If you are in the Portland area and can't relocate, you may as well
forget teaching altogether and certainly in Oregon. There are a whole
slew of schools in the area that are graduating teachers--still-and of
course you have to compete with already experienced teachers looking
At least you have been warned and you know. I went into this field and
graduated with an M.Ed. in 2000 before all of the abuse really got
fire. Wrongly terminated at 53, I can't get anything other than
subbing, not even classified work.
On 2/23/12, Rippy wrote:
> On 2/23/12, Ellie wrote:
>> On 2/22/12, anon wrote:
>>> On 2/22/12, Rippy wrote:
>>>> Thinking of changing career to teaching after being laid off
>>>> from previous profession. Is it wise idea to jump in at
>>>> this time from employment point of view?
>> Thanks Anon and Ellie. I am 43 yr old female interested in
> teaching math or science to any grade level. Can not relocate from
> portland area.
>> ---> It really depends on a lot of things. What's your age, what
>> do you want to teach, and what grade level? And even more
>> important are you willing to relocate to where ever the job is?
>> I have a friend in his mid-50s who high tech consulting company
>> went under during the beginning of the recession. He finally
>> decided to get an alternative certification in high school math
>> last summer. He really likes kids and had been working as a para
>> pro up north with at risk junior high kids for 2 years.
>> He came down to south, studied for and took the certification
>> tests for math. He passed them but still needs to take all the
>> classes. This past summer he applied for every job he could find
>> in Georgia and didn't get anything. Then once the school year
>> started and schools could see their final enrollments he got a
>> couple of offers. He started the year teaching about 2 months
>> after things began and it's in a very rural area but his foots in
>> the door.
>> He also isn't married now and his kid is grown so he doesn't have
>> any responsibilities to a particular area. Plus after the past
>> 6 months of actual teaching he's having some eye opening about
>> apathy in kids, school agendas and the ridiculousness of state
>> curriculum requirements. I'm not sure he's going to decide to
>> continue....he may try to restart his company again and leave
>> All this to say...think carefully about all your options before
>> you invest the time and money that teaching requires. Also at
>> this point many schools are more interested in Teach for America
>> students to fill their open positions. Whether principals want
>> them or not the systems are demanding they hire them. The school
>> I retired from last year had to replace all teachers with TfA
>> students. My principal resisted trying to get teachers with a bit
>> more maturity but was told to use TfA.
>> Good luck and hope you can sort it out well.
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