Got an interview - teacher's assistant

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  1. ms99

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    I got an interview today for a teacher assistant position. Not exactly the job that I wanted, but it's a job! :D

    Say a prayer for me! It's tomorrow at nine. My car is currently falling apart as we speak, so I could really use this job now.

    Anything I should expect to be asked in the interview? I've never interviewed for an assistant position. It's been my experience that assistants have different duties at different schools, so I'm not sure what this job would entail.
     
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  3. Aliceacc

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    A job in education is a job in education.

    Fingers and toes crossed for you.
     
  4. ms99

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    Exactly, Alice! I'm ready to get my big ole stinkin' foot in that door, haha. :lol:
     
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    Good luck!!!
     
  6. smalltowngal

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    Good luck!
     
  7. Kangaroo22

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    Good luck!
     
  8. philateach

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    Do you think hiring committees shy away from hiring certified teachers, thinking that they may try to find another job during the year?

    I'd imagine a number of certified teachers are applying to be assistant's in this climate, especially new teachers.

    Just wondering, I think it's a great way to get a foot in the door AND you'll be in a classroom everyday. :)
     
  9. Aliceacc

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    I bet they're a lot more understanding-- and delighted at their good fortune-- in this economy. Anyone who has been paying attention knows how many qualified teachers are out of work.
     
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    I don't think a hiring committe would shy away from someone holding a teacher certification...they saw the OP's resume. They know her qualifications. Someone with that education could be a great asset in a classroom and for a school district which likes to see 'flexibility of placement' when hiring candidates.

    Ms99...you might want to ask about job description. Paras serve in a variety of roles. I think it's important for you to show that you are flexible...your education is an asset but you don't wNt to give the impression that you would overshadow a classroom teacher. It's a balance, a dance of sorts! Communicating that you are a team player, that you are willing to take on any task and challenges, and that you appreciate the opportunity will put you in good running.
    Good luck!
    :)
     
  11. LITeachTeach

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    In NY, I've seen ads that REQUIRE teacher certification for TA positions. I think that's ridiculous and unfair. It's a way for school districts to hire someone with the expertise of the teacher at a significantly lower cost.
     
  12. Ms. I

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    That's great, good luck!
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    Best of luck to you, ms99! Let us know how it went! (I have an aide interview next Tuesday :) so it seems like there's good energy in the air!)
     
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    It's not unfair if candidates with certification are willing to take these jobs at the offered pay. There are many teachers in NY who are out of jobs who would gladly take a TA position.
     
  16. Aliceacc

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    It's a way to get incredibly qualified people into classrooms. The people applying for those jobs are aware of the difference in pay between a teacher and an aide, along with the corresponding difference in responsibility. Many are doing it, as is the OP, to get a foot in the door.

    I don't see how it's unfair. As a parent, I think it's great! My daughter's 3rd grade class will once again have close to 30 kids in it. I would be thrilled to find that the aide is a certified teacher.
     
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    Glad to hear that it went well!
     
  18. Jlyn07

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    I'm a TA and am certified; it has been a great experience and I've really learned a lot and enjoyed it. Of course, the pay is less than ideal but it's a job in education without having to sub. At my school there are at least 4 of us who are certified working as TA's. Plus, you'll know of job openings before the public. Good luck!
     

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