Teach in the district you graduated from

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  1. Math

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    Would you teach in a district where you graduated from? Basically, where some teachers remember you being their student?

    Have you had any students return as teachers in your schoool?
     
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  3. ku_alum

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    I do not teach in the district from which I graduated, but a neighboring one.

    It happens a LOT in my school. Many employees of our district (including sup, admin, teachers, janitors, bus drivers) are alum. Several current teachers taught their coworkers, or even bosses.
     
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    A LOT of our teachers graduated from my school.

    In my department, there are currently 3, two of whom I taught. On the faculty as a whole, I probably taught about a dozen or so teachers.

    My old school was closed down in about 1985.
     
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    Many of the teachers in the district that I work for attended the district.
     
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    I would love to, but the faculty in either department I would want to join typically have a terminal degree in their field. At a minimum, they must have a Master's in their content area and a strong professional reputation (publishing, presenting, etc.)
     
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    I teach in the district where I grew up and attended school. I started teaching 12 th grade at the high school where I graduated within 5 years. Most of my former teachers were still there. My friends' brother was in one of my classes, and he and I had been in marching band together.

    A good 80% of the people I work with are native to the district. The people who aren't from here often have ties to the area or live in a neighboring community.

    One of my teammates was my piano teacher. Another is the child of one of my classmates. One was my student. Another married one of my students.
     
  8. myangel52

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    I am teaching where I grew up, at my old middle school in fact.

    Most of the teachers I had have since retired. But there are a few (mostly at the high school) that I had.
     
  9. knitter63

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    I teach at the district where I attended schools. Many of my former teachers were still teaching when I took my position, and I found it to be very comforting! Many of my students were children of my classmates (most are adults now).
     
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    We have several former students who now teach at our school.
     
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    I would've loved to have spent my career in the district I went to (and have always lived in) or one of the surrounding ones. But, around here, the old saying that's never been more true and applies heavily in this area is; "It's not whatcha..... But whoya...." That leaves nothing but the garbage dump districts. :down:
     
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    The school where I did my student teaching was the school that attended and many of my former teachers were still there.
     
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    40% of our 15 member staff attended and graduated from our school. It makes for fun discussions on what used to be and how we've so drastically improved. I love teaching where I went to school because it becomes very personal when wanting to improve the school. We all know where we were short changed and do everything to make the place even better for the current generation of kids. My own children will be the 4th generation on both sides of the family to go through our district. Yep, those of of who came back here to work have a lot of vested interest in making the schools the best they can be.
     
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    I did. There were only a couple of the same teachers that were there when I was there as a student in the Elementary and a handful in the high school.
     
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    The high school where I went, almost all the teachers were graduates. I lived in a different city when I got my first job so I didn't work there. When I move back to the USA, my novio wants to live in my hometown so I probably will get a job in my old district! It'll be fun! :)
     
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    I wouldn't mind. I think it would be fun/neat.

    However, because my dad had issues, we moved basically every year. One year I attended three different schools for kinder.

    :(
     
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    I taught at an elementary school in the district I grew up in - this was my first year of teaching. However, the district has unfortunately gone downhill academically since I attended. My sister lives in this district now and the public school ratings are very low, so she sends her kids to a Catholic school as do most of her neighbors. It's sad - my K-8 memories there were very good!
     
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    I don't but the school I'm at has several people who attended and now teach here. Plus, I don't think anyone ever really retires so they are here with teachers who taught them. The elem principal is a former student who is now the boss of a few of her former teachers.
     
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    I work where I went to school. It's very common here because there are not that many districts in the state. I recall a discussion here...there are over 120 districts in Long Island whereas in our entire state there are around 170. Chances are you are either teaching in your home county or a neighboring county. Anyhow, I do work alongside my former teachers. Pretty neat that some of them directly influenced my own career. :)
     
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    I taught in the district I graduated from and also all of my own kids at least attended one year there. My oldest even graduated from my same school. We have since moved. Would I do it again. Yes if it gets me the same job I have now. Do I want to go back and work for them? NOOOOOOO I learned so much about how they really feel about parents in that district when I worked there. I saw how they valued kids and well it wasn't good.
     
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    I moved clear across the country, from NY to CA. Teaching in a different state has been challenging but rewarding as well. Lately I've thought about one day moving back to NY and teaching there. I definitely wouldn't work in the same district I attended though. Bad experiences as a student!
     
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    I taught in my old school district for ten years, and I loved it. Two of my former teachers were on the hiring committee for me. :)

    I like teaching in the community to which I belong. I feel more connected, they know I understand many of the social and/or economic issues they faced, and I have a vested interested in it being successful!
     
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    I don't, and I wouldn't. My sister is a current student, and I just wanted to move away from home.
     
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    I don't teach in the district where I went to school. (It is two towns over, so I do work with some of my former classmates, though!) There are a good number of teachers at my school who attended it. I had a few of them as students.
     
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    I do.

    When I was in 2nd grade I had a student teacher, Mrs. B, and my teacher was Mrs. P ( I had her for 2nd and 3rd). When I began student teaching, my master teacher was Mrs. B in the very same room I now teach in. She is now a Principal at another school. Mrs. P is the assistant Superintendent in the district. It's kind of cool how things are. At the new teacher orientation, many years ago, Mrs. P stood up to tell the whole room how proud she was of me. When she does walk thru visits, I'm always happy to see her. I think it feels less intimidating for me than most of the other teachers.
     
  26. chebrutta

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    Oh, heck, I teach at the school I graduated from. I work with my old teachers. It's been a lot of fun getting to know them as adults. In fact, I have a standing Friday coffee date with one of my teachers.
     
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    I teach in the same district I attended as a K-8 student.

    It's nice to attend professional development and sit next to my former teachers! Thankfully, I was a nice kid, so they have good memories of me!
     
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    Really?

    Why does no one leave home? I'm not knocking those of you that end up where you started--but I can't imagine it. I loved my high school--but I would never move back there--even though my parents are still there. My town wasn't bad, or anything-I grew up in SoCal, but I can't imagine living my whole life in one place.

    I guess I'm just that kind of person.
     
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    It wasn't a conscience choice for me to move back. When I left for college, I didn't plan on moving back. But the year I got my masters I started dating my husband and then a teaching position opened up at the middle school. I applied for it because it was a job and I wanted to see where things went with my then boyfriend. We ended up married and now I would never want to leave here. I like teaching where I have roots and where I can pass local stories and traditions to my students.
     
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    Life happens. Sometimes you have to go home.
     

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