(Closed) Any teachers out there??

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m a teacher and I’m not sure going into a school would help your chances. I feel like principals are so busy that they don’t have time to meet with an applicant unless they schedule an interview (I’m assuming you mean drop by schools where you applied). I think you could show your enthusiasm by sending a  copy of your cover letter to the principals at the schools where you applied – you can get email addresses from the school websites – with a quick note about the job you applied for. I always try to mention in my cover letters something about being excited/hoping to hear from them or even mentioning something unique about their school that you’re jazzed about (I.e “I saw on your website your school does XYZ. I have experience/have researched that and think your school is a very exciting place”)

Also, I don’t know when the school year starts in OH, but if you can hold out a little while, I think most districts end up with positions that open up after the year starts because of changing class sizes. Also, there is always being a sub, since that can help you get a feel for different schools & build relationships with principals. Good luck with your search!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Hi, 12th grade British Lit teacher here.  Yes, the Gallup is considered very important to some schools.  The best thing you can do is answer honestly and consistently.  I agree with the PPs idea of emailing the principals personally.  When I scored my first teaching job five years ago, I applied to 35 districts.  I emailed every principal at each school where I wanted to work, opening or not.  As an English teacher, positions were hard to come by, and I had to do something to show how much I really wanted a job.  And I got one.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Also, have you looked in to charter schools, private schools, etc.?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Check out The Education Group…they match you at private schools.  There are 5 OH schools listed as clients.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Amsy28:  Im not sure about the Gallup Assessment. I’m in CO and one district I applied to had me take on online extensive survey about things, but I don’t remember what it was called. The district I’m in now didn’t have that. I think the PP is right though about just answering questions consistently and honestly. As much as you want a job, you don’t want to present a false picture of yourself or end up in a district that really is at odds with your teaching philosophy.

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