Teachers: How did you land your first teaching job?

Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by UndergradLiz, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. UndergradLiz

    UndergradLiz New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2011
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 9, 2011

    I tend to plan way ahead. Although I'm only an undergrad (graduating next year), I've been browsing job sites to see what employers are looking for. Ive noticed they ALL want 2 years full-time teaching experience (not including subbing, assistant teaching, etc). So how does getting your FIRST teaching job work?
    Thanks so much! :)

    -Liz, elementary ed. major
     
  2.  
  3. TheBagLady

    TheBagLady Rookie

    Joined:
    May 14, 2011
    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 9, 2011

    I'm special ed., and I hear the elementary ed. market is a bit tougher, but here's my story - My first teaching job (just last year) was a last minute fill. I had already had maybe 6 other interviews (a few which I think I BOMBED) and I think it was mid-July. I got a call to come in, and after the interview, the principal offered me the job. I believe he only interviewed one other candidate. The neat thing is he said he actually chose me over her even though she had more experience, based on my responses!

    It was a middle school special ed. position in a low SES school which is really hard for them to fill, apparently. (The previous year, they had a contracted person in the spot) I said I needed time to decide since I had a call from a school closer to me, but the next day, I called and accepted and told the other school no.

    I received several calls for interviews after I took that one. It was a long across town commute and not the grade level I wanted AT ALL (7th and 8th...I wanted K-5) but it was my first position, and I realized I had to settle with that my first year. The other calls I was getting were mostly the same grades or highschool and some were self contained special ed., so I think it was good I took the position I did!
     
  4. sweetlatina23

    sweetlatina23 Cohort

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2010
    Messages:
    509
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 9, 2011

    I wasn't certified to teach yet, so I just applied at the local Diocese. I figured, why not? I had just graduated with my BS in Social Psychology and I had no idea what I was going to use it on. I wanted to be a school counselor and I knew I needed my masters and I needed to teach for 2-3 years. I had a part time job and I was getting pretty good $ so I wasn't worried about finding anything. I figured I would take a break and go back for my Masters. I got a phone call one day from the principal and she asked if I could go in for an interview.

    I arrived early, and she was late. I felt relieved when I realized she was a nun, big mistake! LOL She actually didn't start off asking questions, she started by introducing the school. When she started asking questions, she asked more questions on my discipline style more than anything. We stayed there for an hour, going back and forth. I didn't care to work there when I left. I thought, wow their nice, but at the same time I thought wow thats all I will get paid. I wasn't convinced.

    A week and a half later she called me and offered me the job, I hesitated. I was comfortable at my current job, but I accepted anyway. When I went in to sign my contract, I realized I was a "2nd runner up" The other person hadn't accepted the position. She took all the books and curriculum, because she had wanted to position. However, she declined it and it was offered to me.

    I have been there for five years now, my principal is always quick to remind me what a great asset I am to her. She says I am her "right hand" and she can count on me for a lot. (I don't think she remembers that our interview wasn't the best.) Good luck!
     
  5. Ms. I

    Ms. I Maven

    Joined:
    May 13, 2004
    Messages:
    5,874
    Likes Received:
    158

    Jun 10, 2011

    Here's my situation:

    I had graduated one summer w/ my MA in Special Ed & 2 credentials consecutively ending that summer as well. I applied on Ed-Join that same summer for my 1st choice position...a Resource Specialist. Passed 2 interviews & was hired shortly after to start that fall. The whole process was pretty quick.

    That 1st yr was kind of unusual I'd say due to a grandmother & her 3 grandkids that she had custody of entering the school halfway into the yr. Two of them would have been special ed students, but I never got a chance to work w/ them & "dodged that bullet" so to speak. They were very out-of-control, the P had called the police on them for their behavior, there were DAY-LONG IEP mtgs on them involving attorneys & a lot more people than usual that normally attend IEP mtgs. After the mtgs, they moved on to another district anyway. I wouldn't have had to work w/ them anyway since they would have been in an SDC class (a step more severe than what I taught.)

