Originally Posted by sunshine24
Thank you to all who gave their input...it is truly appreciated.
I think if the para job would be full time, I would have jumped a little quicker in the hopes that it turns into a teaching position down the road. Now knowing that it is a part time job, I am even more hesitant. The sub teacher daily rate is more than the para daily rate and I would hate to take the para job and have to give up days subbing (possible maternity leaves) since some schools are figuring out hiring needs for next year. Basically, I am not hopeful of a full time job coming up before Sept (fingers crossed for even then, too) and I am just trying to do what may give me the best shot at something full time. I wanted to weigh my options before getting back to the principal tomorrow morning.
Sunshine, where are you? I'm on Long Island and I was in the same boat. I have my MS in Elementary Education (1-6), got my extension in Early Childhood the semester after, and finished up with my Students with Disabilities certification this summer. I know how hard it is in parts of NY right now.
I subbed all of last year, but then one district offered me a full time para job for the last two months of the school year. I didn't get benefits, but I was with the same class every day for the rest of the school year.
At the end of this summer I decided to look for TA jobs instead of subbing. I work full time, and I have benefits. The salary isn't really a livable one, but if you can do it, I recommend it. Even though I'm uncertain of any future opportunities, many districts around me do tend to offer leave replacements to their TAs.
The district I was in last year often gave their leave replacements to TAs in the building. The principal and administration know you, since you're in the building every day. While I don't have a leave this year (and wasn't aggressively pursuing one, since I am going back to grad school full time for Literacy), there are still opportunities to gain more experience in the building. I'm on the Literacy committee for the upcoming Literacy Night, I am pulled to substitute in other classes when necessary, I am a substitute for the integrated play group after school, and I get to sit in on professional development days when there are subs available to cover me.
If you can afford to do it in the future, I say go for it. I love my class and my students, and I adore the teacher I work with. As a Para/TA, you get practice working with other adults in a classroom, which happens more and more frequently today. There's plenty of opportunity for collaboration (depending on the teacher you work with), and I find working with the same students every day more fulfilling than subbing (but that's a personal preference).
I'd only go for it if it was a full time position with benefits, though. If it was part time, I'd continue subbing.