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  1. DawnR

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    Although I will not be graduating for two more years, I know without a doubt that I will not be changing my degree. I will be a teacher. My problem is that I am 32 years old, and have been a stay at home mom since I was 23. Prior to that I just held odd jobs going back to my high school graduation. (I worked for a fast food rest, a gas station, and walmart for about a year prior)

    Long story short, I did not immediately go to college after high school. My husband was deployed twice in the last 11 years (the time we have been married) and my own three kids came onto the scene. :) I had always wanted to be a stay at home mom, and my husband and I both agreed that because of childcare costs; it was best that I did stay home rather than go to school or to work.

    I have finally had the opportunity to go back to college, I am well aware of the fact that NOT attending immediately after high school was a huge mistake. In my defense, I am older now and feel that if I HAD gone to school back then, I would not have appreciated it as much as I do now.

    I am terrified that I am going to be judged and not be able to find work AT ALL because of my at home time. Because, to someone who wasnt right here with me while I was a SAHM/ARMYWIFE.... etc. I simply look as if I "WASNT WORKING" for the last 10ish years.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE... I would love any and all advice or information you can send my way. It would be even better if there might be someone around here who actually does the hiring and firing for their school district and would tell me what they would think of my situation. PLEASE BE HONEST! I am so nervous that I am in big trouble when it comes to actually getting to work! :(

    As for grades at school, I am a 3.9GPA, having made the deans list every semester. I am a PTA volunteer at my daughters school, and I have coached a community cheer league 2 seasons. I have documentation of all these things of course. I also volunteer with a girl scout troop and in the family readiness group (with other wives), for my husbands Army unit.:help::help::help::help::help::help::help::help::help::help::help::help::help::help::help::help::help:
     
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  3. HorseLover

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    Though I honestly don't know for sure; I think all your involvement and volunteer work will be a good asset for you! Make sure to list it on your resume. Also, if you are able to work while in school, perhaps you could sub part time? I did go to college right out of highschool so I'm not in the same boat as you, but there were lots of people in my classes who were older than me, married with kids, etc
     
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    Don't be so hard on yourself. You can clearly document what you were doing in the years that you weren't employed outside of the home. Many employers will see these as useful experiences that those who attend college right after high school do not have. Think about all that you have learned as a result of your experience. There are definitely jobs out there for those who pursue a less traditional route to education. I did go to school right after high school, and I taught for a few years. However, I then stayed home with my children for ten years. I am now back in the public school system in my area, so it can definitely be done. In fact, I wouldn't have done it any other way.
     
  5. DawnR

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    Over the summer I did apply to sub. But including my classes this semester, I am only available on fridays. I have also heard that the veteran retired teachers usually get the positions. :( BUT... I HAVE submitted the application to sub.
     
  6. DawnR

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    Thank you, this makes me feel a little bit better. I do feel that I have experiences that many of my fellow classmates do not have. As a matter of fact... many of my fellow 'FUTURE TEACHERS' are rather childish and immature (not all of course). It is not their fault, and they are not bad people... it is just their age and the time of life they are in. Like I said before... I am happy with the way I chose to do things all except for the length of time I have NOT done 'traditional work'. I do value my education more than many of my classmates I believe. I always jump on every bit of volunteer work I can... especially if it involves children who would serve as experience for me in the age group I will be teaching.
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Dawn...I was a Navy wife and stay at home mom for 9 years when I went back for my grad degree in education. Your passion, volunteer experience in schools and love for learning will serve you well! :thumb:
     
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    I think your experience as a stay at home will be a huge asset when you get into the classroom. In interviews, bring that experience into your answers! Good luck!
     
  9. DawnR

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    THANK YOU. Hopefully I am just being entirely too hard on myself. I hope that is all. PLUS, I will at least have student teaching under my belt when I am finished with school.
     
  10. DawnR

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    I certainly hope so. :) Thank you.