    Also, the last 2 mos of my yr, I was a juror on a case & when it was over, there were only a handful of days left of school.

    Yes, a rather unique yr!
     
  6. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    27,534
    Likes Received:
    6

    Jun 10, 2011

    I sent a cover letter and resume to every one of the 125 school districts on Long Island. Then I sent one to the Arch Diocese of NYC and to every Catholic high school on Long Island.

    I got 3 offers on the same day and stopped taking interviews after that.

    One thing that really helped was my high school background doing Speech and Debate, and my willingness to coach it. (Unusual for a math teacher, I know.)

    I see you're from NY. As you've probably already realized, the economy hasn't had much of an effect on jobs here, since it has ALWAYS been brutally hard to find a job here.

    Spend the next months coming up with a killer cover letter and resume-- we can help on both fronts. And start to network-- let everyone you know (the mailman, the lady you used to babysit for--everyone!!) know that you'll be looking for a job next year, and to help if they can. Network as much as you can-- get in touch with your high school and elementary school teachers if it's practical. Having someone walk your resume into the office can make a world of difference in getting it looked at.
     
  7. donziejo

    donziejo Devotee

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2009
    Messages:
    1,091
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 10, 2011

    I faxed my information to every district in the state of Utah. I received a call the next day to come in and do an interview with district A. I passed that interview and was placed in a pool of candidates. My name was given to principals in the district and I was called to an interview. The interview happened on pajama day! Everyone except the P was dressed in their PJ's. I got the job offer on the spot! Other districts started calling me about a month later. I really had no idea how to withdraw my name as this was my first teaching job! I am moving out of state and found out that each district does their hiring differently. In Utah they do not want you calling Ps, dropping info off etc...it had to go through the district. Mississippi was entirely different...and I applied for several years only to find out that because I wasn't calling individual HR departments or princpals I was being left out! So this year I was more proactive by calling and e-mailing and sending my informaton through the mail.
     
  8. MrsKP

    MrsKP Companion

    Joined:
    May 15, 2010
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 10, 2011

    I was searching for my teaching job this time last year. My degree is in early childhood education, but I took the GACE for middle school math and science as well.

    The first thing I did was decide which counties I would be willing to commute to. Moving wasn't an option because of my ex-husband's job. I decided on 3 counties and spent January/ February making sure I had everything in on the county-level. I then started composing e-mails to every elementary and middle school principal in those 3 counties. My "cover letter" was the e-mail and I attached my resume and reference list. I tried to set up "meetings", even if they weren't hiring. I imagine I sent out about 150 e-mails. Of those, I probably got about 20 replies, mostly "we are having to cut back and will not be hiring, but thank you for your interest and we will keep your information on file." I think I got 1 interview from that first round and the interview went really well. It was with an AP of a new school that was being opened. She called my references and I was very excited, but then I never heard from her again. It was very weird. About 2 months after that first round of emails I started sending a second round of e-mails, just checking in to see if anything had changed. From that I got an interview that went well, but they hired someone else. Because the interview went well, the principal brought up my name at a meeting with several principals in the county. Her bringing up my name meant 3 more interviews. In 1 of those interviews I was offered a para-pro job, which I accepted after some debate. The principal was great, I loved the school, and I was encouraged by the principal to continue seeking a teaching position, even though I had already been hired. A week and a half before school started I got a call from another principal who asked me to come in for an interview. I checked with the P who had hired me to make sure it was ok, and then went in. The interview went very well and (luckily) they had been interviewing all day and I was the last one. I interviewed with the administration and they had someone take me on a tour of the school after the interview. When we made our way back to the office, they asked me to return to the conference room and offered me the job. Woohoo!!

    Make finding a job your full-time job. If you go at it with everything you have and keep an open mind about which jobs you're willing to take, things will go a lot easier for you.
     
