Post # 1
So I graduated in May with my degree in elementary education. There were no jobs in the surrounding area of my college, so I moved back home (to NJ) to live with my parents for a year before getting married. I’ve been substitute teaching on a daily basis, and have spent the last month going through the interview process for a long-term maternity leave position.
Today I found out I did NOT get the job 🙁 It went to a girl who has been aiding in that building since the beginning of the year (and I personally feel like it was unfair to string me along for THAT LONG if they knew they were going to hire her…) but I was offered a position in the building as an instructional assistant for special education students. This is the nicest building in the nicest district in my area.
I am NOT special ed certified, nor do I want to work in a self-contained classroom. However, the principal says it will help me “get my foot in the door” in the district. I just am hesitant to take a job that I worry I’ll hate and may not have any room for advancement.
Should I take the aide position or keep subbing? When I sub, I often have the chance to interact with principals and word has gotten around several schools that I’m a great teacher. Which do you think will be more beneficial in helping me get a full-time job for next year? I really need the money, as my fiance and I will be on our own after the wedding and he will still be in school for a semester.
Post # 3
I would say take the job. I’m in a similar position (hoping to snag a position after a teacher retires at the school I work at (I do before & aftercare). Subbing is good but getting that experience in the school should in theory get your the job faster- Good luck and if you don’t want it I’ll take it! ( I’m in NJ too, they are really not hiring teachers here, huh?)
Post # 4
I think this is a tough one….do instructional assistants transition to teaching in your district? Where I work, my husband was looking at doing that here and he found that there is no mobilty between the two positions (he was told – why would they – they are getting a teacher for a fraction of the cost). I think you need to look at how it works where you are – I think it is very different working outside the district as an Aid or a tutor..as opposed to already in the system. I would keep subbing if there is any doubt of mobilty as you dont want to get stuck and you also want to be open to the entire district…not just one school.
Post # 5
I would take the position — you would get more experience of maintaining your own classroom and maybe even help in the curriculum. You can build a relationship with that school and get solid references for the future. How often do you sub though?
Post # 6
My vote is take the job-it is always easier to find a job when you already have one. Also, having been and special ed IA and working with people with developmental disabilities I have to say, it is so rewarding. It can be strenuous work but there was never a day that I didn’t enjoy going in to work. There are many slow seasons with subbing so the uncertainty can be stressful there too. Go with your gut. If you think you would have a hard time leaving the position if something better came along or if you don’t want to settle and can afford to wait, then maybe that should be your answer.