Work at a preschool for now?

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  1. lindsey923

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    As we all know, it is basically impossible for a new elementary teacher in NJ to find a job in the current market. What I am wondering is.. is it worth it for me to suck it up for a year or two and get paid $9 an hour teaching at a preschool? Will this look good on my resume/help me find something when/if the situation does turn around in the next year or two? I am afraid I will just be wasting my time getting underpaid while I can get a job sitting at a desk (I have a few years experience as an office manager..) for 30k a year. I really do not want to give up on education, but I am not so sure I have a choice. :help:
     
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    Try a private school first, and then if all else fails, go for preschool or subbing!
     
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    When I was job hunting a few years ago, I applied to be a 4K teacher at a bunch of preschools. I was offered all of the 4K jobs I applied for, because I was so qualified compared to other candidates. Personally, I would have taken a job at a preschool over an office job. I just made sure to apply at NAEYC certified centers because I figured they would be quality centers.
     
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    If you want to work with kids, then I'd say go for the preschool job. I taught Pre-K for several years (and made more than $9/hr. and I LOVED LOVED LOVED it!) I worked at high quality early childhood schools. I was head teacher. I had great students, amazing parents, and gained a lot of professional knowledge! I have since left for elementary school but feel very grateful for those years in preschool. I hardly doubt you will be "wasting your time." Early childhood education is IMPORTANT, even if your pay doesn't reflect that. If you believe this...go for it! If you a new teacher, teaching preschool will look much better than an office job, in my humble opinion.

    Good luck!! :)
     
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    You can bring a lot to the PS classroom. If you can live on the low pay (welcome to the world of PS teachers), it can be fun, and educational.
     
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    I actually have a PS job as a head teacher, paying $9 an hour. This is about average around here. I think I will stick it out for a few months and see how it goes, see how the economy changes, and maybe look for some other PS that are hiring that may offer more money.
     
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    It's only MAY-- why are you giving up already?

    I say apply and apply and apply. Settle for less than what you want in the fall, not now.
     
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    I would say do subbing if you can because you'll get to know your way around schools in your district and make contacts along the way. I worked in a PS and, personally, I don't think it really helped me. Subbing has paid off for me and landed me a few interviews, even with the economy being as it is.
    I'm not saying PS isn't a good choice but I would try subbing if it's possible.
     
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    The public schools around here don't hire new teachers until 1 or 2 days before school starts, so don't give up yet!
    But if you plan on teaching in the early grades(K-2), then PS would be a good start. Make sure that it is a preschool, and not just daycare. Also, don't stay there very long, 2 years max. I made the mistake of staying 10 years, and had a hard time being taken seriously when I went to interview in elementary schools.
     

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