  9. Em_Catz

    Em_Catz Devotee

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2010
    Messages:
    1,150
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 10, 2011

    In my county, once you are certified, you're assigned an HR rep. The rep finds schools near you that have openings for various positions (ie: Lincoln Heights Elementary is 7 miles from you. They are interviewing for a 1st and 2nd grade teacher). If you're interested, you interview. If the principal likes you, they sign you right on the spot. If they are uncertain or you are uncertain, you can go on more interviews before making a decision.

    That's how I got my first job anyway. When I went through my alternative certification program, other participants in the program were talknig about interviewing at this one school. It sounded like a nice place, so I went. I really liked the P and the building, so I signed right on the spot. That was the best teaching experience of my life
     
  10. Peachyness

    Peachyness Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2006
    Messages:
    6,181
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 10, 2011

    Luck.

    I graduated back in 2005. Things were TOO bad, at least in my home town. But, I didn't get hired for the 2005-2006 school year during the "hiring season". So, I started subbing for a year round school right after I graduated and then when school started up for the other districts, I started subbing for them too.

    Then, in September, a couple of openings came up for this one school district. I applied to the only one I was was qualified for. I didn't get that job. Instead, a principal called me and asked me if I wanted to teach kindergarten. I guess they passed my info on to him. I didn't even interview. I just went in, spoke with the principal and with my future partner teacher. And that was it! Since then, all of the other jobs have come pretty easy for me. I have this weird luck in that way.
     
  11. KinderCowgirl

    KinderCowgirl Phenom

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2006
    Messages:
    4,858
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 10, 2011

    I had a really hard time finding a job. I took a job as a teaching assistant for the experience (you can't beat lunch duty to learn how to manage kids). The principal really liked me and let me teach summer school there (I was already certified).

    One day the secretary at the school came and got me to take a phone call in the office (they knew I was looking for a job and I have a feeling the P had a hand in this because obviously I didn't give out the school number on resumes). They were calling to set up an interview.

    In the interview the P asked me what was the last book I read -I had actually been listening to the Lovely Bones on cd in my car. She had just read the book and we talked about that for like 10 minutes. They called me that afternoon and told me I had the job.

    My advice to anyone looking for a job in teaching is to get that experience any way you can (you could volunteer in classrooms now-we have students who do that)-you learn about how the school runs and also can network that way. And also to answer questions honestly in the interviews-I could have said I just read Harry Wong's book or something, but I sincerely believe that connection is what got me the job.
     
  12. waterfall

    waterfall Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2011
    Messages:
    6,052
    Likes Received:
    914

    Jun 10, 2011

    Persistence and pure luck, to be honest. I literally spent at least 2 hours a day last summer searching for job openings, applying, and mailing in packets. I probably applied for at least 500 jobs. My home state has always been a bad market for teachers, and with the bad economy on top of it the situation was just hopeless. I knew even as a freshman in college that I'd have to move far away for a job, but it was a sacrifice I was willing to make. I didn't realize it was so difficult to get a job in another state you're not licensed in. My home state had a recipricol agreement with quite a few states, so I assumed since those jobs knew I could get a license it wasn't a big deal if I hadn't applied yet. Boy was I wrong! They're getting so many applicants they just don't have time to deal with people that are not licensed in their state yet. I also found that even some "recipricol" states require you to take a different praxis. I think the one thing I did wrong in my job search was to hold out on applying for other state's licenses. It seemed like a waste of time/money when I hadn't even gotten interviews in those states, but the thing was I wasn't going to get any interviews without the license.

