How many schools have you taught in?

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  1. yellowdaisies

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    I'm just curious. :) I'm only in my first year right now, but I'm just wondering how common it is to switch to other schools vs. staying in the same place for a long time.
     
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  3. teacherintexas

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    7 in 20 years

    Only one school change was not due to family moves. I wanted a shorter commute.
     
  4. FarFromHome

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    I've taught at 3 different schools in 6 years of teaching. My husband is in the military, so I didn't really have a choice in moving schools.
     
  5. YoungTeacherGuy

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    I've taught at 3 schools (all within the same district).

    I was at the same school for my first five years (earned tenure after year two); however, I was involuntarily transferred after year five. Then, I spent one year at School #2. At the end of that year, I was once again involuntarily transferred due to being the lowest on the seniority list and was moved to School #3 (middle school). This year, a posting came up for the site I spent five years at (School #1), so I jumped on the transfer. It feels so good to be "home." I don't plan to leave this school (unless I'm involuntarily moved due to having the least seniority).

    Although I'm sick of having to move sites, I've learned a ton at each school. I've made lots of good friends, too, which is nice.
     
  6. Mrs.DLC

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    Lots!

    12, plus a cooperative where I served as a consultant for many districts. This includes 3 states....many moves for husband's career.
     
  7. MrsC

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    I've been at three schools, the first for two long term sub positions, then two after I received my permanent contract. I'll be moving to a new school in September, not because I was looking for a change, but because my current school will become a French Immersion only site next year and the English track will be moving to a newly constructed building down the road. I hope to retire from there--I hate moving!
     
  8. DrivingPigeon

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    2 different schools in 6 years (same district)
     
  9. chebrutta

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    Three in seven years.

    I was at the first school two years and wanted to move because of some sneaky things going on.

    I was at the second school one year and left because I did not get along with my immediate AP.

    I just finished my fourth year at my current school. I love it there. The only reason I would move is because my county is run by crazy people, and the county where I live pays a great deal more. But I still love my school too much to make that jump.
     
  10. Rhesus

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    I've been teaching for thirteen years at three schools: seven years at school #1, one year at school #2, and five years at school #3.

    School #2 was a big mistake, and I knew it was by Christmas. I did muster the professionalism to stay to finish the year though. If I could get an annulment for a job, I would!
     
  11. monsieurteacher

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    6 in the last 6 years. I've done a few jobs where I've been split between two schools, and a few LTS jobs at different schools. If you count schools I've just subbed at, that would be 7.
     
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    In my 19 years of teaching, I have been in 4 schools. My current school is actually the same building as my previous one-it was rebuilt and renamed.
     
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    I have taught in 8 schools during my 40 year career.
     
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    3 schools in 12 years. The first school I was only at for 2 1/4 years, I started in April. I toughed it out the 2nd year with a new principal. I knew that I wouldn't be returning in October.

    The 2nd school I was at for 6 years. I left when the principal resigned & they named the new P. I knew I couldn't work for him.

    I've been at my last school for 4 years. As long as my current P stays, I'll stay. After that, I don't know.
     
  15. giraffe326

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    1 school, 6 years.
     
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    Just one for me. Most of the teachers there have only taught in that school.
     
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    Wow... I guess I'm the weird one doing 6 schools in 6 years. Here's how it worked:

    Year 1 - Short-term LTS at school A for October followed by an LTS for the rest of the year at school B
    Year 2 - Split my time between school B and school C in a behaviour intervention position
    Year 3 - LTS at school D from September-December then took over for a teacher for the rest of the year at school B
    Year 4 - School B all year
    Year 5 - LTS at school B from September-mid-December then straight into an LTS at school E for the rest of the year
    Year 6 - Split between school B and F

    So as you can see, I haven't had a full year without being at school B for some portion of time.
     
  18. mkbren88

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    2 schools and this will be my 5th year of teaching. I don't plan on leaving my new school anytime soon.
     
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    2 schools in 6 years. First school was what I thought a "dream" job. It was in the district i grew up and graduated from. That is until I got there. My kids and my sister all went there. I knew everyone, loved the teachers. I thought I had hit the mark and found my forever teaching home. Then I get there and the principal who I didn't get along with personally made it a nightmare to work there. I left and didn't teach a year. My 2 school I love. Most of the people I work with are amazing educators. There are still those who shouldn't be teaching and those who want to but for whatever reason still are but for the most part it's an awesome campus. We got a new principal last year. I was a bit nervou ( really I was a lot nervous ) but it has been great for me.
     
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    5 years and 1 school. And I really don't ever see anything changing unless something drastic happens.
     
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    From my casual observations, it seems that staying in one school for most of one's career was not uncommon. But now I see teachers moving around more often, some returning to school, and others displaced by layoffs. But then again this seems to be the trend in many sectors, not just education.
     
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    2 schools in 5 years. My first school I was an associate teacher, which (for various reasons) is a three year program at that school. Since there were no openings in my third year, I sought employment elsewhere. I'll probably be at my current school for a couple more years. I'm hoping to find a school closer to home after that.
     
