On 12/27/07, Christine wrote:
> I'm currently teaching in NY, and am seriously considering a
> move to Memphis.
> My two biggest worries:
> 1- salary: Judging by the salary schedule I found on their
> website, I would be taking a huge salary cut, and my salary
> wouldn't increase much over time. Do they make salary
> adjustments based on graduate or in-service credits? In my
> district, you can boost your salary by about 1,000 each year
> by taking classes.
> I realize the cost of living is lower, but it goes wrong for
> me within 2-3 years.. It seems that my current salary
> already tops their max.
> 2- The 'rowdy' kids. I work in one of the worst districts in
> NY state now- as far as rowdy kids go, but since I've been
> here five years, our school has improved, and my reputation
> has started to precede me. My kids aren't too horrible now;
> but horrible is in the eye of the beholder. For example, the
> worst behavior at my school is fighting, theft, and bringing
> drugs to school. We have fights less than once a week, the
> drugs happen (are caught) once a month or less, theft
> happens all the time.
> What is 'rowdy' in Memphis??
> Anything anyone can tell me...?
What grade levels do you teach? I'm guessing high school. The
thing you most need to know about Memphis is that it is full
of many high crime areas. There are few Memphis City Schools
that are not in a low income area. If you are looking for a
more suburban atmosphere, apply with Shelby County Schools.
Let me know if you need to know areas to avoid. I lived there
my whole life and just moved to Georgia.