    I ended up getting my job on pure luck. This state wasn't even on my radar, nor was it somewhere I was that excited about moving to. In late July, one night I couldn't sleep and was up looking for jobs online. I happened to remember that a girl that attended my college a few years ago sent the department an e mail saying her school was hiring, and that she was very happy there. I applied to her district and happened to see another district that was hiring too, so I applied there as well. The other district called me 2 days later for an interview. The P was confused and thought I already had this state's license, which is the only way I even got an interview. She was so impressed with me that she offered me the job anyway, about 40 minutes after my interview! She later told me that she was "supposed" to hire an indistrict person with over 15 years experience- someone who also has a child at our school. They thought this was such a "done deal" that she was the only one who interviewed me- the other people on the committee didn't even worry about the fact that they couldn't make it my interview b/c they knew they were going to choose this other person anyway. I (nervously) took the job, and have been very happy here. I really just totally lucked into finding this job. With thousands upon thousands of applicants, so much of it is just luck. Don't let people try to tell you you're not trying hard enough.

    I don't think requiring 2 years of experience is normal. That may be very area specific to where you live. Look around other places and you should find that's not the case. I think a lot of places now are actually looking for younger teachers more than experienced teachers because they're cheaper, and schools just don't have the money. I know in my home state, a lot of schools even had a policy that they would not hire anyone with more than 3 years experience due to budget issues.

    Are you in a program that has your masters tacked on to your undergrad? Or you just want to go to grad school right away? If you can, I would suggest trying to teach before getting your masters. In this economy, having a masters will make you harder to hire because you're more expensive. Since you'll also have no experience, it's a double whammy because the district wonn't want to hire someone they have to pay more (because of the masters) who doesn't even have experience yet.
     
  13. crunchytxmama

    crunchytxmama Companion

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2010
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 10, 2011

    I picked the absolute worst time to get into teaching. I got into an ACP that was a collaboration between a large urban district and a university. They had a great record of placing interns. In the 8 years or so of the program, they had placed all but one intern.....until my year. Last year, the district they worked with, enforced a hiring freeze, leaving all of us scrambling for a tiny number of jobs. A full year later, a number of my friends in the program still do not have jobs. Some of us (like me) have found non-traditional ways to teach. I ended up getting my job because my son's godmother is the principal at a private school, and I asked her if she had anything, even though it wasn't the area I was certifying in. I ended up teaching part-time at the private school last year, and will be full-time next year.

    I applied to dozens of school districts in our area, and followed up on any lead to specific schools that were hiring. Of the dozens and dozens of phone calls and emails I put out last year, I had one of those principals respond to me to tell me they didn't have anything. In the end, it basically it boiled down to who I knew.
     
  14. bandnerdtx

    bandnerdtx Aficionado

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    Messages:
    3,506
    Likes Received:
    12

    Jun 10, 2011

    Networking is a big key here. When you get your student teaching assignment, make sure you shine. Make them believe that you are going to be the absolute best teacher ever to come from your school system! Make friends with all the teachers, the admin, etc. Volunteer above and beyond what they ask you to do. Go to the events after school. Tutor. Get to know the families!
     
  15. Marci07

    Marci07 Devotee

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2008
    Messages:
    1,017
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 10, 2011

    I worked as a teacher's assistant for 2 years while I was going to college to get my teaching certificate. A month before I graduated, the principal at the school I worked at asked me to take a teaching position after getting my certificate.
     
  16. cutNglue

    cutNglue Magnifico

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    9,154
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 10, 2011

    I was already a para in the school and did other community service work at the same time.
     
  17. myKroom

    myKroom Habitué

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2006
    Messages:
    835
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 10, 2011

    My first teaching job came via an interview at a neighboring district!

    It was two weeks before school started and I had interviewed at a district for a one year kindergarten job. Things went well and I was hopeful and excited. When the principal called me, he said he wasn't offering me the job! He thought I did great but was there second choice. I was super bummed until he went on to say that he had talked to the principal at a neighboring district who just had a kindergarten teacher leave. He said he told them about me and sent my stuff to them and highly recommended they take a look. Needless to say they called for the interview and I got the job!!!!

    You never know what could happen and who could be giving you a reference!! If it wasn't for that principal I never would have known or had a chance at the job!
     