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    Next year will be my third school in four years! I loved my first school, but absolutely hated the location. It was very isolated and VERY family oriented. I didn't have any friends who weren't married and people brought their spouses AND kids to absolutely everything- even after work happy hours! The nearest non-grocery shopping was two hours away and any basic service other than one grocery store was at least an hour away. I stayed for two years because I knew I had lucked out in terms of the admin and school environment but just couldn't handle living there anymore.

    This year I'm in the city which I'm thrilled about, but I ended up working for an absolutely awful admin. We had about 50% turnover- many teachers resigned before they even had anything lined up because they just knew they couldn't go back there.

    Next year I'm working for a district that's supposedly a lot better...I'm hoping that anything will be a walk in the park after this year! I do feel like I need to stop moving around because it would look bad on a resume, especially since none of my moves were due to the economy/budget cuts. My parents are both teachers and they were just saying the other day that I'll probably never have an entire career in just one school/district like they both have with the teaching profession being so much less secure these days.
     
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    I have been teaching for 6 years (first two were long-term sub positions) and at the same school! 5 of those years have been in the same grade/same classroom! I feel very fortunate and don't anticipate ever wanting to switch schools (or grades!) :)
     
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    I'm at my 4th school since 1997, but I've been in my current school for13 years...the first few changes were due to a move to a new state, then moved from private to public and then last change to a better fit of a job and district for me.
     
  26. yellowdaisies

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    I'm having that problem now, but for the opposite reasons you listed - my current school forces us to live in a location that is TOO "city" (and expensive!) for us. I remember reading through your situation, and I really hope my admin is as supportive as yours was when I ask them for rec letters and tell them I'm thinking of leaving! There is no guarantee I would get another job - a clear credential and 2 years of experience would hopefully make me more marketable, but I am in a TOUGH TOUGH market, and I hope it wouldn't be awkward to stay for another year (or more!) after letting them know I'm looking elsewhere. :unsure:

    It's interesting that most people don't stay at the same school! I'm weighing my options about what to do when my credential clears (2 years teaching in CA). I'm glad I have a job I love, but I'm finding that if you don't like the location, the job can't totally make up for that, no matter how much I want it to!
     
  27. Caesar753

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    One school for me so far.
     
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    2 schools, 19 years...4 classroom changes, 3 grade level changes.
     
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    2 schools - 3 years in school #1 and 6 years in school #2 (I am ready for a change though). I did work for 7 years with a private school where I was a special ed. consultant for special needs students in kg. in the public school system.
     
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    4 schools in 9 years. School #1 I left after a year because I moved states. I was at school #2 for 3 years then transferred to school #3 in the same district to work for a better admin. I stayed at school #3 for 3 years then switched districts where I have been at school #4 for the last 2 years. I love my current school and hope to be there for many more years!
     
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    I have taught at three schools in eight years. I left my first school because I moved to a new state. I left my second school due to an involuntary transfer 3 years in (we lost half the school's population due to re-zoning). I have been at my current school 4 going on 5 years. I think leaving is good. It recharges some teaachers,

    If my team leaves I would leave for sure. I'm considering leaving now because I am feeling extremely stressed out from the pressure of the admin
     
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    2 schools in 10 years. I worked at the first school for 1 year as a full year maternity leave replacement. I've been at current school for 9 years, although I've taught in many classrooms and grades. :) No plans to change for me unless I get transferred to another school in my district.
     
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    3 - I started at one school and stayed for 2 years. They were cutting my position so I had to move, which was a good thing. Then I stayed 7 years at that school and decided to make a move to another school in the district based on a promising opportunity to better myself as a teacher. However, that turned out to be a complete and utter waste of my time and after two years, I returned to my previous school, where I plan to stay for as long as they'll have me.
     
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    Three districts--4 buildings--7 different jobs--just finished my 22 year of teaching
     
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    Two different districts. My first district wasn't my choice, but I needed a job, lol. I was there a year. Around March that year, a position at the school I'm at now became available.
     
  36. Ima Teacher

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    I've been in the same district for my entire 20 years. I've taught in three buildings. First was the high school, and then I moved to the middle school. When the new middle school opened, I moved there.

    So, really two different schools in three buildings.
     
  37. Mr D

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    I am in my third school in seven years. I was at the first school for two years, the second for one year, and have been at my current school for four. I will probably change schools in a few years, but have no plans to in the immediate future.
     
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    I am at my first school and I've been there 4 years. I am planning on staying a while longer.
     
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    Two schools in 8 years. I'm hoping a specific job opens up that I will have a very good chance of getting due to the certification needed. If so I'll have to switch schools, but will be in the same district.
     
  40. Oregon Teacher

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    Three schools in three years due to moving around a lot when I was younger. I am now trying to re-enter teaching after raising my kids and hope to find a school/grade level that I can stay at for the next ten years or so.
     
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    I'm finishing my 3rd year in the same school- my first job not counting subbing. I plan on staying for awhile.
     

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