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Old 06-02-2013, 08:21 AM
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Would you go from Public to Non-Public School?

I love my current job been there for 3 years and absolutely do not want to leave. I have put 90,000 miles on my car for work purposes in 3 years.

I drive 150 miles round trip a day. I have a child with moderate to severe autism. I am single mother. My son's program has fallen a part.

I do not feel relocating for my current job due to the services my son requires is appropriate. I will not move down there. The commute has taken its toll. . .

I need a job with a reasonable commute.

I teach autism special ed.

I interviewed with a non-public school that I expect very much to get a job offer from. With the job market even in special education I am not sure I can turn it down.

The pay for a non-public school is not at all bad. A pay decrease but I can live with it considering I spend 10% of my current salary on gas. My concern is my friend who works there has not receive any pay increase.

Its an autism specific classroom which I would love! It's closer to home. It would give me an opportunity to get my BCBA and start applying for autism specialist positions.

Its a job I only see myself working at for 2-3 years at best but it will help me pursue what I am passionate about give me experience to develop even more expertise in a specific field.

I am walking away from a secure job and one in all honesty that is one I have come to enjoy and love!

Torn. . .

sometimes in life its about more than what I want and it is about what's best for my family.

If offered I am leaning toward accepting it. . .its what is best for my son. What is best for my son is best for me at this point.

though I am happy where I am at

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Old 06-02-2013, 08:25 AM
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:28 AM
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I did it. I left a position in an affluent public school, in which I was unhappy (good school, but my job was horrible), and ended up in a Catholic school. I went into the interview thinking I probably wouldn't take the job. I was charmed by the place, and figured I'd be there a year or two. I've been there five years, but now it is time to try to get back to a public school that is closer to home (150 miles a day = 3 hours in the car = $500 a month in gas).

I took a 20% pay cut to work there, and at the time it was the best money I ever spent, so to speak. Money is not always a good way to measure wealth.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:29 AM
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:33 AM
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:38 AM
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I could not commute 150 miles a day. There is just no way I could do that for any job. If I was in your situation, I would probably make the switch. But, as has been said, only you know what is best for you and your family.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:17 AM
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I could not commute 150 miles a day. There is just no way I could do that for any job. If I was in your situation, I would probably make the switch. But, as has been said, only you know what is best for you and your family.
In my case, the job I was escaping was so horrible for me that I would have done absolutely anything to leave at that time. But after a few years of this monster commute, I no longer have the wherewithal - mentally, physically, or financially - to sustain that drive much longer.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:35 AM
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I am looking at getting my BCBA as well and that alone is a great opportunity right there for you. It's a growing industry in my area right now with lots of job ops for BCBA's. I went from public to private a few years back and enjoyed it!
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:59 PM
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In my case, the job I was escaping was so horrible for me that I would have done absolutely anything to leave at that time. But after a few years of this monster commute, I no longer have the wherewithal - mentally, physically, or financially - to sustain that drive much longer.
I second that. . .crossing my fingers this week.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:37 PM
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I think I would be concerned about the pay long term...are you willing to stay at this pay or close to this pay for the rest of your career? Anyone that I know who works in a private school makes about a third of what a public school teacher does when both are towards the end of their pay scales. We have some subs who have worked at private schools who are now subbing trying to get back into public...some of them were working for basically around 12 dollars an hour! Maybe you could ask about step increases if offered the job. Personally I'd love to work in private school for the environment but being single I just can't afford it.
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