if anyone has experience or knows of anyone who has ever worked at a Tutor Time? I currently work in the healthcare industry and might be looking to get into something different – I’m not in school right now but have been considering going back for elementary education and thought that working at a TT might be a good way to see how I actually fare with kids before proceeding with a new degree. There’s one near me hiring right now that I am planning to check out this week, so I’m just curious to know if anyone has any experiences with them, good or bad. I really appreciate it!
Post # 4
@TheHoneyWajr: hello, I know it definitely varies by location. I worked at TT in Arizona and it was not the best experience. For me personally, wages were very low. It was my first time working at a preschool and they started me at $8.30. One of my co-workers had her Elementary Ed degree and started at $10, but again this could vary. I feel like a public school environment would be very different than Tutor Time… my school only cared about money and getting the ratios to one teacher so the other could be utilized elsewhere, and keeping parents happy and paying. There was very little support from management.
I will say I was promoted to Lead Two’s Teacher after only four months but no pay increase (they were on a raise freeze). Once I got my own room, I enjoyed the job MUCH more. We had a lot of freedom with planning and how to run our classroom. I enjoyed using my own classroom strategies and planning lessons and I loved my kids. They were the only thing that kept me returning to work. The hugs, smiles, and eagerness to learn made it so rewarding.
I think TT could be a good start but if it is bad, definitely don’t let it scare you from the education/preschool environment because there are some great schools out there. I know Primrose is a really good one (not as much freedom with lesson planning though).
Hope that helped, sorry so long. Good luck!! 🙂
Post # 5
I can’t speak about Tutor Time specifically, but most tutoring is much different from being a classroom teacher. There are smaller groups, usually less planning, less red tape, less grading, etc. It doesn’t show you the nitty gritty of teaching, I find.
That said, it could be a good introduction just to see if you have a knack for teaching. Do you get along with kids well? What age group do you like best? Can you break down concepts and explain them in different ways? A lot of that can be explored through tutoring.
You could also look into volunteering in a school on your own time. That gives you the best idea on classroom management and working with a class of 20 – 30 kids. A lot of education programs want their students to have volunteer hours anyway.
Post # 6
Thank you both for your replies, they were very helpful!
@bowsergirl: I’m most interested in teaching young children – Kindergarten through 3rd grade ish. I get along great with kids and connect best with children in early formative years. I have some experience tutoring and always got pretty good results, but I don’t have experience in an environment with a larger group of kids.
As far as the less glamorous side of teaching, I wouldn’t be going into it blind because my mom is a teacher, so I know there’s a lot more work than just what you do during the day and that you end up spending a lot of your own money on stuff like your classroom.
Post # 7
My sister tutored middle school students when she was in high school. She just posted a sign and ended up with jobs independantly. She of course showed her high school transcripts off (she held an over 4.0 cum. GPA and had teacher referances and had also babysat and had referances from that). She loved it, and made $20 per hour. The parents of the kids she tutored as referred her to other parents and sometimes sat in on her tutoring. She tutors English now that she’s in univeristy for the English department.
The wage for Tutor Time that a PP listed seems so low in relation to what she got. Plus I don’t think it would be the same sort of thing as teaching. Maybe see if you can shadow a teacher instead.
Post # 8
I haven’t worked at a TT but I did work at one of their competitors quite some time ago and honestly, I didn’t have the best experience either. It was a starting job for me and like you, I was exploring the option of working with children. As PP stated, wages were very low, comparable to a retail worker’s wage (at a pricier store like Nordstrom, not like Target). The other staff were also not the cream of the crop in that they were not necessarily extremely educated or up-to-date on the latest and greatest in ECE. For example, I had zero experience with children and the moment I became minimally qualified, educationally, to have my own room, they assigned me my own room with the maximum number of children allowed by law. It was all about the money, to be quite candid, and less about the children. I felt really disillusioned after working there though now I know what to look for when I have children in terms of a good school/daycare.
There’s also a lot of drama, which is to be expected considering at our location, it was a group of women that literally had to interact with just children and each other all day. It got catty and there was backstabbing going on left and right. I was younger than everyone else then, and it was really tough.
If you are interested, I would consider taking a class or not at the local junior college that offers child education courses and seeing if there’s an opportunity for you to volunteer or shadow teachers at the college childcare (which is usually quite good). I strongly encourage getting experience at college-affiliated childcare institutions. The ones in our area have long waiting lists and are considered the best, non-denominational centers in our area.
If you don’t have any education credits, it is unlikely that they will hire you (in my experience) because legally, you cannot be left alone with children and wouldn’t be considered a lead teacher, but an assistant. If that’s what they’re hiring for, then never mind what I said.