  18. teacherintexas

    teacherintexas Maven

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2005
    Messages:
    5,280
    Likes Received:
    748

    Jun 11, 2011

    I had applied to be a sub because I was going to go straight to grad school.

    The principal saw my sub application and evidently liked what she saw. I was called in for an interview and was offered my choice of two positions.

    Yes. I was lucky.

    And I never did get my masters.
     
  19. EMonkey

    EMonkey Connoisseur

    Joined:
    May 10, 2008
    Messages:
    1,592
    Likes Received:
    4

    Jun 11, 2011

    I had been working in the schools as a volunteer coordinator. I took a course for Resource and got hired with an emergency credential as a resource specialist. I then went back for my credential and masters.
     
  20. historynut

    historynut Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    95
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 11, 2011

    Luck and "networking". I did my final student teaching in the district plus a long term sub placement. I applied all over the district. The only two schools that called me for a second interview was one where I had mentioned I grew up with a teacher that they loved that had worked there and the other one my dad knew the principal. The first one hired me.
     
  21. StudentTeach

    StudentTeach Comrade

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2009
    Messages:
    431
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 11, 2011

    I'll find out on Monday whether or not I got the job so I will report back then! lol
     
  22. JustMe

    JustMe Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Messages:
    7,946
    Likes Received:
    3

    Jun 11, 2011

    I was offered a position at the school where I completed my student teaching, but because she was unable to provide me a contract until a certain date for legal reasons, I thought it would best best to apply elsewhere just in case. And to be honest, I wasn't exactly pumped about the idea of working there.

    I applied to two other districts best I remember—one which had no openings whatsoever, and one that did. The one that did called for an interview, I interviewed (my first one), and was offered the job almost immediately. I was still torn between accepting the position where I student taught, simply because I was familiar with the school, and going outside of my comfort zone a bit, but ultimately I chose the new (smaller, better paying) district and have been there since.
     
  23. monsieurteacher

    monsieurteacher Aficionado

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2005
    Messages:
    3,231
    Likes Received:
    66

    Jun 11, 2011

    After student teaching with the Vice Principal at my school, she liked me so much that she made sure I got hired for an LTS position there the following year.
     
  24. YoungTeacherGuy

    YoungTeacherGuy Phenom

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2007
    Messages:
    4,461
    Likes Received:
    1,485

    Jun 11, 2011

    Finished student teaching in May 2005 and was hired that month for the upcoming school year (same school district but different school).

    The principal at the school I student taught at was being transferred to a school across town and needed to hire a 1st grade teacher. Fortunately, she liked me a lot and asked me if I wanted the position! I've been with the same district ever since then.

    Yes--I feel fortunate!
     
  25. old_School

    old_School Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    69
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 11, 2011

    I subbed part time the first year and the next year I was asked to teach full time to help fill in. Those wondering they forced retirement on roughly 15 teachers prior, so they had to fill the positions. I was not really happy about filling their positions considering how I obtained it but better someone who knew the kids then a complete stranger. So I accepted the job teaching computer science to the children in the alterative school for middle schoolers. It was basicly a group of kids who had been kicked out of public school. It ended up being a fairly good position but after a few years I left teaching. The school corp I worked for was just horriable. Firing teachers because they had been their X amount of years and recived benfits. Teachers sleeping with students in the high school, teachers hitting their kids in class and teachers showing up drunk to work. It was not the best school to work at, btw their hiring lol
     
  26. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2001
    Messages:
    24,958
    Likes Received:
    2,112

    Jun 11, 2011

    Were there no repercussions for these teachers? I'm not doubting that some of these things happen, but you admitted in one of your posts that you made kids do pushups and scrub pots and pans. So was the school corporation horrible, or were the teachers they hired questionable? I find some of the things you post quite shocking.
     
  27. webmistress

    webmistress Devotee

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,084
    Likes Received:
    64

    Jun 11, 2011

    Did I read that correctly that they're not interviewing anyone with less than 2 years experience? That's tremendously unfortunate & insane imo. At least in the private sector each company is different and have different requirements. If an entire district is shutting out new teachers like that, then it's an injustice.

