Where Do You See Yourself?

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  1. Moogeeg

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    As a fairly new teacher (second year), I am just now starting to feel competent and secure in what I am doing (not always). I am also exploring my options for the future. I am curious to hear what directions all of you on AtoZ are considering for your career. I was slated to begin a counseling program this fall, but with so many credits and an astronomical rise in tuition, it unfortunately was no longer feasible.

    Do you see yourself staying in the classroom, becoming an administrator or specialist, etc.? Please share where you see yourself in the next 5-10 years and why you have chosen the direction you are going in.
     
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    In 10 years, I'll be retired (!), but I don't see moving out of the classroom. Being with the kids drives and inspires me; I know that I wouldn't get as much satisfaction with a role that didn't allow me to build those relationships.
     
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    I was in the classroom for 6 years. I have since moved into our administrative special education department as a diagnostician (similar to an LSSP). I can see myself doing this for the next 25 years until I can retire. I thought about becoming a special education director; however, after seeing the stress of what my director goes through, I have rethought that decision.
     
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    I'm not sure; I feel torn between two paths. I'm young and expecting my first child. I work at a private school that's really, really nice. I don't get paid much and the benefits aren't great, but I love my job. I could see myself working here for the rest of my child raising days, either as a teacher or a part time librarian.

    On the other hand, I've always wanted to go into educational law. When I was in college, my plan was to teach for about 5 years, and then go to law school. While I may still do that someday, I feel like that will be in 15-20 years, not 2 years.
     
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    It's funny. If you had asked me this last year, I would have told you that I wanted to be in a supervisory position, working with teachers instead of students. After a long talk with my principal, I realized that I wanted to find a way to remain a teacher leader. So, now I see myself growing in my current co-chair position and attaining my Master Teacher certification, possibly taking on training student teachers as well.
     
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    I'll be honest, sometimes I just don't know. This is my second year as well- I'm a special ed teacher in a resource setting. I have ups and downs with how I feel about my current position. Some days I love it- absolutely love it. There are a lot of great things about it.

    Other days are "meh" and some days I just about cry because I am so overwhelmed. Those bad days usually come from paperwork frustrations. We have ever changing guidelines and it seems like when I do something the way I was originally told to do it I find out they (they being state/district EC officials) want it done another way. We also get different answers from different people. It's frustrating and it really takes a big chunk of my time away from planning fun, effective, and engaging lessons (which I enjoy doing).

    Unfortunately, I doubt the paperwork is going away any time soon and I can't see myself dealing with this level of stress until I retire. I've considered whether a switch to gen ed would be the right move. I've even posted about it here, but I keep flip flopping. Some of the things I love most about my position wouldn't exist if I were a gen ed teacher. Basically, all of this is a long, round about way of saying I don't know where I'll be in 5-10 years....still in special ed, in gen ed, another education related position, or out of teaching all together.
     
  8. Backroads

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    I actually see myself switching careers at some point, just for interest's sake rather than classic burn-out. I have seriously considered heading to the medical field for my next career. Other days, I plan on going into library science and becoming a school librarian.
     
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    I don't know either...I feel like I've finally landed a great position in a great district and am getting paid a decent living wage with good working hours (most of the time!). I don't know where I could go from here without taking on more student loan debt. I often think about teaching at the college level, but I'm not sure it would provide more satisfaction and security than where I am now.

    My dept. chair, who teaches the same language I do, says she wants to retire in 5 years. I could definitely see myself staying at least until then, at which point I could probably basically cherry-pick my class levels! So that is another reason to stay the course.

    I just wonder sometimes if I will have the energy to keep doing what I'm doing for another 30+ years...but then again, I can't imagine doing anything that long! This is the first time that I've felt content to stick around as long as I currently hope to, so I'm taking that as a very good sign!
     
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    Same. I'm thinking of heading into engineering, just to try it out for a while.

    I actually got more interested in physical science and engineering because of teaching. I never really studied it in college. (my focus was life sciences)
     
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    Classroom teacher.
     
