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  1. FallCreekGal82

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    I am so beyond frustrated. I have had like 5 interviews and nothing is panning out. I hate this town and the surrounding area. The school I taught this year really did me good. Hired me for a job I wasn't qualified for to fill it for a year and then let me go. I don't know what to do. Everyone said I did well, but there was somone who had more qualifications and qualitites they wanted. I'm waiting to hear from one more, which I want, but I don't. After hearing about the others...it just doesn't sound very good. I'm also sending an application to Osage Beach, so hopefully something good will happen soon. I am beginning to think I went into the wrong profession. :mad:
     
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    sorry to hear you're so frustrated :(

    being that i'm not in the US, i don't follow how a teacher couldn't be qualified for a teaching job? kinda stinks that they took you for a year and then let you go :(

    I'll keep a good thought for you, that you find something wonderful soon!
     
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    Keep smiling! You never know when the right job will pop up. One year I wasn't hired until the middle of November. I absolutely loved it and made one of my closest friends to date! So hang in there. :)
     
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    My friend went for a interview two months ago and just found out on Friday that she got the job. Don't give up yet!
     
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    I am in the same boat - looking for a job is not easy - I graduated May 2004 and still looking. I know how easy it is to be frustrated by the whole process. Then it makes the whole thing worse when people ask "did you get a job yet?" These posts have been so helpful for me. I was getting so depressed from not finding a job - but I still beleive the right one is out there.....somewhere.
     
  7. FallCreekGal82

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    Thanks everyone. I have yet to hear back from where I student taught. So we'll see. And I just put in another application out of my area so hopefully something will come thru soon. Otherwise I need to start looking for a different full-time job with benefits.
     
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    I'm in the same boat with ya, wondering if teaching is really what I should be doing..............I love teaching but..................at least I know I'm not the only one!
     
  9. FallCreekGal82

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    It's really hard because I love teaching. The only reason I know that is because of working at Sylvan Learning Center. This year was my first year teaching and it wasn't a very good experience. So I'm still waiting for that job to come around. I can't afford a cross country move right now...so I'm just waiting. There isn't much around my area as far as regular fulltime jobs either. Thank god I still live with mom and dad. LOL!
     
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    Jobs in my town (or village) are also scare. Laying off is far more common around here than hiring. I know how frustrating it is. I am surrounded by other small town where the population is shrinking. I do not wonder if I am in the right profession, I just wonder if I'll EVER get a permanent position :(
     
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    fall creek - how is it working at Sylvan - I am seriously considering that and was just wondering how that is?
     
  12. FallCreekGal82

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    cinmcl61:
    I love Sylvan. It's a very positive environment. It was the only reason that I plan on teaching anymore. My experience this year was not very good. They prepare everything...you just show up and teach. You receive training in their programs. I am trained in beginning reading, which is the little ones, academic reading, which is about 4th grade to high school, and math essentials, which is about 1st to high school. You get a variety of kids and it's different each day. You have 3 at a table most of the time, sometimes two. But I would recommend it to anyone! I love it!
     
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    The first year I taught the same thing happened to me. I was hired to fill an emergency opening. The HR folk knew that i was not qualified. I had an undergraduate degree but not nearly enough of the courses needed to be certified. Although they knew, I did not know. I lost my job at the end of that year also. Many said I did well. However, the truth of the matter is they can not keep someone who does not meet state standards. Tough luck for people like us who know we can do a great job.

    But not really. If you know that teaching is where you are called to be. Then do what I did. First, I did not give up! Second, I went to a good college education department where an advisor would have my interst atv heart. Third, I enrolled in the certification course. Eventually, I taught in a private school while I went to school. I actually loved teaching at a private school, but I could not afford to maintain my family at the lower salary.

    When I finished all of the necessary course work, I was hired in the first system of my choice.

    Find out what qualifications you are missing and make it happen. I believe you can do it. I was in my thirties and a single mom of two, but nothing stopped me. Do not be discouraged! :)
     
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    My first year of teaching well horrid. It was so bad I cried every day. Needless to say I wondered if I was really cut out for teaching, even though I loved the kids and the teaching aspect itself. Hang in there. I took a hiatus and got 2 degrees. (Stayed out longer than I planned.) I got a job last year and it was the best job I've ever had. I am really looking forward to next year and I know that it wasn't me It was my situation that caused my first year to be horrid.

    Ris
     
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    Helpinghand,

    I do hold my state certificate. I am not a reading specialist. I was originally interviewed for a 6th grade position, but then they put me in Title I. I told them I didn't think I was qualified. They did some "checking" and said I was. I'm assuming checking meant she can do it for a year, then we will let her go. I am a product of this school district and have nothing positive to say about it anymore.
     
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    Fall Creek, if you don't mind me asking, where in IL are you? The job hunt is so FRUSTRATING... esp. in the Chicago suburbs!!! I've been looking for 2 years, and keep looking... I'm a TA at a school for sp. ed kids (my degree is ECE)... and keep hoping my experience will pay off, but so far, just frustration!
     
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    I'm so sorry all of you are having such a hard time finding your place, but you can't give up! If you truly love teaching you have to bite your lip and keep searching no matter how many times you are rejected. The children in America need teachers who LOVE teaching!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Teachers who love teaching are the teachers who make a difference. No offense to those of you who don't truly love it but..... I'm sure that everyone on this web site loves teaching or they wouldn't bother with a site such as this.

    Hang in there, the right place may be the next door you go in. I'll be praying for you all!
     
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    It is hard to not give up. I have been looking for over a year. I want to teach so badly. I went back to school later in life - I'm still only 43 and I am not sure if this is a hinderenace. I keep saying to myslef the right job is waiting for me - meanwhile I have no money to take the extra classes that I will need to keep my certification. How did some of you do it?
     
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    I subbed for 3 years. You would think that that would have helped, it seemed like it didn't until I was offered a position mid-year. Do you know a teacher (or more then one) in the school that you want to teach in? If so ask the teacher to put in a good word for you. Sometimes its a matter of who you know and being in the right place at the right time.

    Clarnet, have you tried the inner city? I taught kindergarten in inner city Detroit (charter school) & I loved it! The only reason I left was because the new principal didn't like me & made my life a living h#&!. It was a very rewarding experience. Just a thought.
     
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    Another thought. I don't think I would have done it if it was the public school system. I've heard horror stories about that. :eek: 30+ kindergarteners in a classroom & no assistant.
     
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    kpa, I *have* thought about CPS, but they have a requirement that you have to live in the city to teach there... and I really don't want to live in the city... but if they'd let me commute, I'd be all over it, and would probably not have a lot of trouble finding a job... I haven't done al ot of research into the charter schools, however, so I'm not sure if they have a residency requirement as well... it's definately worth looking in to... thanks!
     
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    Good luck!!
     
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    You might try asking the college you are attending if they have the Perkins loan available. It is usually a low key loan and spread by word of mouth by students. I found out about it when I went into the financial aid office in tears telling them I would have to withdraw from school unless I found money somewhere else. Then they told me about it. If you teach at a low income school the loan is forgiven. (percentages per year and after 5 the entire loan is forgiven) I had a 6000.00 loan and 100% was taken care of! Good Luck
     

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