    With my 1st short lived teaching job I didn't apply to the school or anything. They pulled my info from HR, called me during second quarter, 5th grade, high poverty school, taken over by state twice. I had a grueling interview with the P, and then later an extremely tough panel interview. I interviewed well but I think I have gotten so rusty now.

    I drew on my experience from subbing & student teaching & gave real life examples to every question they asked. If there was something I was unfamiliar with, such as their Writing program and computer programs, I assured them that I would have no trouble learning it. I also played up my strong rapport with students. The staff was impressed & it seemed like it would be a great match for me because I liked what they were saying as well.

    I'm still surprised that they even wanted a new teacher for this position. Seems like they would have definitely interviewed a veteran, especially with the low test scores, and Principal's job on the line. Anyway, my 1st week there the custodian told me to get out while I can. She said I've been placed in a war zone & this job will kill me.

    Let's just say, I didn't believe her, but unfortunately she was correct & I barely made it out with my sanity.
     
  28. old_School

    old_School Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    69
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 11, 2011

    Yeah I had a few students who thought it was ok to pick on handicap kids thus the pot and pans inccodent lol Pushups came about when a kid decided he would try to get in my face because I mentioned to the kids I was a Marine. That kid had been causeing issue for several days and just plain lacked real declipline. So he thought he was tough, I chalenged him to doing pushup's since he thought he was "joe cool". He lost and sat down the rest of the year. To answer the questioon though. Yes the school I worked in was extremely dangerous. Their were a few times I considered wear a bullet proff vest to work. Thats no joke. I had a asp on my car keys, it was in my hand everyday I went home.

    Working at that school corp was a rather shocking experiance for me as well. I went to a small town school near that school corp. My mom also worked at that school corp hence how I got my foot in the door. Anyway the school I went too as a kid was much better. I grew up in a town were we did not have to lock our doors etc. But in 7th grade my parents split so I moved away. So when I finaly got a chance to move back to what i consider my home town, that school was the closest school hiring at the time. I had herd stories the school was a rough school but I did not think any thing of it until I walked in the door and was approached by a police officer and metal detector.

    Oh yes working for that school corp was a trip every day. My first year there I was asked out by several students (yeah that was scary and innapropreate), threatened, one student attempted to stab me once, had objects threw at me a few times and the famous call the teacher every name in the book. About mid way through my first year there, one of the teachers told me the students like to try and scary or force teachers to leave. The school was literlly a nightmare to work at. I consider my self a strong man but that place tested me daily lol

    I only worked their a few years total but that place was enough for me. I know most schools our not like that place but I go to help a few kids. So it was nice. Some of my students have sence found me on facebook and i chit chat with them time to time. One of them got her GED and is studying nurseing now. Anyway, alot of the tactics I used in my teaching career I would not honestly use. They our funny to remember but not pratical to use. For my students, it was more of a you showing them your not scared and they are here to learn. First day of class I told my kids (the 8th graders) they will be treated as adults until they act as children. My class will teach you valuable computer skills which you can apply toward your A+ and Net + Cert if you wish to persue a career in computers or software. Most of the kids were excited. But their is allways a few bad apples in the bunch lol

    Those wondering A+ and Net + is a cert created by Com Tia which verifys you can trouble shoot and repair computers. My goal was to teach the children the basics of those tests/certs and tech them some basic computer skills like typing etc as well. The big idea behind the lesson plan was if they obtained a their A+ or Net+ cert, they could persue their MCSE or something else related. The MCSE is a cert by Microsoft and is very highly in demand. So ultimately my goal was to provide career skills to a bunch of 7th and 8th graders in a alterative school.

