(Closed) Teacher Bee's

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 17
1623 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

OP, If you don’t find something permanent before this school year, have you looked at any aid jobs at schools?  I know the pay is less (as well as “status” for lack of a better word), but it gives principals the opportunity to get to know you so if a long-term sub job opportunity occurs, as well as other sub jobs, you normally get called first.  Same for permanent teaching jobs in the following year.  It’s nice to have the aid job b/c it’s more dependable versus random subbing, and, again, I think it helps you build a reputation in a school.  I know a few people who were hired from this situation. 

Good luck! Congrats on your graduation!

Post # 18
349 posts
Helper bee

Here in Texas (admittedly not a model public school system!) the pay differential for teachers with masters degrees is a whopping $1,000 per year.  When you consider how much the degree will cost, it will take many years to break even on that.  I am still in a state of stunned bliss that my daughter was just hired into her first teaching position at an exemplary school in a wonderful district.  Although it will be hard for her to get lesson plans and a classroom ready in only a week, I am so grateful that she has been given a chance to teach.  I was so afraid she would be subbing this year, and with her loan deferrments expiring next month, I was in a panic about how we would pay them.  Good luck, and whatever you do, don’t give up your dream!

Post # 19
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Atrium at the Curtis Center

Are there any areas that you might consider teaching that might not be “desirable?”  I started my teaching career at an inner-city Brooklyn school where NO ONE wanted to teach.  I made it two years there (which is about the average for that school), most teachers can find a better placement after two years.  I moved to a suburban school after I left, and have been here ever since.  My school in NJ gets HUNDREDS of applications for just a few positions – most of which are filled before they are even posted.  It sucks, but either find some connections, or consider a district that is harder to staff.

Also, my school district very rarely hires their long-term subs,  I think the position often sets teachers up for failure as it’s harder I think than having your own classroom.  This year, we had 3 elementary positions available, and 3 long-term subs, not one of them was offered any of the positions, but they were all invited back as subs.  It’s not good. 

Post # 21
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MissEMich:  I know that subbing pays more- but seriously consider being an assistant- this puts you in the principal’s face every day of the school year.  My corporation doesn’t really value sub-time as much as it does time with one school as an assistant.  I sat in on interviews this past summer and our principal definitely favored those who were assistants (especially if she knew the teachers they worked with were awesome teachers— a full year of “real” teaching being modelled to someone is PRICELESS!!!  Once you are an assistant volunteer (yes, I know— no pay=suck) for every possible after school opportunity that may help the school meet their state testing objectives (like my school offers an after school tutoring/dinner program). 

That may just be the schools in our area… But you may want to ask around what path other young teachers took to get their jobs… Very few that I know just walk in without an established reputation and no experience.

Post # 22
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Depending on the part of MI you live in, I know that Teach for America is looking for people in Detroit. It’s on their “high needs” list. I’m getting my early childhood certification this year when I finish graduate school, and I’m applying to TFA. The schools are not “ideal” places, but I’m interning in a low income rural school right now and I actually love it! I’m applying to TFA not to get my license, but to work in high needs schools where I want to be anyway. You may want to consider it. They are always looking for people there! 🙂 And since you have a background in education, you probably won’t be one of those “I was completely underprepared and walked all over” horror stories!

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