Who wants to get promoted?

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  1. seduflow

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    Not saying teaching is bad, but who wants to get promoted within the educational field and why? Admin? School Counselor? Technology Director? Librarian?
     
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    I want to go back to school so I can be a media specialist. If I wasn't a teacher I would have probably been a librarian, so a school librarian would be the best of both worlds. I'm very happy in the classroom right now, so I'm in no rush.
     
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    I never thought I'd like any of those other areas. I love to read, and I love books . . . but I have no desire to work in a library. I don't mind being in leadership positions, but I don't want the "big job". Guidance is just NOT me.

    I'm very happy as a classroom teacher, but I have picked up a few additional positions like team leader, department leader, trainer, etc.
     
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    I'm in the process of getting my masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment to eventually become a director of curriculum and instruction in my home district.
     
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    There is no way I can see myself as a sixth grade teacher for the rest of my life. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but I get restless, and I need change. I would love to go into administration. Pretty much for the same reason I went into teaching-I was an interpreter for 4 years, and saw a lot of things I thought I could do better! :lol: Now that I've been a teacher for 4 years, I am starting to see admin things I could do better!
     
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    I was math department chair before I quit in 2000 to stay home with my kids. In fact, the current chair was hired just as I got the job, so the role reversal is kind of funny.

    I enjoyed doing it.

    But right now, my plate is full enough. Besides, John is doing a phenomenal job-- there's no reason why they would want to replace him.

    But if he did move on, I would be happy to do it again.
     
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    I am department chair and I love it. I would like to find a full time job where I can sort of oversee the department and have more supervisory duties, like a quasi-administrator. I know they have those at some schools. I do have my educational leadership certs, but I would like an administrative role where I can work with and support teachers more closely.
     
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    In my district the guidance counselor, tech person, and librarian are all on the 'teacher pay scale' so it wouldn't be a promotion so to speak...just a job change.
     
  10. seduflow

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    that is true, but since you are required a masters degree, it is technically a "promotion" because of the increased pay. It's not so bad not having to make lesson plans heh :D

    I hope to get somewhere in the technology field.
     
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    In our school it is not a promotion either. They are on the same level as the teachers with masters.
     
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    I have a masters "plus 60"...I'm making the most money I can at my step on the salary scale...When I got the 'plus' credits, I earned myself the 'pay promotion' without changing jobs- and since I LOVE what I do, I don't mind the lesson plans!!;)
     
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    Ditto here, except if they are a 12month employee instead of 10, they make a little more, but it's still the same scale.
     
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    I have been offered an assistant principal job for next year, but turned it down. I am quite content being the district History Department Chair and teaching a math class or two when its necessary. I'm currently at the highest pay step I can be at. I have two masters and my JD, so that helps. Money wise things couldn't get better and position wise I love teaching for half the day and helping teachers the other half. I am currently working on my doctorate, but thats more of an ego thing lol, it has nothing to do with advancing my position, I just love the study of history.
     
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    I went from teacher, to coach, to my current position which is a coach at a failing school so I am an employee of the district but also the department of education.(Kind of confusing.)I love the experience I've gotten with my jobs, but really don't think I can do this for much longer. My Masters is in reading but I am going back to school to get my principal certificate. I always said I never wanted to be a principal but maybe for awhile. My end goal is to be director of curriculum of a professor of literacy or teacher education.
    I hope to one day just be content with the job that I have. (And more money doesn't hurt either!)
     
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    I have no desire to go into administration. I couldn't deal with discipline all day long--it's enough in the classroom!

    I like the classroom and the kids I deal with. In the classroom, I get to deal with all the kids; in administration, you get to deal with the "bad" or kids who get in trouble.

    Not for me, thank you very much!
     
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    Honestly, teaching isn't my passion, yet I managed to stumble into it & earn 2 credentials & a Masters in special ed (so I guess I better learn to like it!) So no matter what kind of teaching position I get w/ that, I certainly don't plan to do that for 10+ yrs, but then, I don't want to be a principal or anything like that either.

    I only taught special ed for a yr & I've already returned to school to become a speech-language pathologist. I strongly believe that I will enjoy that better than teaching.

    (BTW, I love kids, so my not having a passion for teaching has nothing to do w/ the kids aspect of it.)
     
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    I would like to have a positon of responsibility or leadership within the school, but can't see myself ever leaving the school setting. The daily interactions with the students energize me (it's the adults who wear me out!).
     
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    Ms. I, I understand exactly how you feel. I love the school setting, the kids, interacting with them, etc. I just hate trying to MAKE THEM LEARN WHEN THEY DON'T WANT TO. There is a big difference between teachng people things they want to know and teaching kids things they do not care about. Before the NCLB I was able to teach, interact, laugh, learn, yet not worry so much if every student didn't get the concept. Now we spend all our time trying to force the low learner into listening and paying attention. It is bothering me a lot. The other day it snowed and I took the children out on the pavement by my back door for about 5 minutes. I was so worried the principal would come down and see us and be upset. Children are children and learning should be so much more fun than it is right now.

    If I had it all over to do again I would go into an area like speech pathology or something that I could teach small groups. I do not like my test scores hanging over my head everyday. By the way my children did great last year on the test but that is the problem. I know the admin expects me to have those great test scores so I can't let go of his expectations.
     
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    My principal has been "pushing" me towards administration. I will say that I do feel the calling for that area. I am still "young" though and I am a few years away from being qualified. I am looking to get more involved with my district & I am also working on my masters. I think I would like to try being an academic coach as well. We will see.
     
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    For those of you who are considering admin., but are not sure, you might want to try job shadowing for a day or so. My past principal and my current one also have pushed me towards admin.

    For awhile, I never thought I'd be interested. Then, last year, I began to feel as if "maybe". I job shadowed a couple of excellent principals a day here, a day there. Then the maybe turned to a definite yes.

    Now, this year, I am currently the substitute principal while mine is gone for 3 weeks. Again, another experience that has led me to say, "Definitely, YES!" I have had a great time dealing with all of the issues, handling discipline, parents, teachers, etc. I know it sounds crazy but now I can't wait to really encompass the role fully.

    So now, I will be fully committed to finding an admin job for the 09/10 school year. Sometimes, things just evolve slowly over time, I guess.
     
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    The thing that would make me nervous about a "promotion" is all of the job cuts in the area of education. As a classroom teacher with several years under my belt and a continuing contract with the district, I feel like I have some job security.

    Lately we've had teachers leave the classroom to be consultants or whatnot. A year or two later the job is eliminated and they find themselves interviewing for teaching jobs again.

    Although lately I've been yearning for a school secretary job. I imagine they get paid a lot less than teachers but it has to be a lot less stressful, yet you're still in the school environment, which I love. I'm sure I'll never actually apply for the job, but it really is sounding good right now.
     
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    Sevenplus, I have had the same thoughts about being a school secretary. I love the school setting also. One time we all switched jobs for April Fools Day. I was the secretary. I loved it for that one day. It would be a 20,000 dollar pay cut but there are days that I would accept that situation.
     
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    In my building, the secretaries work all summer and don't get snow days.

    No thanks!
     
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    Good luck in your search Tiffany! And that is a great suggestion about job shadowing.

    I actually applied to school secretary jobs over the summer along with teaching positions, anything to get me into the school.
     
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    Ours work just one week after us in June and go back maybe 2 weeks before us. And they get snow days.
     
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    I like just teaching and may only seek teaching at the university level as an adjunct...when I retire from public education in 18 years.

    After working in a classroom for so long, I have no interest in managing teachers or writing schedules...dealing with discipline and working with parents is already part of my job.
     

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