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    Funny that law school was brought up! That's an idea that has been turned around in my head as well.
     
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    I was in the classroom for 9 years. This year I became a specialist. I am really, really loving my current gig as a specialist, and I can see myself in this role or one like it for quite some time.
     
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    Switching careers. Related to tech. Then later on go back to teaching but this time, working as a professor in a college/university after 5 years of professional experience in the tech field.
     
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    Some days, I'm gung-ho about becoming site principal. Other days, though, I remind myself that I'm perfectly happy in my current role as VP.

    In the future, though, I definitely see myself at the district office. I would love to be Director of Curriculum/Instruction or Director of State/Federal Programs.
     
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    This is one concern I have. I go back and forth between wanting to stay in the classroom thinking that I will miss building relationships with the kids and leaving it.

    That sounds like an awesome plan!

    I am debating eventually pursuing a specialist position as well. I am glad that you have found a position you are happy in for the time being!
     
  17. Moogeeg

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    It is great that your principal was able to help you make a plan. I wish you all the best as you progress in your role!

    I looked at special ed for a second and realized very quickly that although caseloads are often very small in certain areas, the paperwork and other "behind the scenes" work is overwhelming. I wonder if there might be some sort of specialist position within special ed that might give you a break from the paperwork in the future.


    One teacher I had in school always mentioned that the current trend is for people to have more careers rather than a "one and done" approach to the workplace. I too have debated pursuing another career in the future. However, the benefits are still pretty good where I am and it is going to be tough to pass up a pension if I left the profession. At this point, I still enjoy my job and the field in general.
     
  18. Moogeeg

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    Thanks for sharing! 30 years is a long time, but all of the veterans say that it goes by so fast! I too just got hired by one of the best possible districts, and it really does make you think twice about ever leaving. It would also be great to take advantage of the changes that may occur when the dept. chair leaves. I am so glad that you are feeling content and happy in your workplace!

    I am debating a reading specialist for my master's. I am not sure what kind of specialist job you have, but I am curious about job prospects. I am also a secondary teacher who would be open to working in any setting. I am not sure if most elementary schools would rather have a veteran elementary teacher as a specialist.
    That sounds awesome!
    It is always hard to stay focused and grounded in a current role rather than looking ahead to the future. I am glad you are enjoying your position! After spending a week at my district's central office this summer, I can definitely see where the appeal is in working there.
     
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    I am currently working towards earning my teaching certification in Elementary Education K-6. I definitely see myself staying in the classroom as I enjoy being with the kids and doing innovative things that continue to aid in my growth as a classroom teacher! :) I also see myself having my Master's degree after sometime in the classroom and being an adjunct professor of education. I want to help my students and other potential teachers see the greatness within themselves to achieve their goals! :)
     
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    I hate to say I'm 100% certain about my plans, especially because this is my first year of teaching and I know things can definitely change. But this is something I've been thinking about for awhile now, including when I was still in college, so I'd like to work toward making things happen.

    I currently teach 8th grade ELA at a public school, but I'd like to make the switch to teach in a private school as an elementary teacher. I have an English degree that I'm extremely proud of, so it's not a hate for the subject I teach, but I keep feeling the pull to teach elementary school, preferably K - 4. I do love teaching, and I love the group of kids I have this year, but I'm starting to realize I have more of a passion to teach children rather than teach my content area, if that makes sense. I've already started looking into adding an elementary endorsement, so I'm hoping within the next five years, I'll be an elementary teacher (hopefully kindergarten, but we'll see what happens!).

    As for public school, I went to private schools my entire life. I decided I was comfortable teaching public school, so when it came time for me to find a job, I was completely fine with applying to the district I work at now. However, I'm starting to really miss being a part of a private school, and I think my personality is better suited for private school. Public school is giving me a lot to learn, though, and it's making me become a better teacher, so I'm okay with sticking it out a couple of more years before making the switch.

