How Truly Fulfilled & Happy Are You?

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  1. Ms. I

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    How fulfilled & happy do you feel being a substitute?

    I feel so-so about it...it's pd my bills. I'm still young & only had a permanent teaching job for 1 yr a few yrs ago, so it's not like I've taught for 30 yrs, retired, & am now satisfied w/ subbing. I still hv yet to really start my teaching career. I've been subbing for a long time & hv been at such a standstill for so long & am so ready for a change. Something really important fell through earlier this yr that would hv changed practically everything in my life, but I've got to keep chugging along.

    I just feel mediocre about my career life, which in turn affects other things in my life (the ability to get my own home, to travel, etc). Sigh! :mellow:
     
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    I feel blessed to have a job that allows me to continue doing what I love and pays me decently while I am waiting to once again have my own classroom. Is it what I really want to be doing right now? No, but after being laid off last year it is the next best thing! :)
     
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    Not very (but probably more than many others might be).
    Actually, I've become accustomed to living like a pauper, so it's probably not quite as bad as some who may have to have a sharp new car, or live in a cool part of town, or actually enjoy themselves (eat out, taking a weekend trip, etc.)

    "Luckily" for me, I've become content in just having a roof over me, and having no debt hanging over me. I do know what you mean though--I always have that feeling that I'm living in something of a holding pattern... the problem being that I've had to live this way for a long time, and presumably much longer (I can envision people like us waiting for 5+ years quite easily).

    I guess as much as a grown adult can enjoy making ~$13,000/year, I do. ;)
     
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    All you posters so far sound young. I'm toward the other end and am fully content. I sub because I enjoy it. My & husband and I have raised two sons (well, almost. . . the 2nd one is in his 4th yr. of college). My husband is a retired professor, we own a modest, but comfortable home, and we have money in the bank. I love subbing because it's flexible. I have my summers off and we can travel if we want.

    We were 28 and 34 when we married and had my babies at 30 and 37, so be patient. . . things don't happen overnight. Life is a journey.
     
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    Since CA is in big economic crisis, may be you'll have a better chnace establish your teaching career elsewhere? Since you're still young, you can switch to another career direction also. Whatever you decide, best wishes for you. Take care.
     
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    What is "LSH" & "RSP" and btw?
     
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    LSH stands for Language Speech & Hearing in which I sub for the Speech-Language Pathologist. In my district, most are assigned to 2 schools that they go to twice a wk or so.

    RSP stands for Resource Specialist Program, which is a type of special ed class for kids w/ mild/moderate disabilties. Just by looking at these kids, you wouldn't think anything's wrong. I was an RSP teacher aka Resource Specialist for a year. There's only 1 type of those teachers on each campus.
    Now, if they're moderate/severe, they're in what's called an SDC class, which stands for Special Day Class. Those kids may be in wheelchairs, need help w/ grooming & hygiene, be retarded, etc.

    azure, actually, I'm not in my 20s anymore, but I'm not 40 yet either, so I really want more out of my career life than this & I hope it happens soon!
     
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    Thanks for your kind words! I really can't imagine living in another state right now. I know people move far distances for their jobs all the time, but I'm not that type, heck, I don't want to drive more than 40 minutes 1-way to a job. (The farthest I've driven for any job I've ever had was 30 min).

    Speaking of getting into a different career field, I'm trying to get into SLP (speech-language pathology). I think I'll enjoy it better than being a special ed teacher.

    BTW, I already have a Masters degree in Special Ed & 2 teaching credentials, so I'll need a 2nd Masters to be an SLP (speech-language pathologist), which I don't mind...I like school!
     
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    Ms. I, sounds like you're a professional student in addition to being a substitute teacher. :) I like school when the assignments and classes are meaningful. Is there a student teaching component to the SLP program? How much longer do you have?
     
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    I am subbing right because I enjoy kids. I want to teach prescho
    ol which I am in school for now. I also, have a part-time job after school hrs working retail which I like too. Do I wanna work retail forever? NO Do I want to work with kids until retirement? YES I do want my own classroom though and hopefully I will one day see that in a yr or 2.
     
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    I have yet to be accepted in a grad school SLP program. The ONLY school I want to go to is completely ONLINE so I can work full-time & be earning a full SLP's salary. I just have to be accepted. I applied for the cohort starting May 2010, but wasn't accepted. I admit I'm shocked. I guess I underestimated the competitiveness of the program. This economy doesn't help matters! :mad:

    Although I like school, I'm so ready for the next phase of my life, which is marriage, owning a home, travelling, & maybe having kids. There was a time I wanted my PhD too, but it's taking so long to get started w/ this SLP stuff, I'm not sure now.

