Teaching in the City

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  1. cheerfulfifi

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    So I currently teach in a small farm town in Central PA. I would love nothing more than to move to New York City for at least a year just so I can say that I did it, but does anyone have any advice about finding a job there?
    Are there things I should know about teaching in NYC? Any advice about how to go about looking for a good school? I am certified for K-6, but would prefer to teach anywhere from 2-4.
     
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  3. Hoot Owl

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    I have no advice but I'm posting to bump up your thread. Good luck.
     
  4. SunnyReader

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    things are not looking good in nyc. There was a hiring freeze last year and it will probably continue next year (except special ed, physics, and something else).
     
  5. Aliceacc

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    And elementary education is a tough market in the tri-state area even in good economic times!

    To be honest, I would keep the job you have until things clear up a bit.
     
  6. cheerfulfifi

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    That has certainly been a concern... no matter where I move I'm going to have problems finding a job.
    Unfortunately I am just really unhappy where I am and am really looking for an "out."
     
  7. Toak

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    The DC area is in need of elementary teachers
     
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    Sorry, I didn't realize that.
     
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    do you need your masters to teach in NYC?
     
  10. SunnyReader

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    yes, you do.
     
  11. Miss_K

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    Not really... most places here have hiring freezes as well. I know a lot of people who are subbing this year because they didn't get hired. A few places are better than others, but jobs are getting harder to come by down here.
     
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    Prince George's county is hiring a few hundred new elementary teachers for 2010-2011 (they are right outside of DC).
     
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    This is an article from the NY Times that's less than a week old about the teaching outlook in NYC. Not good news.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/education/29layoffs.html?ref=education

    Since you're PA certified you could try Philadelphia. Some of their schools are being turned into Renaissance schools and at those schools I think half the staff needs to change. So, it would be a very tough job for sure, but if you need an "out" and are willing to do longer hours in a challenging urban environment, it would definitely be worth looking in to.
     
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    There is also a charter school in philadelphia looking for teachers. I was going to do an intern to teaching position with them (they contacted me) until I looked at a crime map of the city and discovered there have been 5 armed robberies near the school in November and December
     
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    I am not a fan of Philadelphia (sorry Philly!). I just don't enjoy that city. I think right now I need to enjoy the fact that I have a job and am almost tenured. I'll just stick it out I guess.

    I'm hoping that I can find a way to enjoy teaching without feeling tied down at 23.
     
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    No, don't give up!

    Send in applications to NYC-- would you consider non-public schools?

    And if they don't work out, you'll still have your current job.
     
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    You could always try down south too... try cities like Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro in NC. Good Luck!
     
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    Huh? Lol. You have just not been to the right places in Philly. It is a beautiful, enjoyable city with wonderful people in it. Give us another try! :thumb:
     
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    I think I might just fill out the application anyway. And yes- I'd be willing to teach in a private school... not that I'd know where to find those. haha

    Sorry schoolteacher... I like people from Philly, but just not the city. And I just love NY more :) I'm sure your city is great!
     

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