How long have you been in your school?

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  1. kimrandy1

    kimrandy1 Enthusiast

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    I've been in my school since 1993...my first job right out of college. I actually did leave for 2 years to accompany my husband overseas for his job, and when we returned, amazingly, there was a position open in the same school I'd left! Obviously, I love it there. My kids go there, which ties me to the school at least until my 2nd grader goes to middle school.

    Not only am I in the same school, I'm in only my second grade (have done KDG for 2 years, PK for all of the others) and am still in the same exact classroom that I moved into in 1995!

    However, I can't help but think I'm missing something. I have a good teacher friend who changes jobs every 3 years. She's taught MS Spanish, HS Spanish, elementary media, middle school library. Another friend of mine changed grades this year, moving to first after 12 years in KDG, and told me today that she only plans 2-3 years in first before trying to change schools.

    I wonder if there is something wrong with me that I don't seek change?? Shouldn't I WANT to experience something new?? I just don't want to become stale, and I don't want to become one of "those" old fuddy-duddy teachers. I have nothing wrong with being an older teacher....just as long as I stay fresh and engaged.
     
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  3. outsidethelines

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    I am about to begin my 3rd year at my school, and I love my job. However, occasionally I find myself thinking about doing something else....still education-related, but something totally different. I can't imagine myself still in my classroom in 20 years.

    I think it is fine to not seek change, as long as you're happy. I am generally a change avoider myself.
     
  4. Aliceacc

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    I taught in another school from 1980-1987,

    My school opened up in fall 1987. I've been on the faculty since the start, with the exception of 5 years I was home raising my kids.

    It's home. When things got really bad at home for that year and a half, they were magnificent in their kindness, and incredibly matter of fact in doing so. Every single time I cried in the AP's office, it was just no big deal-- they found out what accomodations I needed and made the arrangements. When I returned to school after being out a month, there was a big "Welcome Back Alice" sign in the general office.

    When things got bad this year at school, it was the same. We became closer as a faculty. You know the saying: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." This year made us MUCH stronger.

    I have absolutely no desire to teach anywhere else. I cannot believe I'll ever have it better than I do now.
     
  5. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

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    I started at my current school in September 2004.
     
  6. INteacher

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    Right out of college 1987 - 1989, I taught 2 years while my husband was still in the Navy. I stayed home with my oldest daughter until she was four and my youngest daughter was three months.

    I started the job I have now in 1994 and I am still there, in the same room :) I have taught everything I am licensed to teach, US History, World History, Gov't, World Geography and Econ throughout the years. I love where I am and would never consider even looking somewhere else. My school is my second family :) They have held my hand and prayed with me through my darkest times and rejoiced and laugh with me through the best of times as well all do for each other. So, I don't feel like I have missed out on anything by being at one school for basically my entire career and I pray that this is the place where I retire.
     
  7. PinkCupcake

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    Next month will be my second year of teaching at the same school.
     
  8. Miss84

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    This will be my first year at this school.
     
  9. iloveschool

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    This will be my 5th year as a teacher. I have 6 years as an aide before that. Oh yea- I started attending the school in the 3rd grade! If that counts this will be my 21st year!!! lol
     
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    I will be starting my 4th year at my school. Whether I plan to leave or not ever... I don't know. I like my school and my job, and I get my "change of pace" by teaching different courses. But who knows what the future may hold...
     
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    I'm going into my 2nd year... as of now I have no desire to ever leave!! I absolutely love my school, team and classroom.
     
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    I've been at my current school for 8 years. I have thought of switching schools because a couple of friends have said it is so much better at their schools. However, the grass isn't always greener on the other side. I've heard plenty of horror stories to go along with their great stories. I like my school, I have wonderful co-workers, and I know what to expect from my administration. Also, I don't do well with change and am happy to know the routines!

    If you're comfortable where you are, stay there!
     
  13. MzMooreTeaches

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    I'm going into my 2nd year at the same school... i do have thoughts.. but they are big thoughts like going to teach overseas! I long to travel and have some adventure while teaching at the same time.
     