    On top of those concerns, I'm an only child & my parents are much older than the parents of most people my age. They're both retired & they worry about me being able to take care of myself when they're passed away. I'm sure they'll be satisfied w/ knowing I have a permanant career before they pass away. But, it's unfortunately becoming a sad possibility that they may not be alive to see their only grandchildren (since I'm not even married yet.) :(
     
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    Well, I'm towards the other end, too, after spending something like 18 years in industry, I've gotten into substitute teaching as a means towards getting classroom experience while working on a credential.

    I've found that it is a great way to try out classroom management techniques on different age groups. However, I do realize that the scope of subtitute teaching is limited by its definition - one doesn't get to really know the students well, and you don't have much latitute in forming your own lessons. It is what it is.
     
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    I worked as a special ed. teacher and had to quit to take care of my parents. I have been working as a special education assistant at LAUSD the last few years. I am studying for the Chemistry CSET which I will take in May and I hope to get a science teaching job next year in Chemistry. I cannot relocate out of California although i wish I could. I feel lucky to have a job but with all my teaching credentials I feel I am worth more.
     
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    Ms. I, have you and your BF discussed marriage yet?
     
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    Peachy, yes we have talked about it, but I guess we're BOTh late bloomers regarding getting started in life. But, usually the man is more well off so he can take care of his lady, but I guess not in my case. He's just a yr older than me. I'm sure if I had a BF who was a little older, he'd be more established so he could afford a wife & family life. Oh well!
     
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    People say this, but how likely do you think it is? I'm thinking if I applied at Boise Unified (e.g.), they have their own pool of teachers, subs, and new grads that they know personally and would hire way before some outsider. Don't you think? I suppose you could mean teaching abroad--that is quite a move too.

    For the record, Ms. I... I know where you are coming from, and share similarity with your situation. If I choose to stay in the district that I'm currently in (or more broadly, just in my local area, hoping for a job), I can easily foresee having to wait YEARS for an opportunity.

    I'm talking 5 years even? Maybe more? Just judging by the way things are going, when teachers retire (I'm in K-6), all that will happen is that:

    a) they'll simply absorb that teacher's students into the other grade level classrooms?
    b) they'll look at the pool of teachers they have, and since they've already laid-off quite a number of experienced teachers already, competition will be fierce. Also, every year... a new crop of teachers graduates. (Within that crop, we have the cream of the crop who also will make competition tough.)

    It's not a good time to be us it seems. I have a friend who teaches HS and has been in that role for many years (over 5 for sure). He also coaches a varsity sport, and is an all-around good guy to boot!--he was given his walking papers! So it's brutal out there--again, the state is broke. There is no money.
     
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    John Lee, I agree w/ you, I know I'm definitely not going out of state. They have the same economic things & other problems going on over there too. I'll just be even more lonesome being away from loved ones.

    Another worry that's come up for ME personally is that my 2 credentials will be expiring 9/1/2011, so this coming school yr is the last chance to get a job. I started a thread in the GENERAL EDUCATION section about extending credentials. It looks like I can HOPEFULLY get a 3-yr extension, which I need to apply for NOW:

    http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=105753
     
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    I'm not very happy subbing. Generally I like subbing when I am there working with students, but dread the unknown that subbing brings (what will this class be like, what are the procedures in this classroom, and so on). I just really hate that every day is basically a first day (except for when I get teacher requests and sub in the same classroom again).

    I do really like the flexibility that subbing offers and it is the perfect job to have when you're looking for a job. I am thankful, though, to be on the list in a couple of great districts that treat their subs pretty well and pay well and to have a way to stay in the education field well looking for a job and to be able to work with students without having all of the paperwork that regular teachers have.

    This will probably be my last year subbing. If I can't get a teaching job this year the I am looking for a full-time job in anything I'm qualified for and am hoping that I can go full-time in the grocery store chain that I work at part-time and eventually work my way into management. I will, however, try to keep my certifications active so that later on in life I can try to get a teaching job.
     
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    Good luck to all of you, whether teaching becomes your ultimate career or subbing's just something to do in the meantime.

    This is the 1st wk since Oct 2009 that I'm back to working 1 day/wk. School's out May 25th. THIS Fri is my last good-sized paycheck until ?

