So scared and sad…teachers or friends of teachers…help

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

A fellow teacher admitted on his application that he had a misdemeanor for something like drunk in public or causing a disturbance from when he got into a fight at bar at the beach in college.  He had no trouble getting hired in our (relatively strong, competitive) school district.  You’ll probably be fine- a lot of applications don’t even require you to admit to traffic violations.  I think you need to chill.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I think most applications just ask about felonies, or crimes relating to the field.  Of course you wouldn’t be hired to be a teacher if you had a child abuse record, or a bank if you had embezzlement charges, so just don’t apply to be a commercial truck driver and you’ll be fine 🙂 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

My cousin is a teacher and she got a misdemeanor 3 years ago for driving with tinted windows. It didn’t stop her from getting a job, you just have to be honest and up front about it.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think you will be okay. People get traffic vilations all the time. It was a simple mistake right? It’s not like your a born reckless driver. It’s not like you have multiple traffic violations, you have one. If you don’t mind me asking, what exactly did you do? Because I also think it depends on what you did, if you got it because you forgot to signal, I think you will be okay.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If it comes up in the interview, I would be completely honest and talk about how this experience has forever changed you and how you have learned your lesson. Also, I would talk about how this has made you a more responsible driver and discuss what you do now to avoid this sort of thing from happening again. This is an honest, respectable thing to do. Then hope for the best. It’s easy for people to say don’t worry about it, but I am a worrier myself so I do understand your concerns.  I think you would feel less stressed about it if you just have a response planned if/when you are questioned about it. This may help you feel like you have more control about this situation. I truly do not believe that this would make or break your chances of getting a job. Like goldfishpie said, you have not commited any offenses against children or anything. We are human and we all make mistakes.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am a teacher and I know several other teachers who have had DUIs. They have to jump through a couple of extra hoops to get their certificates and then later hired, but they got jobs. DUIs are very serious and I was schocked when I heard about this since we all had to sign something saying that we would be fired with DUIs and/or drug use. I guess I should tell you that I work in a really under-developed urban school.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Unless you were drinking or doing something else illegal which hindered your ability to maintain your lane, i’m pretty sure they would look past it. I mean honestly most schools only look at felonies and my guess would be 99.9% of legal drivers have done something considered illegal while driving whether they got caught or not. I think you are WAYYY OVERTHINKING the whole thing. And I completely understand, it sucks to be pulled over and get in trouble. If it will make you feel better, then tell them and how you learned your lesson and it was a learning experience. Also, its been a couple years and you haven’t gotten any kind of violation since. I wouldn’t worry about it. 🙂

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have wanted to be a teacher my entire life.  I went to school, graduated with a stellar GPA and passed my Praxis 2 with flying colors.  I was awarded my license (in North Carolina) without any problems.  Getting a job is the hard part.  Seven years ago I moved in with my boyfriend (now fiance) because I was not getting along with my female roomates.   He had two other roomates and we were saving up to move out on our own.  Before that could happen, the cops came to our house while I was home alone looking for one of the other guys that lived there.  They searched the house and found pot, paraphernalia, and mushrooms.  I was taken by surprise.  I knew the guys smoked pot and it was irresponsible for me to continue living there, but I didn’t have the means to move out just yet.  Long story short, we were ALL charged with everything… this included 2 misdemeanors and 2 felonies.  We fought in court for a year and eventually the felony charges were dropped, but I was convicted of the 2 misdemeanors (possession of marijuana and paraphernalia).  I paid my fines and completed my probation successfully.  I was scared to even apply for teaching jobs after that… but a year later I became a sub and was eventually hired as a teacher assistant.  I had to write a letter to the hiring principal explaining why I had the misdemeanors on my record.  Now… here is what is killing me.  My fiance got a job in a different city and we moved.  I was hired by a charter school but the day before school started they decided they could not hire me because of my record.  The Dean tried everything she could to keep me, but ultimately they were told they could not keep me.  I started searching again.  I was hired by the public school system after a fantastic interview with a really wonderful principal.  After going through HR, they could not hire me after they did my background check.  I really don’t understand why I was even getting interviews and being offered jobs if my background was in issue.  I lay everything out in the open on every application I submit.  It is the most humiliating and devestating thing to admit, but ultimately I just want to teach.  My past has nothing to do with who I am today or who I am/will be as an educator.  With everything that is going on with North Carolina’s education system today, you would think they would be begging to have eager teachers in their schools.  I am still looking for a job to this day and won’t give up hope.  If anyone out there (especially NC bees) have advice, it would be greatly appreciated!

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@ElisabethAnne:  Be honest about the incident and try not to worry too much.  If you lie about it, they will nail you on the background screening.  But if you’re honest, it should be okay for most positions you apply for.  I work with background screening and most school districts have limited the types of misdemeanors which are disqualifying.  In my line of work, the misdemeanor has to be related to domestic violence, child abuse, or elder abuse.  A misdemeanor involving a traffic violation of the type you describe would not on its own be disqualifying (but it can be used against you if you have other disqualifying misdemeanors or felonies.)

Before applying for a job with a particular school district you should be able to find their background screening protocols online or by calling a hotline.  They should be able to tell you what misdemeanors are disqualifying as well as what the grievance process is (I handle grievances and denials.)

Post # 15
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Wannabee

I am a student teacher who is about to graduate college and begin job hunting. I am really nervous because I have a misdemeanor on my record for shoplifting. When i was on high school my friends and I stole some clothes from a store because we were young and dumb. They didnt get charged because they were 17. I did because I had just turned 18. I have amazing references and have been told im one of the best student teachers my school has ever seen. I have told a few of my mentors abkut my misdemeanor and none of them seemed to have any answers for me. The misdemeanor was five years ago…. will these keep me from getting a job? 

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