USA Teachers: When did you start a family?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
38 posts
  • Wedding: October 2018

It must depend. I’m a teacher in CT and all my benefits kicked in within a 90 day period!

Post # 3
2577 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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acw2016 :  I’m a first year teacher starting in 1.5 weeks. Here benefits kick in right away in my district. I’d like to start a family in 3 years, so start trying in two? I signed a three year contract with the district and I go up for tenure after two years at my school so hopefully it’ll all work out grand. (I’m in California)

Post # 4
3231 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve been teaching since winter of 2016, so I taught half a year and then last year a full year. I had my baby in May of this year and I had “full benefits” aka health insurance. NC sucks and there isn’t a union or any other benefits, plus out health insurance sucks. So that wasn’t really something I took in to consideration. We’re going to move this winter and I probably would want another baby in 2-3 years so that’s definitely something I’ll have to keep in mind..

Post # 5
4146 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Benefits in my district kick in right away (health insurance, etc). I can’t imagine anywhere that you don’t get benefits for 3 YEARS!! In my district, probabtion just means your on evaluation those first three years. After that, you’re on,y evaluated every third year. 

I got married late, at 38, so had been working 15+ years when I had my kids. Which was awesome because I had lots of leave saved up and could take the first marking period off with both kids fully paid.  

Many of my friends had kids in their first 3-5 years of teaching and they either had to come back to work at 6-8 weeks or had to take leave without pay to stay home longer. So look into that. Also, if you take leave without pay,  ale sure to explore if you’re responsible for paying more health insurance during that time (we are in my district). 

Post # 6
1387 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Benefits always kick in right away, but you need to be working in the district at least a year to qualify for FMLA (12 weeks unpaid family leave). I also bought disability insurance – which you need to have before you get pregnant so you’re paid 80% on leave (up to 8w). 

I’m in my 6th year and still on probation, but my district keeps most people on probation ten years or so – it just means they automatically renew you each year. 

Post # 7
2357 posts
Buzzing bee

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acw2016 :  You become tenured in NY state after four years now. However, each state is different. You are still given protection under the union however a district can dimiss you without cause. If you were tenured then dismissal would be more difficul unless you do something super horrible…which I don’t think you would. Your benifits should start on day one.

Personally I encourage people to wait three years until after tenure. While no one should be fired or let go for having a child I still think its better to get your tenure out of the way.  Also, it gives you more security when it comes to layoffs. Within three to four years hopefully there will be new hires, and if you go on maternity leave then you will have a cushion and won’t become low  man again. In our contract you can go on maternity leave for up to two years, but you are not an active member within those two years so if someone was hired a day after you and they don’t take a leave and you do then you become low man not them because they have more time working .

Post # 8
144 posts
Blushing bee

I didn’t even think about being let go because you had a child!  Our state took away teacher tenure so we have no protection no matter if you have been there 1 year or 50!  

Post # 9
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I don’t know what the specifics are in Seattle, but in my district benefits start right along with employment. There is a probationary period, but that is for observation/feedback and has nothing to do with benefits. We don’t have tenure here so that wasn’t ever a consideration for me. I am entering my 7th year of teaching and will be on maternity leave in the spring if everything continues going smoothly with my pregnancy. I didn’t specifically plan it this way–I just got married in 2015 and we decided on our family plans regardless of my career. When we actually started trying, then we were aiming for a certain due date range! I have more than 60 days of sick time banked and that is one of the biggest perks of having taught for so long already! I also think there is something to be said for having built relationships in your building and district, as I anticipate everything being easier to navigate (going through pregnancy, maternity leave, returning to work, etc.) among trusted colleagues and a good support system.

Post # 10
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

I live in Maryland. In my district, you get all of your benefits right away, but you don’t get tenure until the first day of year 4. Being non-tenured doesn’t mean much, except that you have to be obesrved/evaluated more often, and I guess it’s easier for you to get fired (which hopefully wouldn’t be something you would worry about anyway).

I think you should get through your first year of teaching and then decide what seems realistic for you. Personally, I can’t imagine being a teacher and a mother at the same time; I don’t think I could do both jobs effectively (I usually have about 20 hours of work outside of contract time each week). If your Darling Husband makes enough money to support you and your future child(ren), you could look into taking off a few years. In my district, you can take off 3 years per child and have a guaranteed position in the county when you come back. That’s the only I could imagine doing it.

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