    As for the teachers, oh yeah they were just as bad as the kids. I remember being told by other teachers to just turn my head and walk away if possiable. Imagine a school where teachers basicly have no real rule or bearing on the kids. I remember hearing a rumor about the kids smooking pot with the one of the teachers. So I went to investigate the rumor and yea the kids were not lieing. I was asked to just turn my head and walk away. Their were maybe 3 or 4 good teachers working their out of maybe 30 or 40 total. Sadly the good teachers were really good teachers. They refussed to give up on the kids and wanted to truely help them. I wanted to help them as well but it was just to much for me in the end. 30k a year with no benifits was not worth risking my life over.
     
  29. monsieurteacher

    monsieurteacher Aficionado

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2005
    Messages:
    3,231
    Likes Received:
    66

    Jun 11, 2011

    Please don't take this as disrespect, but you will find that you will get more responses if you read over your work and check for spelling mistakes. It is incredibly difficult to read some of your posts, and I think a once over would be highly beneficial.

     
  30. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2005
    Messages:
    14,059
    Likes Received:
    1,883

    Jun 12, 2011

    When I first graduated, there were no jobs in the public school system, so I taught in a couple of small, private schools and worked for Easter Seals in one of their nursery school programs. After taking 10 years off to stay at home with my children, a parent told me that a couple of the neighbourhood schools were desperate for subs, so I applied and began subbing a few days a week at my children's school. The principal recommended me for a long term sub position at another school; I ended up doing a full year maternity leave there as well. The vice-principal of that school recommended me for a contract position at a third school; on his recommendation I was hired.

    I was very lucky, being in the right place at the right time, but also made sure that the administrators of the schools I worked in knew who I was and that I was willing to do whatever I was asked to do.
     
  31. Lynn K.

    Lynn K. Habitué

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2007
    Messages:
    803
    Likes Received:
    4

    Jun 12, 2011

    Right place, right time.

    I had been subbing and teaching summer school for two years, and the superintendent of schools asked me to take a part time job as a Title 1 teacher at the local Catholic school.

    At the end of the first quarter there was a teacher who was quitting. I stopped the P in the hallway and asked if I could apply for that job. She was thrilled (I think) that it was going to be easy to replace the outgoing teacher. She didn't interview me, just asked when I was willing to start.

    I've been there 11 years now, and (mostly) love it!
     
  32. cutNglue

    cutNglue Magnifico

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    9,154
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 12, 2011

    Great story Lynn!
     
  33. jamie2882

    jamie2882 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2011
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 12, 2011

    I just got my first job at a Charter School teaching 2nd grade. I went to well over 20 interviews before getting this job. I was myself, I was honest, I didn't just say what I thought they wanted to hear. It worked, out of 119 applicants they hired me and 15 others to start a new school. I feel its a good match too. Have faith, not all positions require the 2 years and I'd apply anyway and try to prove why they should hire you! Good Luck!
     
  34. MissScrimmage

    MissScrimmage Aficionado

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    3,061
    Likes Received:
    538

    Jun 12, 2011

    I sent resumes to every job opening within an hours drive of where I live. I was not picky about grade or district. I was finally hired to cover a leave for 1 year at the school I did my final student teaching block in. I was hired on permanently at the end of that year, and I'm happy to be going into my 3rd year teaching at that school. It's really important that you get involved in the school during your student teaching and that the principal has a chance to see you in action!
     
  35. maya5250

    maya5250 Comrade

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2009
    Messages:
    370
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 12, 2011

    The hiring person for middle school teachers in my district came to my student teaching capstone class and offer to watch a lesson during my student teaching. I was offered a district contract but didn't know which school that I will be teaching. I knew that I had a job. I interviewed with a school over the summer and got the job before finishing my MAT in the summer.

    During my time at my college, I chatted/studied with elementary majors. They knew that elementary jobs were scarce in my district and was told by their advisers to become certified in a middle school subject to be more competitive. Some of friends chose to not do it because they knew middle school was not for them and wanted to teach in the elementary level (they were willing to wait). I wish you luck. Also, even if they say they are looking for a minimum of two years, it wouldn't hurt to apply to those and any jobs around your location

    I would send out resumes to your local district and counties that surrounding your local district. Also, if you are willing to move,you should send resumes to job applications in your state and other states.
     
