Hi. I have a part time on call substitute teaching job. It is impossible to live on a monthly paycheck and no jobs available. I have a bachelor's degree in literature. I'm looking for an entry level stable job. I don't know what to do in my situation.
Hi Mariah The town where I am has no private schools near by. I already applied to many public and private schools in the West coast, but no replies. I'm originally from Southern California. Relocating costs money and my on call substitute teaching job is impossible to live on a monthly paycheck and no jobs availability. I really need help in what to do.
Private schools are not easy street my friend. I've taught in one for 24 years, and have finally decided to move to public school as soon as I can secure a position. BTW, Everyone at my school is required to have a state teaching credential, and an education degree. Many teachers have advanced degrees. Parents are paying approx 25k a year for their children to be educated by you! You had better be qualified. Everyone I know who teaches in a Private School agrees that they are run by an elite group of parents that make all the calls- and almost all administrations cower to them. This is known as the school board. These are your big money givers & they want control for their monetary support. As an educator you get little support. Many parents treat you like their personal household help, therefore their children do the same. Most of our families live in Country Clubs & gated communities. There is little respect shown, and you cannot discipline using consequences like loss of privileges, parent emails, or phone calls home or you are questioned and challenged. If their child says they didn't do anything wrong then you are just being mean. Keep in mind there is little to no resource for a learner's special needs, Your classes are stacked with every kind of learning disability, and there are no interventions in place. There is no special education personnel. We had a school counselor, but they were using her to do school tours & meet-greet perspective families. I know this seems unethical & unfair to children needing additional support / special education expertise. But don't you ever say that or you simply will not have a job! If the check clears, any student is admitted whether or not the students needs can really be met, but you better keep the parents happy & their kids better earn high grades or else You are the problem my friend.There is no
retirement, or pension. You are responsible for creating a 403B & planning for your own retirement privately. Good luck with that when raises are usually 0-1-2% year to year, but the cost of living continues to rise, as housing markets & stocks take continual hits. Let's see- sub in public school & increase your chances there of snagging a permanent position. Why didn't I do that? In hindsight, I really wish I did!! I never really thought about it- I was too busy working 55+ Hrs. A week trying to keep up with my teaching & faculty committee responsibilities, and helping to market the school by being present at extracurricular activities to really question it.
Schools, public, private and charter, require a state license in subject area. This requires a Masters degree in most states. Not their regulations, but the states. My only advise, to change your current situation, is to get the Masters and State certification in education. Not the schools issue but a state requirement before someone is made permanent. Just so advice from a union rep who supports teachers. No way around this. BTW! Most private schools ask for the same. Parochial schools used to have looser restrictions. Think things have changed now. Good luck.
I am also a certified teacher looking for a job. I was forced to retire early with 27 years experience. Only 3 years away from full retirement. Can I just say that my retirement check absolutely sucks? Nobody could live off of what I am paid. I made more as a Para Professional than I am paid now. I was a classroom teacher for 22 years before becoming a K para pro. I am sick over my retirement pay! I have also applied to be a sub. I turned my application in today. However, I am still looking for a teaching job. It makes me feel better that someone else is in the same situation. Thank you for posting this. I pray that you and I can have success in finding a decent job. I wish you nothing but the best of luck!!!
Have you looked at the NAIS web site?
For many schools experience is even more important than a graduate degree or a teaching certificate (although having all three is a definite plus).
Some schools will assist with relocation and there are some boarding schools that will offer on-campus housing (often in the dorm with accompanying dorm supervision duties) though most schools will expect you to hazard the costs of relocation, housing, etc.
You have nothing to lose by checking out the web site and it might provide you with a lead or two...
Just a thought,
Have you thought about other industries that need strong teachers/trainers for that industry. Money is better, and easier than masters and state certification.
Not sure what city you are in , but my office has referrals in many cities in Texas.
Qualifications for Paras are less restrictive. You would be able to work and go to school if you chose. Prior experience would be considered in regard to the type of para work you would do. Paras with degrees typically are paid more. It may work as a stop gap measure until you can find something else.
Hi. You received good advice from what I read so far. You didn't mention how old you are or what your family situation is. Usually it is hard to relocate if a whole family has to relocate. I taught for 32 years and I made mistakes and I did some smart things along the way. Big mistake #1 is to consider some alternatives to be either too hard or impossible. If you are young, you can go to the moon and back while making a 10 course meal. You just don't know it. Like the Rene Magrite painting of the guy on a bridge looking out over a beautiful body of water, longing to be in the city on the other side, just looking and wishing. In the painting, he has power and ability. Magrite puts 2 symbols in the painting that suggest that to me. There is a lion, just at rest, not engaged with the man. And the man has wings! But he seems not to know. Maybe the lion is also courage. So muster up your ability, power and courage and do what you have to do with your own education, whether certificate or Master's degree or moving into an other field or relocating.
My #1 smartest tactic in substituting that I ever did was to get myself ready in the morning in anticipation of the call to substitute. When the call came, I was out the door because I was already washed up, dressed , coffeed and breakfasted. What if the call didn't come in ? Who cares? I was all ready for a good day. The best thing you can do for yourself is to be there on time. Your middle name will be
dependable. No one wants a superstar that they aren't sure will show up when needed.
I wish you all best. No, it won't be easy.
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When I was subbing in Ohio, I signed on with many suburban school systems. This increased my odds for getting a phone call to sub. They learned to call earlier and earlier because I was able to say (truthfully),
Sorry, I'm teaching in Middlefield for the next 3 days.
You asked what did I do if a call to substitute didn't come in? Though it means no money, it also means you can do whatever you want. That's what I did. I have a degree in Art Education, so I am a life-long artist as well as a teacher. Artwork has always been a part of how I occupy my time. You have a degree in literature. You can be the most literate teacher in the state. You can go to the library and read. Go to Starbucks and read, stay at home and read. Download whole books on your iPad. You can write. Poems. Memoirs, essays, a book, columns, just thoughts, schedules, resume's, cover letters, lyrics. When one has a God-given talent and a God-given day to oneself, gratitude alone suggests we do something useful or creative. Don't be afraid of doing something for yourself even if no one is paying you or granting credit. Give yourself permission to live your life. Some things are still free.
I'd like to help. I don't know if this will let me give you my website or not, but let's try. janesmithteaches (dot) com I created my own tutoring business in LA because I didn't have licensure to teach in CA but had teaching experience out of state. If you can reach me, at least I can give you encouragement. janesmithteaches at gmail
First, register with every school system that will have you. I am registered with 5 systems, and I am turning down work all the time. Whoever offers me the job for that day gets me, and the further in advance they reserve me, the better. I am as committed to them as they are to me. If they want me for a month in advance, then I reserve the day and that's where I teach. If these systems use Aesop, get on Aesop- which is a website that books substitute teachers-I rarely go a day without work. Also- call them- they sometimes will give you the assignment if you call them. The problem? I have a teaching license and a master's degree, but I am over 50, so even though I have interviewed, I have never been made an offer. I earned my license in January of 2013 and I have never been offered a full-time job. I finished my HR degree during the first year of my subbing, so I have an HR degree and a teacher's degree, and STILL no offers. My side job- writing resumes and cover letters. If you can write, register with Outsource.com and take some freelance work. Also try Ultius.com for other writing work. Good luck!
wow, sounds like you've applied to all the public schools in your area....you might look at colleges?? then or even private tutoring...you can get paid for tutoring. I don't know if there are places like the sylvan learning centers there, or schools for handicapped......if your wanting to stay in your field.