    I do know I have zero desire to work as an administrator or to be out of the classroom, though. I also don't want to teach college/university as I prefer teaching children over adults. I'm considering getting my master's in literacy education, but I have time to think about it, so there's no rush. If I ever decide to leave the classroom, I would like to get my master's in library science and become a librarian, but until then, I want to teach.
     
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    I'd like to enroll under continuing education, take at least fifteen more credits, and become certified to teach history as well.
     
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    I'm not currently teaching- and I never saw that coming. I knew I'd leave the classroom, but I always planned on a specialist role. Now... I'm not sure. I'd have to take more classes and it is so competitive.

    I, too, have considered law school. I've thought about running for public office at one point, since I find myself more and more interested in politics as I get older. On the other hand, I've considered going back for to become a CPA. *sigh* I'm lost...
     
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    I can't imagine doing anything other than teaching juniors and seniors.
     
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    I've been a teacher for 19 years. I have at least another 10 in me- I think! I keep from getting stale by mentoring student teachers, coaching new teachers, teaching PD courses.
     
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    In the beginning, I thought I'd stay in the classroom for the remainder of my career. I started questioning that in year four. Now, I'm in year six, and it's a rare day when I think I'll still be doing this next year. I just don't know how much longer I have it in me to be under the frequent stress that comes with heavy workloads and policies that don't make sense for students or teachers.

    I'd like to go into education policy... either as a lobbyist or researcher, most likely, but maybe as a professor. I am considering going to get a Ph.D., but I'm concerned about the financial impact of that, not to mention the hard work that it will require. That said, I don't really know how else to break into that field. I just get so frustrated with what I experience first-hand in public schools (three, so far), and the only way I know to go about even beginning to make a change is to leave the classroom and go into policy.
     
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    Love this. Actually, this is where I see myself in 5-10 years.

    I am only in year 4, but I've started taking on small leadership roles just at our little school. My principal has given me opportunity to do so. I could definitely see myself advancing in roles like that, but staying in the classroom. I really think I belong in the classroom. I also want to stay in 5th for at least quite awhile. It's not that I would never consider moving, but at this point I would really love to become an expert at a certain grade level, and I do love this one.

    I really have no interest in pursuing an administrative roll, ever. I don't think that's for me at all.
     
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    I have my principal certification so I see myself in either an AP or Principal role. I love working with kids but I know I won't miss the in and outs of being a classroom teacher. I've always known I wanted to get into leadership. Eventually, after being in admin for a while, I think I'd like to work in the district office.
     
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    It's funny, I just met someone this weekend who was a teacher for five years and then quit to go to law school. He said even working 70+ hours as a new attorney was still *much* easier than his first year teaching!

    In my experience, at least so far, every year in the classroom has gotten a little easier. I'm hoping that continues to be true!
     
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    This is embarrassing to admit, but I've been bossy since I was a kid. I used to tell everyone that I was going to be a teacher when I grew up. I would make worksheets and tests for my brother and sister (by hand). I used to love when they'd get an answer wrong so I would circle it with my big red pen.

    I am the VP at the school I attended during my elementary years. Some of my teachers are still working here. When it was announced that I was going to be an administrator here, they all said they weren't surprised!
     
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    Also embarrassing to admit but...I used to lecture to my sister while we waited for the bus about stuff I had learned by reading! My mom used to call me the "absent-minded professor" because I remembered everything I read, but couldn't seem to keep track of my stuff around the house, etc. I think some of this stuff is in our blood!
     
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    After my past three years watching and feeling like I could do nothing when administration manipulated parents and teachers into certain things I'm very strongly thinking about going to law school and eventually working as some type of education lawyer for teachers and parents.
     
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    Ten years from now, I will either be a young retiree or still in an elementary classroom.

    If I retire after 29 or 30 years in the classroom, I will be in my early fifties so I'd want to get a job but am not sure what I'd want to do. It'll probably depend on my health. Going back to school is not out of the question.
     

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