  36. PEteacher07

    PEteacher07 Cohort

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2005
    Messages:
    534
    Likes Received:
    7

    Jun 12, 2011

    I think I had a family member in on it. She was a teacher and elementary principal for many years. Both my parents were also well respected teachers in the district too. Although I was a teaching assistant at an early childhood school for a semester and interviewed at 2 other elementary schools, I received a call from central office offering me a job at a fantastic school that I hadn't even interviewed at which I accepted right on the spot.

    Regardless of how I got my position, I think it worked out b/c I have been at my school for 6 years. I have started a running club, and want to start a jump rope team next year and have no plans to slow down any time soon!
     
  37. 2ndTimeAround

    2ndTimeAround Phenom

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Messages:
    4,330
    Likes Received:
    572

    Jun 12, 2011

    I volunteered A LOT at my dds' school and subbed for a while there while I made my decision to pursue the education field or not. My youngest daughter was placed with the same teacher my oldest daughter had when she was in 4th grade. I had grown to know the teacher very well over those five years. I was finishing up my student teaching the year youngest dd was in her class. The teacher's husband worked at a local high school and he mentioned that there might be an opening in the science department. She told me the next day at the class Christmas party. She offered to have her husband take my resume to the principal - only thing was, the next day was the last day before Christmas break. I had a resume in the car but no time to write a cover letter or anything. I took the chance, gave her one and the next day the husband gave it to the principal. The following Monday, Dec. 22nd, I got a call to go in for an interview. They needed to meet me that very day but we had appointments for the girls to go to the pediatrician. I told the AP that very thing, he said to come by whenever we finished with the Dr. and not to worry about being dressed up, lol. I had 30 minutes from that conversation until I had to leave for the appt - I was dressed in jeans, no make-up and had frizzy hair. But somehow the family all kicked in and got me ready for an interview - to which dh dropped me off. @@

    They seemed to like me enough though - I actually got a call on Christmas Eve from the AP where I student taught. The first day back from break I got a call from central office asking me if I would consider the position and I started a couple of weeks after that.

    In the meantime I got two job offers from districts where I did not even apply or interview! They were so desperate for someone with my certification that they were willing to see me sight unseen. :(

    Letting people know you are looking definitely helps!
     
  38. Leatherette

    Leatherette Comrade

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2009
    Messages:
    251
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 12, 2011

    When I student taught while getting my masters in special education, my mentor teacher was in her last year of teaching and about to retire. She wanted me to take her job. I am not sure I even had to interview (sad - I can't remember- it was 16 years ago). This was a very small town that did not have a big pool of special ed teachers to pull from. I had not even graduated yet - I got a provisional cert until I graduated in December of that school year.

    It was not a good situation - I had no materials and was never observed/given feedback. I left after that first year.
     
  39. christine89

    christine89 Companion

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2011
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 13, 2011

    Well, I just got my first teaching job this last week so I'm fresh off the job search!! It really depends on where you want to be. To find openings, I checked my state's job service website multiple times a week (every 1-2 days!). Moving was an option for me but I didn't really want to move out of state. I'm single so I didn't care much where I went. Basically I sent out applications all over the place. Some places may or may not care how much experience you have. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? They may have said they wanted a more experienced teacher, but I sent them my cover letter, resume, and letters of reference anyway. I went on a total of 4 interviews and just got offered a job from the 3rd interview. Like I said, it depends on where you want to go and whether you care where you go. Most importantly, don't give up on the job search! Something will happen for you! As far as interviews, let your enthusiasm and passion for teaching shine through!
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. miss-m,
  2. tigger88
Total: 268 (members: 4, guests: 242, robots: 22)
test