Discussion in 'Job Seekers' started by CDOR79, Jul 18, 2018.
Jul 22, 2018
My principal at the time knew I had plans to get a MA. At the time, I was interested in curriculum and instruction. She said she saw great leadership qualities in me and that I should strongly consider getting my MA in Educational Leadership. So that’s the route I ended up taking.
I wasn’t planning to only become an administrator at age 30. I thought I would’ve taught for much longer. I was happy in the classroom, but a vacancy came up and I was encouraged to apply.
Personally, I think stellar interpersonal skills are incredibly important. I am constantly handling issues from parents, students, teachers, and support staff, so I need to make certain that I'm always as diplomatic, calm, and professional as possible.
If you decide you get your admin credential, you'll most like take a course in educational law. Of the 5-6 courses I took for my admin credential, that particular class was the most important. Something I didn't learn in school is how to read and interpret custody orders. Some of them are confusing as heck and we need to ascertain that they're followed correctly.
I'm normally at school from 7am-6pm. Some days longer, other days not as long. Most days fly by. Some days, I feel like I've done nothing but put out fires. On those particular days, I don't get to touch my paperwork, unfortunately!
Do not give up!! Some schools are still hiring. I applied to some schools in April and I am getting emails for interviews right now.
Agreed! After school starts, my district always ends up hiring around 6-8 more teachers due to numbers being off. It happens every. single. year.
I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Try applying for positions with those other certifications you’ve got!
Thank you for your unique perspective and summary of your day to day. I really appreciate it!
True, so hopefully you get the position you want, but a job’s a job. And you need to pay off those massive student loans for the bazillion certifications you’ve acquired, haha!
Call the school and see where they are at in the hiring process. This will show your interest, remind them of you, and you’ll get the answer you’re seeking.
Jul 23, 2018
That’s great but I personally can’t be hired AFTER the year starts. Once I commit to my current school for the year, I’m in. Yes I cold always leave mid year but I simply would not do that to my principal or my students. I just don’t feel it’s righr especially when this school has done right by me in so many ways.
Jul 28, 2018
Never give up hope as far as the profession goes. Yes, it's ideal to have a job lined up and start the first day, but schools do hire years round as need arises. I remember a few years ago when my daughter was in high school, she told me a few teachers quit on the first few days. One teacher was packing up on the 2nd day saying that she was transferring to another school district.
In the next city over (about 40 minutes to this very highly desired district by most teachers district) there was an opening (or more), this teacher got accepted, so she packed up and transferred. This opened up a domino effect as now this school district needed new teachers.
So you just never know. There are quite a few teachers who realize in September - October that the position was not what they expected, or that they can't handle it (sometimes new teachers) and they actually transfer or quite.
I myself started right after spring break.
Please keep us posted. I’m thinking good thoughts!
I’ve always wondered how teachers just quit after signing a contract. Isn’t their license at risk for the rest of that academic school year?
Some don't care. We had one quit a week in and then she decided to move out of state shortly after that.
Well, the restriction is limited per state, so if she moved out of state then she is in the clear.
During my early days of teaching I accepted a position at an inner-city school in which the principal was a personal friend. This was the worst school imaginable! Litter and musty smells everywhere, kids sliding down second floor stairway bannisters, loud noise in every room . . . Starting mid-year didn't help any - the kids were so disrespectful and I was so green that I couldn't breathe. They didn't follow a single instruction, directive or request because they had learned how to outlast a long string of previous teachers. Fortunately, the personnel director who was familiar with the dysfunctional school granted my request for a transfer after just one day on the job! Been there too!
If a teacher is just fed up and is leaving education, then it doesn't matter. But if they want to stay in education, it depends on the district. Some will yank your license, but there are those who will let you go. They don't want a teacher who doesn't want to be there, they'd rather hire someone else - there's plenty. We had a teacher who wanted to leave after signing his contract for the year (he had already been here for 7 years or so), and they let him go once they found a replacement. It was a long term sub, and by that time it was October, but he is now a vice principal.
Yes, that's why she didn't care about her status in our state.
Jul 29, 2018
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