    I surely know more about children than the 19-24 year olds who I go to school with who still live at home with mom and dad. Eeek. I dont mean to sound hurtful... but it is what it is.:blush:
     
  11. readingrules12

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    I have many friends who are Ps, and I have helped out with hiring. I am familiar with how many Ps hire. Being 34 when you apply for jobs won't hurt you. There will be 5 things that will be much more important they are:
    1. Student-teaching--having a good reference from your cooperative teacher and having P know you are good will greatly help.
    2. Substitute teaching--if you do this after graduating and if you do it well, Ps will be more willing to hire you.
    3. Experience--try to volunteer at schools a little bit or something else that involves children.
    4. Your GPA--it does count something.
    5. The interview. Teaching interviews often require you to know your stuff. Educate yourself through books, websites, experience, and this site to know your stuff in education. Also learn to interview well.

    If you have these 5, you will be very marketable.

    Good luck to you.
     
  12. DawnR

    DawnR Rookie

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    Thank you. I feel like I am on the right track, but sometimes I get to thinking about it and just the thought of HOW I chose to handle the situation can be stressful. My husband is ready for me to go to work. I am BEYOND ready to go to work. lol I just cant wait and I am no spring chicken... I do not want to spend another 5 years after school looking for work because of my circumstances. :):dizzy:
     
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    I don't think it will take that long :)
     
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    I didn't start teaching until I was older than you and after a long period at home. I was selected hands-down over other candidates and a contributing factor was my age. I wasn't some doe-eyed 22 year old who thought she was going to change the world her first year teaching. My age and life experience ensured that I was not naive and idealistic.
     
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    Congrats being a SAHM and a Army Wife is a job in itself. I would find a creative way to document, put on a resume those duties. I would say that being a SAHM was your job for 11 years. I know that my prior school hires new teachers and teachers who have been out of the field for a while so I cant imagine that you will have an extremely difficult time.

    I feel that you will be qualified to handle it. Def see if you can sub or begin to volunteer in classrooms to begin to get your feet wet and get some in class experience. Good luck! You will do great!
     
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    poof
     
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    I would just mention something in your cover letter about how you took some time off work to be a stay at home mom, there shouldn't really be a problem with that. Don't go on and on about it, but briefly mention it and they will get the idea that you haven't been working for a reason.

    My school was doing some hiring this spring and when they were looking over resumes, they were suspicious about ones that had a long period of time with no work for what appeared to be no reason. For resumes that had a period of time with no work but made it clear that it was by choice to raise kids, there was no problem there.
     
  18. Maryhf

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    I taught for 7 years and then spent 15 years as a SAHM and it did take me years to get a job. You have a different scenario though- your college education will be recent and you have a maturity that younger grads won't. I still recommend that you have as many certifications as you can - ESL, Reading, middle level to be as hirable as possible. I won't tell you that your years as a SAHM will be universally respected. I ran into several principals ( all women btw) who scoffed at those years "wasted" but many more will respect and understand. I know that I am a better teacher having been a parent. That doesn't mean that I think teachers without children are not wonderful. That's just something that's true for me. Don't be defensive about your life choices - they are yours and you'll make it all work.
     
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    I went to college for one year out of high school, then got married, had two kids, and didn't go back to college until I was 33. It took me over SIX years to finish college (had another baby!) so by the time I got my teaching certificate I was 39! I subbed for 6 months, got a full year long term sub job, then another one which turned into a contracted position. I'm now 46 and LOVE my job!! I think it's actually illegal to hire someone based on their age, so that's a plus, and I have found that my life experiences have been a big bonus. Many parents trusted me much more than they probably would have if I had been fresh out of college at 22! Plus I had my own kids which helped me to understand the parents (and the kids) better.
     
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    I became a better teacher as soon as I became a mom. You have that as an asset. Use it!
     
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    I was 45 when I was hired for my first teaching job - 6 years ago! I also "took a break" from my own education to raise my daughter and help support my family. There are Principals who will appreciate that, and those who will not. I am now a "mentor teacher," and have a wonderful Principal who actually seems to appreciate me! Have faith!
     
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    A recent study came out that suggested what factors do and do not indicate effective teachers. It is starting to turn the heads of many districts because it indicated a different picture than what has been traditional considered as important. Perhaps, in two years the study will have influenced the hiring quite a bit (perhaps, not, but food for thought either way ;))

    Here is the list.