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    You know the old saying - If it ain't broke don't fix it! This school is clearly the right fit for you. Thank your lucky stars you've found somewhere that you belong, many teachers out there would give their left arm for this. If/when it's time to move on you'll know...Not that I speak from much experience as my longest (and only) stint is 3 years at the same school!
     
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    In my time at my school, my job has been a little different every year. The variety keeps me on my toes, and I know that I am continually learning. There have been a couple of times in the last few years when I have thought about trying to transfer to another school, but that's far easier said than done. The stresses that push me "to the edge" usually pass quickly and I can't honestly, see moving.
     
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    I'd actually quite like to have the same thing for a couple years in a row. This is my 6th year... and I've had 12 different preps - two brand-new ones coming up this year. Never been in the same room two years in a row. Oh well. At least I'm not on the cart anymore :)
     
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    This will be my third year at this school. I'm looking forward to it. It will be the same time I've ever taught in the same classroom two years in a row. It will also be the same time I've taught the same thing two years in a row. I taught kindergarten two year before, but we totally changed curriculum between the years. This will also be the longest I've ever been at a school.
     
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    I got bumped out of my high school due to budget issues so this will be my first year at the school I'll be at this year. I had been at the high school for 3 years.

    I don't think staying in the same place for several years is a bad thing. If you're happy, why change?
     
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    I have been at my school since 1997. I love it here :)
     
  20. Doug_HSTeach_07

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    This will be my fifth year teaching, all at the same small rural school in western Illinois. I love it here, it's stable, and my wife and I recently purchased a house in town. (She teaches pre-K in the same building) We feel connected to the community, supportive of the school, and who knows- maybe we'll be here another 20 years!
     
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    I finished my third year teaching, all at the same school, room, and grade level. I'm still learning and adding so much to my curriculum, I feel like I'm in the zone and don't want to stop.

    Our Math specialist was the first teacher in my classroom in 1975, and our Principal was her student teacher. People just don't leave my school. I love it that much, too.
     
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    I will be starting my 2nd year...the jury is still out re: staying in the classroom, but I know that I want to stay in education in one capacity or another.
     
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    I will be starting my third year at my current school.
     
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    I have been with my school corporation for 13 years (since 1998). I started right out of college. Within my corporation I taught one year in a two schools (morning in one school/afternoon in another school), and I have taught 12 years in my current school.
     
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    I have just finished my 16th year at my current school. Before that I did 5 years at my first school.
    Last week a colleague retired who had completed 38 years at the school!
     
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    I'm going into my 4th year at my school. I don't think I could stay here though until I retire. It's not my second family. There are times its more like a social minefield. Deep down in my gut I have a feeling that if I asked to change to something else I would get a big fat no which is really sad. Right now I'm fairly happy with where I am and what I am doing but if that changes then I will most likely change/leave.
     
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    This will be my 6th year at my current school. I love it, and I hope to stay there as long as they'll have me!
     
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    Our music teacher just retired after teaching with our school corporation for 41 years!!!
     
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    This will be my 4th year at my school...I do love it, sometimes I think about leaving, but I really love my team, my students, my admin.
     
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    This was m situation at the end of this school year. I got a job at a school my friend works at in the same district. At the end of the day I just couldn't leave where I am at. I am going into my 5th year.
     
  31. amakaye

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    I'm starting my 5th year. I love my school, and aside from the fact that I'm 500 miles from my family, I could easily see myself staying here for a really long time! In fact, the year I was hired, two teachers retired who had been here their entire careers. We have another teacher who has been here for over 25 years. People who find the 'right fit' here tend to stay...
     
  32. Ima Teacher

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    I've been in my current school--and same classroom--since the building opened in August of 1998. Before that, I was at the old building, but teaching the same thing, from 1993 until we moved.
     
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    I'm the same way...family and in laws all in PA...we're in NC! :unsure: someday maybe we'll have the opportunity to go back to PA but who knows...
     

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