    I'm glad this thread is continuing! Please, comment MORE! :)
     
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    I was talking to someone about babies. I told them I really don't feel ready. I want to have a stable job, a finished renovated house, money, etc. She told me, "sweety, you'll never be ready. It's never going to be the best time to have a baby. You just gotta do it!" :lol: Well, I really don't want a baby.

    Anyways, I shared that with you because, well, even if you two don't THINK it's the best time, maybe it's because it'll never be. Maybe you just need to take the plunge. I don't know. Just saying. :)
     
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    Peachy, I agree. Some things in life you just need to go for. However, I'm a big planner, so I like to be in control of things as much as possible. I definitely won't get married until my soono-to-be husband & I can afford to because we're definitely not going to move in w/ anyone if something happens. ;)

    azure, I applaud your courage to realize that it's OK that you didn't have to go all the way to becoming a teacher. Whatever makes you happiest is the BEST choice! :thumb:
     
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    Here's to you!!

    It's been 19 months since my mastectomy, and 14 months since radiation ended, and sometimes I still can't believe how lucky I am!

    "Truly fulfilled and happy"??? You bet your life I am!
     
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    Man plans, God laughs. Live your life.

    It's such a blessing to have family to support you. I know my husband's family has helped out several of his siblings, my parents have been of great support and help through the years to my sisters and me...Aren't you living at home now, Ms I? In which case, I'm sure you know the blessing of family.

    I'm not a sub, but happy and fulfilled? Definitely.
     
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    Yes I am & I'm thankful to them for everything because if it weren't for them, I wouldn't have anyone really, but God would make a way (if they weren't around). :) I was just saying before that once I'm married, I want my husband & I to be totally self-sufficient. I don't want us to be a burden on ANYONE. I wouldn't want him & I to live w/ my parents in a millions yrs...not that I don't love my parents dearly. Now, if something major happens that's beyond our control after we get married, that's another story & we'll have to deal w/ it.
     
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    Am glad for you. Life is full of twist and turns.
     
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    We live in a time where life is so not normal that our abnormal lives are normal. I was affected by moldy school building (in my graduate school - 2nd one; I chose the program as a temp thing because the Univ. was nearby) and lost a lot of time. (I didn't realize what was causing me all that early enough. By the time I found out, I had put much effort and money finishing prerequisistes that're junior and senior level + was too sick to try another school in another state near family (sblings) that was not so like family.) Though I finished the degree, it took longer, got me sidetracked on other plans while alos took quite some time to recover (especially the mental trauma) once I got out of that environment. Today, I am just happy that I am not sick and know what environment to avoid. I too was born when my parents were old but I am not an only child. Both are gone; I don't have plan to have kid(s) anymore. I am glad that I enjoy science (or I'd be so bored) and reading history (from serious historians) but I should make some travels here and there that won't cost too much.
     
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    I try to convince myself that I am fulfilled with my job as a sub. I spent ten years in my own classroom, so I know of all the things I don't have to do as a sub. No conferences, no report cards, no weekend trying to make sure the physical aspects of the room are up to par, etc.

    Deep down, am I truly satisfied - no. I think it was Jessica who pointed out it is like a first day, everyday. The anxiety of the unknown is really starting to get to me. But, I also know there are much worse situations, and I am very thankful that I am even able to sub. Our county's sub list is over 400 applicants long - with only thirteen schools.

    So, I keep trying to convince myself that I am truly happy, and this is giving me and my family much needed "mommy" time. If I paste that cat-that-ate-the-canary smile on my face enough, I may even start to believe it!!!!
     
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    That's the story of my adult life. Every single "plan" I have mapped out so meticulously, fell through.

    Ms. I, I used to think (maybe even over think) a lot of things, still do. But when it comes to things like finances, there will never be any guarantees, so it seems.

    When I was hired for my 1st public school job last year, I just knew we had "made it over."....great salary, benefits, insurance, savings, blah blah....but none of that happened. To top it off, my husband got demoted (nepotism at its finest) not long after I had to resign.

    Life is unpredictable and hard like that.
    Like czacza said you have to just go for it. There will never be a perfect time to do anything.

    That's just one example of how my plans fell through. I have a million more :). I'm tired of being laughed at :haha: I have let go a lot more, or at least I hope I have.

    Compared to the way my 1st teaching job was, yes I'm happy as a sub. Of course I want to get back in a classroom, because that is what I worked hard for and we need the income, etc...I'm applying to certain places and I really hope I don't have to sub another year.

    But at this moment and time, yes I'm happy, thank God. I hope to get even happier, soon.
     

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