    What makes a teacher likely to succeed:
    1. History of success (in anything)
    2. Takes full responsibility for student/school success
    3. Reflects critically
    4. Organized
    5. Motivates other
    6. Respectful
    7. Team oriented goals
    8. Teacher has high literacy herself
    9. Selectivity of college
    Overall, biggest indicator was the teacher truly feeling like she could make a difference with her students.

    What surprisingly makes no difference in overall student achievement:
    1. Masters Degree
    2. Experience
    3. Educational transcript (what courses)
    4. Traditional certification
    5. Teacher's GPA

    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/...210252_1_teachers-math-classroom-observations

    It sounds like you have a heart for teaching...It sounds like someone will see that and snatch you up.
     
  23. DawnR

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    I have been away from the boards for a few days, so I just wanted to chime in here and say how much I appreciate all of the votes of confidence. I definitely do feel much better reading all of the motivating words. I want so bad to teach. I always have. Literally I never remember choosing another "when you grow up you want to be a....." career choice. I do feel that I can teach a child to love learning, and that in itself is life changing. At least for me it was (which would be a whole other post, haha). I practice on my own kids. :wub:

    I do feel that like a select few other professions (nursing comes to mind, or doctor, clergy etc...) teaching is a calling. I do not think that just ANYBODY can go to school and then be a successful teacher. Well, possibly... but rarely is that going to turn out well. I feel that you have to WANT TO GET IN THERE and do whatever it takes to get to the heart of the child. That is just how I feel. I get so emotional thinking about 'lost kids' - - that is what I call the ones who slip through unnoticed, who may have needed the most attention, whether academically or otherwise.:blush: Poor things, they just need someone on their side- these kids need a little more attention.

    My own kids go to a lower income school in town. We own our home on the outskirts of town, but right in town 3 miles from us are the projects. I am a student, my husband supports all of us! Let me be the first to say MONEY IS TIGHT!! However, we are probably in the top 5% ranked socioeconomically that attend. So most of the kids at this particular school are living in poverty. I wonder how many are living like that at the hands of alcoholic/drug abusing/etc parents. (and I am aware that bad choices are not always the case) I just want to be the teacher who lets the child know that they are their own person, they do not have to end up like their parents or anyone because someone else made poor choices. Obviously I cant SPECIFICALLY RIDICULE their parents to the child... but... you know what I am trying to convey here.... simply They can do whatever they want... I am living proof.
     
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    I, too, was a SAHM- for 15 years. Then I went back to college and graduated FINALLY when I was 39. I subbed for two years and then got a contract. Have been teaching since then (I'm now 46) and LOVE it. I was, like you, worried at first, but honestly my age and experience have been nothing but an asset to my career. :D
     
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    I think teaching is one of the few careers that does NOT look down at people in your situation, at times I think it may even be an advantage.
     
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    I really agree with this list, especially 1, 2, 3, and 5. Those are just huge.

    I also believe that specific teaching strategies could be listed in what makes no difference. That 1,2,3, and 5 are just that powerful.
     
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    I am stirring up an old post here, but I wanted to revisit this one, and let you all know that I am about to transfer from the community college I am attending to the university in August. I am graduating here with membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, as well as earning a service learning degree for my volunteer work. I have been volunteering 2 days a week in a Kindergarten classroom since August 2013. We started out with one day a week, and after reading and rereading this post on this forum, I decided I wanted to bump it to two days. It may not be MUCH more time, but it was all I could do between my kids, and my school work. The teacher whom I am volunteering under will also let me volunteer next year, we have discussed this. So I will have 2 years of volunteer work in the classroom under my belt when I graduate. My next big step is my University Interview for admittance to the Education Program. I have little doubt that I will do just fine in the interview, but it is a little nerve-wracking at the same time... since I have not really interviewed for ANYTHING in what seems like forever! :)

    I am busting at the seams to get out there and into a classroom. Holding all this creativity in is killing me! haha. :)
     
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    I went back to school after being a SAHM for 15 years. It took me 6 years to finish up my bachelor's degree (I was almost 40 at the time I graduated). Within 9 months of subbing I got a long term sub (all year) position followed by another one that turned into a contract. I had NO problem getting considered for a job. I actually think my age worked FOR me because people assume I have a lot of experience :lol:
     
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    I take issue with number 8... Apart from that, I can agree.
     

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